Wedding Ceremony Q&As

Answers to who walks when, who stands where, and other ways to make sure your ceremony is perfect.

Q: My future sister-in-law has offered to play the piano for our church service, but I don’t know which musical selections to give her. Do we need to play the traditional Wedding March? 

A: Not at all. In fact, many couples opt for ceremony music that has a special meaning for them and reflects their personalities. Speak with your fiancé about the mood you want to create at your ceremony. Do you both want a traditional feel, or are there some popular songs that have an emotional resonance for you—perhaps a tune that didn’t make the cut as your first-dance choice? If you do decide to go the classic route, some choices to consider for the processional, other than the Wedding March, are Canon in D Minor (Pachelbel) or The Four Seasons (Vivaldi). Or, if you prefer something nontraditional, then you might like “What a Wonderful World” (performed by Louis Armstrong), “You Raise Me Up” (Josh Groban) or “The Prayer” (Bocelli and Dion), to name a few. Take some time to listen to some wedding CDs and go to for more suggestions on traditional and nontraditional songs that are suitable for every part of your ceremony and reception. Have fun during the process and keep a notepad handy to jot down any songs you may suddenly think of or hear on your computer or radio. And if you’re marrying in a house of worship, keep in mind that some may have restrictions, so clear all musical choices with your officiant.

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