You’ve selected your venue and colors, chosen your cake flavors, picked out your menu, found the perfect dress, and now it’s time to think about your ceremony. While choosing 5 songs may seem like a simple task, it can be quiet time consuming, so don’t wait until the last minute.
This is music leading up to your ceremony, and it usually starts 30 minutes before the official start time. Prelude music gives your guests something to listen to while they wait for your ceremony and also helps set the tone for day. You can select songs for this or ask your DJ to make some selections for you.
- Seating of Special Guests – Typically, your ceremony begins by seating honored guests. Grandmothers are seated first and mothers are seated last, but if you have other family members or people you would like to honor on your wedding day, you can seat them during this song.
- Processional – The processional is music played while the officiant, groom, groomsmen, bridesmaids, ring bearer, and flower girl enter the ceremony site.
- Bridal March – This song is one that the bride comes down the aisle to, and she may be escorted by her father or a close family member.
- Unity/Special – Many couples perform a symbol of unity after saying their vows like lighting a unity candle, planting a tree, pouring sand, tying a knot, and if this is the case for you and your love, you may want to add some music to help with the flow of events and to keep awkward silences away. If you don’t want to have a symbol of unity, you can still add some special music in your ceremony or skip this one altogether.
- Recessional – The recessional is the song that the wedding party and special guests exit to. It’s usually the bride and groom, flower girl and ring bearer, maid of honor and best man, bridesmaids & groomsmen, parents of the bride, parents of the groom, grandparents of the bride, and grandparents of the groom.
Depending on where you are getting married, there may be some restrictions on what type of music can be played; however, for most venues, you can pick any song. You may want to stick with traditional wedding music or choose songs that are special to you and your groom. Don’t be afraid to pick that favorite top 40 for your exit or an instrumental version of your special love song.
Written by Beth Godwin