(Closed) How does ceremony music work?

posted 4 years ago in Music
Post # 2
4077 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Typically yes, you will give him a list of all the songs you want played and when you want them played. It’s also best to speak to him especially if he’s played at weddings before. He can give you an idea of what others have done and what to expect. 

Post # 3
2412 posts
Buzzing bee

If you do a “joining ceremony- sand, handfasting, wine etc” he should be playing something then too.

Post # 4
398 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I hope this response isn’t too late to be helpful. smile

Some brides do one processional song for the bridesmaids and a different one for the bride. At other weddings, it’ll be just one processional for everyone. Depends on the size of your wedding party, length of your aisle, and your own personal preference. (If you have 8 bridesmaids, for example, I’d go for 2 songs. If you have just 1 or 2 bridesmaids and a short aisle, it might sound awkward to cut one song off so quickly and change to a different one, so you might want just one song. On the other hand, if you have certain music you really want and it doesn’t match those guidelines…then do what you want!)

You’ll also need a recessional (that’s for the end of the ceremony), and if you’re doing a unity candle (or unity sand, or anything like that) in the middle of the ceremony, then you’ll need a song for that. If you’re at a loss, you guitarist probably has suggestions of things that have worked well in the past! He should also play 30 minutes of preludes before the ceremony and maybe 10 minutes of postludes after, but don’t feel any pressure to pick those things unless you want to. (I was a total control freak about my ceremony music and picked every single piece of music myself, but I know not everyone is that way. wink Your guitarist is probably used to doing his own thing for preludes and postludes.)

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