Ceremony Music Help

posted 2 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 4
297 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

A bit of an off-beat suggestion, but how about ‘All I ask of you’ from Phantom of the Opera? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXluH2_9J1w

We’re having a string quartet also, and using Canon in D (I only have one bridesmaid so we’re using just the one song). I’m having the WORST time trying to choose a song for our recessional, since we’re not religious and the typical songs sound too “church-ey”. What are you using?

Post # 5
238 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

TheSpecial:  My daughter did A thousand years, regular version. Everyone walked to it and we timed it out to have bridesmaids walk once the vocals started and walk to the beat. We paused a bit after they went and when they were all almost at the front she started walking. It was perfect song for the walk. My suggestion is try it at the venue if you are able to get a feel for how/when to start it. We did that the night before to work out the kinks :). Hope this helps you.

Post # 6
795 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014


We had a string duo for our ceremony. Our event coordinator for the venue dealt with all the timings, etc. The duo was extremely skilled and had no trouble changing from one song to another without it being obvious. I listed the songs we used for the various sections within the ceremony below.

They played contemporary songs as guests arrived, signed the guest book, and found their seats. We had a lot of compliments from our guests and I don’t think they minded the switch from contemporary to classical. I could hear them playing from the bridal suite and it all sounded very lovely. 


Seating of Parents ….. Jesu, Joy of Man Desiring

– DH’s mother and stepfather

– DH’s father and stepmother

– My mother and brother

Wedding Party Processional …. Largo by Handel


– Flower Girl

Bridal Processional …………………… Canon in D

Unity Box ……………………… A Thousand Years

Recessional …………………… Trumpet Voluntary

Post # 9
336 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We are having a string quartet for the ceremony also but going the completely contemporary route (The Beatles) so I can’t help you out too much. I will say though that I actually think it could be really cool to merge from traditional to contempary for the bridal processional and the recessional…I think the guests would really dig it and it wouldn’t mess up the flow at all- I think it’d make it even more unique and special! 🙂

Post # 12
238 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

TheSpecial:  You are welcome. It really helped them a lot to figure the tempo, pace, where to start each person, how much to space them out and when to start the bride walk. Only took like 15 minutes and two walks to get it just right. The bridal party was thankful as other weddings they had been in they were not given direction which made it nerve racking lol Good luck 🙂


eta: Forgot to mention we just used our cell phone to play the song. Check your venue for cell reception first though 😉

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 3 months ago by  MrsBP.
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