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Considered to be the most sacred part of the Wedding Day, the Ceremony portion has many different parts to it from the perspective of the person(s) providing the ceremony music. Music is played from the time the first guest arrives, until the last guest exits the ceremony area. Although the ceremony itself may last only 20 minutes in most cases, the proper coverage for the ceremony music is one hour. If your ceremony is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., realistically, it will actually take place closer to 6:45 p.m. while your guests will begin to arrive at the space at approximately 6:00 p.m. The Ceremony Musician or DJ must be fully set up and playing music at 6:00 p.m.

Wedding Ceremony Breakdown:

1. The Venue Set-Up:

The venue will place the seats down according to the number of guests that are scheduled to attend. Many venues will provide additional seating for the unexpected guests. Your venue will also prepare any cocktails or appetizers during this time.

Tips for venue set-up time:

  • If your ceremony is taking place outdoors during the summer, assure that your venue provides cold drinks for your guests. 
  • Always have a back-up plan in case of rain.
  • Be sure there is always a microphone provided by either your Venue, DJ or Musician. There are three types of audio/microphone set-ups available: Wired Microphones, Lapel Microphones and Wireless Microphones. The sound provider must also provide a microphone stand if using either a wired or wireless microphone. These are minute details but it doesn’t hurt to confirm.

2. Vendor set-up:

This is when your DJ, Musicians and decorators arrive. Your venue should be fully set up prior to your vendors arriving, whom arrive approximately 30 minutes to one-hour prior depending on the size of the set-up. Guests should not enter the ceremony area during this time as there are often many vendors present at once with heavy equipment, wires, hand-carts … all vendors which are attempting to work at a fast pace.

Tips for vendor set-up:

  • Your venue should provide sufficient time for your vendors to set-up, approximately one hour prior to the start of your ceremony. This will allow all vendors to arrive, load into and decorate your Ceremony space without conflict.
  • Your venue should not allow guests into the Ceremony space until it is completely set-up.
  • Sound is a very important factor during Ceremony. If your venue is providing sound, please be sure to go over the sound set-up and ask to hear yourself speaking in their microphone during your visit just to assure the sound is to your liking. Many venues do not upgrade their sound systems. 

3. Guests arrival – Prelude Music

Once the preparations are in place, it is time to open up your ceremony space for your guests. It is good to have background music playing at a low volume to set the tone for what’s to come. The most common choices are classical music or soft jazz, but we have see many variations such as soft rock and love-song instrumentals. This music will be played for approximately 30 to 45 minutes, therefore an average of 10 to 15 songs will be played.

Tips for guest arrival music:

  • This music sets the mood for what’s to come, if you have a theme-wedding, this is the time to tease your guests with related music. 
  • The music should be at a low-volume, same as cock-tail hour as this is a moment for your guests to socialize.
  • The music played as your guests are arriving is not mixed live by your DJ, therefore, feel free to select all of your Prelude music and have your DJ arrange it in a playlist. An alternative is to provide your DJ with an idea of what you’re looking for.

4. Parent’s Entrance – Processional Songs

Prior to your bridal party, it is customary to allow your parents and grandparents to enter the ceremony and be seated. You can select a separate song from the bridal party as they make their entry, and this is the time to pick up the volume a bit to grab the attention of your guests.

Tips for Parent’s Entrance Songs

  • Have your parent’s pick their own songs for their entry. If using a DJ this can be easily executed on-cue.
  • Remember that you still have a Father/Daughter and Mother/Dance song to honor your parents later on, so you may not wish to pick the MOST special song during this time (although the instrumental version is not a bad idea)

5. Bridal Party Entrance

Here come your best friends and your closest family members walking down the aisle in your honor. Since no special introductions are made during ceremonies, a different song for your bridal party is recommended.

  • For most Weddings, soft and romantic is the way to go. 
  • If you have a great song in mind, chance are that there are hundreds of versions of the same song available, sung by different artists. Be sure your DJ knows exactly which version you would like played.
  • The song for the ring-bearers can be different than your bridal party songs.

6. Bride’s Entrance

And here comes the Bride! The person conducting the Ceremony usually announces this and asks your guests to stand as the bride makes the Grand Entrance.  The bride is escorted by either the father, step-father or anyone considered to have played a significant father-figure role in life.

Bride’s Entrance Tips:

  • The most popular song, by far, continues to be “Here Comes The Bride” 
  •  Get ready to blush!

6.5 Interlude Songs

As the ceremony is in progress, many couples take a moment to honor either religious or family traditions while other couples start their own traditions at their weddings. The most common one we have seen are unity candles, while other couples choose to lock items in a time-capsule. This is a great time to select a special song relevant to what you select to do. If you have a musician in your family this is a great moment for them to contribute.

7. First kiss as a married couple

The ceremony is sealed with a kiss as your guests applaud in excitement. This is a perfect time for a meaningful song in which can add to the excitement during this life-changing moment.

8. Exit as a married couple.

Once the newly-married couple is ready to walk down the aisle holding hands, a different song can play to signify a positive change and/or a new start. Your guests will follow your bridal party out of the ceremony space and often be led into the cock-tail hour room.

