The actual wedding… The important bit.
Generally there are four musical sections you might want to consider during a wedding ceremony.
Guests will normally arrive 30 - 45 minutes before the ceremony. A bit of background music here creates a good vibe. Guests know where they are supposed to be and they can quietly chat away until the proceedings begin. You have a few options here:
Solo Instrumentalist - Piano, Guitar, Singer, Harp, Cello, Organ etc
Group - String Quartet, Singer with Guitar/Piano
Background Music - iTunes / Spotify and a speaker
I probably wouldn’t go for a band here mainly because you don’t need one. The point of the music here is to fill any awkward silences. A musician will give guests something to look at but it will cost a bit more than plugging your phone into a speaker. If you are using background music (I did for my wedding and it worked perfectly) make sure the person you have doing it knows their cues.
This is the big reveal. If you’re not going with traditional processional music, you should think about either one or two songs here. A few things to consider are:
How far the bride/bridesmaids have to walk
How many people walk in before the bride
How long the song you want is
The speed of your walk
For example on my wedding day I walked into ‘Glasgow Love Theme’ by Craig Armstrong. The version I used was about 2 minutes long so I had another song for my three bridesmaids to walk in to… however… I had to walk from a beach house and then down onto the beach. So the bridesmaids music faded out, Glasgow Love Theme started and by the time I was standing next to Willy there was about 10 seconds of the track to go.