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.

 

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