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:
- Processional for the Bridal Party
- Processional for the Bride
- 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.
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.
The Recessional happens at the end of the wedding ceremony, usually after the kiss or after the officiant introduces the couple.
Wedding Music Guide
How To Choose and Plan Your Ceremony Music
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Wedding Magic CD
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.
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Wedding Music on the Web
Active Dayton Weddings? Yes, this site is all about Dayton, Ohio — but don't let that stop you from visiting, even if you live thousands of miles away. One quick look through their guide will have you into entire categories that you want to be sure are properly handled — including of course, your ceremony music.
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.
Top Wedding Links - Music is a major national wedding directory that wants you to leave nothing about your wedding to chance. Their wedding music resource offers music for every part of your big day.
Wedding Music Made Easy is Charles Currin's passion. He has been an organist for over 2,500 weddings, and he has seen and HEARD a lot! His site's purpose is to make your choice of wedding music succesful and as stress-free as it can be.
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.