One thing to let you know before I start talking about the ceremony, is that I got myself ordained on line. This does not mean I am offering this as a service, I think that is the wrong way to do it, it means that if something happened to your officiant, I could step in and perform a basic ceremony that would be legal.
As guests start to arrive, there should be soft music playing, nothing too loud. I recommend using the Vitamin String Quartet for this portion, they take well known songs and them in a strings format. There are other songs as well of course, but these are my favourites, every time I play them, at least 1 person comes up to me and asks me who it was, so I know people are paying attention !!.
I do recommend using different music for the Ceremony Procession. and I will add that more and more people are using contemporary songs they like over the more traditional Classical music… When you make the change, people know the ceremony is starting. Of course you can use anything you wish 🙂
For the wedding ceremony, the typical order of entry is as follows: Grandparents and Mothers Process in and take their seats The Officiant then walks in followed by the Groom the Groomsmen. I Have something I like to do here that always goes over well, if we meet to discuss your wedding I will explain it to you !!)
Next the Bridesmaids walk in, followed by the Maid/Matron of Honour and the Flowergirl and Ringbearer.
Of course you can have the bridesmaids and groomsmen walk in in pairs, it is entirely up to you.
Obviously the Bride is next, the only thing I would be aware of when picking a song here is to know how long it takes you to walk in, especially if you want a song with lyrics as it may not play for too long and the lyrics may lose their meaning if you have to end the song quickly …
If you are having a “ceremony within the ceremony” such as the Sand Ceremony, or the Unity Candle Ceremony (be very careful doing this outside because of the wind), have the band/DJ play something softly in the background as the Officiant is reading the piece, then raise the volume as you perform the ceremony, it adds something to the overall ceremony.
A great song for this is “Watermark” – Enya
When you kiss at the end of the ceremony, have the officiant move out of the way or this may happen !!!
Once the Ceremony is over, you want a good recessional song, I think it is great to play something non – classical here. something “Marry You – Bruno Mars ” or “Top Of The World- Imagine Dragons”. It is a fun way to end the ceremony, and makes a statement we are going to have some fun tonight.
If you can do it, I would definitely recommend doing a group picture at this point. It is one picture you will spend many years looking at, probably more than any other picture, and it only takes a couple of minutes to get.