Planning Your Wedding Music | String Quartet in Raleigh NC

Wedding Music planning can be a time consuming, stressful process. There are, however, a few things you can do to make sure that the music at your wedding ceremony, is perfect. Planning your wedding in a specific order prevents disasters. It also prevents you from having to go back and re-plan things.

Make sure you have all the fundamental decisions about your wedding day out of the way, first. Where is it going to be? Who will attend? How many will attend? How long will the ceremony last? Also, nail down a few ideas for the reception, as well. Getting these things pinned down before thinking about the music for the ceremony, is a good idea. It's likely, the fundamental decisions of your wedding ceremony could actually affect your ceremony music planning.

It's best to start planning your wedding music when you have a better feel for all the questions listed above.

Location of the ceremony:

Chances are, if you aren't yet sure where the ceremony will take place, you can't possibly know what kind of music will be appropriate. If you'd like to get married in a church, it's a good idea to talk with them about their music restrictions, first. Some churches allow you, only, to choose from a list of music that they approve of. Also, if you're interested in hiring a music planner, check to make sure she's even needed. Some churches also, only allow you to use their organist or pianist.

Once the location is determined, you’ll know more about music options, whether or not you can hire a wedding music planner,  string quartet, or other musician.

Expected attendance:

The attendance affects how much music should be played for arriving guests. If you plan to have a large wedding, you'll need a musician to play longer, for attendance seating purposes. There are also a few other things to consider for the bridal party's procession music.

  • Will the bridesmaids process to their own song?
  •  Will the groomsman process in with the bridesmaids or alone? Do they need their own song?
  • How large is the bridal party? Will you need more than one song?

Thankfully, the processional music length can be adapted to roughly match the size of the bridal party, as long as you know fairly early on, how large the party will be.

Many couples like to include hymns in their wedding ceremonies. It's a good idea to coordinate with the musician, to be sure they are familiar with your choices. Again, if you're using a church for the location, be sure to check out their regulations on what type of music can be used. Churches sometimes have a list of hymns that are appropriate for weddings.

Also, start thinking about how many different songs you'll need throughout the ceremony, and why. Just a few ideas are:

  • Before the ceremony music
  • A song for the groom, pastor, and best man to walk in to
  • Seating of the fathers and mothers and possibly a different song for seating of the grandparents.
  • The bridesmaid's processional
  • The bride's processional
  • The Unity Candle, during the ceremony
  • Lighting of the Candles, before the ceremony
  • Recessional
  • Music for the attendants, as they're leaving.

Save the Date Music | String Quartet in Raleigh NC

Music is the background of all wedding ceremonies and receptions. It's important to make all music-related decisions last. There's no better way to set the mood of your wedding, than with the best music possible! If you're interested in hiring a string quartet in Raleigh NC, be sure to contact our wedding music planner as soon as all the fundamental decisions are made. The music planner will want to be in on every detail of your big day!

Also consider visiting Save the Date's wedding music sampler page, to guide you. There are tons of available music and all kinds of genre to choose from! If you have any questions be sure to contact us!