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Ceremony Music

Everyone knows that "The Wedding March" is almost always played at a wedding ceremony. Usually it is played when the bride makes her entrance, but some couples choose to have it played at the end of the ceremony instead. "The Wedding March" is not the only musical piece played at a wedding ceremony, however. Typically, there is music during the arrival of the guests (prelude), during the processional, some time during the ceremony (interlude), and during the recessional. Sometimes there is also music whilst photos are taken just after the ceremony has ended (postlude).

Before deciding what music you are going to have at your wedding ceremony, consider the following:

Type of Atmosphere at the Wedding Ceremony
The wedding music plays a large part in setting the mood for a ceremony. So you have to decide if you want to have a ceremony with a traditional or a modern feel to it. Therefore, to suit your personal style you can choose whatever type of music you want for your ceremony, be it classical or pop (!). However, you must ask the officiant if any restrictions apply regarding the type of wedding music. Some officiants might not be so keen to allow a rock song to be played in their church! Civil marriage celebrants will be more relaxed in relation to your chosen type of wedding music.

Budget for the Ceremony Music and How the Music Will be Played
Another thing to consider when choosing your ceremony music is how you want it to be played. Do you want live music or is taped music good enough? First, though, you have to decide what your budget will be for your ceremony music. For example, renting an orchestra for the day is going to cost much more than buying some CDs. You also have to decide, whether it be live music or not, what instruments you want. For example, do you want a church organ, a flute or a saxophone? And/or do you want a vocal piece? Do you want the music to be loud or soft? It's up to you.

Space of the Ceremony Location
You also have to consider the space of the ceremony location. If you want to have an orchestra you have to make sure that it will fit in your ceremony location.
If the ceremony venue is quite small there is a pretty good chance that there won't be enough space for a big orchestra!

Length of the Music
One more thing you must consider when planning your ceremony music is the length of each musical piece. The processional music, for example, has to be long enough for the bridal party and the bride to get to the altar before the music stops. It can't be too long either. Everything has to be timed perfectly.

When and What Music Will be Played
The next thing to decide is when you want the music to be played. In other words, you must choose what music is to be played during the prelude, processional, interlude, recessional and postlude. Click on Examples of Ceremony Music for some suggestions.

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