Tips for Planning Wedding Music
Prelude Before the ceremony begins, prelude music may be played as the guests are seated. This music is sometimes selected by the organist or instrumentalists.
Processionals Many couples select one processional for the mothers of the bride and groom, a second processional for the attendants, and a third for the bride.
Solos If you have a soloist, some common places for him or her to sing would be: • After the prelude immediately prior to the seating of the mothers • After the seating of the mothers • After the presentation of the bride • Between readings • After the vows/exchange of rings • During the lighting of the unity candle
Recessional Many couples select one recessional for the entire wedding party.
Postlude For most ceremonies, a postlude is played at the end of the ceremony after the recessional. This music is sometimes selected by the organist or instrumentalists.