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How many songs should be in the prelude????

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Posted On: Jan 5, 2010 at 10:31 PM | Vendors are allowed | Add to My Watchlist | Flag As Inappropriate

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Jan 06, 2010 at 9:25 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
Hello Nicole! The Wedding Prelude songs, played prior to the beginning of the wedding ceremony, is played during the wedding party and the seating of very important guests of the bride and groom. I would suggest that you choose no more than two songs to not delay the start time of the entry of the bride. The prelude songs that you choose will certainly set the tone for your wedding celebration and the excitement of your guest viewing your for the first time!

I hope this helps! Congratulations and best wishes!

Jan 06, 2010 at 10:04 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
I agree with Katherine that 2 songs are enough for the Prelude.

If you are referring to instrumental music playing while your guests are arriving, before the Ceremony starts, I suggest no more than 5 songs.
Jan 06, 2010 at 10:58 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I was at a wedding last weekend where most of the guests had to drive some distance to get to the church. In that case, the church was full 30 minutes before the ceremony. Thirty minutes would be about 8-9 songs. But, typically the prelude would start about 15 minutes before the ceremony which would be in the order of 2-5 songs.


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Jan 07, 2010 at 8:02 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
Hello Nicole,
We are usually asked to play prelude music for 15 - 30 minutes prior to a ceremony. I time 3 - 4 minutes per song. If you are having musicians or a DJ, you may want to choose 2 or 3 songs and then have them fill in with pieces that are in your style until the bridesmaids are ready. Good luck!
Jan 07, 2010 at 8:36 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Hi Niclole,
30 minutes is more than enough. If you wedding starts let's say at 4:30pm then music should begin by 4:00pm at 4:20 the grooms mom should be escorted to her seat (with Dad following behind of course) 4:22pm your Mother will be escorted to her seat. Most of my brides pick out a special songs for the mothers while being seated. A special song is also played while the mother(s) rise together and walk up to light the Unity candle (or sand ceremony) by the time this is over your Processional music should begin. I hope I did not lose you on this, but this is generally what I do for my brides and it works great! Good luck!
Jan 08, 2010 at 1:55 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Hello Nicole,
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding. The length of the prelude depends a bit on the location our your wedding. If the ceremony is in a garden, for example, it's lovely to have music as your guests are arriving. The same is true for a church. However, some catering halls usher people into the ceremony area just few minutes before the wedding is expected to start.

I usually allow a half hour of prelude music and discourage brides from choosing every song. That way I can adapt the program to the number of guests that have arrived and what they seem to be enjoying. It's more important for the musician to know the kind of music you like and, of course, your religious background. If there is a special song or two that you want to have for the seating of the mothers or just before the processional begins, please arrange to have someone cue the musician.

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