Wedding Tip #18: Wedding Ceremony Music
31 October 2017
Prelude (Pre-Ceremony Music)
Becoming increasingly popular, selecting a few songs to be played as your guests arrive to your wedding ceremony venue can assist with setting the mood right from the start. Choosing soft, warm songs can set a beautiful ambiance, while up tempo tunes can help bring the party atmosphere to the fore from the start.
Processional (Entrance Song)
Long gone are the days of “Here Comes the Bride”. Your choice of processional music can be one song for the wedding party and the entering bride/groom, or a collection of individual songs for each. This is a very intimate part of your wedding ceremony; the unveiling of the main guest of honour. As a result, the wedding ceremony processional music tends to include softer and more romantic pieces.
A number of music pieces can be chosen at key points throughout your wedding ceremony. The most popular stages for music include after/in-between readings, lighting of ceremonial candles and of course, signing of the register. Often, couples choose acoustic and/or instrumental music for these stages due to the time constraints, allowing for the music to suit the short time allotted for it (for example, lighting the candles is a relatively quick procedure).
Something up-tempo and lively can be ideal for signing of the register. This is a joyous occasion, making the ceremony official and a bubbly song can help encourage the jubilations. Also, another tip to consider is your guests. People’s attention spans are short, and they have (hopefully!) been well behaved up onto this point. A lively song during official signing and photos will help relax your guests and avoid an awkward quietness during this stage.
Recessional (Exit Song)
Again, your exit from the ceremony venue requires an upbeat, faster temp song. It’s a song chosen perfect for a celebration, and brings the ceremony to a close with a party-like atmosphere. Your exit song is arguably the one song with no limitations, and we have witnessed songs from Metallica to Queen over the years.
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