What it will cost you to walk down the aisle in 2021

  1. 23 Wedding Songs To Walk Down The Aisle To
  2. “Breathe Me” by Sia
  3. ‘Kissing You’ by Des’ree
  4. ‘Lay Me Down’ by Sam Smith
  5. ‘Young and Beautiful’ by Lana Del Rey
  6. ‘You’ve Got the Love’ – Florence + the Machine
  7. ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ by Lily Allen
  8. ‘Purpose’ by Justin Bieber
  9. ‘Here Comes The Sun’ by The Beatles
  10. ‘Marry You’ by Bruno Mars
  11. ‘Your Song’ cover by Ellie Goulding
  12. ‘Sweet Disposition’ by The Temper Trap
  13. ‘A Thousand Years’ by Christina Perri
  14. ‘Sea of Love’ by Cat Power
  15. ‘Tenerife Sea’ by Ed Sheeran
  16. ‘Into My Arms’ by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
  17. ‘Everything’ by Michael Buble
  18. ‘All of Me’ by John Legend
  19. ‘Hallelujah’ by Jeff Buckley
  20. ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ by Israel ‘Iz’ Kamakawiwo’ole
  21. ‘Crazy in Love’ cover by Daniela Andrade
  22. ‘Canon In D Major’ by Johann Pachelbel
  23. ‘I’m Yours’ by Jason Mraz
  24. ‘Lucky’ by Jason Mraz and featuring Colbie Caillat
  25. ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’ by The Verve
  26. Creating your wedding playlist? Check out our incredible wedding music section here
  27. The Wedding Processional Order Guide to Study for Your Ceremony
  28. What is a wedding ceremony processional? 
  29. Christian Wedding Ceremony Processional Order
  30. 1. Groom’s parents
  31. 2. Mother of the bride
  32. 3. Officiant
  33. 5. Bridesmaids and/or groomsmen
  34. 6. Maid or matron of honor
  35. 7. Ring bearers and flower girls
  36. 8. The bride and father of the bride
  37. Jewish Wedding Ceremony Processional Order
  38. 1. Rabbi and cantor
  39. 2. Grandparents
  40. 3. Wedding party
  41. 4. Best man
  42. 5. Groom
  43. 7. Ring bearer and flower girl 
  44. 8. Bride
  45. Civil Ceremony Wedding Processional Order
  46. Same-Sex and LGBTQ+ Wedding Processional Order
  47. Military Wedding Processional Order
  48. Music to Walk Down the Aisle: 67 Wedding Processional Songs
  49. Classical Wedding Processional Songs
  50. Irish Processional Songs
  51. Alternative Processional Songs
  52. Upbeat Processional Songs
  53. Romantic Processional Songs
  54. Get Our Ultimate Processional Songs Playlist on Spotify
  55. Listen & Subscribe to The One Fab Day Wedding Podcast
  56. Everything You Need to Know About Wedding Ceremony Music
  57. Ceremony Music Basics
  58. Working With the Ceremony Venue
  59. Finding the Right Pros
  60. Sound Strategy

23 Wedding Songs To Walk Down The Aisle To

What it will cost you to walk down the aisle in 2021

Picking a song to walk down the aisle to is just one of the many fun things involved in planning a wedding, and it’s also a great way to let your personality shine on your big day.

If you’re looking to pick something that will make your lover’s heart skip a beat as you walk towards them, then we’ve got you covered! Here are 25 of our favourite wedding aisle songs you should carefully consider.

“Breathe Me” by Sia

This song is guaranteed to hit you right in the feels. The Rolling Stone magazine described the song as “delicate and haunting”, and we could not put it better ourselves. It may be a sad song… focused on having hard times and needing someone to lean on. But after all, shouldn’t that person to lean on be your partner?

This one only really makes sense for a male-female partnership. Nonetheless, it’s a really beautiful, classic song and would really suit a vintage wedding. 

