Guide to Your Ceremony Music

When you think about your ceremony music, your first thought is probably the song you'll walk down the aisle to, but it's actually helpful to consider the bigger picture: You're providing a musical backdrop to the most special part of the day. ⁣

Traditionally, the most basic wedding ceremony music program involves a minimum of three types of songs: preludes, processionals and recessionals. ⁣

Preludes⁣

-Prelude music is light, ambient music that sets the mood while guests are being seated and waiting for the ceremony to begin. It usually starts when the doors open, or as early as 45 minutes prior to but no later than 20 minutes before the beginning of the ceremony.⁣

Processionals⁣

-Next is the processional, which accompanies the entry of the extended wedding party—family, attendants and bride. The same song can be used for each, but we love the idea of changing to another song when the bride enters to add drama and highlight the big entrance. ⁣

Recessionals⁣

-At the conclusion of the ceremony, the recessional plays. As the name implies, this music accompanies you as you recess (that is, make your exit) and is traditionally bright, lively and celebratory—a reflection of your joy.⁣

Interludes and Postludes⁣

-Many couples choose to add interludes or songs played during significant moments such as the unity candle lighting. You might also want to include a postlude, which is a selection played while guests exit the ceremony. ⁣

Setup Space⁣

-Consider the size of your ceremony venue when putting together your ensemble. For example, 4 speakers from your DJ and a small chapel won't be a match—the sound may overwhelm the space. If you're having an outdoor wedding, you probably can't use a traditional piano, but if electricity is available, those 4 speakers would come in handy! ⁣

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