Wedding ceremony music plays a huge role in your wedding. After all, can you imagine your guests awaiting your arrival, your bridesmaids walking down the aisle, and then your grand entrance--all in total silence? To say nothing of your recessional which should be jubilant. Yet how do you have a silent, yet jubilant, recessional?
So, yes, ceremony music is a huge part of your wedding, but that doesn't mean it has to take a huge chunk of your time and energy planning it! The tips and resources here will simplify things.
After your recessional is completed, your musician will continue to play 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.
Simply explore whatever links above interest you, jot down some notes, then methodically move on to the next category. And before you know it, you'll be done planning your wedding ceremony music!
One quick tip before you explore the categories above. If your wedding is taking place in a House of Worship, be sure to inquire about any music restrictions that may exist and review your intended music choices with the officiant or music coordinator if need be before finalizing your music. Don't waste your time choosing music you may not be permitted to have. Trust me, you will save yourself both time and frustration by doing this and you'll be giving yourself a much-deserved pat on the back!
While much musical variety is generally allowed today, respect is in order in a House of Worship and indeed at weddings in general. Obviously, manners dictate that music choices be reasonable. Remember, there's always the reception for music that may not be acceptable for the wedding itself!