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How Much Music Do You Need to Get Married???

“If music be the food of love, play on!”—Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Act 1, Scene 1

The music you select is personalizes your wedding.


One couple we know had the wedding party enter as a movie theme played. During the recessional, everyone skipped down the aisle to video game music. Unique? You bet! It reflected the couple’s interests and personalities. 

So exactly how much music do you need? Most engaged couples select music for some or all of these times during the wedding and reception:

1.   Music starts 30 minutes before the ceremony to set the tone for the wedding. Who supplies the music? You have choices!

a.    A solo performer on harp or guitar

b.   A small set of musicians (e.g., a string quartet)

c.    Your DJ

d.   Spotify.

2.      Processional for honored guests such as the mother of the bride, the mother of the groom,  grandmothers of the wedding couple, beloved aunts, and other special women who are escorted to their seats often by the groomsmen.

3.  The entrance of the groom and groomsmen can be the same as above or select a different piece of music

4. Processional for the ring bearer, flower carrier, bridesmaids, maid/matron of honor.

5. Bride’s processional. She may walk alone or might be accompanied by her father, both parents, a brother, or her children.

6. Solos or small group performances during the ceremony.

 Signing the wedding registry. (Certain faiths omit this from the ceremony.)

8. Recessional from the wedding to the reception.

9 Reception:

Wedding party’s entrance

Wedding couple’s grand entrance

Wedding couple’s first dance

Wedding reception at Ainsworth House & Gardens

Additional reception music:

Father-daughter dance

Mother-son dance

Wedding party dance

Cut the cake

Toss the garter

Toss the bouquet

Last song of the reception

Before you feel overwhelmed??? Don’t!

Do you need music for each of these? Noooooo…

At Ainsworth House & Gardens Wedding Venue, we will give you outstanding recommendations for music for each one of these times during your wedding.

Listen to each song on YouTube or other locations on the Internet. Then select the music which best expresses you two and your amazing love for each other!



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