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Wedding Ceremony Music

Music is a very important aspect of any wedding ceremony. It is the first impression your guests will have of the union between you and your fiancé, and it will set the tone for the rest of the evening. Prelude music and music for the aisle will take approximately one hour. Catholic weddings usually take longer.

Prelude music

Musicians will begin playing 30 minutes prior to the ceremony, as your guests are arriving and being seated.

Music for the Aisle
Every wedding is different, and the bride and groom typically decide on the program, however, most ceremonies contain at least some, if not all, of the following:

Processional
Seating of the mothers
Wedding party
Ring bearer and flower girl
Bride’s entrance

During the ceremony
Unity candle lighting
Special request

Recessional
Bride and groom’s exit
Congregation’s exit

Different musical selections can be played during each section of music for the isle, but with so many possibilities, where does one begin?

Recommendations
Below is a list of songs that are commonly used in weddings. The list is not limited to any of these songs and are merely suggestions to a program that would be suitable for any wedding.

Processional
Seating of the Mothers and Entrance of Wedding Party
Air on the G String  –Bach
Ave Maria  –Schubert
Air  –Handel
Canon in D  –Pachelbel
Jesu, Joy Of Man Desiring  –Bach
Scheherazade Theme  –Rimsky-Korsakov

Bride's entrance
Ave Maria  –Gounod/Bach
Bridal Chorus  –Wagner
Trumpet Voluntary  –Clarke
 
During the Ceremony
Amazing Grace (Traditional)
The Lords Prayer (Malote)
Simple Gift  (Shaker Hymn)
All I Ask  –Webber
 
Recessional
La Rejouissance  –Handel
Ode To Joy  –Beethoven
Rondeau- Mouret
Wedding March  –Mendelssohn


Deciding on the music for the Aisle

This can become a difficult task for some people. Not everyone is an expert in classical music or wedding music. Sure, you can do extensive research and find good music appropriate for the ceremony but this could take many hours and become quite confusing when it comes down to choosing the particular songs you want for each individual part of the ceremony (i.e. seating of the mothers, unity candle lighting, etc). Although we do encourage listening to music, we want to help you find and choose the right songs that will reflect you personality and taste. We will schedule a session with you to discuss what you envision for your ceremony, giving you suggestions and helping you build a great musical program. Imagine that you are the film director and we are your music staff. Our musical suggestions will be based on the goals and expectations that you and your fiancé have for this very important event. Every couple is unique.

Wedding rehearsal
It is the day before the wedding and time to rehearse for the most important production of your life. The officiant, the wedding party, the mothers, and even the photographer are all there. But where are the musicians? Will they know where to sit? Will they know where you’ll enter from? A New Arts Ensembles will communicate with your wedding planner about the details and if necessary, schedule time to either attend the beginning of the rehearsal or meet with you to discuss the details so that everyone is on the same page.

With New Arts Ensembles, you get more than just well-trained, professional musicians to play at your wedding. You get our full, professional attention and personal dedication to planning the musical aspect of your wedding.

Amplification
We offer a Sound Reinforce System (PA system) for our clients that are getting married in outdoor venues, such as Forsyth Park.  This service will improve the overall sound of the officiant, your readers, and the musicians.  This is ideal for weddings in which guest exceed over 50 people and will help your guest enjoy the ceremony to its full.

The system includes:
1 Lapel microphone for the officiant
1 regular microphone with a stand for the readings
1 condenser microphone for the musicians
1 low profile speaker system
1 sound technician
Set up and breakdown