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Taking the Guesswork Out of Ceremony Music and Cues

Roni Shapira Ben-Yoseph


We recently polled some of GigMasters’ finest musical talent about the best ways to establish musical cues for wedding ceremonies and assure that everything goes according to plan.  Violinist Emily Chan of Rhode Island’s, 5-star string quartet La Bella Musica explained her great approach that should be of value to musicians, event coordinators and brides and grooms gearing up for the big day.

La Bella Musica has a request sheet structured into their contract.  This allows the musicians to get all of the information they need to ensure everything runs smoothly:

    • The client specifies the preferred dress code for musicians.
    • Processional music is defined, along with the order and duration of the processional (i.e., mothers, bridesmaids and groomsmen, flower girl, bride).
    • The client requests music for candle lighting, meditations or any other events within the ceremony.
    • The conclusion of the ceremony is defined (typically the kiss or a phrase from the officiant), along with the recessional music and postlude.

    The request sheet is accompanied by an FAQ that details La Bella Musica’s personnel, typical attire, and repertoire.  La Bella Musica asks that clients share their wedding programs as soon as they are completed.

    Musicians, take note - Making an addition like this to your standard contract could really help to streamline preparation and communication with your clients.

    Brides, grooms and wedding planners - Seasoned professionals are likely to ask you all of these questions, on paper or in person.  Think about your answers well in advance to save everyone’s time and avoid any confusion!

    Read more about how to establish the musical cues that will make for a smooth, stress-free wedding ceremony in OneWed's advice section.