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Wedding Ceremony Music Guide

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Ideas for your wedding ceremony music. . .

These days the options for wedding ceremony music are endless.
So where do you start?

Think of the style of ceremony you would like, casual or formal, and choose songs or instrumental music
that will reflect your ceremony style. Many couples have a special song or piece of music that they would
like incorporated into the ceremony and this is a great way to make your ceremony music more meaningful.

The ceremony music can be a chance for your family heritage to play an important role - perhaps a favourite song of a loved family member who is no longer with us, especially if you are lighting a candle and taking a moment to think about people who can't be at your ceremony. A short verse or section of a piece of music they loved at this point can be very moving and a lovely way to include them in your ceremony.

Many couples have a special song or piece of music that they would like incorporated into the ceremony - this can be a great option for the brides entrance.

The following are a few ideas for the style & placement of music in your wedding ceremony.
Remember - if you are wanting a live performance at your wedding it is best to book early!

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Wedding Ceremony Music Guide

Prelude
Usually about 15 - 30 minutes of instrumental music to set the mood. A mix of gentle, flowing music for your wedding guests to enjoy as they arrive.

Processional
This is where you take centre-stage for your walk down the aisle.

Register Signing
This is where you sign the legal documents for your wedding.

Recessional
This is the music played to mark the end of the ceremony.

Background Music post ceremony
Often the music continues after the ceremony as your guests come and greet you as a newly married couple. Group and family photos usually happen straight after the ceremony while everyone is still nearby and your guests can enjoy being entertained while these are being taken.

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If you are having a modern wedding any of these songs will be perfect for your ceremony. 

Wedding Ceremony Music Guide - Pop Music

Prelude
15 - 30 minutes of gentle instrumentals.

Processional
A Thousand Years - Christina Perri (from the Twilight movie)
or the instrumental version of A Thousand Years by The Piano Guys
All of Me - John Legend

Register Signing
How Long Will I Love You - Ellie Goulding
All About Your Heart - Mindy Gledhill
Fields of Gold - Sting
The Rose - Bette Midler

Recessional
Into the Wild - Lewis Watson
Storybook Love - Willy de Ville

I Wanna Grow Old With You - Westlife - from the movie Up
Marry Me - Bruno Mars
Love Story - Taylor Swift


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Give your wedding an olde world charm with these selections from Robyn's Medieval and Early music 

Wedding Ceremony Music Guide - Medieval - Early Music

Goddesses MP3 - Traditional English
Lai - 13th Century Spanish
Amoroso - 14th Century Spanish
Cantiga MP3 - 13th Century Spanish

Register Signing
Greensleeves - King Henry VIII
Maravillosas et Piadosas MP3 - 13th Century Spanish
Rosa das Rosas MP3 - 13th Century Spanish

Recessional
Goddesses MP3 - Traditional English
Amoroso - 14th Century Spanish
Maravillosas et Piadosas MP3 - 13th Century Spanish - instrumental

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Harp will be an elegant addition to your traditional wedding ceremony with these pieces.

Wedding Ceremony Music Guide - Traditional

Prelude
15 - 30 minutes of gentle instrumentals.

Processional
Pachelbel's Canon in D
Bridal March - R Wagner from Lohengrin

Register Signing
Amazing Grace

Recessional
Greensleeves

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Romance is in the air with these songs from well known Disney movies.

Wedding Ceremony Music Guide - Disney

Prelude
15 - 30 minutes of gentle instrumentals.

Processional
I see the light - from the Disney movie Tangled

Register Signing
Storybook Love - From The Disney movie Princess Bride
Tale As Old As Time - from the Disney movie Beauty and The Beast

Recessional
When You Wish Upon A Star - From the Disney movie Pinnochio

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If you have Irish blood in the family you might choose to theme your ceremony with Irish music.

Wedding Ceremony Music Guide - Irish

Prelude
15 - 30 minutes of gentle instrumentals.

Processional
Christ Child's Lullaby
The Butcher Boy
The Water is Wide
Silent O'Moyle (instrumental)

Register Signing
The Irish Wedding Song
She Moved Through the Fair (instrumental)
Red is the Rose

Recessional
The Lord of the Dance
Silent O'Moyle (instrumental)
She Moved Through the Fair (instrumental)

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Robyn's family hail from Scotland and England and she likes nothing better than to wear the family tartan strip at a Scottish wedding! 

Wedding Ceremony Music Guide - Scottish

Prelude
15 - 30 minutes of instrumental harp music

Processional
My Love is like A Red Red Rose
Come by the Hills

Register Signing
The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomand
Danny Boy

Recessional
Amazing Grace

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Robyn's original music is a wonderful addition to the ceremony. Gentle and flowing - have a listen to the MP3's and see if this is the style of music you would like at your wedding

Wedding Ceremony Music Guide - Robyn Sutherland

Prelude
15 - 30 mins of gentle instrumentals

Processional
Dewdrops - Robyn Sutherland
Spring Rain - Robyn Sutherland

Register Signing
Heavenly Child - Robyn Sutherland
Orange & Gold MP3 - Robyn Sutherland

Recessional
The Palest Rose MP3 - Robyn Sutherland
You be the Stars - Robyn Sutherland

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New Zealand songs will give your wedding ceremony a real Kiwi flavour

Wedding Ceremony Music Guide - New Zealand Kiwi

Prelude
15 - 30 minutes of instrumental harp music

Processional
Not Given Lightly - Chris Knox

Register Signing
Sway - Bic Runga

Recessional
The Palest Rose - Robyn Sutherland

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Kelly and Cian - Druidic Wedding Ceremony - 12th April 2014
at St Columba Church, Grey Lynn, Auckland

Thank you so much for playing on our special day. The music couldn't have been more perfect and added a special magical touch to the whole ceremony. It is one of the aspects of our wedding day that has really stuck in both of our minds which we will remember forever. We have had so many people comment on how lovely your playing was, and we really enjoyed it too! Thank you again!

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Have a look at some more comments from Robyn's past wedding clients on the weddings page

Check Robyn's availability for your wedding now
email: robyn@robynsutherland.com or phone: 021 252 7632

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