Planning your wedding ceremony music
The most basic wedding ceremony music setup involves a minimum of three types of songs: preludes, processionals, and recessionals. Prelude music is light, ambient music that sets the mood while guests are being seated and waiting for the ceremony to begin. It usually begins when the doors open, or as early as 45 minutes prior to but no later than 20 minutes before the beginning of the ceremony.
Next is the processional, which accompanies the entry of the extended wedding party -- family, bridal party, and bride. The same song can be used for each, but we love the idea of changing to another song when the bride enters to add drama and highlight her entrance. At the conclusion of the ceremony, the recessional plays. As the name implies, this music accompanies you as you recess (that is, make your exit) and is traditionally bright and lively -- a reflection of your joy.
Many couples choose to add interludes or songs played during significant moments such as the unity candle lighting or the ketubah signing. You might also want to include a postlude, which is a selection played while guests exit the ceremony.
Music important to you can always be included in your wedding ceremony. There are traditional elements for music, but music is completely up to you. For your reference below here is a great YouTube video that includes traditional wedding music choices.
The basic package ($150) includes:
The moderate package ($200) includes:
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Additional fees could be incurred if: music is ordered, equipment delivery, additional musicians, distance over 35 miles from Apopka, Florida.