‘Kissing You’ by Des’ree

Written especially by Des’ree and Timothy Atack for Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 film Romeo + Juliet, this beautiful song is a real tear-jerker!

‘Kissing You’ is featured in the hit romance film when the characters first meet at the ball – and love at first sight occurs.

If you aren’t too keen on the lyrics, Kissing You also sounds incredibly beautiful when performed live as an instrumental version.

Popular covers include Beyonce’s in 2007, Taylor Dayne’s in 2008 and Stan Walker’s in 2010.

This song will be sure to start your ceremony on a good note.

‘Lay Me Down’ by Sam Smith

Featured in Sam Smith’s debut studio album In The Lonely Hour (2014), ‘Lay Me Down’ is a popular choice among many modern couples.

This beautiful song was used by popular Australian influencer and blogger ‘The Young Mummy’ Sophie Cachia for her processional song when tying the knot to Carlton footballer, Jaryd Cachia. Their wedding made headlines for Sophie’s choice to wear a black wedding dress. 

‘Lay Me Down’ is the perfect tempo to walk toward your love at your wedding ceremony – make sure it’s featured on your wedding playlist.

‘Young and Beautiful’ by Lana Del Rey

Another stand-out song from a Baz Luhrmann movie, Young and Beautiful was featured on the soundtrack for the popular 2013 version of The Great Gatsby.

While the song was labeled haunting and sombre by contemporary music critics, Lana Del Ray’s enchanting voice mixed with sweet lyrics makes this song a lovely modern choice popular among many Australian couples for their wedding procession.

‘You’ve Got the Love’ – Florence + the Machine

‘You’ve Got the Love’ is a must-have song for all wedding playlists.

Originally a 1986 hit single by Candi Staton, English indie rock band Florence + the Machine’s 2009 cover brought the song back to life and introduced it as household name when it comes to romantic love songs.

Although perhaps not a traditional pick as the song is quite upbeat in nature, ‘You’ve Got the Love’ is a great choice for alternative brides who would prefer a more up-tempo approach to their walk down the aisle.

Definitely one of our faves as a wedding song.

‘Somewhere Only We Know’ by Lily Allen

Originally released by English alternative rock band Keane in their debut album Hopes and Fears (2004), it’s Lily Allen’s 2014 cover for the John Lewis Christmas advert that has couples across Australia choosing it for their wedding procession.

Lily Allen injects a feminine twist to this gorgeous, simple song.

I’m crying just watching the music video!

‘Purpose’ by Justin Bieber

The title track of Justin Bieber’s 2015 Purpose album, this incredible song is a real tear-jerker.

Although originally written by Bieber recounting a time he was ‘at the end of his rope but God blessed him with Purpose’, ‘Purpose’ is now commonly used as a song signifying love and gratitude between a couple.

The song is so raw and emotional, there won’t be a single dry eye in the venue – including yours!

‘Here Comes The Sun’ by The Beatles

First released in 1969 album Abbey Road, ‘Here Comes The Sun’ is undoubtedly one of The Beatle’s most famous love songs. The song’s lighthearted nature and romantic lyrics make it a perfect choice for your trip down the aisle.

‘Marry You’ by Bruno Mars

Released in 2010, ‘Marry You’ by Bruno Mars is the perfect upbeat song for a unique trip down the aisle. The lyrics say it all! Plus, this proposal is the cutest thing ever!

‘Your Song’ cover by Ellie Goulding

Originally released by Elton John in his self-titled second studio album, Ellie Goulding’s version of the classic track is so perfectly simple, yet beautiful.

Ellie’s cover isn’t very well known as a wedding song, but should be!

It is absolutely gorgeous as a song to walk down the aisle to.

‘Sweet Disposition’ by The Temper Trap

Although it was not super popular after its release in 2008, ‘Sweet Disposition by The Temper Trap became a popular love song after it was included in the 2009 film 500 Days of Summer. Just listen to the song – its soft tone makes it ideal for romantic weddings.

