First of all, realize that wedding ceremony music plays a huge role in your wedding. Don't believe me?
That's fine, but let me ask you a question: Have you ever gone to a wedding ceremony.....and heard absolutely no music whatsoever? No pre-service music, no bridesmaids processional music, and horror of horrors, not even a song for the bride's grand entrance and walk-down-the-aisle?
And also no jubilant recessional for the newly married couple? I seriously doubt it.
In a way, wedding ceremony music can be likened to a movie. Think about when you last watched one....and it doesn't matter if it's a romantic movie, a horror flick, a comedy or anything else across the gamut. What do you hear in the background at strategic points throughout the movie? Music, of course!
Why? Simply because movie producers are keenly aware of how music can affect emotions. They know exactly what they're doing! Take a romantic movie, for example. At just the right moment, you'll often hear a tender ballad-type song softly played in the background which can carry you away to teary-eyed blissful heights.
It's the same idea with a scary movie. At just the moment when you expect some ominous thing to happen, the background music (usually in some spooky minor key) will heighten the "fright factor" & before you know it, you're scared out of your wits!
Likewise, just like the pros do in creating movies, you have the opportunity to "musically script" your wedding ceremony to enfold your guests into the emotional tone you want on your special day.
So while ceremony music is a big part of your wedding, it doesn't have to take a huge chunk of your time and energy planning it. The section below can help simplify and organize things for you. Just take 1 step at a time!
After your recessional is completed, your musician will most likely continue to play some music as your guests exit the ceremony area. This is generally called the postlude, the choices of which can be capably left to your musician.