The Importance of Music in Your Wedding Ceremony

Music – Important or Not?

I have to write about the importance of music in your wedding ceremony because in many ways music, as well as the words spoken during a wedding ceremony, will truly set the tone for the rest of your wedding day and create lasting memories.

This afternoon, my lovely bride sent her music selections to me for her ceremony next weekend to be incorporated into her custom written ceremony script and Order of Ceremony.

Once I received her selections, I found myself playing each piece of music while working on the final touches to her wedding ceremony.  It was a wonderful experience.

Memories of music at your wedding ceremony will be as important and vivid in your memory as your wedding gown/tuxedo, wedding party, dinner and entertainment.


Music can be included in a number of places at a ceremony as follows:

  1. Prior to the ceremony for guests to enjoy while they take their seats (prelude),
  2. During the entrance of the wedding party and important family members (procession),
  3. During the signing of the legal documents (interlude), and
  4. Finally after the couple are married and walk back down the aisle (recession).

Music plays a significant role in setting the tone and enhancing the overall atmosphere of a wedding ceremony and contributes to the emotional and memorable experience for both the couple and their guests. Music has the power to evoke emotions, and the right choice of music can create a romantic and intimate atmosphere. Upbeat and lively music can infuse a sense of joy and celebration, reflecting the happiness of the occasion.

symbolic moments for MUSIC

The processional music, as the bride(s)/groom(s), escort(s), or the couple (if they enter together) walk down the aisle, and the recessional music, as the newlyweds and wedding party exit, mark the beginning of the ceremony. These music selections add a sense of occasion and significance to these moments and are very important.  Different pieces of music can be played for the processions of the bride(s), groom(s), groomsmen, bridesmaids, flower girl, ring bearer and even the entrance of the parents/grandparents, as appropriate.

As legal documents are being signed, playing music can enhance the emotional impact and excitement for the marriage as this is the point when the legal marriage components of the day will be finalized and the couple will be legally married.  Background music can simply be played at this time or preferably, in my opinion, something upbeat and celebratory.

And remember, live music of any kind is also an option for any wedding ceremony including a bagpiper shown below by a fine Scotsman and his bagpipes.

Wedding Ceremony Bagpipes

Lasting Memories

And remember, 15 years from now if that particular piece of music that is played on the radio, at a concert or even at another wedding, will immediately remind you of that wonderful wedding ceremony years before; a ceremony filled with meaningful words about the two of you, your family, your loving friends and the lifelong commitment you made to each other on your special day.

Break with Tradition or Embrace It?

Don’t worry if your music selections break with tradition, or if you want to stay with traditional choices – just embrace the music and the happiness that will surround you both on your wedding day. You will be very glad that you did.

For more information on wedding ceremonies, please contact me.

If you are planning to hire a DJ for your wedding, please contact Dave at Kooltempo DJ Services for the best music to enhance your wedding day.

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