‘A Thousand Years’ by Christina Perri

Even if you’re not a fan of Twilight, it’s hard to deny that this is a beautiful song.

Written and recorded by American singer and songwriter Christina Perri for the album The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1: Original Picture Soundtrack (2011), ‘A Thousand Years’ is a favourite among modern couples – and for good reason.

You try seeing a beautiful girl walk down the aisle to this song and NOT crying! Impossible.

‘Sea of Love’ by Cat Power

Originally written by Philip Baptitse and George Khoury in 1959, it’s Cat Power’s cover in the year 2000 that has couples choosing ‘Sea of Love’ for their wedding procession song.

We can just picture this beautiful song being played at a beautiful rustic outdoor ceremony.

‘Tenerife Sea’ by Ed Sheeran

Released in 2014 as part of Ed Sheeran’s second studio album x, Tenerife Sea is a love song sure to get all wedding guests mopping up their tears.

Just let the lyrics speak for themselves! This song was made for true lovers.

‘Into My Arms’ by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds

Love ballad ‘Into My Arms’ written by Nick Cave and released as the first single from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ The Boatman’s Call album in 1997, is one of our favourite wedding aisle songs. It’s just so hauntingly beautiful!

‘Everything’ by Michael Buble

Released in 2007, Michael Buble’s song ‘Everything’ was written for his then-girlfriend Emily Blunt. We think it is an absolutely beautiful song – perfect for walking down the aisle too.

‘All of Me’ by John Legend

Released in John Legend’s fourth studio album Love in the Future (2013), ‘All of Me’ is a must-have for every wedding playlist.

Dedicated to Legend’s wife Chrissy Teigan, this love song is a classic. Just image walking down the aisle to those angelic vocals – amazing.

‘Hallelujah’ by Jeff Buckley

Though originally written and realised by Leonard Cohen, we love Jeff Buckley’s cover of the popular wedding song. It’s just so raw and emotional – expect tears!

‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ by Israel ‘Iz’ Kamakawiwo’ole

Native Hawaiian singer-songwriter, musician and activist Israel Kamakawiwo’ole is known for his medley of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow.What a Wonderful World’ released on his albums Ka ‘Ano’i and Facing Future and featured in films, popular television products and commercials.

Imagine walking down the aisle to this song at your quintessential beachfront wedding. Could it be any more suited?

‘Crazy in Love’ cover by Daniela Andrade

Originally released in 2003 by Beyonce and featuring now-hubby Jay-Z, ‘Crazy in Love’ is a dance track everyone knows the words to. Daniela Andrade’s cover of this incredibly popular Beyonce track slows it down a bit, making it a romantic love song perfect for a wedding procession.

‘Canon In D Major’ by Johann Pachelbel

Although it is suggested the song’s original composition occurred between 1680 to 1706, Pachelbel’s Canon only became popularly used in weddings since the 1980s. It’s the perfect wedding aisle song!

‘I’m Yours’ by Jason Mraz

Since its release In 2008, Jason Mraz’s ‘I’m Yours’ has become a popular choice among marrying couples. The lighthearted tone is perfect for beach weddings and relaxed garden ceremonies!

‘Lucky’ by Jason Mraz and featuring Colbie Caillat

If you are after an effortlessly beautiful wedding aisle song, 2009 song ‘Lucky’ by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat is a perfect choice. Pay careful attention to the lyrics – they perfectly describe what a wedding is all about – love.

‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’ by The Verve

If you really want to make a statement with your entrance, we cannot recommend 1997 song ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’ by The Verve enough. It’s a classic!

Creating your wedding playlist? Check out our incredible wedding music section here

Источник: https://www.easyweddings.com.au/articles/10-songs-walk-aisle/

The Wedding Processional Order Guide to Study for Your Ceremony

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One of the most-asked wedding questions is, “What's the wedding processional order for the ceremony?” The answer: your wedding ceremony order will be decided by a few different factors, including your religious affiliation, the people who are part of your wedding party, your family members, and more. But before we dive into the specifics of who walks down the aisle and when, it's important to understand exactly what a wedding processional is. 

