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FAQ – What songs do I need for my ceremony?
The music you play for your ceremony can vary based on your personal preferences (traditional vs contemporary) and the make-up of the musicians you select. To help you get an idea of the kind of wedding music you will want to select for your ceremony, we’ve included a breakdown of the components of a traditional wedding ceremony/service, with suggested musical selections.
The musician usually plays a half-hour prelude while your guests arrive and take their seats for the ceremony. Most often, this is classical music. The music you choose will set the tone for your wedding, so it needs to work well with the rest of your choices. Some popular prelude selections include:
“Prelude in C” (J.S. Bach)
“Ave Maria” (F. Schubert)
“Clair de Lune” (C. Debussy)
“Gymnopedie” (A.E.L. Satie)
“La primavera” and “L’inverno” from the Four Seasons (A.Vivaldi)
“Over The Rainbow” (Israel Kamakawiwo’ole)
The procession begins after all guests are seated. You are now ready for the procession of the officiant, family, and wedding party. Some music could include:
3. Bride’s Entrance
This is self explanatory. The bride’s entrance is where the Bride walks down the aisle by herself, with her dad, or both of her parents. This is one of the most sentimental parts of the ceremony, so some choose a more classical song, while others choose a favorite love song. Some standard wedding music selections for the bride’s entrance include:
Sometimes throughout the ceremony there are moments for pause or recognition, and that’s where you have music playing for this, this is called an interlude. There are a few moments where interludes can be played, like during the lighting of the unity candle, or when the witness . Stick to two arrangements here, otherwise, the ceremony could run long.
Now it’s time to walk back down the aisle joyfully! Some arrangements for the end of service include:
This is the time following the recessional and before the start of reception. The postlude is continuous music in celebration as your guests exit the ceremony. Postludes offer an elegant sound rather than rustling feet. Here are a few classical and contemporary selections:
The music you choose will set the tone for your wedding. Some clients go more traditional and choose classical songs, while others select contemporary songs. On strings, we love the Vitamin String Quartet, this is for the couple that loves contemporary music played with a classical sound.
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