Bridal Club Magazine
Typical Wedding Schedule and Music Requirements
When it comes to your wedding day, always remember that it is
YOUR wedding day. If you want to do things a certain way, I
say go for it, and choose vendors that will help you to accomplish
what you desire from your day.
With that said, there are certain traditions that should
probably be adhered to because they work best that way. Here
is a basic timeline of important events to think about for your
wedding day plus some notes about music recommendations, and a few
tips that I have picked up over the years. This is just an
overview as I intend to cover each stage more comprehensively in
- guests begin arriving at the ceremony location half an hour
before ceremony start time. Groom, bestman, and groomsmen
should be there to greet guests as they arrive - background music
- songs are required for the bride's entrance (aisle
processional), then signing register (2 songs if less than 4-5
mins), and sometimes a recessional song after ceremony is completed
when you join your guests for mingling as a newly married
- after some mingling, the bridal party will often leave for
photos while guests enjoy cannapes - background music.
- after cannapes, guests make their way to the reception venue -
background music already playing at reception.
- bridal party arrives to reception after photos to a grand
entrance - individual announcements for each couple with a song for
each of them edited to begin with the chorus of the song.
Meal Is Served
- often take place between main and dessert courses. If you
decide to do speeches before Main course, ensure you allow plenty
of time as you dont want caterers trying to keep the main course
hot and fresh, if your speeches run long. Background music
off during speeches and mic levels adjusted for speakers.
- often after dessert but can really happen anytime (after
speeches before dessert, or even right at the beginning of the
meal). A special song can be chosen for this.
- usually begins with the First Dance. There are several
ways to handle the first dance. Most couples only want to be
out there alone for a minute just to give people time to take
photos before we invite the guests to join in, while others get
dance lessons and perform a choreographed production. Choose
a song that means something to you - I will often edit 2 or 3 songs
together if you cant decide or need something for a dance
- the father/daughter and/or mother/son dance in NZ is rare, but
it would traditionally happen after the first dance. I
actually recommend you change the rules and do it before the first
dance otherwise you will need to clear the dance floor before
beginning. It also think it makes more sense for the happy
couple's first dance together as man and wife to start the guest's
- fun thing to do later in the evening if you have a few single
ladies in the crowd. Ask your florist to include a cheap
bouquet for throwing so you can keep your main bouquet. The popular
song for the bouquet toss used to be 'Girls Just Want To Have Fun'
but for the past few years it has been 'Single Ladies'. You
can choose any song for this time though. It is rare for kiwi
males to do the garter toss but this can also be fun later in the
evening with the right crowd.
- after the dancing some will choose a final song to farewell the
guests and end the evening.
Hope that helps to give you some idea of a typical schedule for
a wedding day and the times when your special music selections are
required. Please dont hesitate to contact me if you have any
questions at all relating to wedding day music or scheduling.
Leigh Williams (Owner - Musical Cheers Entertainment Wgtn)
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