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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

10:00 p.m.—Guests depart

Glamorous-Bold

You dream of an affair that is fun and festive, full of life and color, that will get all of your guests dancing.

Proposed Instrumentation: Solo Violin with Backing Track Accompaniment Ceremony, String Trio Cocktail Hour and Dinner, and Violin-Piano with Backing Track Accompaniment for Dancing


3:40 p.m.—Music begins

  • Count on Me – Bruno Mars

  • Girls Like You - Maroon 5

  • Follow Your Arrow – Kacey Musgraves

4:00 p.m.—Ceremony starts

  • Processional - Perfect by Ed Sheeran

  • Grand Entrance - All of Me - John Legend

4:35 p.m.—Ceremony ends

  • Recessional - I Gotta Feeling - The Black Eyed Peas

4:40 p.m.—Cocktail hour starts

Upbeat Pop Including:

  • Photograph - Ed Sheeran

  • Stand by You - Rachel Patten

  • Viva la Vida – Coldplay

  • Sweetest Thing - U2

  • Message in a Bottle - the Police

  • Blackbird - the Beatles 15

5:45 p.m.—Move guests into dinner

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

Jazz Standards Including:

  • Come Fly with Me - Frank Sinatra

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

  • Let's Fall in Love - Cole Porter

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

  • At Last - Etta James

  • Dream a Little Dream of Me - Louis Armstrong

7:30 p.m.—First dance

  • You’re the One That I Want – Grease

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

Upbeat Pop Including:

  • Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison

  • Shut up and Dance with Me - Walk the Moon

  • Footloose – Kenny Loggins

  • I’m a Believer – The Monkees

  • Girls Like You - Maroon 5

  • Safe and Sound – Capital Cities

8:30 p.m.—Dessert (Cake Cutting)

  • Beauty and the Beast - Disney

9:45 p.m.—Last Call/Last Song

  • Happy - Pharrell Williams

10:00 p.m.—Guests depart

Unlimited Options!

There's no limit to what you can achieve with live music! A few tips for you going forward:

  1. First and foremost, the music should be chosen intentionally, to portray the mood that you envision.

  2. Second, a huge benefit of utilizing professional musicians is their flexibility and ability to perform a variety of genres with mastery.

  3. Finally, have fun! Your wedding is a reflection of you, and if you love it, your guests will love it too!


Christie Becker is a professional violinist and owner of Christie Becker Violin, where she specializes in creating her client's perfect memories through custom live music. For more information, or to work with Christie on your unique event, visit www.christiebeckerviolin.com.

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