What is a wedding ceremony processional? 

The wedding processional refers to the moment when you and your partner walk to the altar at the start of your wedding ceremony. It takes place after all of your guests have arrived and are seated.

In addition to you and your partner, your wedding party and close family members—most importantly, your parents or parent-figures—will take part in the processional, along with your wedding officiant.

The wedding processional is often accompanied by music, either a traditional instrumental song ( “Canon in D” or the “Wedding March”) or another wedding processional song that holds personal significance. 

Depending on your religion and/or personal preferences, there are a few different ways to arrange your wedding processional order. Are you having a Christian or Jewish wedding ceremony? If so, each of these religions has its own guidelines surrounding the order of walking down the aisle and what side each family should be seated on.

 It’s important to discuss your wedding processional order with your officiant to get an understanding of what is traditional for your culture as well as the details you can customize—for example, if a bride wants her father and stepfather to escort her down the aisle, she may enter the ceremony venue with her stepfather and halfway down the aisle meets her father who will escort her to the altar.

If there are family members you want to honor who are not part of the wedding party, you may have them precede the wedding party down the aisle. They would walk down the aisle before the mothers of the couple in a Christian ceremony and before the Rabbi and Cantor in a Jewish ceremony. 

The wedding processional is different from the wedding recessional, which is when you walk down the aisle following the conclusion of the ceremony as a married couple. 

Christian Wedding Ceremony Processional Order

The following wedding ceremony order can be used for Christian denominations:

1. Groom’s parents

It’s optional to honor the groom’s parents by having them walk down the aisle. They can be seated after all of the guests and before the mother of the bride.

2. Mother of the bride

The mother of the bride is the last person seated before the officiant, groom and best man take their places at the altar. She can walk alone or be escorted by her son, son-in-law or another relative. She is seated on the left side in the first row.

3. Officiant

The officiant enters before the wedding party and awaits the couple at the altar. 

5. Bridesmaids and/or groomsmen

Walk down the aisle in pairs or if an odd number of members individually or in a group of three

6. Maid or matron of honor

It's a misconception that the maid of honor walks with the best man during the processional—in reality, she walks down the aisle alone (it's understandable to be nervous!). 

7. Ring bearers and flower girls

Children can walk in pairs, or the ring bearer(s) can enter right before the flower girl(s). 

8. The bride and father of the bride

The bride walks on her father’s right side. During the ceremony, the bride stands on the left (if you are looking toward the altar from where guests are seated) and the groom stands on the right, both facing the officiant.

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Jewish Wedding Ceremony Processional Order

A Jewish wedding ceremony is held beneath a chuppah. The couple will stand with the best man and maid of honor as well as their parents during the ceremony. Grandparents take seats in the front row after they walk down the aisle.

 Members of the wedding party can stand to the sides of the chuppah (groomsmen on the left, bridesmaids on the right) or they can be seated in the first row.

Depending on the religious service of your wedding ceremony, a Jewish wedding processional order may vary slightly from the following:

1. Rabbi and cantor

They can either walk down the aisle before the wedding party or enter the room from the side and stand at the altar. 

2. Grandparents

The bride’s grandparents are followed by the groom’s grandparents.

3. Wedding party

A Jewish ceremony has two options for bridesmaids and groomsmen. Groomsmen can follow the groom’s grandparents and precede the best man. Next, the bridesmaids follow the groom and his parents.

Alternatively, bridesmaids and groomsmen can be paired together, following the groom’s grandparents and walking down the aisle before the best man.

If there are an odd number of people, there can be a group of three who walk together.

