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As you plan Your Musical Love Story, there are four main parts of the service to include when choosing musical selections.

The Prelude
The prelude includes all of the music that is played from the time your guests first arrive, until the bride walks down the aisle. This is where the majority of Your Musical Love Story is told. The time frame for this is generally 30 minutes.

All of the pieces in the prelude should lend themselves to the telling of your love story. The style, genre, theme and overall feel of this section is completely up to the bride and groom.

The Processional
The processional includes the entrances for the grandparents, parents, attendants and the bride. This is usually comprised of 1-4 different pieces and the time varies based on how many people will be processing in each group.

Some good options for a traditional processional would include things like:

Canon in D – Pachelbel
Air on a G String – Bach
Minuet in G – Mozart
Arioso – Bach
Ode to Joy – Beethoven
Here Comes the Bride – Wagner
Trumpet Voluntary – Clarke

The Ceremony
The ceremony itself may have multiple music selections which can continue Your Musical Love Story. This section would include any special music you want to have sung, as well as background music for things such as the lighting of the unity candle; the sand ceremony; communion or other spiritual element you may desire.

These pieces are totally left up to the discretion of the bride and groom and may include things that are very personal to them such as hymns, popular songs or even their own compositions.

The Recessional
The recessional used to be highly traditional and included pieces like the Wedding March by Mendelssohn or the Widor Sonata. Now this portion of the ceremony has become highly personalized as well and includes everything from show tunes, to Sinatra favorites, or more traditional pieces. The options here are endless and are once again left up to the discretion of the bride and groom.

So now that you know what portions of the ceremony you need music for, let’s set up a consultation and see what we can come up with to create your perfect Musical Love Story.