Processional/Ceremony Music?

posted 2 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

I’m a ways out but so far I’m loosely planning a playlist playing fairly low volume while people are mingling pre ceremony/waiting. Thinking low key/mellow, but happy vibe music. A song for the wedding party processional and then switch to another song for me to walk into (no clue which songs yet). Then I’ll probably play a final song for the recessional. 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

We had a string quartet. They played a prelude of around 5 songs while guests were coming in. We played a certain song for the grandmothers/mothers, another one for the bridesmaids/flower girls, and then a different one for me to walk in.

Are you going to hire anyone for live music? They are extremely helpful in deciding your music and when to walk out.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

We had our DJ play soft instrumentally music for 30 minutes before the ceremony started. We felt it would add a lot of ambiance but to be honest I wasn’t there so I wouldn’t really know haha. Then we had 1 song for a processional of VIPs (we each have one brother who acted as our ushers and walked down the aisle with our grandparents and DH’s sister). That song was fairly short so it worked out that we could play the whole thing and it was perfect timing to get everyone down the aisle. Then we played the first part of a song for the groomsman and Darling Husband to walk down the aisle. That one was pretty short and the DJ faded it out. Then we went to a 3rd song for my bridesmaids and I and we had it timed so that I would come down the aisle at the chorus, then the DJ faded it out when we got to the alter. Worked out well IMO and set the mood nicely. But you could really do it however you want!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

arriaza415 :  We didn’t have live music, just a DJ. You should have someone else handle it – even if it’s a trusted friend or something, because for obvious reasons you will be busy haha. Figuring out the timing wasn’t too hard. Mostly I just imagined it in my head but we did practice at the rehearsal. It all depends how many people you have walking down the aisle, how long your aisle is, etc. 

Don’t stress! Just be ready to be flexible on the day. Everything will be fine!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: City, State

arriaza415 :  we did a rehearsal at the venue the day before our wedding to sort out timings for walking down the aisle.

Post # 8
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Busy bee

arriaza415 :  I’m the only one of all the weddings I’ve been to that was not at a church, so I was in the same boat Lol! I feel like at the church weddings, the church handled all the music, or had musicians and stuff.

This was one of the last things I nailed down. The Yale University School of Music has a way to post job listings for their students, so I posted there for a cello and violin duo. I got a good number of responses, and have secured a duo who sent us an amazing YouTube video of them playing.

We are going to have them play for about fifteen minutes before the ceremony, as people are arriving. I am just doing one processional song, so I am not changing songs between the bridal party and myself. And one song for the recessional.

If it hadn’t worked out to be affordable ($250), then we would just have had the DJ play our processional and recessional music.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Banquet Hall/Conference Center

Our DJ will be handling this.

  • In my culture (Indian), it’s traditional to play a soft, cultural, instrumental hymm lightly in the background while people are sitting.
  • Canon in D for Processional
  • Unknown fun song for Recessional
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