While your floral and lighting vendors will be the most important to create the aesthetic looks of your big day, your music vendors and choice of songs will set the vibe for your wedding, from the beginning to the very end. Let's start with the basics..
Pre-Ceremony, Processional, and Recessional Music
Before your wedding begins, your guests will be mixing and mingling in the ceremony area prior to taking their seats. This is the perfect opportunity to establish the overall feel of your ceremony. While light classical music will work for some, a fast-paced jazz playlist may set the tone for others. You definitely want some sort of music playing during the pre-ceremony, so that the transition to the processional music isn't too rough.
The processional is when your officiant, groom, and wedding party will take the stand. The music choices are completely up to you, but something low-key and harmonic would be ideal so that it doesn't overwhelm and overshadow the bride's song. Our favorite is Johann Pachelbel's Canon in D.
After everyone has taken their positions, the bride will generally be accompanied down the aisle by either her father, mother, or both. It's time to go conservative on the music here, meaning heavy metal and face-paced beats are out. If you didn't use Pachelbel's Canon in D as a processional song, it could work very well here. Otherwise, nothing is more classic than Richard Wagner's Bridal Chorus.
The recessional occurs right after the bride and groom kiss. The newly wedded will walk back down the aisle, followed by the members of the wedding party. Now's the time to do something fun and upbeat, if that's your style. However, we prefer the traditional Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn.
Cocktail Hour and Reception - Live Music or DJ?
There's pros and cons for going with live music or a DJ. Live music is exciting, it's fresh, it's made-to-order. But a DJ can play songs from a virtually limitless library. Of course nothing can replace your favorite band playing live at your wedding, but we suggest that if there isn't necessarily a favorite band in mind, go with the DJ. You'll have complete control over what songs are played, how the songs sound, and the costs will also be a lot lower and you can splurge elsewhere with the extra funds!