Authored by: Rinette Emerson
December 13, 2013

Music is one of the most important components of your wedding, and your selections are one of the best ways to personalize your ceremony. So if Lady Gaga is more reflective of your personalities than Carrie Underwood, then go ahead and choose “Edge of Glory” as the processional song. Such personal touches will help to make your ceremony more memorable for your guests, and of course, for you.

Some things to consider when selecting your music:

  • Think of the theme of your ceremony. The music you choose for your ceremony can set the mood (and atmosphere) for the entire day. Decide how you want the whole day to feel, for you and your guests. Do you want an elegant sophisticated ambiance with classical music, or perhaps a more laid back relaxed vibe with blues or jazz, or maybe you prefer a upbeat party atmosphere with some soul and pop classics.
  • Consider the location of your wedding. Although most churches don’t dictate that all music must be religious, some houses of worship don’t allow secular music and have strict guidelines about what can be played during the ceremony. So to be safe, check with the Officiant prior to your Special Day.
  • Check with the venue co-ordinator to find out if you must work with the in-house music company or use a particular musician, singer or DJ. This may restrict the type of music you choose and any family or friend involvement you may be considering.
  • It’s a good idea to think about the timing of your ceremony and when you want music to be played. Classical songs work well for the processional as they have natural breaks that fit in with pauses in the ceremony. Contemporary music can also work for the Bride’s entrance so choose the music that best compliments the style of your ceremony. Later on for the signing of the marriage license, a piece of around 3-5 minutes is usually sufficient. Also bear in mind that when guests arrive, the music will help to set the atmosphere so plan about 25 minutes of music for this time. Click here for a checklist of when music is traditionally included in a wedding ceremony.
  • Keep your religious and cultural backgrounds in mind when selecting your music. Including music in your ceremony that celebrates your heritage is an effective way to personalize your ceremony and honour your families and guests. They would appreciate the extra thought and effort involved.

Whatever your musical tastes, be creative and allow your personalities to shine through!

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About the Author: Rinette Emerson

Prior to Enduring Promises, Rinette worked with clients on strategic communications, online development programs, corporate branding and helping clients “get found” online. After officiating her first wedding, many years ago, Rinette was hooked – and now she is a sought after wedding Officiant. A little-known fact about Rinette…she is an amazing artist! You can follow her on LinkedIn.


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