What Music Do You Need for Your Wedding Ceremony?

When you think about wedding ceremony music, you probably think of pipe organs or string quartets playing Richard Wagner's "Bridal Chorus" (better known as "Here Comes the Bride") and Felix Mendelssohn's "Wedding March." While these two compositions are certainly traditional, they are far from the only options you have for your own ceremony soundtrack.

While some religious weddings require certain song or hymn selections, many couples are able to customize the music that plays during their ceremony. This is more than just the processional and recessional songs, though – there are several other opportunities for you and your fiance to choose background music that enhances the overall ambiance of your ceremony.

Whether you're hiring live musicians or having your reception DJ provide sound for all your wedding events, here are a few key points during the ceremony where you will want to plan out your music:

1. Prelude

Prelude music usually plays for 20 to 30 minutes before the ceremony begins while guests gather and take their seats. A set of seven to 10 light, romantic songs will set the mood for the ceremony and your overall wedding day.

2. Processional

This is the music that plays while honored family members (e.g. grandparents and parents of the couple) and the wedding party walk down the aisle. The processional song signifies the official beginning of the ceremony, so there should be a tonal shift from the prelude music. You may even wish to choose two songs to distinguish your family members' entrance from the wedding party.

3. Bride's Entrance

Aside from "the kiss," the bride's entrance is easily the most anticipated moment of many wedding ceremonies. Guests typically stand up and turn around to see the bride as she walks down the aisle. While you can use one processional song for family, wedding party, and bridal entrances, most couples have a pause before the bride enters to switch to a more dramatic piece of music.

4. Interludes/Special Ceremony Events

If your wedding includes special traditions like a unity candle ceremony, you may want to choose a subdued, emotional song to play while this is happening. Some couples also choose to have a friend or family member perform a musical interlude during the ceremony.

5. Recessional

Your recessional should be a joyous, upbeat song that celebrates the start of your life as a married couple. You and your spouse will exit the ceremony during the recessional song, followed by your bridal party and family members.

6. Postlude

Depending on when your cocktail hour begins, your guests may not leave the ceremony site right away. You may want to select a song or two to play in the background as they mingle and chat. Like the recessional, postlude songs should be cheerful and celebratory.

Other Wedding Ceremony Sound Considerations

Once you've chosen the songs for your ceremony, you'll need to think about sound amplification. A good audio system is essential if you want your guests to be able to hear your music, your officiant, and your vows.

Check with your wedding vendors to see what kind of sound setup they have, especially if you're having an outdoor ceremony. Weddings held at locations like beaches, lakefronts, and gardens may look beautiful, but it can be difficult to find a power supply for microphones and speakers. One potential solution to this problem is a wireless ceremony sound system, which we provide with each of our wedding entertainment packages.

When you hire Hurricane Productions as your wedding entertainment, we'll work with you to plan out the timing for each musical moment of your ceremony. If you're having live music, our high-quality sound system ensures that every musician and speaker at your ceremony is heard loud and clear.

Looking for entertainment and media services for your wedding day? Visit Hurricane Productions' pricing page to learn about our all-inclusive packages or contact us for a quote.

Wedding Ceremony - Wireless Sound System

You and your fiance have likely given a lot of thought to the audio needs for your wedding reception – music, toasts, announcements, etc. But one often overlooked detail of the big day is sound for your ceremony.

Traditional church weddings may take care of music and audio, but if you're getting married at your reception venue or somewhere off-site like a beach, you'll likely be on your own in terms of setting up a sound system.

That's where Hurricane Productions can help: We offer complete ceremony sound packages as part of our services to make your wedding day as stress-free and enjoyable as possible.

Whether you and your spouse-to-be are exchanging vows indoors or outdoors, we'll be able to accommodate you with an auxiliary sound system for the duration of the ceremony. When you book Hurricane Productions for your wedding entertainment, we'll work with you to plan out the timing for ceremony – everything from the processional and recessional music to any special songs you want to play during the event.

You, your officiant and anyone speaking at your ceremony will be heard by all your guests over our crystal-clear system, which includes speakers, a microphone and a mic stand. Because our setup is completely wireless, no one has to worry about tripping over cords as they walk down the aisle. It's also ideal for remote locations like lakefront or garden weddings, since we can run everything on battery power.

If you're interested in having Hurricane Productions provide the sound for your wedding ceremony, please check your date availability or check out our pricing.

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