A bride’s guide to wedding music selection

In the contemporary America weddings, music is a key part of the ceremony. You will therefore find yourself wondering what kind of music will be best suited for your wedding. Your music selection will set the ambience as well as the tone for your wedding.  It is therefore of importance that you select music that will reflect your style and taste while creating a desirable atmosphere. The traditional standard for music is organ music. However, many brides are now choosing to incorporate harpist in their music collection or entirely eliminate organ music and replace it with harpists or string quarters.

Order of playing music

Usually, wedding music is used to accompany specific events. As the ceremony begins, prelude music may be played for 20-30 minutes. Prelude music is usually soothing and meditative creating a tranquil environment as the guest slowly arrive to the wedding venue.

After guests have arrived, the ceremony then begins.  Ushers will accompany the bride’s and groom’s mothers, siblings and grandmothers to their respective seating positions. As they walk down the aisle some music is played too usually known as procession music.

Depending on how the wedding ceremony is planned, you may need to have communic music to play when lighting the unity candle. At the end of the wedding service, recessional music will be ideal as you walk down with your now husband.  Recessional music should be celebratory and lively. The ceremony ends in instrumental music as guests leave.

In most weddings, after the service, the couple will often have a reception party to celebrate their union. You and you husband will enter the reception ceremoniously as the emcee announces your names and title. There needs to be some background music playing as you make your entry. Traditionally, at the reception, people dance therefore there is a need to incorporate danceable music in your collection. The reception session opens with the newlywed’s dance followed by a dance with the in-laws. It is also common to have a father-daughter and mother-son dance for the bride and groom respectively. Some reception ceremonies incorporate a cake cutting session that should be accompanied by some background music.

Selecting the music

The groom and bride need to have detailed discussion with the band/DJ regarding the music collection for the D-Day. When selecting music, consider that wedding audience is usually diverse. It ranges from young children to adults and those in between. The selection should therefore be able to cut across the broad audience. If you have a favorite song or a special request song you would like played, let the DJ know.

Also, seek some insight from the DJ ON what kind of music is appropriate and when it should be played. If you are having difficulty deciding on the kind of music to play, talk to other newly wed brides or your friends or your family in consultation with best wedding bands or DJ. Keep in mind that this is your special day and if there is a special song that you or your fiance would like to be played, let it be included in the selection even if it is not inline with what is considered normal.

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