4. Best man

Walking alone, he precedes the groom and his parents

5. Groom

The groom walks down the aisle with both of his parents, his father on his left arm and mother on his right

7. Ring bearer and flower girl 

Children can walk together or the ring bearer walks ahead of the flower girl

8. Bride

The bride walks down the aisle escorted by both of her parents with her father on her left arm and mother on her right. 

Civil Ceremony Wedding Processional Order

If you're having a civil, non-religious, wedding ceremony, you can choose any processional order you want. If you don't know where to begin, start with either of the above religious wedding ceremony orders, then add or change elements to create a customized order that works best for your own wedding. 

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Same-Sex and LGBTQ+ Wedding Processional Order

Same-sex couples can organize a wedding processional order that reflects the religious service of their ceremony and/or personal preference, or you can choose to forego tradition altogether.

You can walk down the aisle together or individually, either on your own or escorted by loved ones, such as parents or friends.

Some same-sex couples create two aisles that allow the couple to walk down each aisle at the same time and meet together at the altar.

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Military Wedding Processional Order

A military wedding ceremony can be a civil or religious service. Couples having a military ceremony can follow the religious guidelines set by their faith or create a wedding processional order that reflects their wedding party.

Источник: https://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-ideas/wedding-processional-order

Music to Walk Down the Aisle: 67 Wedding Processional Songs

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Whether you're having a humanist, religious or civil wedding ceremony, chances are, you'll be walking down the aisle and you'll more than ly have some music to join you.

If you're having a church wedding there will be limitations, but otherwise, you really can take your pick of processional songs, whether it's a live instrumental, your favourite tune on a speaker, or someone serenading you up the aisle.

A big grand entrance or something altogether low-key – your ceremony music really helps set the tone of the occasion, so it's important to get it right.

With the help of some of our favourite wedding ceremony singers and musicians, we've gathered over 60 of the best wedding processional songs to suit all styles of wedding, from the traditional or the romantic, to the upbeat or unusual – we've even added them to a handy Spotify playlist, so make sure you scroll do the end to hear the lot!

Classical Wedding Processional Songs

Although you may not be familiar with the names of classical pieces, most are instantly recognisable when you hear them – though others are a little lesser-spotted. Talk to your ceremony singer or musicians about what classical piece you have in mind, and they'll ly be able to pull it the bag.

  • Canon in D – Pachelbel
  • Ave Verum Corpus – Mozart
  • Bridal Chorus – Wagner
  • Pie Jesu – adapted by Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Nella Fantasia (or Gabriel's Oboe) – Ennio Morricone
  • Jesu, Joy of Man Desiring – Bach
  • The Swan (Le Cygne) – Saint Saens
  • The Flower Duet from Lakmé (Viens Mallika Sous le Dome) – Léo Delibes
  • Romance Classical Guitar – folk piece
  • The Four Seasons: Spring 1 – Vivaldi, Recomposed by Max Richter
  • Cello suite No. 1 – Bach
  • Una Furtiva Lagrima – Gaetano Donizetti
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 61: IX. Wedding March – Felix Mendelssohn
  • Ave Maria – Bach/Gounod

Not sure what these sound ? Have a listen to each in our Spotify playlist at the end of the page! 

Irish Processional Songs

Add a little Celtic romance to your processional, with these beautiful Irish airs…

  • My Lagan Love
  • Carolan's Concerto
  • She Moves Through the Fair
  • Midnight Walker – Uilleann Pipes
  • The Parting Glass

Alternative Processional Songs

Looking for something a little different or more personalised for your processional song? Look no further than these cool indie and alternative tunes…

