Wedding music is always very tricky to get just right. It's your big day, after all, and you obviously want everything to be just perfect. You also want your wedding music to be uplifting and fun for your guests, and not just special for you. Wedding music can include anything from that first song you dance to as a couple, the music at the wedding rehearsals, rehearsal dinner, the actual ceremony, as well as the music at the reception. Taking care of wedding music is just one of many steps that are absolutely crucial to your big day – do not write it off as trivial or a small matter, as it can set the atmosphere and mood for the entire event.
You will need to think about all of the different parts of your wedding, break them down into larger chunks and finally choose the appropriate music. One major part that does need some kind of entertainment or background noise is while everyone is waiting for other guests to arrive, and waiting for the other guests to be seating. The perfect wedding music for this is something upbeat, and nothing too heavy. There will be a long period of time where people will be waiting – you need some music in the background to break up any silence in between conversation. You will also need some kind of music after everyone has been imprisoned and is ready for the ceremony to begin, to announce that the actual ceremony is indeed starting. The perfect wedding music for this is something different enough from the earlier pieces of music, but again, not too fast or jarring – it might distract guests.
Finally, you have to choose the bride's entrance wedding music. You will probably want to go with the traditional music – it almost immediately signs the start of the wedding, it's one piece of wedding music that is truly universal. Its probably best to go with some variation of the Wedding March for this part.
For when the actual official ceremony is over, and you have said your vows, it's time for some recessional wedding music. This is the music that will play as the brides' wedding party begins to leave the ceremony to go to the reception. This piece of wedding music should definitely have a 'happy ending' feel, to lighten the mood and get your guests in the right frame of mind to celebrate.
You might want to try going over your wedding music play list, to make sure that it all flows perfectly and works with the different parts of the ceremony. Try imagining the different parts of the ceremony in your head as you listen, thinking about all of the timing, including any extra time you may need in case certain parts or people are running or lagging behind. Make sure nothing is overtly abrupt, and everything transitions smoothly. If you have a ceremony rehearsal, you will definitely want to play your music and see how it plays out as well – especially if you happen to be using a live band, even for just a part of the ceremony, or just during the reception.