Music For Planning
Your Wedding Ceremony

Sally Fletcher, harpist for weddings in Marin County, Napa, San Francisco Bay Area, California
Photo by Tony Mac

"Your selections were perfect, and our caterer from France paid us a compliment on your French."
   — Marvell Hamm

"You were so accommodating to our requests. Thanks for sharing your musical magic with us."
   — Tara and Cleave

"Sally's harp playing was such a special touch at my wedding. It was an unexpected element that my guests are still talking about."
   — Angie Ames

A professional musician should be able to help you in planning your wedding ceremony and selecting appropriate music. When you hire a professional musician you can be assured they will show up on time, dress properly and make a strong contribution to having your wedding ceremony flow smoothly. A small, discreet amp can be provided to make sure the music is heard.

In planning your wedding there are four important musical choices:

  1. Processional for the Bridal Party
  2. Processional for the Bride
  3. Recessional
  4. Pre-ceremony and solo music (if any solo music)

Pre-ceremony and Prelude Music
This sets the mood, which is usually quiet and magical, preparing everyone for the beautiful vows. The music can be classical, romantic, love songs, religious, folk, celtic or any combination. Tell the musician if you have any favorites. Then the musician(s) will select other appropriate music.

Processional Music
The Processional begins when the groom and the officiant come to the altar. They may enter to the same music as the parents, or with silence. The groomsmen may come in at this time, or with the bridesmaids. The processional music is traditionally majestic, grand and stately. The bride's entrance is announced by a fanfare and everyone standing. The bride often enters to the Bridal Chorus (Here comes the Bride) hoewever she may may enter to other music. A professional can help guide her in this choice.

Solos (vocal or instrumental)
Solos usually occur just before the processional or perhaps during the ceremony. Many short ceremonies do not require any solo music.

Recessional Music
The Recessional happens at the end of the wedding ceremony, usually after the kiss or after the officiant introduces the couple.

Wedding Music Guide
Wedding Music Guide by Marin harpist, Sally Fletcher
How To Choose and Plan Your Ceremony Music

Sally has helped thousands of brides and grooms plan their wedding music - and she is especially good with those who haven't a clue how to begin.

This 16-page booklet provides a simple guideline for planning the ceremony music, along with a list of 101 favorite songs.

The cost is $2.99 each—available as an e-book, via Smashwords.

Wedding Magic CD
Wedding Magic - songs on the harp - Marin harpist, Sally Fletcher
Sally knows which wedding and romantic songs are the favorites. Hearing them will make it easier for you to choose the music for your wedding.

The beautiful sounds of the harp music will put you in the mood for declaring your love to one another.

 Order the Wedding Magic CD in Sally's Store

Wedding Music on the Web

Forever Wed is a big help with everything from the major items to the little nit-picky details. Here you'll find a treasure trove of help for planning your wedding.

Wedding Tips Music Poll is the place to go if you want your wedding music to please as many guests as possible. Visitors to this website vote for their favorite wedding songs and you can see the long term results to help guide your choices.