CEREMONY QUESTIONS: There are various degrees of difficulty with outdoor ceremonies. The most difficult would be if
you are far from an electrical source, far from vehicle access, with no shelter from sun or rain. I can handle anything, given
the time to prepare, so please send details well in advance.
1. Is the ceremony in the SAME location as the reception, so I can use the same sound system?
2. Can you do the ceremony without a microphone (small room), with only 1 mic (share with readers, move to pick up vows)
or is there a multi-microphone set up required (readers, musicians, singers)?
3. If ceremony location AWAY from reception, how far away is it? Are golf carts provided for DJ gear?
4. If ceremony location AWAY from reception, will electricity be available within 200 feet? Would you like to rent my
ultra-quiet gas-powered generator?
5. Will protection from sun and rain be available at the ceremony site for the DJ gear?
6. Will I need to sound check before guests arrive with the officiant, readers, singers or musicians?
7. Will the officiant bring his/her own microphone? Note: I've seen this fail twice now, where an officiant brings a wireless
microphone and has signal problems- even after sound checking before the ceremony, they failed during the ceremony and
I could not fix their equipment. Radio waves are affected by humidity and cell phones. Batteries could also be to blame.
8. Best microphone placement: Could I use my standard single microphone on a 4' high stand, turned up loud enough to
pick up both the officiant and the bride and groom for the vows? If windy, the officiant should hold the microphone or the
stand should be raised to be close to the mouth. If there is a trellis around the officiant, I could hide the microphone in the
Ideas for Prelude:
____"Play Vitamin String Quartet Versions of Pop Songs"
____"Play Piano Guys Versions of Pop songs"
____"Play Classical Music, such as Vivaldi Four Seasons"
____"Play Country Love Songs" ___"Play Christian Pop"
____"Play Colbie Caillat, Norah Jones, and Ingrid Michaelson soft pop love songs"
Sometimes there is a song for the Seating of Parents:
____"Better Together" by Jack Johnson
____"You Raise Me Up" by Josh Groban
____"What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong
Will you have me start a certain track at the moment the seating of parents and grandparents would begin and
have it continue through the wedding party and/or bride.....?
Wedding Party Processional Ideas:
____"Stand By Me" by Florence and the Machine
____"Bittersweet Symphony" by Aranbee Pop Symphony Orchestra
____"Pachelbel Canon in D" (Do you like full orchestra, classical guitar, celtic...or?)
____"Somewhere Only We Know" by Simply Three
____A segment from Vivaldi's Four Seasons
(The wedding party processional should be something slower-paced and steady, unless you are having fun with it-
for example "Forever" by Chris Brown with the couples dancing in)
Should I fade out the WP Processional as soon as the flower girls are seated?
Should I then leave the music silent for a moment for the officiant to ask guests to rise and stand as well as they
are able, and use that as my cue to start the Bride's processional?
____"You Are The Reason" by Calum Scott
____"How Long Will I Love You" (Cairn String Quartet Version of the Ellie Goulding song)
____"At Last" by Etta James, skipping the first 15 seconds
____"Butterfly Waltz" Brian Crain
____"A Thousand Years" Piano Guys
____"Fanfare and Trumpet Voluntary" Canadian Brass
____"Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" Classical Full Orchestra
____"Marry You" Bruno Mars
____"Marry You" Violin Instrumental
____"Marry Me" Train
____"Never Stop (wedding version)" SafetySuit
____"I Get to Love You" by Ruelle
I let the music play until the officiant begins the ceremony- usually the officiant will say "please be seated" as the
music is still playing, and then I fade out as guests sit down. Note: Officiants often forget to ask guests to be
seated and start right in, leaving guests to remain standing.
Mid-Ceremony Music for Mixing Sand, Lighting Candles, etc.:
___"Grow Old With You" Guitar Instrumental version of the Adam Sandler tune.
___"Grow Old With Me" Vocal version by Mary-Chapin Carpenter
___"Here We Stand" by T Carter Music (two versions: acoustic guitar or full band?)
____"(This Will Be) An Everlasting Love" by Natalie Cole cued up to the refrain
____"Wedding March" by Mendelssohn
____"Signed Sealed Delivered" Stevie Wonder, could be cued up to the 2nd refrain
____"All You Need Is Love" Beatles cued up 8 seconds into it
____"Now That We Found Love" Heavy D and the Boyz
____"Crazy in Love" by Beyonce
____"Best Day of My Life" by American Authors cued up to the refrain
____"You Send Me" by Aretha Franklin cued up 15 seconds into it
____"...I love you BABY..." Last 45 seconds of "Can't Take My Eyes off of You" by Frankie Valli
TIPS: Have the seating of parents/grandparents start at the actual ceremony start time, following a 10-15 minute
prelude. After the seating, the groom and officiant walk up together to the front, and the groom turns and faces the
guests. That would be my cue to start the "Wedding Party Processional" which could include the bride using the
same song, but if not, I will need to watch for either a flower girl or count the wedding party members to know when
to start the Bride's Processional. During the ceremony, I can DJ music for any sort of pause in the script for sand
mix, knot tie, candle light, wine box sealing, log nailing-type ritual. I will talk with the officiant about the script
leading up to the mid-ceremony music, and the script leading to the final song beginning. The recessional usually
starts after this sequence: 1. You may kiss your bride (applause) 2. Where to go after ceremony, wait for your row
to be dismissed by ushers, other instructions 3. Introducing the couple with their new name (they turn for a photo
opportunity and wait 4 seconds before walking as the recessional music begins)