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If you’ve chosen not to get married in a church then you’ll be having what’s know as a civil ceremony. In the past, these have normally taken place in a registry office. But as the choice of wedding venues has grown, the options for hosting your civil ceremony couldn’t be greater. The majority of wedding venues now offer the option of having your whole day, including the ceremony in one place.

There are four key phases to your ceremony music...

Arrival of your guests

Music can be played at a low volume whilst your guests take their seats ready for the arrival of the wedding party.

The Processional

The music to be played whilst the bride is escorted down the aisle.

Signing The Register

Once you are pronounced man and wife, your photographer and guests will be invited to take some photos of you both. Choose some songs to reflect the mood whilst you sign the register.

The Recessional

When the ceremony ends the bride and groom are introduced to their guests as husband and wife. Consider what music you’d like played as you exit down the aisle to applause from your guests. Without doubt, your wedding ceremony will be one of the highlights from your wedding day. The importance of your ceremony music is often over-looked. Your choice of music is an opportunity not only to express your personality, but also to set the ambience on wedding day. Remember, that your wedding ceremony will be attended by your closest friends and family and the music choices you make for your ceremony will give your guests a clear indication of the kind of reception celebration they are about to experience.
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Many couples opt for a string quartet, harpist or other musician to take care of their ceremony music and these are all good choices. If however, you decide you’d prefer recorded music at your ceremony then consider carefully how your ceremony might unfold. With a few exceptions, most of the venues I play at are poorly equipped to provide a professional and competent solution to playing your ceremony music.

One high end venue I play at is very hands off with its approach to music at the ceremonies taking place there. They provide couples with an ageing CD player which they are expected to manage themselves. Perhaps this is indicative of how important they feel the ceremony music is that the venue staff simply don’t want the responsibility of managing it themselves.
Can the music be started at a key point in the song or timed to finish as the bride finishes her walk up the aisle?
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Will the music be played via a premium Bose sound system?
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Will you source our music for us?
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Will our choice of music be professionally cued and faded at the appropriate times?
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Will an experienced professional be in control of the sound?
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Why not personalise your wedding ceremony with some introductory music for the bride groom and groomsmen?

Perhaps an entrance song for the bridesmaids or even the mothers?

Remember, you don’t need to stick to convention. It’s your ceremony. Make it personal!
  • The provision of a discreet yet high quality Bose sound system to play music throughout the ceremony.
  • Radio microphones to ensure your guests hear every word of the vows and any readings as part of your ceremony.
  • As part of your wedding team I will work alongside the venue staff, your celebrant and registrar to ensure the whole ceremony runs seamlessly.