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What Songs Are Needed For A Wedding Ceremony?

by Lois R. Earles
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Weddings are all about the bridal gowns, the fancy decorations, the fantastic venue, the fun reception, the joy of two people in love, and the gathering of friends and families. But aside from that, wedding music is also one of the most anticipated parts of the ceremony.

You may think that what is important is the song that will play when you enter and walk down the aisle, or when you exchange vows and when you exit the venue. However, that’s not all. There is a bigger picture that you need to consider. You will provide the songs that will be played on your most special day. That is why it’s important to hire a reliable event specialist like Evengo.

Now traditionally, music programs in wedding ceremonies are divided into three types of songs: the prelude, processional and recessional.

When choosing your prelude music, keep in mind that it should be light. The music must be ambient because it sets the mood of your guests while they are walking inside the venue and are being seated, waiting for your wedding to begin. It begins when the doors open, and it lasts around 20 to 45 minutes, depending on how many guests you have.

After the prelude is the processional, the processional is played during the entrance of the extended wedding party, like the family, the attendants and the bride. You can play the same song for the processional over and over, but it is best to change to another song, especially when the bride enters to add emphasis.

Once the ceremony is done, the recessional is played. The recessional music is that one that accompanies you as you and your partner makes your exit and it is usually a lively, bright, and celebratory music since you officially tied the knot.

Interludes and postludes are also outstanding. Couples choose to add some songs played during heartwarming moments at the wedding ceremony like the candle lighting or the exchanging of rings. You can include postlude if you wish, they are songs that are played when your guests exit the venue of the ceremony. You can go for a band or someone who plays the harp, cello or violin.

Working With Rules

Before you hire any musicians for the ceremony and before you create a playlist, it is best to do your research first. Some venues have strict rules and regulations regarding the music that will be used during the ceremony.

This is especially true if you want a church wedding. You will need to be aware of the rules and guidelines, the curfew, how loud the music can be, and if you are going to get a band, check where the band will be asked to play.

Check The Setup

When putting together your wedding ensemble, check the whole setup and the size of your venue. If you are going to get a band and you are going to have a wedding ceremony, check the number of band players that will be used, because sometimes they don’t go well together and the sound may be too overwhelming. If you want an outdoor wedding, you can’t use a regular piano since the outdoors will consume the sound, so switch to an electric one.

Review The Fees

You don’t want to be surprised by any additional fees, especially if you are working on a tight budget for your wedding. If you want to hire a band or musicians, take note that it may cost from $200 to $500.

If you want to lower the rate and save some money, check what is already available in your venue. If the venue already has a piano or a harp, then use it instead so you don’t have to pay for the instrument anymore. Transportation is also charged to you by musicians, so the less baggage the better.

Do Your Research

There are a lot of musicians out there that can play and sing at wedding ceremonies. Some of them are good, while some are mediocre. Review their videos and check if they fit your taste and style. Read the comments on their social media pages to see if they are talented and good as advertised.

You can also ask for references from people that you know who had musicians during their wedding. Some musicians upload demo on their website that shows what the different styles and genre they are capable of singing and playing.

Talk To The Leader

Most musicians have agents or leaders who work with clients. They put the musicians together, and the instruments needed like a violin or organ and they organize them to form an orchestra required for a wedding—the more instruments that are added, the fuller the music. But remember, if you want a full orchestra at your wedding, you need to be ready with your budget since they will cost more.

Now, keep in mind that you might like the sound of an instrument, but it does not mean that it can be included in the ensemble that you want. If you wish to add a cello because you love how it sounds during weddings, you need to balance the sound and find at least three or four violins, harp, and maybe a trumpet, or else the song will sound monotonous.