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Considered to be the most sacred part of the Wedding Day, the Ceremony portion has many different parts to it from the perspective of the person(s) providing the ceremony music. Music is played from the time the first guest arrives, until the last guest exits the ceremony area. Although...
<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-2868" alt="" src="http://your.dj/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/CEREMONY-BRIDE-AND-GROOM.jpg" width="640" height="425" /> Considered to be the most sacred part of the Wedding Day, the Ceremony portion has many different parts to it from the perspective of the person(s) providing the ceremony music. Music is played from the time the first guest arrives, until the last guest exits the ceremony area. Although the ceremony itself may last only 20 minutes in most cases, the proper coverage for the ceremony music is one hour. If your ceremony is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., realistically, it will actually take place closer to 6:45 p.m. while your guests will begin to arrive at the space at approximately 6:00 p.m. The Ceremony Musician or DJ must be fully set up and playing music at 6:00 p.m. Wedding Ceremony Breakdown: 1. The Venue Set-Up: The venue will place the seats down according to the number of guests that are scheduled to attend. Many venues will provide additional seating for the unexpected guests. Your venue will also prepare any cocktails or appetizers during this time. Tips for venue set-up time: <ul> <li><span style="line-height: 13px;">If your ceremony is taking place outdoors during the summer, assure that your venue provides cold drinks for your guests. </span></li> <li>Always have a back-up plan in case of rain.</li> <li>Be sure there is always a microphone provided by either your Venue, DJ or Musician. There are three types of audio/microphone set-ups available: Wired Microphones, Lapel Microphones and Wireless Microphones. The sound provider must also provide a microphone stand if using either a wired or wireless microphone. These are minute details but it doesn't hurt to confirm.</li> </ul> 2. Vendor set-up: This is when your DJ, Musicians and decorators arrive. Your venue should be fully set up prior to your vendors arriving, whom arrive approximately 30 minutes to one-hour prior depending on the size of the set-up. Guests should not enter the ceremony area during this time as there are often many vendors present at once with heavy equipment, wires, hand-carts ... all vendors which are attempting to work at a fast pace. Tips for vendor set-up: <ul> <li><span style="line-height: 13px;">Your venue should provide sufficient time for your vendors to set-up, approximately one hour prior to the start of your ceremony. This will allow all vendors to arrive, load into and decorate your Ceremony space without conflict. </span></li> <li><span style="line-height: 13px;">Your venue should not allow guests into the Ceremony space until it is completely set-up.</span></li> <li><span style="line-height: 13px;">Sound is a very important factor during Ceremony. If your venue is providing sound, please be sure to go over the sound set-up and ask to hear yourself speaking in their microphone during your visit just to assure the sound is to your liking. Many venues do not upgrade their sound systems. </span></li> </ul> 3. Guests arrival - Prelude Music Once the preparations are in place, it is time to open up your ceremony space for your guests. It is good to have background music playing at a low volume to set the tone for what's to come. The most common choices are classical music or soft jazz, but we have see many variations such as soft rock and love-song instrumentals. This music will be played for approximately 30 to 45 minutes, therefore an average of 10 to 15 songs will be played. Tips for guest arrival music: <ul> <li><span style="line-height: 13px;">This music sets the mood for what's to come, if you have a theme-wedding, this is the time to tease your guests with related music. </span></li> <li>The music should be at a low-volume, same as cock-tail hour as this is a moment for your guests to socialize.</li> <li>The music played as your guests are arriving is not mixed live by your DJ, therefore, feel free to select all of your Prelude music and have your DJ arrange it in a playlist. An alternative is to provide your DJ with an idea of what you're looking for.</li> </ul> 4. Parent's Entrance - Processional Songs Prior to your bridal party, it is customary to allow your parents and grandparents to enter the ceremony and be seated. You can select a separate song from the bridal party as they make their entry, and this is the time to pick up the volume a bit to grab the attention of your guests. Tips for Parent's Entrance Songs <ul> <li>Have your parent's pick their own songs for their entry. If using a DJ this can be easily executed on-cue.</li> <li>Remember that you still have a Father/Daughter and Mother/Dance song to honor your parents later on, so you may not wish to pick the MOST special song during this time (although the instrumental version is not a bad idea)</li> </ul> 5. Bridal Party Entrance Here come your best friends and your closest family members walking down the aisle in your honor. Since no special introductions are made during ceremonies, a different song for your bridal party is recommended. <ul> <li><span style="line-height: 13px;">For most Weddings, soft and romantic is the way to go. </span></li> <li>If you have a great song in mind, chance are that there are hundreds of versions of the same song available, sung by different artists. Be sure your DJ knows exactly which version you would like played.</li> <li>The song for the ring-bearers can be different than your bridal party songs.</li> </ul> 6. Bride's Entrance And here comes the Bride! The person conducting the Ceremony usually announces this and asks your guests to stand as the bride makes the Grand Entrance.  The bride is escorted by either the father, step-father or anyone considered to have played a significant father-figure role in life. Bride's Entrance Tips: <ul> <li><span style="line-height: 13px;">The most popular song, by far, continues to be "Here Comes The Bride" </span></li> <li> Get ready to blush!</li> </ul> 6.5 Interlude Songs As the ceremony is in progress, many couples take a moment to honor either religious or family traditions while other couples start their own traditions at their weddings. The most common one we have seen are unity candles, while other couples choose to lock items in a time-capsule. This is a great time to select a special song relevant to what you select to do. If you have a musician in your family this is a great moment for them to contribute. 7. First kiss as a married couple The ceremony is sealed with a kiss as your guests applaud in excitement. This is a perfect time for a meaningful song in which can add to the excitement during this life-changing moment. 8. Exit as a married couple. Once the newly-married couple is ready to walk down the aisle holding hands, a different song can play to signify a positive change and/or a new start. Your guests will follow your bridal party out of the ceremony space and often be led into the cock-tail hour room.
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