Music Planning: The Ceremony | Charleston Wedding DJs

As wedding DJs in Charleston, we have the privilege of working for many destination clients who have their ceremony and reception at the same venue. We frequently receive questions concerning the ceremony music, which songs to pick, what works and what doesn’t. We wanted to take the time to answer some of those questions for you to ensure that your ceremony goes smoothly.

Microphones are necessary.

There is nothing worse than being a guest at a wedding and not being able to hear the officiant or the vows. If that’s the case, then your guest will check out. The ceremony is a very important part, if not the most important part of your wedding day, so you want to make sure everyone can hear you loudly and clearly. Microphones are also important if your DJ or Videographer is recording your vows. Make sure that you have microphones, a speaker and a sound system – especially if it’s going to be outside.

The music you pick should reflect your taste.

The music for the whole day to be reflective of the couple. We tailor the music for the prelude ceremony just as we would for the cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing. We always begin playing the music about 20 – 30 minutes before the start of the ceremony as the guests arrive. If our clients don’t give us specifics, we play classical, instrumental covers of modern songs by artists such as The Piano Guys, Vitamin String Quartet and Sleeping At Last for the prelude music. It’s a little bit more upbeat than Beethoven or Mozart yet still gives off a very elegant vibe.

Everything should flow.

The music should flow together. Having several classical songs and then have the bride come down to an Indie Rock song doesn’t flow. You want to make sure that everything matches from start to finish.  Communicate with your DJ or your musicians to be sure the music is “matches” from start to finish.

Factors to consider when choosing songs.

  1. How many people are in the wedding party and how long the walk will be. If it’s a long walk, you’ll need more songs.
  2. One song for the grandparents and parents.
  3. If the groomsmen are entering separately, they should walk to one song, as should the bridesmaids.
  4. The Bride needs one processional song.
  5. One song at the end for the recessional: This is a high moment of the day, so pick a fun, upbeat song that means something to you. It’s a moment you’re going to want to remember. We usually start the song at the beginning of the first chorus or whatever point you would like the song to start.
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