Because of the focus on walking down the aisle, it’s easy to forget that time before you make your appearance. There will likely be 15 or more minutes when your guests will be waiting for the ceremony to start. Don’t try their patience with absolute silence.
Be sure to have ceremony music for at least 30 minutes before you begin your processional. This prelude music should be somewhat compatible with the songs chosen for your ceremony, but your processional should be a stand out tune signaling that this is the moment.
Sounds too soft
With the popularity of outdoor ceremonies, you should consider making those remote locations microphone-friendly. Be sure to carefully assess the setting when coordinating with the officiant. Jet ski’s going by at the beautiful lake could easily drown out a classical nylon string guitar or even a string quartet. A windy day on Mt. Hood could silence even the strongest officiant voice.
Put this on your checklist of questions to ask your band leader and the location’s event manager. One or hopefully both of them have experience with your ceremony location and know its acoustic limitations. It’s important to be flexible and open to advice. Though you may have your heart set on someone hauling down a harp to the beach, losing the music entirely to crashing ocean waves will be disappointing.
The Unending First Dance
The groom may have fallen in love with “Stairway To Heaven” ever since his prom, but imagine how long eight minutes and six seconds will feel with everyone watching you alone on the dance floor. When practicing (and you should dance at least one time to your song ahead of the wedding) pay careful attention to your love song’s length before committing to it for your first dance. Even four minutes will feel like eternity to you if you’re just rocking back and forth. If your heart is set on a certain ballad, look into having it cut down to a reasonable length. A good Dj or a band has those editing capabilities.