Wedding Planning Wednesday: Wedding Day Music

Music sets the mood and does a lot for your wedding events. The music played during your ceremony should be special to you individually and as a couple. An important factor in choosing your music is the setting for your wedding. If your ceremony is not in a religious setting, the sky is the limit with what you can choose. On the other hand, if your ceremony will be held in a church or conducted by a pastor at another location, it is wise and respectful to stay within guidelines set by the pastor or the church.

The Ceremony:

Prelude Music: Choose music to provide for your guests as they’re being seated. The prelude leads up to the processional, and helps set a mood. Have up to 30 minutes of music, just to be on the safe side. Normally a beautiful instrumental works best, light harps, piano, violins and strings work best.

Processional Music: The processional music should be different enough from the prelude music that it alerts the guests. The processional music should be used for the bridal party.

Bride’s Entrance Music: Traditionally this is an upbeat, dramatic number. Think, “Here Comes the Bride.” Now, anything flies including Pop music and dancing down the isle (or was that simply a fad? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-94JhLEiN0)

Recessional Music: The recessional is when the bridal party is leaving the room. This music should, again, be very close to the processional music but usually has a much lighter tone, a “happy ending” compared to the solemnity of the processional music.

The Cocktail Hour:

Cocktail Hour: Usually during cocktail hour there is top 40/modern music playing in the background to allow your guests to get into the dancing/excited mood. The music is normally low and simply played as background music and does not compete with your guests conversations.

The Reception:

Entrance Music: Your grand entrance is a tradition meant to announce you for the first time as husband and wife, your entrance music should reflect who you are as a couple while getting your guests in the mood to get down on the dance floor, in your honor.

First Dance: Some couples choose a song that has significance to their first meeting, first date or their relationship as a whole. Some couples choose their wedding song based on the genre of music they prefer. For instance, if the couples are dire hard country music fans, they may very well choose a country love song that they both enjoy. For the couple who is having a traditional wedding, perhaps they will opt for a traditional love song such as an “Elvis” or “Frank Sinatra” ballad. For the more modern or adventurous couple the first dance song choice might go hand in hand with a choreographed routine dance. Some couples choose to do a 50’s or 60’s love song that has some rhythm to it, and prepare a dance, while others may take a modern day song and incorporate a ballroom dance.

Some Other Things to Consider:
• Are you going to introduce your wedding party first? What will play during their entrance?
• Consider your guests—will they recognize the song? If it’s something too unfamiliar, it may not resonate with the crowd and could leave the mood a little flat.
• Don’t feel pressured to become the next YouTube sensation, but don’t be afraid to get creative! Choose a song that signifies the way you want your day to be remembered. Upbeat, romantic, unforgettable—the stage is yours.
• Music for the Father/Daughter or Mother/Son dance
• Music for the Cake Cutting

 

Wedding day music planning guidelines

Wedding day music planning guidelines

Wedding day music planning guidelines

Wedding day music planning guidelines

Wedding day music planning guidelines

Wedding day music planning guidelines

Wedding day music planning guidelines

Wedding day music planning guidelines

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