Music soothes our souls, encourages us to dance and relaxes our emotions, so the creation of your wedding ceremony music program should certainly be well thought out. Seeing as your wedding ceremony consists of many events that could potentially have music playing within them, it is important to plan it out so that the right moments are accompanies by the perfect song.
The last couple of weeks, we have discussed steps 1 and 2 to creating a wedding ceremony music program with ease, and this week, I Thee Wed has gathered the last step of the series, step 3, so be sure to continue reading to learn more:
· STEP 3: Create your program. We have created a great outline for you which allows you to insert your chosen songs and create your music program. A * symbol indicates where a song should be placed.
o Prelude. Your prelude song should be played as the guests arrive *. If you do not already have a chosen song, choose a style you would, and then narrow down your options form within that chosen genre.
o Processional. The processional song is played when the Groom enters *, but it can also be played for the entrance of families *, attendants * and of course, the Bride *.
§ You can choose a separate song for the entrance of each, or choose to use the same song for all. However, the Bride should have her own song as she enters
o Ceremony. The wedding ceremony does not always need music, this is mainly for if you choose to have a communion *, light unity candles * or incorporate any other traditions *. However, some Brides and Grooms choose to have soft music playing in the background * of their entire ceremony.
o Recessional. The recessional * refers the exit of the wedding ceremony and the presentation of the new Mr. & Mrs. This song choice is usually a little more upbeat and fun.
o Cocktail Hour. Your cocktail hour * allows your guests the time to mingle as you and your newlywed run off to take photos. Obviously, a multitude of songs will need chosen to fulfill an hour’s worth of time, so it is a great idea to create a list of songs that you would like to hear played, to coordinate them with your musician.
§ Keep in mind though that you should not play any songs that you will be incorporating into your wedding reception or for your first dance, so be sure to avoid adding those to the list.
Music should be the last of your concerns when it comes to your wedding, and as long as you follow this simple guide, you will be able to plan your playlist with ease. Here at I Thee Wed, it is our goal to handle all of your wedding planning details, so that you can sit back, relax and enjoy your big day, so be sure to contact us today to begin planning our greater Cincinnati wedding.
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