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The musical entertainment is a very noticeable reflection of the bride and groom’s personal taste. Music is a key part of the day from the beginning to the end.

  • The Prelude: Background music played while the guests are being seated.
  • The First Solo: Establishes the mood for the ceremony. It is played or sung after the bride’s mother is seated.
  • The Processional: This is the traditional wedding march. It is played while the wedding party members and the bride walk down the aisle.
  • The Second Solo: Played immediately following the recital of the vows, this is usually a personal, meaningful song to the bride and groom.
  • The Recessional: This should be an upbeat, celebratory piece heralding
    the new couple.
  • The Postlude: Entertains the guests as they are being ushered out.
  • The Reception: The music should complement the formality and mood of the reception. For smaller and formal receptions, a string ensemble would be best. For a lively and large reception planned to last until the wee hours of the morning, a professional DJ should be hired.

Other things to consider when planning entertainment at your reception:

  • It is also important to keep your guests in mind: Are there songs for older couples to dance to? How about the twenty-somethings?
  • Rehearsing is required no matter what type of music and musicians you decide on. Most couples insist on hearing a rehearsal of their entertainment during the wedding rehearsal the night before.
  • If there will be a live performance, can you get a tape or video?

Here are some questions you should remember to ask the musicians or DJ you hire for your reception:

  • Can you play a variety of music?-Dance, polkas, jazz, etc.
  • Will you act as Master of Ceremonies (if you want them to)?
  • How will you dress? (Preferably in formalwear)
  • How long will you play?
  • Overtime?
  • Will you provide all of your own equipment?
  • Do you provide any special effects or lighting?
  • What are your cancellation policies?
  • Are you allowed to control the volume of the music?