Church Ceremonyhelpful tips
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Entrance of the Bride
Every bride wants to make sure her entrance music is exactly right. Here how to do it:
- Choose music that reflects your personality – don’t forget, very quiet entrance music can be stunning!
- If the church is small, avoid a piece with a long introduction or you’ll be at the altar before the music gets going
- Larger church? Choose a piece which can be extended so the music doesn’t stop before you’re ready to start the ceremony.
- Choose well-known hymns – it’s the one part of the day that involves everyone
- You’ll probably need to select two or three hymns
- Put the most dramatic hymns first and last, with a quieter, more reflective hymn in the middle
- Jerusalem – if chosen – should always be the final hymn!
- Our suggested hymns ought to be well-known even to those who haven't been near a church since school.
- For the words to our suggested hymns (and more), download our pdf of hymn words
- The words of many “wedding” hymns have nothing to do with marriage at all – they’ve just become associated with weddings
- If you’d prefer your hymn words to be more wedding-specific, then we have a few interesting ideas – contact us for a chat
Signing of the Register
- The signing of the register normally takes 5 to 10 minutes
- It normally takes place in the vestry (ie out of sight of the congregation), but…
- …it can be quicker if you sign the register in the body of the church
- We prefer this, as the congregation remain involved and you get to hear the music you’ve chosen too!
- Traditionally the soloist or choir sings at this point, accompanied by the organist
- Music during the signing is normally quite gentle, to contrast with the exit of the bridal couple, which usually follows on
- We think it’s important that your recessional (exit music) should start with a bang, so…
- …avoid pieces with long introductions
- For maximum impact, use the choir if you have one