top of page

Your guide to the Top 5 Musical Ceremony Moments

wedding recessional just married couple newlyweds outdoor wedding

Have you started planning your wedding music only to discover that you're not sure where to even start? You're definitely not alone.

Music is an incredibly important element of a couple's wedding day, and there's a lot riding on getting it right! Music creates a cohesive theme for the wedding day, tying together different elements and infusing the day with a deeply personal and emotional touch. To help you start the planning process I'm going to provide insight into the various components, so you can be confident you're making the right choice with your musical selections!

5: The Postlude

The Postlude is a musical selection that is played after the conclusion of the wedding ceremony, as guests exit the ceremony space. This is typically a joyful and celebratory piece of music that is intended to set a festive tone for the Cocktail Hour or Reception that will follow. The purpose of the Postlude is to create a sense of excitement and anticipation for the festivities to come, while also providing a pleasant musical backdrop for guests to chat and mingle as they make their way to the next phase of the celebration.

Indian wedding mother and daughter laughing and dancing wedding reception

4: The Prelude

The Prelude is the collection music that is played before the start of the ceremony as guests arrive and take their seats, and is meant to create a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere. The Prelude sets the tone for the ceremony and gives guests something to enjoy as they wait for the main event to begin.

3: The Recessional

The Recessional is played at the end of the wedding ceremony, just after the newlyweds have been pronounced as married and are walking back down the aisle. The recessional is typically a joyful and upbeat piece of music that signifies the end of the ceremony and the start of the celebration. This music is meant to convey the happiness and excitement of the moment, and to encourage guests to cheer and applaud as the couple exits.

wedding recessional happy newlyweds church wedding just married Hawaiian wedding


Looking for more personalized guidance? Dreaming of live music for your wedding?


top 5 wedding music infographic postlude prelude recessional processional grand entrance

2: Processional

The Processional is the selection that is played as the wedding party enters the ceremony space and walks down the aisle. This music sets the tone for the ceremony and creates a sense of anticipation and excitement among the guests. The order of the Processional can begin with the families of the couple or with the officiant. The wedding party follows, leading up to the main event:

bridal entrance father of the bride emotional wedding day father and daughter

1: Grand Entrance

The Grand Entrance is the most highly anticipated moment of the wedding Ceremony. Selecting the right music is an opportunity for the couple to showcase their unique style and personality, and to make a statement about their love and commitment to each other, creating a memorable and magical experience that makes the wedding day feel even more special and significant.

And there you have it!

The 5 components of a wedding Ceremony, ranked and explained for you to make the best choices in your musical selections!


Ready to make your wedding day even more magical? Let's chat!


bottom of page