(Closed) How does ceremony music work at a destination wedding?

posted 5 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
1120 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@Lily_of_the_valley:  Are there any live music options available to you? I’m just thinking it would eliminate having to worry about technical difficulties, timing and so on because a live musician should be able to time/improvise/fade out the music to end when you reach the end of the aisle.

I’m actually having a harpist perform at our ceremony (destination wedding as well – I’m planning from a distance 5hrs away by plane!).

Post # 5
5242 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Lily_of_the_valley:  we had a musical trio play at our destination wedding But the resort also had some really nice music they played when we all walked down the aisle. As for the first fance song and other songs we wanted we put those on both a cd and a usb for the dj to play for us

Post # 6
506 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Im using phone or ipod or laptop. Our venue provides the sound system. Try to keep the cost down as well. 

Post # 7
8422 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Lily_of_the_valley:  We had a steel drum band for our ceremony which cost us $300 and worth every penny! They played before as people were coming in for about 30-35 minuted before so it helped keep the guests occupied b/c our wedding didn’t start on time. For the reception we recorded music on an ipod in the order we wanted them…our first dance, dance with parents, etc. Our best man was sorta in control of that and helped us out with getting them going. I suggest having one person in control of the music,etc to make sure it goes smoothly.


Post # 8
184 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I was wondering this too. Surely in this day and age they have the ability to hook an iPod up and have it manned by someone competent to follow your instructions? I would hope anyway lol

Post # 9
2564 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I was concerned about this too but it worked out perfectly.  We gave the coordinator a cd of our songs (bridal walk, first dance, signing the registrar music) and they had big speakers set up on the beach so there was no issue in not being able to hear the music due to wind, other guests etc. 

Post # 10
2 posts

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Post # 12
2564 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Lily_of_the_valley:  To be honest, the wedding ceremony is a blur to me, but from what I recall, the music just “faded out” after my walk.  Then, we had the “recessional” music begin as we walked over to sign the registrar. I do remember the song begin again but it was no big deal to us. From there we had our first dance on the beach.  Those were the only songs we had and there were no abrupt stops.  🙂

Post # 13
2351 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I had an iPod that played music. The villa had a speaker system we hooked up to. My entrance song was faded out at the end of my walk. My planner handled music from beginning of the night to the end. 

I had different playlists for different partsvlike first dance and cake cutting and exit…and my planner is experienced enough to know how to make it go smoothly. She went out of one playlist and into another and then back into the first playlist and started where the music left off so no songs were repeated. I gave her a music itinerary that I wrote so she knew what playlist to play for each segment of the reception. She wanted playlists instead of one long recorded CD so that the reception could flow as needed and we weren’t literally strapped to a music CD for time constraints on reception activities. It worked out totally flawlessly.

But I had every other option available to me as well. Live music like guitarist, harpist, pianist, soloist singer, steel drum, live band, etc. Or full on DJ who could have played the entrance song for us…destinations can still have all the traditional elements of an at home venue.

Post # 13
96 posts
Worker bee

Wow. Im so glad I found this post! I too am having a destiation wedding. We chose to have a I pod opposed to dj. Good suggestion to have someone from the wedding party to “coordinate” pre programed music. Any suggested playlist?

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