Below is a sample ceremony music structure for most wedding ceremonies. To view pricing, please check our Wedding Price List
Prelude (Music While Guests Enter)
The pre-wedding music sets the mood for the actual ceremony. This begins 30 minutes before the scheduled ceremony time. This music should reflect the style of music you and your family love. Whether classical pieces by Bach, Mozart or Handel or contemporary songs by Adele, Coldplay or The Beatles, our extensive song list gives you tremendous options to customize the music to your own personal taste.
Processional Music (Walking Down the Aisle)
The most popular wedding song is the famous “Canon in D” by Pachelbel, but don’t let tradition keep you from using newer pieces like “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perry or “I Choose You” by Sara Bareilles.
*Mothers/Grandparents Entrance – This is optional as a special song as it is sometimes combined with prelude music or the wedding party processional
*Wedding party Processional: Bridesmaids, Maid of Honor, Flowergirls/Ring Bear, Groomsmen, Groom
This is the part within the ceremony where there is a candle lighting or sand ceremony or some other special moment in the ceremony. It is always nice to have background music the the song choice should be a song or style meaningful to the couple.
Recessional (Exiting or End of Ceremony Song)
The recessional song usually begins immediately after the officiant introduces the new couple to the guests as newly married. This music is generally upbeat and joyful. Beside the traditional “Wedding March” by Mendelssohn, new popular pieces could be “A Sky Full of Stars” by Coldplay, “All You Need is Love” by The Beatles, or “Home” by Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
Postlude (Music While Guests Exit)
The purpose of the postlude is to provide joyful music to accompany the departure of your guests from the wedding ceremony. Personal taste dictates a choice of fast and happy classical selections like “Spring” from the Four Seasons by Vivaldi or a contemporary song like “Marry Me” by Train.
Commonly asked questions:
How do the Sound of Strings Musicians fit into a Wedding Ceremony?
We play all or as much of the music list as seen above.
Will Sound of Strings attend the Rehearsal?
We do not normally attend wedding rehearsals as most of the logistics and details directly affecting the musicians’s performance are worked out prior to the rehearsal. Our decades of experience have prepared us for any type of ceremony.
We have a vocalist/another musician performing at our wedding. Can Sound of Strings accompany them?
Yes. We often collaborate with other musicians. Please see the price list for this option and note that we rehearse with them 1 hour before the ceremony. Music must be provided to Sound of Strings in order to rehearse and perform with non-Sound of Strings musicians.
Can we choose the music for our ceremony and reception? Will Sound of Strings play a requested song not on the list?
Yes and yes. Start by reviewing the song list provided by Sound of Strings and if you don’t see what you are looking for, then you may have the option to have music especially arranged for you. See the price list for that option.
If you don’t want to choose all the songs for prelude, postlude and reception, you can just select a few of your favorites and then Sound of Strings will fill in the rest of the music in the same style.
How much does it cost to have a String Quartet for my wedding?
Our pricing varies depending on how many musicians you’d like for your event. To view pricing, please check our Wedding Price List