Wedding Ceremony Musical Cues
By One Wed,
Published Feb 26, 2010
HITCHED WITHOUT A GLITCH: WEDDING CEREMONY MUSICAL CUES
Specal to OneWed from Marissa Latshaw of GigMasters.com
As your walk down the aisle approaches, you imagine every last detail falling into place. After all, you’ve worked hard to bring endless moving parts into sync and make choices that reflect you and your fiancé’s personalities, interests and love for one another. For this dream day’s soundtrack you’ve hired the perfect musician(s) and chosen ideal music. But how do they know when to start and when to stop? When to play what? Defining musical cues is essential for a seamless ceremony.
has a massive roster of top-notch wedding musicians and we asked them how musical cues are best defined. Here are some of their insider tips.
• Prior to the wedding date you should outline the ceremony with your officiant and convey that information to the musician(s).
• A written sequence of events, estimated durations and accompanying music is tremendously helpful to officiants and musicians alike.
• There should be a point person like a site coordinator or wedding planner to give visual cues to signal the start of the ceremony and any musical changes in the course of the processional. One musician swears by a system where the designated person holds up cards to signal mothers with a big magic marker M, attendants with a big A, and the bride with a big B.
• At the rehearsal make sure that the musical talent has a good line of sight to the person giving cues. Otherwise all of your careful planning could be out the window!
• When the musician(s) know the exact wording that the officiant will use to present the couple at the close of the ceremony it provides a concrete musical cue for the recessional. Some oldies but goodies include “I now pronounce you husband and wife,” and “you may now kiss the bride.”
Ceremony music is a huge part of your wedding for you and your guests. Done correctly, musical cues and transitions will seem like an effortless and organic ceremony component. Talk to your musician(s), give them any and all information you think might be helpful, and ask them to share their tried and true strategies. With a little careful planning your ceremony and its music will come together in perfect harmony. Good luck and have fun!
For more tips on wedding music without a hitch, check out these articles:
• Taking the Guesswork Out of Ceremony Music and Cues
• How Will Your Wedding Sound?
• The Singer Is Wearing THAT?...and Other Avoidable Wedding Day Surprises
Marissa is the VP of Marketing at GigMasters.com, the #1 event entertainment booking service. Over 30,000 couples have found and booked their wedding entertainment on the site, tapping into the Internet’s largest database of client-rated performers. With 7,000+ nationwide acts, you can find everything from live bands to classical ensembles, party DJs to balloon twisters…and that’s just the beginning. Marissa and the GigMasters team are dedicated to helping people book the perfect entertainment for their most special events.