Dear Brides and Grooms,
This guide is designed to help you select and organize all your ceremony music. We have made selecting your ceremony music a simple and easy process.
Step 1 – Establish the type of ceremony:
Talk to your wedding officiate to establish the overall ceremony time schedule and ceremony program. Your wedding planner or officiate can help you suggest the order of your bridal party.
It’s important to finalize the program and create an order of the people who will walk down the aisle during the Processional BEFORE you start selecting the music. Creating your ceremony is like preparing a good meal – you can’t skip the order.
Which of the descriptions most closely matches your wedding ceremony?
- Catholic mass
- Shorter Christian Service
- Secular marriage
- Other : Interfaith, 2nd marriage, etc…
KEY QUESTION: Is your ceremony going to be outside ?
Important information if your ceremony is scheduled to be outside:
If inclement weather conditions prevail, an alternate site must be arranged. Inclement weather includes, but is not limited to: rain, drizzle, excessive heat (above 90 degrees), or cold (below 60 degrees).
If possible, avoid placing the musicians in direct sunlight to protect the instruments. A shaded area is ideal. Please ask if you have any questions.
In certain cases musicians will bring and set up a special tent for their protection. An additional $50 deposit will be added to your remaining balance and will be returned back to you if there was no need for the tent.
Note: If you prefer us to design music for your Ceremony, you can stop reading at the end of this paragraph. Just go thru Step 1 and Step 2 above. Write down and email your notes to us. We’ll choose an appropriate music selection and then run it by you – making sure you are happy with our choices.
Let us know if you have hired additional musicians (church organist, vocalist, etc.) and send us their contact email if possible.
Is there a party planner or somebody from the venue who will be helping you at the ceremony site? Send us their email as well, please.
Parts of your Ceremony:
Selection of classical, or other styles of music. Music played as your guests enter the ceremony room and are seated. This usually begins 15 minutes prior to the start of your ceremony.
Note: Music for Prelude typically works the best if you give us some freedom to choose appropriate musical numbers. Let us feel and work with the crowd on the spot. However, if you specifically tell us something that you want or don’t want, or provide us with any other info like “my guests are from France or Italy will be there” or “my favorite song is ____,” or “my family loves______.” We’d be more than happy to accommodate you as much as possible.
Once all the guests are seated, the actual service begins with the bridal party walking down the aisle.
Note: Seating of parents and grandparents could open your processional.
The processional is divided into 2 parts: One for the bridal party and one for the bride.
- Bridal Party Processional
- Bridal Processional
Service Music – Optional
- Unity Candle
- Presentation of Flowers
- Concert Piece
As you are pronounced as man and wife, you both come down the aisle and exit the room. Congratulations! The musicians will continue to play until all your guests have left the room.
Step 2 – Listening and Choosing the Music:
Complete Audio Ceremony samples:
Press the PLAY button to listen to each song.
Music begins as your guests enter the ceremony area prior to the start of the actual service. Pick 2-4 songs or DRM can select these songs for you. In your program simply write “Selection of Classical Music”.
All the guests are now seated. Your bridal party is now escorted down the aisle, followed by the bride. Select 1 Song for the Bridal Party and 1 Song for the Bride. For additional songs to choose from, select from #13-32.
This includes music during the lighting of the unity candle, presentation of flowers, concert pieces and any additional music during the body of the ceremony service. Select only songs which your ceremony requires.
As you are pronounced man and wife and leave the ceremony. Select 1 song. Musicians will continue playing until all your guests have left the church or ceremony area.
EXAMPLE of a traditional Wedding Ceremony:
Step 3 – Submitting, Double Checking and Adjusting:
The order of Bridal Party is very important. It affects the choice and length of each song. The written out order will also help the musicians know when to change the music.
Once you’re done choosing the music for your ceremony, simply email your Ceremony Schedule and the order of your bridal party along with your music choices. Alex will check it over, fill in the gaps, and recommend any slight adjustments. Now your ceremony program is ready to be printed out for the guests.
During the week of your wedding, Alex will confirm all of the ceremony details and make sure there aren’t any last minute changes.
On the Day of the Wedding:
Towards the end of the Prelude music, right before the ceremony is about to begin, musicians would appreciate someone giving them a sign that all the people in the Processional are lined up and ready to start walking down. About 10 to 30 sec. required for us in order to finish the last Prelude piece and prepare for the Processional music. A little pause is typical in between. Once the song for the Processional begins, walk down the aisle and enjoy!
You are welcome to call Alex if you have any additional questions at 847.274.3416, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. He would be happy to help you!
We hope you found this guide to be helpful!
Alex Koffman – Ceremony Music Consultant