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Wedding Timeline

A HUGE shout out to Allison Davis from "A Practical Wedding" for her thorough article including a variety of common wedding-day timelines. We're going to be using an edited version of one of them.


Music Selection

The music you choose for your wedding day is one of the most important elements that you will use to express your style. Let's take a look at some example wedding soundscapes!

Beachy-Boho

You dream of a natural, light, and airy wedding on the beach, with the sand between your toes.

Proposed instrumentation: Solo Violin, with Backing Track Accompaniment post Ceremony


3:40 p.m.—Music begins

  • La Vie en Rose – Louis Armstrong

  • I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You – Elvis Presley

  • The Lover’s Waltz – American Folk Song

4:00 p.m.—Ceremony starts

  • Processional - Canon in D by Pachelbel

  • Grand Entrance - The Swan by Saint-Saëns

4:35 p.m.—Ceremony ends

  • Recessional - Waltz from Sleeping Beauty by Tchaikovsky

4:40 p.m.—Cocktail hour starts

Jazz Standards Including:

  • Luck Be a Lady - Frank Sinatra

  • I've Got the World on a String - Frank Sinatra

  • Beyond the Sea - Bob Darin

  • Yes, Sir, That's My Baby - Eddie Cantor

  • At Last - Etta James

  • Dream a Little Dream of Me - Louis Armstrong

  • Summertime - Eva Cassidy

  • Come Fly with Me - Frank Sinatra

  • Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Frankie Valli

5:45 p.m.—Move guests into dinner

6:00 p.m.—Buffet opens / Dinner served

Jazz Standards Including:

  • My Funny Valentine - Sarah Vaughn

  • Let's Fall in Love - Cole Porter

  • Easy Living - Billie Holiday

  • Sway - Peter Cincotti

  • Cheek to Cheek - Ella Fitzgerald

  • I Love Paris - Peter Cincotti

  • Pennies from Heaven - Arthur Johnston

  • It Had to Be You – Tony Bennet

7:30 p.m.—First dance

  • Marry Me - Train

7:35 p.m.—General dancing music starts

Upbeat Folk and Pop Including:

  • Photograph - Ed Sheeran

  • Lucky - Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat

  • I Do - Colbie Caillat

  • Valentine - Kira Grannis

  • L-O-V-E - Nat King Cole

  • Blackbird - the Beatles

8:30 p.m.—Dessert (Cake Cutting)

  • Sugar – Maroon 5

9:45 p.m.—Last Call/Last Song

  • Perfect - Ed Sheeran

10:00 p.m.—Guests depart

Traditional-Elegant

You dream of a streamlined and grand affair, with finery and opulence everywhere you look.

Proposed Instrumentation: Violin-Piano Duet Ceremony and Cocktail Hour, and String Trio Dancing


3:40 p.m.—Music begins

  • Clair de Lune by Debussy

  • Romeo and Juliet Theme by Tchaikovsky

  • Gymnopédie No.1 by Satie

4:00 p.m.—Ceremony starts

  • Processional - Jupiter by Holst

  • Grand Entrance - Wedding March - Wagner

4:35 p.m.—Ceremony ends

  • Recessional - Wedding March - Mendelssohn

4:40 p.m.—Cocktail hour starts

Classical Standards Including:

  • Liebesfreud (Love's Joy) - Kreisler

  • Nocturne from Midsummer Night's Dream - Mendelssohn

  • Water Music (Air No.5) - Handel

  • El Dia Que Me Quieras - Gardel

  • Arabesque No.1 - Debussy

  • Romanze Op. 39 No. 4 - Dvořák

5:45 p.m.—Move guests into dinner

6:00 p.m.—Buffet opens / Dinner served

Classical Standards Including:

  • The Last Rose of Summer - Moore

  • Waltz from Serenade for Strings - Tchaikovsky

  • Flower Duet from Lakme - Delibes

  • Intermezzo from Carmen - Bizet

  • Humming Chorus from Madame Butterfly - Puccini

  • Clair De Lune - Debussy

  • On Wings of Song (Auf Flügeln des Gesanges) - Mendelssohn

7:30 p.m.—First dance

  • The Way You Look Tonight - Tony Bennet

7:35 p.m.—General dancing music starts

Upbeat Pop Including:

  • Castle on the Hill – Ed Sheeran

  • Whatever it Takes – Imagine Dragons

  • Stand by You - Rachel Patten

  • Viva la Vida – Coldplay

  • Happy - Pharrell Williams

  • Say You Won’t Let Go – James Arthur

8:30 p.m.—Dessert (Cake Cutting)

  • Starving - Hailee Steinfield

9:45 p.m.—Last Call/Last Song

  • Firework – Katy Perry