Keep in mind that there may be
religious restrictions regarding photography, videos, and music during the
ceremony, Be certain to check with your clergy person for those parameters.
Should you choose to
have music at your ceremony, it will add immeasurably to the magic of the
moment. Music always has the ability to set the tone for an event. This is
equally true for your ceremony. Music must be chosen carefully, with attention
to good taste, as well as to personal preferences. Traditionally ceremony
music is performed by an organist and/or string quartet (violin, flute,
harp), or a brass ensemble (trumpet, trombone, French horn, baritone). You
may compliment your instrumental music with one or more vocal soloists.
As with other aspects of
your ceremony, you may stay with traditional musical instruments and
selections or you may be more experimental and "creative" by
selecting more contemporary music. The use of guitar or harp, with or
without an accompanying soloist, is just one suggestion. An ensemble of two
to five string or wind instruments is another alternative.
Music For Your Wedding
Music can begin being
played as your guests enter and are seated. This should take between 20 and
30 minutes depending on the number of guests and the size of the location.
Music can accompany various parts of the ceremony. When the wedding party
enters, musical accompaniment, from the traditional wedding march to a
mixed variety of pieces can be played. If the clergy person sings any of
the parts of ceremony, he or she may choose to have musical accompaniment.
Music continues during the recessional, as the wedding party and then the
guests exit. The clergy or officiator may be asked to make recommendations
regarding both the kinds of music and the choice of musicians, and
You will first need to
decide the kind of music you like. Do so by listening to as many different
choices as possible. Many musical groups will furnish you with tapes to listen
to in order to make your choice. Be careful with your choice of pieces,
because some religious groups may restrict the use of secular pieces, even
though in most cases you will have complete freedom with regard to the
kinds of musical instruments. Once you have selected your musicians, they
become another valuable resource. They will be pleased to offer you with
suggestions, of lists of suggestions of music they suggest for the
different segments of your ceremony.
Keep in mind that there may be religious restrictions regarding photography, videos, and music during the ceremony, Be certain to check with your clergy person for those parameters.