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).
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
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.
of the Ceremony Location
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!
of the Music
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
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.