Wedding Ceremony Music | How to Plan Your Ceremony Music

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How to Plan Your Wedding Ceremony Music

The wedding ceremony music tends to be softer, usually classical wedding music or ballads. There should be about five songs played as a prelude when the guests are seated, then a special song when the mothers of the bride and groom are seated.

There are two songs during the processional, one when the bridesmaids enter, and the most dramatic as the bride walks up the aisle. The most joyous music is played in the recessional, when the bride and groom leave together.

There can be special songs at different points in the ceremony, such as after exchanging the rings and vows, lighting the unity candle, or taking communion.

Some churches have rules about wedding songs used during your ceremony so be sure to ask your clergy person or officiant!

MORE: Complete Guide to Wedding Music and 50 Songs for A Dramatic Wedding Entrance

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The Prelude: When guests start arriving at the ceremony location. Classical wedding music can be most appropriate here.

 

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The Processional: When the bridal party and the bride make their entrance. A Classical wedding song is traditional here.

 

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The Ceremony Music: When the bride and groom are married

 unity candle ceremony music

The Unity Candle: Candle ceremony bringing the two sides of the family together as one. Family unity candle ceremonies are great for second weddings and a nice way to blend two familes with children.

 

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The Recessional: As the bride and groom walk back down the aisle and out of the ceremony site.

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