Updated: Mar 15, 2021

After playing for over 400 weddings, I've learned what it takes to give your wedding music a lasting impression that leaves your guests raving afterward.

Without further ado, here are 3 Wedding Music Mistakes to Avoid.

1. Don't try to pack too much music into your ceremony.

The key here is to keep tabs on the overall flow of the ceremony. How many different pieces should be played during the wedding's Processional? Many times, couples will request one song for each processional (one for the grandparents, another for the parents, another for the wedding party, another for the ring bearer.... you get the picture.) Unfortunately, by the time the Bride walks down the aisle, the guests have heard 15-second snippets of 5 different songs and it sounds like you're skipping songs on Spotify. The frequent starting and stopping really disrupts the flow.

Sometimes, couples want a different song played during their vows, readings (or between readings), and during special moments like the unity candle or a memorial. This can all be planned and timed beautifully, but doing it all at once ends up back-firing.

To help with this, I always work closely with my couples to go over the numbers and timing. That way, all chosen music is intentional and flows beautifully.

2. Don't forget about Prelude/Postlude music.

Having live music while the couple walks down (and back up) the aisle is definitely a highlight of the big celebration, but don't forget about your guests. Your guests will arrive early and, after the ceremony ends, file out slowly. They're usually so happy to catch up with friends that they often hang around the ceremony site even after you've left. Having live musicians playing in the background before the ceremony begins and after it ends is a touch that your guests won't forget.