  • Falling Slowly – Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
  • Higher Love – James Vincent McMorrow
  • The Blowers Daughter – Damien Rice
  • Work Song – Hozier
  • Growing Up Beside You – Paolo Nutini
  • Skinny Love – Bon Ivor
  • Ho Hey – The Lumineers
  • First Day Of My Life – Bright Eyes
  • To Be Alone With You – Sufijan Stevens
  • 'Cello Song – Nick Drake
  • Wicked Game (Instrumental) – Chris Isaak
  • All This Love – Angus & Julia Stone
  • Wedding Song – Bob Dylan
  • Sweet Disposition (Acoustic) – Temper Trap
  • Wedding Song (Acoustic) – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • Hoppipolla – Sigur Ros
  • Sea of Love – Cat Power
  • Angels – The XX
  • Feelin' Good – Nina Simone
  • Kiss Me – Sixpence None The Richer
  • Quelqu'un m'a dit – Carla Bruni
  • Good Riddance (Time of your Life) – Greenday
  • Riptide – Vance Joy
  • When I Go – Slow Club
  • Another Love – Tom Odell
  • A Waltz for a Night – Julie Delpy

Upbeat Processional Songs

Many of you might think a processional song should be slow and paced, but add a retro lilt and these upbeat songs would make the sweetest entrance…

  • Here There and Everywhere – The Beatles
  • Wouldn't It Be Nice – The Beach Boys
  • Everyday – Buddy Holly
  • In My Life  – The Beatles
  • Here Comes The Sun – Nina Simone
  • Be My Baby – The Ronettes
  • Fly Me To The Moon – Julie London
  • Waterloo Sunset – The Kinks
  • Can't Smile Without You – Barry Manilow

Romantic Processional Songs

Are you and your other half a pair of hopeless romantics? Then these are the processional songs for you!

  • Songbird – Eva Cassidy
  • She – Elvis Costello
  • At Last – Etta James
  • Your Song – Elton John
  • I'm Kissing You – Des'ree
  • I've Got A Crush On You – Ella Fitzgerald
  • Can't Help Falling In Love With You – Elvis Presley
  • Not About Angels – Birdy
  • Blackbird – The Beatles
  • She's Always a Woman – Fyfe Dangerfield
  • La Vie En Rose – Louis Armstrong
  • One Day This – Elbow

Get Our Ultimate Processional Songs Playlist on Spotify

Many thanks to ceremony singers and musicians, The Hitmen Trio and Something Blue Acoustics for their help with this post and brilliant wedding processional song suggestions. Find a full list of our recommended ceremony musicians here.

Hit the archives for more wedding music inspiration

Feature image: Rafal Borek via One Fab Day

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Everything You Need to Know About Wedding Ceremony Music

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When you think about your ceremony music, your first thought is probably the song you'll walk down the aisle to, but it's actually helpful to consider the bigger picture: You're providing a musical backdrop to the most special part of the day. Read these fundamental tips and helpful ideas to find the right music for your ceremony.

Ceremony Music Basics

Traditionally, the most basic wedding ceremony music program involves a minimum of three types of songs: preludes, processionals and recessionals. 


Prelude music is light, ambient music that sets the mood while guests are being seated and waiting for the ceremony to begin. It usually starts when the doors open, or as early as 45 minutes prior to but no later than 20 minutes before the beginning of the ceremony.


Next is the processional, which accompanies the entry of the extended wedding party—family, attendants and bride. The same song can be used for each, but we love the idea of changing to another song when the bride enters to add drama and highlight the big entrance. 


At the conclusion of the ceremony, the recessional plays. As the name implies, this music accompanies you as you recess (that is, make your exit) and is traditionally bright, lively and celebratory—a reflection of your joy.

Interludes and Postludes

Many couples choose to add interludes or songs played during significant moments such as the unity candle lighting or the ketubah signing.

You might also want to include a postlude, which is a selection played while guests exit the ceremony. Have someone play a violin, or even a set of bagpipes, as guests head toward the exit.

Some to-be-weds even ask the musician to lead guests the ceremony space in a parade fashion.

Working With the Ceremony Venue

Rules and Restrictions 

Before you start interviewing ceremony musicians and contemplating song selections, do your homework. Some ceremony sites and officiants may have strict guidelines about which music can and can't be played during a ceremony. Secular locations may also have guidelines you'll need to be aware of, setting limits on the noise (volume and curfew) or space allotted for a band.

