Let’s go over the basics of what music to play when, dear bride-to-be! At its bare bones, a basic wedding music setup includes a prelude, processional, and recessional; a full setup includes a prelude, pre-processional, processional, bridal march, interlude, recessional, and postlude.
Finding a great musician is the key to perfect musical timing! Your prelude, ambient background music, normally begins as the first guests arrive – around 45 minutes before your ceremony; it can begin later, but try to not start later than 20 minutes before the festivities start.
Once your guests have been seated, expect to hear a slight skip in the music (and a matching skip in your heart!) as your musicians shift into the pre-processional, which allows your family members to take their walk down the aisle. The processional directly following is set to cue your bridal party to take their positions surrounding the altar and then, soon-to-be Mrs., it’s your turn! The bridal march is traditionally heavy in timber with a deliberate cadence that allows for perfectly times steps towards your handsome groom; remember that even with a simple three-step music setup, there is still the opportunity to change songs as you enter the room for a touch of added drama!
Include an interlude during the quiet moments in your ceremony, like a sand ceremony or lighting of a unity candle, and after you’ve said “I do”, smile and soak in the applause and cheers of your family and friends as your recessional music, normally lively and joyous, accompanies your exit. Your musicians will keep your guests entertained with a light postlude as they take their leave.
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