Ceremony Music Tips
The string trio or quartet is a perfect match for any wedding reception, private
party, or corporate dinner party. Beautiful, uplifting music is ever-present but
never overpowers the conversations of your guests, and the visual presentation
is always elegant. Here are a few tips to help you select just the right music
to create the perfect ambience.
If you are unsure what kind of music you like, you might buy a classical
music wedding CD. Most CDs cover the standard bridal repertoire. Always ask if a
song you really like is in your musicians' repertoire. If not, they can probably
suggest another song by the same composer or one in the same genre. Don't be
afraid to ask for suggestions if you are stumped. Most groups will gladly choose
music for you! Also, don't be afraid to let your group know if there are certain
songs/composers you don't like as well. If you are really not fond of Bach or
Vivaldi, they can avoid playing those composers.
If you want that "special song" that isn't in the play list, give the group
at least 1 month to work up an arrangement. Bear in mind that not all songs are
available -- especially if they are on the air now. Also not all pop songs
arrange well. Without the lyrics, many songs are very repetitive, making for
Don't try to have a separate song for every group in your wedding (e.g.
family, friends, grandparents, groomsmen, etc.) Unless the aisle is very long,
you will only get 15 to 30 seconds of each piece making for a very fractured
ceremony. Traditionally there is a song for the mothers, one for the bride's
maids (including the ring bearer and flower girl) and one for the bride.