Setup Space

Consider the size of your ceremony venue when putting together your ensemble. For example, a huge brass quintet and a small chapel won't be a match—the sound may overwhelm the space.

If you're having an outdoor wedding, you probably can't use a traditional piano, but if electricity is available, an electric piano could work.

Complement it by adding a string instrument such as a violin or cello.

If you've got your heart set on a harp, make sure there's enough room (they're huge) and scope out a practical way to get it inside your site (it would be difficult to have to drag a harp through a kitchen, for example). If you'll be outside, a harp may not be the best choice—the sound won't be as strong because it tends to drift upward.

Avoid Surprise Fees

Ceremony musicians may cost anywhere from $200 to $500 a piece. To cut back on costs, take a look at what may already be available in your space.

(Does the hotel ballroom already have a grand piano? Use it!) You'll save the additional charge of transport, which sometimes is tacked onto the overall cost per player especially when larger instruments ( harps and pianos) have to be transported into the space.

Finding the Right Pros

Research Potential Musicians

Where do you find musicians who'll be a hit with your guests? Check with friends, peruse The Knot Marketplace for local ceremony musicians in your area and read client reviews.

Ask for references—you want to be sure the people you hire have plenty of experience accompanying couples down the aisle. Most musicians will have a demo on their website that demonstrates what the different ensembles are capable of playing.

If you've got time, ask to attend a function where they'll be playing so you can hear them live before you hire them.

Point Person

Most ensembles have a leader who works with clients to put together appropriate musical accompaniment from a single instrument (such as an organ or violin) to a 10-piece orchestra. The more instruments, the fuller the sound—but remember, the larger the combo, the higher the price tag.

Instrument Combos

Also, while you may the sound of a certain instrument, including it might not be as easy as just adding it to your ensemble. For example, you might want to add a trumpet, but then to balance it out you'll need three or four string pieces such as a cello, violin, viola and harp, or else the horn will awkwardly stand out. Just ask the musicians what would work best.

Here are some good basic combos to consider:

  • String duo (two violins or a violin and cello)
  • String trio (two violins and a cello)
  • Flute trio (flute, violin and a cello)
  • String quartet (two violins, a viola and cello)

You might consider adding an organ or piano to any of the trios or the quartet, including a harp with any of the above or jazzing things up with two trumpets.


If you decide to hire vocalists, it's a good idea to have the singing begin after everyone is seated for your ceremony. When a person steps up to a microphone to sing, guests may feel obliged to be quiet and pay attention, which creates awkwardness.

It's also wise to make sure the vocalist is comfortable with your selections, because when a singer is nervous, it shows right away in their voice. Ask which songs the soloist knows well, and work together to build a song list that satisfies you both.

If there's a song you want to include that they're not familiar with, have a violin, piano or flute play an instrumental version of it.

Sound Strategy

Guest to Musician Ratio

Keep the number of guests to ceremony musicians ratio in mind. A quartet is appropriate for a group of 200, typically. To cut back and save, you might consider hiring a duo or trio and a sound person.

 Or, even better, ask your band or DJ to come with a couple of mics or an amplifier. Also be mindful of what will sound good amplified.

Of the instruments typically requested for weddings, guitars and string instruments ( violins and cellos) resonate best.


The setting is a big factor too. If your venue is indoors, you'll be able to get away with more thanks to the room acoustics. Then again, if you're outside and you have 200 people, you won't even hear a duo.

Plan ahead if it's an outdoor setting so you're prepared with microphones or enough musicians to combat the outside noise.

Adding a flute always helps when outside as well, so if you can only afford a duo, try a classical guitarist with a cube amp accompanied by a flutist.

Ready to find your ceremony musicians? Search pros in your area here.
Before hiring your musicians, ask them these important questions.

Источник: https://www.theknot.com/content/ceremony-music-basics

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