Enjoy all of our Wedding Ceremony tips, suggestions and playlists. We felt this was a better place to have all of this information rather than directly on the Ceremony Planner. You can always email or text DJ Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 714.363.6922. You can email or text DJ Robert at email@example.com or 562.644.2357.
We provide 2 lavalier style wireless microphones plus a wired handheld microphone and stand for Wedding Ceremonies.
Wireless Lavalier Microphones: The 2 lavalier style wireless microphones are clear and reliable yet compact and unobtrusive. One lavalier microphone is placed on the Groom’s jacket lapel. The other lavalier microphone is for your officiant. In addition to each microphone picking up the person that it is on, the Groom’s lavalier microphone will pick up about 75% of the Bride’s voice while the Officiant’s will pick up the remaining 25%. We recommend the Bride use her outdoor voice coming from your Diaphragm rather than just whispering. You don’t need to lean into your Groom’s microphone and you also don’t need to invade his personal space. Your venue staff or our staff will remind you one final time prior to the ceremony start time on your wedding day.
Back-up handheld wired microphone: The wired handheld microphone serves 2 purposes. The first is for any readers that you might have. The second it acts as a back-up to our 2 wireless lavalier microphones. We'll make sure both the Groom and your Officiant know why it's there and where it is located.
Directional paddle antennas: To help ensure that the 2 lavalier microphones are bullet-proof we don't use the smaller 1/4 wave antennas that they come with. Instead we use 2 directional paddle antennas receivers. There are 2 enemies of wireless radio frequencies: One is water, and humans are made mostly of water so when all the guests arrive it is better that we use antennas that are directional, more powerful and higher up. The second is metal and so NOT having our antennas rack mounted makes sure that it is not directly connected to metal while also making it nice and high for a good line of sight with the transmitters that are on the Groom and Officiant.
CEREMONY PROCESSIONAL SONGS
What makes a good Bride and Wedding Party Processional song? Many years ago Brides would choose the Bridal March also known as “Here Comes The Bride” and this was usually the Organ Version [Yuck!]. Later we found MANY really nice versions of the Bridal March recorded by Trios and Quartets usually including a Violin, Cello and Flute. Then as we expanded our imaginations, Baroque Classical songs like “Canon In D” by Johan Pachelbel and “Air (On The G String)” by Johann Sebastian Bach became popular as an alternative to the traditional Bridal March. By the Year 2000 it was more popular to use a nice ballad to walk down the aisle. More often this would be the original version and artist. That is still somewhat popular and also totally okay! What we have suggested and many of our Brides have chosen is to use an instrumental version of a popular ballad.
Example Song: A great example of this would be the most popular song which is “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Elvis Presley. This song is perfect as a Processional. You could use the original version. You could use the Original Instrumental version if it is available or an instrumental version by Vitamin String Orchestra, Piano Guys, Piano Dreamers, United Guitar Players or O’Neill Brothers Group just to name a few of the more popular groups. Continuing in the instrumental direction you could also find MANY artists that record on YouTube that have become so popular their songs are available on Amazon mp3 and iTunes etc. like Daniel Jang [Violin] and Brooklyn Duo. Then there are also GREAT cover versions by other Artists. In this example there is a version by Kina Grannis that was featured in the movie “Crazy Rich Asians”. Another popular version is by Haley Reinhart. Still another version is a duet by Katherine McPhee & Andrea Bocelli.
In Conclusion: This is just ONE SONG as an example. You can find many versions of other popular ballads and typically your talking about less than 10 versions including the original, instrumentals and covers. So I would suggest starting out by picking a song and then whittle it down to which version you like best! The next and final step would be picking the part of your song that will be playing when you reach the doors leading to the alter of the Great Oak Tree. This will determine where we should start the song. It usually takes between 45 seconds to 1 minute to walk from the Cocktail Patio to the Doors. As a back-up we’ll also set a cue point just in case so that we can jump to that part of the song usually seamlessly. I hope this helps!
CEREMONY RECESSIONAL SONGS
The recessional is a fancy word for the time when your Wedding Ceremony Officiant, Pastor or Rabbi introduces you as the New Mr. & Mrs. and you walk back down the aisle to the cheers of all of your guests. This happens right after you are declared husband and wife and you kiss for the first time. What makes a good "Recessional Song"?
Upbeat/Positive/Energetic: This song should fit the celebratory mood of the occasion. It is VERY similar to the Grand Entrance Song you'll be introduced to at the reception. You'll notice that there is an overlap of songs in both of these categories.
Recessional vs. Grand Entrance: Although there is much in common for these two events we find and also recommend that the Ceremony Recessional song be a little lighter and not as brash as your Reception Grand Entrance Song. Many Brides and Grooms also pick something a little more classic too! Some examples of this would be "Signed, Sealed, Deliver (I'm Yours)" by Stevie Wonder or "This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)" by Natalie Cole. You can choose whatever you want and that could mean using a song like "Bring 'Em Out" by T.I. You do you right!?