Wedding Ceremony Music Guide

Generally, you will need about 10 pieces of music from prelude to postlude. We will be happy to work with you and help you make your music decisions. Ultimately the decisions are up to you, but here is some guidance to get you started. Your wedding ceremony music should include:

the Prelude

Fifteen to thirty minutes of music for the guests as they walk in and find their seats. The musicians will play a beautiful mix of classics and love songs. If you choose your own prelude music, we recommend choosing seven songs. That’s probably more than the musicians will need, but it’s good to have a couple extra just in case.

Prelude music should be soft and with a formal touch, to let everyone know that the important event will start soon. Most brides and grooms prefer a varied mix of contemporary love songs with some traditional Handel, Mozart, and Bach interspersed.

the Family Processional and Wedding Party Processional

Specific songs for your family members and attendants processing down the aisle before you.

The processionals should be songs that have meaning to you. Any song can work as a processional if it is played with a processional feeling (which we know how to do!). You can make traditional choices such as the Pachelbel Canon and the Bridal Chorus, or popular love songs of today such as “A Thousand Years” and “All of Me,” or you can choose your own special songs.

the Bridal Processional

Your song to be played as you take your bridal walk down the aisle.

the Ceremonial Music

If your ceremony includes a candle lighting, sand ceremony, memorial tribute, or any time that no one is talking, it’s nice to have background music to cover the silence. Any ceremonial music you include should be quiet, reverent, and flowing. The musicians can provide appropriate choices for your candle lighting or presentations to the parents.

Special Performance

Would you like to have a special song played or sung while everyone quietly listens? Talk to us about options!

the Recessional

The new husband and wife take their walk back down the aisle together as everyone claps and cheers. The wedding party will also walk out to this music. It should be upbeat and joyful.

the Postlude

More nice music for the guests, as they exit and segway to the cocktail hour. One song or classical piece is almost always enough.

Please take a look at our Wedding Music Programs — specially made for each ensemble to fit your different stylistic tastes! If you’d rather make your own choices, you are welcome to do so.

Also, here is our current repertoire for different ensembles:

Soloist and Duo Repertoire

String Trio Repertoire

String Quartet Repertoire

the Cocktail Hour

Are we also playing for your cocktail hour? The musicians will play an upbeat mix of their choice. If you have preferences, you can give us guidance such as, “Play some jazz and some contemporary Top 40 songs.” And you can make two or three special song requests.

Have a great time picking out your music!