It has become very commonplace for couples to have their ceremony away from the traditional church setting. As a DJ, I can help play a prominent role in helping to set the tone for you and your guests
As your guests arrive, which usually begins around a half hour before the start of the ceremony, I will play light music in the background. Most couples prefer either classical selections or acoustical covers of today's lighter hits. Once everyone is seated, then it's time for the parents and bridal party. There are many ways that I have seen this play out, but it usually begins the mother of the bride being escorted up the aisle by a groomsman followed by the parents of the groom. Some people have chosen to have that procession done in silence while others have chosen separate music. Next comes the groom and his groomsmen walking up the side to the alter. Sometimes the officiant will lead them up there if he or she hasn't already taken their place at the alter. The gentlemen's walk will not take more than 30 seconds, if that, so don't go crazy trying to choose the perfect song for them.
Now it is time for the bridesmaids and flower girl and ring bearer. When choosing this song, consider how many bridesmaids and kids you have, and how far they have to walk. It's always a good idea to have them walk slower rather than faster, so you may end up needing a song that's four minutes long or more. My personal preferences are Canon in D, if you prefer classical, or a string, vocal-less version of Christina Perri's "A Thousand Years" if you want to go more modern. As the last flower girl or ring bearer takes their spot, it is now time for me to fade out the music for your grand entrance.
As a bride, you have been thinking about this moment since you were a little girl- the moment your father gets to walk you up the aisle. As a father, I can personally tell you that I will not be able hear the music, yet alone remember what song it was, as my head will be spinning with emotions as I'm walking my baby girl towards her future husband. If I had to pick a favorite, I guess it would be Train's "Marry Me". "A Thousand Years" also works very well for this. No matter what song you chose, your friends and family will be so focused on your beauty and grace that your song selection will be nothing more than background noise. A final thought to consider for your bridal march is whether you want your entrance song faded when you and your father arrive at the alter or if he will be handing you off and sitting down before the start of the ceremony. It's a minor detail, but something that will need to be discussed and decided with your officiant.
Now it's your officiant's time, and my microphones (hand held or lapel) will provide all the sound you need. If you have a family member or friend providing a scripture reading, we can have a separate mic available on a stand for him or her upon your request. And just when your officiant introduces you to your guests as Mr. & Mrs., that will be my cue to start up your recessional music. This song typically sends the message that the formalities are over, and now it's time to party. A Motown favorite here is Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered". A more modern selection is American Author's "Best Day of My Life" or Bruno Mars' "Marry You". If you want to go 80's old school, I recommend Hall & Oates' "You Make My Dreams Come True". While you and your bridal party get whisked away for pictures, your guests head to the cocktail hour to begin their five hours of fun.