People often wonder what is needed for ceremony music? The firs thing is to decide on a general style of pre-ceremony music. This is the music that is played for 10-15 minutes while guests are getting seated prior to the official start of ceremony. Typically light instrumental music is played during this time.
For the official start of the ceremony "The Processional" how many songs you need is based on how you plan your processional.
You may have "Seating of Family" meaning, parents, grand parents, uncles, aunts, sponsors etc. are going to need their own song because they are going to walk as part of your processional. If you don't have this then you don't need a song for this part.
Next up we may have a song for "First Spouse", if the first spouse to walk is going to have their own song then you can make a selection, however you do not have to choose a separate song for "First Spouse". Sometimes one spouse is already up at the alter and not walking or just doesn't want or need their own song and that's also perfectly fine. It's up to you!
Then after our "First Spouse" we would have the wedding party. You definitely want to pick at least this song as one extra song. It is generally a good idea to have at least two songs for processional. One for everyone else and one for "Second Spouse". Bridal Party usually consists of bridesmaids, groomsmen, ring bearer and flower girl.
Saving the best for last we need our "Second Spouse" song. This is our last song to use. Following this song the officiant would start the ceremony.
Regarding music during the ceremony. Music is only needed during the ceremony if there are going to be large gaps of silence where the officiant is not talking. An example would be while you are lighting a unity candle a song plays very lightly in the background. If the officiant however is going to talk through the entire unity ceremony there is no need for music.
The "Recessional Song" is our final song. This is the song that is played after the first kiss and pronouncement. Once the officiant ends the ceremony and you are pronounced this song plays for everyone as you all walk back out from the ceremony. It should be fun and upbeat, YOU JUST GOT MARRIED!
Popular song suggestions can be found below in our Spotify Processional Playlist.
Click on the link to see the most popular processional music on our Spotify Playlist! Remember you don't have to pick these songs but it should give you a better idea of what to choose for processional.
Click on the link to see the most popular recessional music on our Spotify Playlist! Remember you don't have to pick these songs but it should give you a better idea of what to choose for the final pronouncement.