With these simple wedding ceremony music ideas, you can have a very special and unique ceremony.
There are many ways to go about deciding on your ceremony music.
First, it is important to consider your venue, as some venues have restrictions and rules.
As always, remember that this is YOUR wedding, so do whatever you want that makes you happy and represents you.
If your ceremony is in a church make sure to speak with the pastor to find out about any rules the church may have regarding the music for your wedding ceremony.
If the church has a music director, I would
suggest working with this person as much as possible. Ask them for
suggestions and ideas.
With church ceremonies, there are so many avenues you can go down as far as your music ideas.
The most common is to have an organist or pianist play all of your songs. Many churches have in-house organists and pianists that you can use.
Or hire a string quartet to play your prelude, processional, and recessional.
You might ask a choir to sing some songs during the ceremony and you could even request special hymns for the guests to sing along with the choir.
Another option is to make a CD of all the music you want to be played during the ceremony and have someone play these songs during their appropriate times with the sound equipment provided.
Most churches have excellent sound equipment that can be used.
If your ceremony is being held outdoors, the first thing you want to find out is if you need to register for a music/sound permit, and discuss if there are any restrictions (e.g. noise level, types of music, etc.).
A unique outdoor wedding idea is to hire a string quartet.
String quartets tend to add a more intimate and romantic feeling to
weddings. It really sets a beautiful tone to the wedding when you hear the high
pitched sound of the violin and low register of the cello outdoors.
A few music ideas you want to consider if you hire musicians for an outdoor location are:
Make sure to communicate all of these details to the musicians and the site location. I suggest walking the musicians through the venue to ensure that they will be able to perform there.
If you need more ceremony music ideas for each special moment during your wedding, here is a list of popular songs.
If you need music ideas for your reception, here is a list of popular wedding reception music.