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 CHOOSING YOUR WEDDING MUSIC
 02-23-11

CHOOSING YOUR WEDDING MUSIC

By WeddingSolutions.com

Ceremony music is the music played during the ceremony; i.e., prelude, processional, ceremony, recessional, and postlude. Prelude music is played 15 to 30 minutes before the ceremony begins and while guests are being seated. Processional music is played as the wedding party enters the ceremony site. Ceremony music is played during the ceremony. Recessional music is played as the wedding party leaves the ceremony site. Postlude music is played while guests leave the ceremony site. Options: The most traditional musical instrument for wedding ceremonies is the organ. But guitars, pianos, flutes, harps and violins are also popular today.

Popular selections for a Christian wedding:

Trumpet Voluntary by Purcell, The Bridal Chorus by Wagner, Wedding March by Mendelssohn, Postlude in G Major by Handel, Canon in D Major by Pachelbel, Adagio in A Minor by Bach

Popular selections for a Jewish wedding:

Erev Shel Shoshanim, Erev Ba Hana' Ava Babanot

Things To Consider: Music may or may not be included as part of the ceremony site fee. Be sure to check with your ceremony site about restrictions pertaining to music and the availability of musical instruments for your use. Discuss the selection of ceremony music with your officiant and musicians. Make sure the musicians know how to play the selections you request.

When selecting ceremony music, keep in mind the formality of your wedding, your religious affiliation, and the length of the ceremony. Also consider the location and time of day. If the ceremony is outside where there may be other noises such as traffic, wind, or people's voices, or if a large number of guests will be attending your ceremony, consider having the music, your officiant, and your vows amplified. Make sure there are electrical outlets close to where the instruments will be set up.

Ceremony Music

 

Ceremony music is the music played during the ceremony; i.e., prelude, processional, ceremony, recessional, and postlude. Prelude music is played 15 to 30 minutes before the ceremony begins and while guests are being seated. Processional music is played as the wedding party enters the ceremony site. Ceremony music is played during the ceremony. Recessional music is played as the wedding party leaves the ceremony site. Postlude music is played while guests leave the ceremony site. Options: The most traditional musical instrument for wedding ceremonies is the organ. But guitars, pianos, flutes, harps and violins are also popular today.

Popular selections for a Christian wedding:

Trumpet Voluntary by Purcell, The Bridal Chorus by Wagner, Wedding March by Mendelssohn, Postlude in G Major by Handel, Canon in D Major by Pachelbel, Adagio in A Minor by Bach

Popular selections for a Jewish wedding:

Erev Shel Shoshanim, Erev Ba Hana' Ava Babanot

Things To Consider: Music may or may not be included as part of the ceremony site fee. Be sure to check with your ceremony site about restrictions pertaining to music and the availability of musical instruments for your use. Discuss the selection of ceremony music with your officiant and musicians. Make sure the musicians know how to play the selections you request.

When selecting ceremony music, keep in mind the formality of your wedding, your religious affiliation, and the length of the ceremony. Also consider the location and time of day. If the ceremony is outside where there may be other noises such as traffic, wind, or people's voices, or if a large number of guests will be attending your ceremony, consider having the music, your officiant, and your vows amplified. Make sure there are electrical outlets close to where the instruments will be set up.

QUESTIONS TO ASK FOR CEREMONY MUSIC


• What is the name of the musician or band?
• What is your address?
• What is the name & phone number of my contact person?
• How many years of professional experience do you have?
• What percentage of your business is dedicated to weddings?
• Are you the person who will perform at my wedding?
• What instrument(s) do you play?
• What type of music do you specialize in?
• What are your hourly fees?
• What is the cost of a soloist?
• What is the cost of a duet?
• What is the cost of a trio?
• What is the cost of a quartet?
• How would you dress for my wedding?
• Do you have liability insurance?
• Do you have a cordless microphone?
• What is your payment/cancellation policy?
• What is the name of the musician? Band? DJ?
• What is your address?
• What is the name & phone number of my contact person?
• How many years of professional experience do you have?
• What percentage of your business is dedicated to wedding receptions?
• How many people are in your band?
• What type of music do you specialize in?
• What type of sound system do you have?
• Can you act as a master of ceremonies? How do you dress?
• Can you provide a light show?
• Do you have a cordless microphone?
• How many breaks do you take? How long are they?
• Do you play recorded music during breaks?
• Do you have liability insurance?
• What are your fees for a 4-hour reception?
• What is your cost for each additional hour?
• What is your payment/cancellation policy?

 

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