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FAQs


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Choosing Songs

How many songs do I need to choose for the ceremony?

For the ceremony, usually at least 2, and sometimes as many as 10.  Usually 3-5.  Here’s a very typical breakdown for a non-Catholic ceremony:

  1. First processional/entrance of parents and family
  2. Second processional/entrance of attendants including ring bearers and/or flower girls
  3. Entrance of bride
  4. Ceremony interlude, e.g. unity candle, sand ceremony, special song
  5. Recessional (exit)

Some couples like to strip it down to the barest elements, like so:

  1. Entrance for everyone including bride
  2. Recessional (exit)

It could be anywhere in between for you.  And for a full-mass Catholic ceremony, it’ll be much more involved, like this:

  1. First processional/entrance of parents and family
  2. Second processional/entrance of attendants including ring bearers and/or flower girls
  3. Entrance of bride
  4. Responsorial Psalm
  5. Unity Candle
  6. Presentation of flowers to Mary
  7. Preparation of the Gifts
  8. Communion (this might take a while so it may be a good idea to choose 2-3 pieces)
  9. Recessional

And there may even be more – such as another candlelighting or remembrance or meditation… Your officiant will be of great use in determining the proper order of things, and figuring out where music can fit within the ceremony.

 

Do I need to choose songs for prelude/post-lude/cocktail hour, etc?

Normally, you choose the style of the incidental (background) music, and we’ll choose the individual songs.  If you have a few favorites, or even a few “do-not-plays” from our song list, you’re more than welcome to indicate those and we’ll honor your requests.

 

When do you need to know my song choices?

Generally, about 4-6 weeks before the wedding date.  While it’s certainly fine to plan more in advance than that, we’ve found that it’s actually easier to wait until after you’ve met with your officiant and planned out the order of the ceremony.  Once you know who is walking in and in what order, and whether you’ll need music during the ceremony, then we can construct the music program around that.

Can you play _______ (insert song name here)?

Yes, we can almost always accommodate any request.  For special requests for groups with a guitar as one of the instruments, the cost is $50.  For groups with no guitar, any special request is $100 per song.