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Many brides and grooms need a little help when it comes to selecting the music for their wedding ceremony. Music adds such a personal touch and sets the mood for the ceremony. Years from now you will hear a song that was played at your wedding and the emotions of that day will come flooding back.  Choosing your music is kind of a big deal but it doesn’t need to be stressful.  Here are some terms and song suggestions to help get started.

Prelude: This is the section of music played as guests are arriving and being seated. Calming classical pieces are traditionally played for 15 to 30 minutes leading up to the start of the ceremony.

Processionals:  As the bridal party makes their entrance typically there will be a song for the bridesmaids and flower girl/ring bearer to walk down the aisle. This is immediately followed by the song for the bride.

Traditional selections include (click on the song title to hear the selection):

- Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach)

- Rondeau (Mouret)

 Trumpet Tune (Purcell)

- Canon in D (Pachelbel)

- The Bridal Chorus (Wagner)

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Interlude:  Some ceremonies include a song during communion, candle lighting or as a moment of reflection.  The couple can incorporate their beliefs and personalities in song selections. One or two songs are plenty.  Any more than that and you may have bridesmaids fainting from exhaustion and guests falling asleep in their seats.

Recessional:  After the vows have been made, the bride has been kissed and the couple has been introduced as husband and wife, the recessional song is played as they walk down the aisle together to exit. This song is joyful and celebratory.  

Traditional selections include (click on the song title to hear the selection):

- The Bridal March (Mendelssohn)

- Ode To Joy (Beethoven)

- Hornpipe from Water Music (Handel)

- Trumpet Voluntary (Clark)

Postlude:  As guests leave the ceremony site, cheerful upbeat pieces can set the mood as the event transitions to a cocktail hour or reception. Postlude music typically lasts 10-15 minutes.

Cocktail Hour:  Before the reception begins there are often pictures to be taken or wardrobe adjustments to be made. During this time guests are treated to music and refreshments.

If you have hired professional musicians they will be a great resource for suggestions. Let them know the overall “feel” you are going for.  Often times they can accommodate special requests if given enough time to prepare. Let your music reflect who you are as a couple and set the mood for a fabulous day filled with wonderful memories!

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