Wedding Ceremony Music: Pre-Ceremony Prelude Songs

Your wedding ceremony is the single most important part of your wedding day. It is during the wedding ceremony that you will become a married couple and it is at this moment that your life together truly begins.

In a mixed-sex couple it is traditional for the bride and groom to spend the night before the wedding and the morning of their wedding apart from each other – to be joined together again when the bride walks down the aisle at the start of the wedding ceremony.

Songs to Play as Your Guests Arrive Before Your Wedding Ceremony Starts

All of your wedding guests will be really keen to arrive in plenty of time for your wedding ceremony. This is a really exciting moment for them as well and you can be sure that they will arrive at your wedding venue ahead of time. It is quite normal for guests to start arriving up to 30 minutes (and sometimes even an hour) before the start of the wedding ceremony. During this time, it is traditional for the bride to be adding the final touches to her hair and make up or driving to the venue and the groom is likely to be making the final arrangements at the venue. These can include sorting pinning on button holes, trying to remember how to tie a cravat, running over final plans with the venue staff and speaking to the registrars.

This means that your guests will largely be left unattended to make themselves at home somewhere at the venue. Most venues do not serve any alcoholic drinks before the start of the ceremony (due to licensing rules) and you will want to avoid leaving your friends and family with nothing to do. You can hire a wedding pianist to play romantic background music as your guests arrive. Music is used by the best directors in films and movies to create an atmosphere and set the mood for the story that is about to unfold and at your wedding you can do the same. In fact, you can do this even better, as live music is countless times more emotional and romantic than a CD/mp3 soundtrack.

You want to set the mood for your guests so that when they arrive at your wedding venue after a long drive, they feel relaxed and well looked after. Live piano music will help them forget about the queues on the motorway, it will make them smile and it will focus their attention on your wedding so that they can really start to get excited about your wedding ceremony.

Impatience, Nerves and Excitement

I meet a lot of grooms at wedding fairs, showcases, exhibitions and weddings around the country and in the 10-15mins before the start of their wedding ceremony you see all sorts of different emotions start to kick in. I can remember from my own wedding day that I was extremely impatient for the wedding ceremony to get started. I kept looking at my watch and checking the time. It felt as if time was standing still!!

The other two key emotions that you see are nerves and excitement. I have met grooms who are so nervous about standing in front of their friends and family for their wedding ceremony, or grooms who get suddenly really nervous about the enormity of the event. They will stand rooted to the spot, pale as anything – it reminds me of the first day at secondary school feeling!! On the other end of the spectrum, you see extreme levels of excitement, pacing around, gibbering chatter and sometimes even tears of joy and last minute sobs / hugs with the best man.

The top and bottom of it is that the 10-15mins before the wedding ceremony are probably going to be one of the most intense experiences of your life so far.

This is where a wedding pianist will really help you out. It can be so calming to have your favourite pieces of music played on the piano as you wait for the wedding ceremony to begin. You can hand pick all of the songs that you find relaxing and send these over to the pianist to learn so that on the day of your wedding you stand the best chance of making it to the start of your wedding ceremony in one piece. I know that it really helped me on my wedding day.

Have you thought about piano music
for your wedding?

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