Music Components of Your Wedding Ceremony Defined


Music Components of Your Wedding Ceremony

Each year as a Wedding DJ & Entertainment company, we seem to be doing more and more wedding ceremonies, with sound reinforcement. If we are not doing wedding ceremonies, bride’s will ask us during the final consultation if we have ideas and suggestions for their music during the ceremony.

As experienced 25+ year wedding DJ veterans, we completely agree with the folks over at when it comes to the ceremony.

If you’re like most brides, you want your wedding to be unforgettable, from your entrance up until the party favors are distributed to guests as they leave. When you think of wedding songs, the first thing that pops in your head is most likely reception music, but keep in mind that the music you choose for the ceremony is just as important. The following ideas for the entire ceremony including wedding processional songs will help kick off your wedding on the right note.

The Prelude

The Prelude is the musical selection that is played just as the guests arrive to the ceremony up until the moment before the wedding party makes their way down the aisle. You are welcome to choose a classical playlist pulled from Beethoven or Handel’s vast list of songs, or you have the freedom to go more modern. If you’re planning a traditional wedding, then you should remain close to that theme. If your wedding has an indie theme you could combine the two by hiring a string quartet to play modern favorites by Fiona Apple or Coldplay.

The Processional

The wedding processional songs will begin as the wedding party begins to make their way down the aisle up until right before the bride enters. A classic choice for this portion of the ceremony would be Pachelbel’s “Canon in D,” and a more modern choice would be The Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony.”

Brides Processional

It’s your big moment! The song that plays as you walk down the aisle should be chosen by you and reflect your taste. Traditional choices include “Here Comes The Bride” or “Trumpet Voluntary.” Modernize your entrance with your favorite Beatles song, such as “Something.”

The Interlude

This usually takes place during the lighting of the unity candle. The interlude is the perfect opportunity to spice things up a bit and have a friend or family member sing a song of your choosing. This adds personality to your ceremony and gives your guests a moment to take a breath and grab another tissue. Traditionalists would choose a song like “Ave Maria.”

The Recessional

This is the final act of your ceremony and the portion you can really have fun with. The song you choose should exude a celebratory vibe and leave your guests excited for the reception. Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” is a classic amongst church wedding songs. A popular pick for the non-traditionalist is “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Isreal Kamakawiow’ole.

If you would like to have us at your upcoming wedding and/or reception, please checkout our website at, or request further information and we can check our availability and put together some pricing for you.

Remember, Sound Sensations Entertainment offer wedding entertainment, DVD slide shows, a/v rental services, ceremony sound reinforcement, venue up-lighting, monogram lighting for all areas of Wisconsin including, Appleton, Oshkosh, Madison, Fond du Lac, Green Bay, Door County, Wausau, Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha, and all other areas of Wisconsin.

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