Thank you for checking out my website. I hope that the following information will be helpful to you as you begin the process of selecting your wedding music. To help you make good musical choices for your wedding, let me walk you through the wedding musically.
First is the pre-service, or prelude music. This typically begins twenty to thirty minutes before your wedding time. It is not necessary to choose particular prelude pieces unless you wish to. After many years of experience, I have come to prefer a lot of flexibility in the order of the prelude music because the seating of guests can be unpredictable. The prelude ends with the seating of family members. The seating of the mothers should not occur until all the guests are seated and the bridal party is ready to start. This is my most important cue because after the seating of the mom’s, the next piece will be the attendant’s processional. The attendants must wait for a few seconds of silence, and a change of music before they begin to process. Of course, this sequence can vary greatly depending upon the formality of the wedding.
Next are the processionals. In terms of music within the service itself, I appreciate having your opinions here, because these pieces will particularly reflect your personal preferences. Many couples choose to have two processional pieces; one for the attendants, and one for the bride. I often add trumpet for the bridal entrance and then again when the ceremony is concluded.
After everyone has come in, it’s time for the service music to begin. This can include as many or as few pieces as you would like. The unity candle and communion would be two obvious places to include music. Many churches have restrictions about secular music in the worship service; therefore it is helpful to check with them before choosing.
As the service ends, you will want to have a recessional piece. Typically this would be a bright, up tempo selection. Please indicate how the ceremony will end (with a kiss, an introduction, or in some other fashion), and whether or not you will be excusing the guests in any special manner. Usually for the postlude, the time when people are leaving, I play ten to fifteen minutes of very upbeat classical selections.