posted by Kendra A. on May 29th, 2008
What does music do for your wedding guests? Music sets the scene. Imagine a majestic sunset; crickets serenading one another in the twilight as your closest friends and family come to share a special night with you. You’ve planned for months to create the perfect atmosphere–a setting that best reflects you and your fiancee’s personalities–your tastes, dreams, and future. What better way to complement the carefully chosen colors and the perfectly matched flowers? Exquisite music.
Your musical prelude should begin 20 to 30 minutes before your ceremony. Prelude music should be joyful and precious. This is a perfect time to include your favorite pieces. Remember, this is the first impression your guests have of your wedding; it should communicate the exact image you have for your once-in-a-lifetime event.
Processional music generally consists of three to four pieces that have been especially chosen to represent the people in your bridal party–those important people who have influenced you throughout your life–grandmothers, grandfathers, mothers, fathers, nieces, nephews, sisters, brothers, best friends, and you.
Foremost in your mind is the bridal processional. You knew the moment you closed your eyes and imagined him standing at the end of the aisle, waiting for you. He was the one. You’ve envisioned the scene hundreds of times since then and played the song over and over in your mind—your processional as you enter to meet your groom. This piece should be the most cherished song in your wedding as it best defines you, the bride. Some quartets will tailor this piece to your liking, so be sure to ask for a special arrangement. Your entrance is the climax of this day, and everyone, including your groom, should be able to flashback to it anytime he sees you enter a room.
The recessional should be the most fun part of the ceremony. This song is the first memory your guests and you will associate with your marriage, so it should illustrate something about you as a couple. It’s perfectly acceptable to choose an upbeat, popular song; this is the beginning of your future together, so enjoy it!
After the recessional, the musicians usually play a short postlude. This provides a pleasant atmosphere for guests as they exit and helps to make a smooth transition into your cocktail hour, reception or dinner.
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