General Wedding outlineHelping You with the Planning of Your Wedding Day
The Prelude / Pre-Ceremony
(Soft instrumental music to be played while guests arrive and are being seated)
(special song if requested)
Bridal Party Processional March
(special song if requested)
(leaving ceremony, song to be used is generally uplifting [i.e. a fun song that has meaning to you] or traditional wedding march)
(background music to be played while guests move to the reception room and find their table)
(this can be moved to either before the dances or after)
Your First Dance
Father / Daughter Dance
Mother / Son Dance
(Other Special request)
This is the very beginning of the wedding, the time when the first guests arrive; sometimes refreshments or cocktails and hors d'oeuvres are served before the Ceremony begins.
This term refers to the time just before the Wedding Party enters when everyone is seated, waiting for the Procession to begin. Special pre-processional music is usually played for escorting elderly or other honored guests not part of the official wedding party down the aisle.
The entrance of the Wedding Party, the groom, and then the Bride is considered the actual processional. Picture your family and friends, breathlessly waiting for the Processional to start, and then your wedding party walking down the aisle as you listen to Processionals.
Everyone’s been waiting for... the moment the bride enters and walks down the aisle with her dad, parents or another significant person this moment. Imagine yourself walking down the aisle as you listen to different choices ranging from dramatic and contemporary, to more traditional.
The actual ceremony is the time when you exchange vows and rings--the time for prayers, blessings, invocations and pronouncements. Most of us refer to this as the ceremony, though bands, DJs or caterers sometimes use the term to mean everything that takes place before the reception.
An optional but increasingly popular part of the Ceremony, the unity candle is a formal candle-lighting and brief period of reflection as you join your two lives (and your families) as one.
The joyous, post-Ceremony return down the aisle of you and your newly joined families is the conclusion of the ceremony and is directly followed by the guests' exit. Your music can range from 'jaunty & fun' to traditional or formal, as reflected in these selections.
Cocktail Hour /The Interlude / Postlude /
This is the time immediately after the Ceremony and just before the main Reception. It's often the time set aside to be congratulated formally in a receiving line, or informally while pre-dinner cocktails and hors d'oeuvres are being served. Sometimes it is used for picture taking, especially when the bride and groom have not seen each other before the ceremony out of custom or religious reasons.
Also this is sometimes the time in which the venue uses to flip a room if the ceremony and reception are taking place in the same room.
The time after the Ceremony is for celebrating--whether sit-down dinner, buffet or light refreshments-and it's always after the Interlude. (Not all weddings have interludes, or full dinner or dance receptions, but virtually all weddings have music)
This is the formal introduction of the couple to the reception as Husband & Wife. Most receptions start with a 'GRAND ENTRANCE' of the Bride and Groom usually accompanied by an up-beat piece of music. Sometimes, the whole wedding party is included. But the next 'scene' of the wedding is usually the one that's most important to brides and grooms.
Of course, you may have a special favorite, your own choice of music for your very first dance together as husband and wife. One of the most popular choices is "Unforgettable”.
As your first dance ends, it is sometimes requested that the whole bridal party do a rehearsed dance together.
Every family has its own history and that can be reflected in the songs you choose for your dances.
The grooms' dance with his Mother is another important, sentimental moment. We have choices here too that reflect different expressions of love between mother and son.