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, they will often wait in the lobby until it is.
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 20 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. Below are suggestions, if you need it.
Rev. Phil recommends you play only instrumental music for cocktails and hors d’ouerves. People are milling about and talking. Harder to talk over a song with lyrics.
Vitamin Sting Quartet’s The Modern Wedding Collection II
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 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.
Rev. Phil Will Email the Script to DJ/Musicians
As the wedding planner for your ceremony, Rev. Phil will e-mail the ceremony script to the DJ or the musicians the week of your wedding. It allows them to know precisely when they are to play — which makes the ceremony flow smoothly.
Emailing a script to DJ/musicians is very rare.