Whether your ceremony is formal or informal, beautiful music will highlight the occasion, and make it flow smoothly. Experienced classical groups can provide music for the entire ceremony--a perfect alternative to the traditional church organ. Soloists on harp, guitar, or keyboard can also perform all of the ceremony music by themselves. Other soloists--such as vocalist or trumpet--can perform special selections, but will need accompaniment.
It is often possible to use both church organ and other instrumental performers for a wedding ceremony. Classical groups can perform in cooperation with the church organ, alternating musical selections.
Most wedding ceremonies include music
arrival and seating of guests ("Prelude Music")
entrance of the bridal party ("Attendants' Processional")
entrance of the bride ("Bride's Processional")
exit of the newly-married couple and bridal party ("Recessional")
Some weddings also include music
seating of the mothers/grandmothers
special moments within the ceremony
exit of guests at the conclusion of the ceremony ("Postlude Music")
A word to the wise: If your ceremony will take place in a house of worship, be sure to consult with your church or synagogue before deciding about music. They may have rules or restrictions regarding wedding music--and it's best to know before making your choice.