Helpful Tips for Wedding Ceremonies

  • Preparation is the key to success.
  • Always hire professionals with excellent reputations and references to provide the services you will need at your wedding ceremony and reception!  It may cost you more in the short run, but will prove well worthwhile in the long run.  Let their expertise and experience make your wedding day perfect. Remember, you only have one chance to do things right!
  • If you are hiring live musicians to provide the music for your wedding ceremony and/or reception, and have requested that they play selections outside their usual repertoire, make sure you provide them with the sheet music well in advance so that they have an opportunity to rehearse it. This is especially important if your musicians are less experienced. Prepare for all eventualities.  If your wedding ceremony is outdoors, and rain is in the forecast, make sure that your musicians are performing in a sheltered area.  Providing clothespins to anchor sheet music in place on music stands during sudden gusts of winds is also essential. If you have downloaded your sheet music, print it out on heavy-gauge paper, and place it in a three-ring binder.
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  • If you are planning on having family members do readings during your wedding ceremony, ask them to practice in advance of the actual wedding rehearsal.  It's perfectly normal to be nervous, and the more familiar your readers are with the wording, the more comfortable they will be the day of the wedding.  Make sure that your readers use the same microphone and equipment at the rehearsal that they will be using at the ceremony.
  • If you have hired a professional DJ to provide the wedding music for your ceremony, it usually is not necessary for him/her to be present at the rehearsal.  However, if a friend or family member will be providing the wedding ceremony music, they should attend the rehearsal, and make sure that their equipment is in proper working order. They should also be sure of the timing and order of music to be played.  If they will be using a battery-operated device, extra batteries should be on hand.  If an ipod style device will be used, having a second fully-loaded backup on hand will provide you with added peace of mind should there be any last-minute equipment failure.  If your music is to be played through an electrical system some distance from an outlet, make sure you have a heavy gauge extension cord that is the proper length.  Also, make SURE that your sound system is not connected to an electrical system with a dimmer switch, as this will damage the sound system.

Good luck and have fun!