The music chosen at the wedding ceremony sets the mood for the rest of the wedding day. No matter the type of wedding, large or small, formal or informal, the mood of the wedding can most often be characterized by the selection of music during the ceremony.
There are various ways to go about choosing songs for the wedding ceremony. You can choose classical, traditional, or contemporary music, depending on your mood. Most couples these days choose songs that are meaningful to them together. A good idea to keep in mind while selecting wedding ceremony songs is to think about the audience.
Selecting a song that everyone knows allows the crowd gathered to bless the couple and join in with the songs, thus creating a different ambience altogether.
Some popular choices for music during the wedding ceremony are traditional classical pieces like "The Wedding March". Musical ensembles like string quarters and even chamber music groups are also popular for weddings.
It is increasingly common for couples to choose contemporary songs that hold a special significance to them, but traditional wedding ceremony tunes are still among the most popular: Wagner's Bridal Chorus, Mendelssohn's Wedding March, Widor's Toccata, Bach's Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring' etc.
It is important to begin making arrangements to hire musicians as soon as the wedding date and location are confirmed. Often popular musicians are booked as much as a year in advance. About a month before the wedding date, you should meet the musicians and confirm all the details. Often a place of worship will have guidelines about the kind of music that is allowed to be played and it is important to ask.