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Frequently Asked Questions

Selecting Your Wedding Music

Below are the parts of the ceremony for which we typically play.  If you need additional music, just let us know.  You can listen to several samples from our music library by going to the Music Library page.

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Part of Ceremony  Description
Prelude Before ceremony, approx. 20 minutes (while guests are being seated).  The quartet may take the liberty of selecting pieces for the prelude or work collaborativley with the couple.
Family seating For seating of parents and grandparents.  If you have a unity candle, two family members light the tapers during this piece.
Attendants' Processional Officiant, groom, and groomsmen enter.  Bridesmaids, flower girl, and ring bearer walk down the aisle.
Bride's Processional For entrance of bride.  We recommend a separate piece to highlight her moment.
Interlude Optional.   This is music that is played in the middle of the ceremony.  Depending on your type of ceremony, you may decide to include more than one of these.  Here are different types of interludes:
    Lighting of the Unity Candle Sand Ceremony  (while bride and groom are pouring sand) Presentation of Gifts (just before communion) Communion Vocal Solo Moment of Reflection
Recessional Wedding party exits.
Postlude One piece performed while guests exit.
The quartet usually takes the liberty of selecting a piece for the postlude, but will honor special requests as much as possible.

Church Music Restrictions

If you're getting married in a church, be sure to check with the music director or wedding director at the church to make sure you are aware of any restrictions on the music you select.  Restrictions vary from church to church, even within the same denomination.  The most typical restriction is that they allow only religious and/or classical music.  Specifically this means:

    No pieces from operas.  That includes Wagner's "Bridal Chorus" (a.k.a. "Here comes the bride")  which is from opera Lohengrin and Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" (thought of as the traditional recessional) which is from opera A Midsummer Night's Dream.
    No pop songs, in general.  For example, Shania Twain's "From This Moment" is a popular song for weddings, but not acceptable to churches because the lyrics are not religious.
    Pop songs with religious lyrics are acceptable.  For example,  "The Prayer" sung by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli has words that actually are a prayer. font>

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