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. 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? See video below the planning questions to see a ceremony
where the vows are picked up equally with the officiant's voice from a microphone on a low stand, out of sight.
Ideas for Prelude:
____"Play Vitamin String Quartet Versions of Pop Songs" See list of my favorites below
____"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.....?
Sometimes the groom enters to 30-40 seconds of special music. Ideas: "Thunderstruck" (string quartet
version), "Imperial March" from Star Wars, and "Walk Thru" by Rich Homie Quan
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
____"Yours" (Russell Dickerson instrumental acoustic guitar version by Bridesmaids Quartet)
____"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
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 is it" (Instrumental or vocal?)
____"(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 :38 seconds into it
____"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
____"Forever and Ever Amen" by Randy Travis
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. What will be my cue to start the Bride's Processional?
My favorite prelude list:
(All instrumentals performed by Vitamin String Quartet and similar artists)
1. Just Like Heaven (from the Cure)
2. Today is the Greatest (from Smashing Pumpkins)
3. The Power of Love (from Celine Dion)
4. Eternal Flame (from Bangles)
5. I Think We are Going to be Friends (from White Stripes)
6. I'm Yours (from Jason Mraz)
7. I'll Be (from Edwin McCain)
8. Don't Stop Believing (from Journey)
NOTE: In extreme weather, outdoor ceremony prelude music time may be only one track, since guests will stay
sheltered and run out to the chairs at the last minute. In perfect weather, I would extend to at least 30 minutes of