Music for Wedding Ceremonies

Jan 18, 2013

A wedding is one of the important ceremonies of anyone’s life.

Whether it is formal or informal, traditional or modern, beautifully chosen music can add significantly to the character and atmosphere of any ceremony.

A celebrant can contribute greatly here. I’d like to offer a few suggestions. Obviously, individual choice will be all-important, so this is merely a personal guide.

Music – when?

If nowhere else, a piece of music could be played during the signing of the Register.

Music is often played during the Processional (as the Bride comes in) and equally for the Recessional (when the couple walk out at the end).

There could certainly be music before the ceremony, to set the tone; there may be hymns, if it’s a religious ceremony and – a little more unusual – music either side of the vows.

Music – which?

Commonly, wedding marches are played at the Processional and Recessional.

Baroque or Classical composers’ music (eg Bach, Handel, Beethoven) is often played during the signing of the Register. These pieces need to last long enough (at least five minutes) to avoid a potentially uncomfortable silence.

The music does not have to be classical, of course. It can be any genre, depending on the wishes of the couple. Indeed, there may be good reasons to choose music from other cultures, and this can be fascinating as well as moving for guests.

Music – how?

Live music can make a ceremony very special indeed. It can be quite costly, of course, but, as long as musician(s) and the celebrant agree beforehand when the music is going to be played, this can be a lovely touch.

CDs are cheaper, naturally, but a lot of reliance will then need to be placed on both the audio equipment and the operator.

To ensure smooth running of the ceremony, a rehearsal (with musicians/audio equipment) can be recommended, although responsibility for paying for this would be the couple’s.

Music – why?

Music heightens the emotions and gives meaning to the moment.  It will help bring about a wonderful feel-good sensation and contribute to ensuring that the ceremony will be memorable for all the guests and a highlight of the couple’s life together.