Music sets the mood and the tone of the ceremony.

Be sure the DJ or musicians start playing 30 minutes before the ceremony is to begin. There is an elegance to having your guests walk into the place where the ceremony will be, see the beautiful flowers and other decorations, and hear soothing music — typically, classical instrumental music. If the music is not playing when they arrive, your wedding lacks something.

There is no right or wrong music to play during the ceremony. Well, hard rock might not fit so well. But most of the songs sung on American Idol or The Voice would work well. Play your favorite Top 40 song. Most couples choose classical music for it fits the elegance of the day.

Where can you find music you might want to have played at your wedding? Your DJ or musicians will certainly have ideas. Here are suggestions, in case you don’t like what they’re offering.

Vitamin Sting Quartet’s The Modern Wedding Collection II
m1 Contemporary songs without lyrics. But it’s not your parents’s Muzak / elevator music.
Very appropriate for wedding ceremonies, cocktails and hors d’ouerves and dinner during the reception.
There are a ton of varieties to suit your tastes – tributes to the Beatles, Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Elton John, Rolling Stones, U2, Valentine’s Day and so many more.
The Piano Guys
m2 Instrumental versions of songs – popular (A Thousand Years) and innovative (Michael Meets Mozart).
The Knot Collection of Ceremony and Wedding Music

Selected by The Knot’s Carley Roney. This CD includes:

  • 5 prelude (before the ceremony)
  • 7 processional (as parents, bridesmaids/groomsmen walk up)
  • 5 interlude (to be played during the ceremony) and
  • 6 recessional (as the new Mr.and Mrs. Followed by the  bridesmaids/groomsmen walk down the aisle at the end of the ceremony)
With selections from Bach, Beethoven, Handel and others.
Bride’s Guide to Wedding Music
m4 It has 18 classical selections. A colleague of Rev. Phil’s says it is the best one.

Rev. Phil will e-mail the final order of service to the DJ or head musician the week of your ceremony. It has precise instructions on when they are to play — to make the ceremony flow smoothly.

Rev. Phil loves having live musicians play at a wedding ceremony. But if money is tight, if you are going over budget, go with a DJ. A good DJ with a good sound system and the “right” music can be classy and beautiful.

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Rev. Phil will email you a number of dates and times when he can meet you — evenings and weekends, with several Panera Bread locations to choose from.

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