Weddings...

Music is one of the most intimate ways to personalize a wedding day, and yet one of the most often overlooked.  For some, the familiar sounds of musical selections on an organ or piano is a comfort that is expected.  For others looking to have their ceremony be a reflection of their lives and relationship, music is the perfect way to draw their guests into the warm and familiar embrace of friends and family; to establish a formal occasion with an informal connection to every person present.  Few weddings take place without a metered musical pace for the Wedding Party to make their grand arrival, or a jubliant Recessional signifying the beginning of a celebration of 'happily ever afters'.  Weddings are meant to last a lifetime; we suggest you make the most of every moment, and leave no detail to chance including your wedding music.

Since 1995, Suite Elegance has specialized in wedding music and ceremony coordination.  With the experience of hundreds of weddings and many different styles and denominations in some of the most popular venues in Northeast Ohio, we are well qualified to assist you with every detail of your ceremony and your music.  From recommendations and referrals to anticipating the rehearsal and flexibility required to cadence each piece perfectly every step of the way to give each moment that polished, subtle elegance, we know our place well and will coordinate every detail to your highest expectation.  It will be our honor to perform for you.

...Ceremony Music Selection

Whether you desire the traditional and familiar, or the unique and personal, the majority of wedding ceremonies follow a basic, universal layout of elements.  Here, we will step you through each aspect of your ceremony through the eyes of your musicians, and offer both traditional and unique suggestions for your music.  Of course, the options are almost as limitless as our repertoire...

 Prelude Music

Typically, your wedding guests will begin arriving about 30 minutes before the time listed on their invitation.  Traditionally, that time is actually when the Bride will make her Grand Entrance - no one wants to miss that moment!  Prelude Music is meant to set the tone for the ceremony to come, and typically lasts 20-25 minutes before the Processionals start, ending with the seating of special people such as Grandparents. This music is usually light and might end with a favorite song.

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Mothers Processional

The first indicator that the ceremony is about to begin is the Entrance of the Mothers.  It is the beginning of the Bridal Processionals and might be familiar and longer in length to facilitate the lighting of Unity Candle tapers, as well as to secure the aisle runner if desired.  If other special people will be seated especially, they will typically enter during this selection before the mothers.  Traditionally, the Groom's side always goes first!  This music is typically sentimental or in a reverent style.

For musicians, the Mothers Entrance is when it's time to sit up straight and pay attention.  The cue for the mothers to begin is the most critical of the Processionals.  Music should transition and begin BEFORE the VIPS and mothers begin processing.  This is the moment where good site and music coordination really pay off.  Once they have entered, taken care of any pre-ceremony activities (lighting of unity tapers, etc), and have been seated, the aisle runner (if any) will typically be pulled.  Once it has been secured, your musicians will find a suitable place to end this musical selection and prepare for the next.  

Suite Elegance offers experienced coordination services to assist where necessary in all aspects of your wedding day - ask for details!

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Attendants Processional 

Following the seating of the mothers, your music will transition smoothly into the Attendants Processional, usually beginning with the Officiant, Groom, and Groom's Attendants followed by - or escorting - the Bride's Attendants.  This musical selection usually facilitates a moderate walking pace and builds in intensity over the previous selection, creating anticipation for the Bride's impending Entrance.  Traditionally, all of the Bridal Party will enter on this selection, with the exception of possibly ring bearers and flowergirls who may enter right before the Bride once the music transitions for her entrance. 

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Bridal Processional 

The big moment has arrived!  The Groom stares nervously at a spot way off in the distance above where the love of his life will soon be standing to greet him.  Or, perhaps he's more practical than that and has pulled out the Kleenex he would never have admitted to stashing in his tuxedo pocket.  Either way, the processionals reach their climax in this selection.  This song should be the most dramatic selection of the ceremony and allow for a slow to moderate walking pace.

We recommend that you take your time and savor every moment now - it will all be over in the blink of an eye!  Welcome to your special moment together!

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The Ceremony

Whether non-denominational, Catholic, Jewish, Indian, or civil, most wedding ceremonies will follow the same layout:  introduction, homily, vows, rings, kiss and pronouncement.  Of course, there are always embelishments and religious aspects that may be incorporated throughout - you'll want to discuss and personalize all of those details with your minister or officiant.

Some great places to add music would be during the Unity Ceremony, Communion, or a Presentation of Roses to your parents if desired.  If yours is a religious mass, you will want to check with your officiant about any specific musical requirements, as well as whether or not musicians and cantors are provided. 

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Recessional

Phew!  The 'hard part' is over, right?  You can breathe a sigh of relief and ride off into the sunset.  Well, ok, not quite, but the Recessional is the start of the celebration!  It should be festive and joyful!

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Postlude Music

Whether the Bride and Groom release their guests, form a traditional receiving line, or jump into their limo to find a quiet moment or two, postlude music is what sends your guests on their way to the reception.  Typically, this music is light and lively and begins the transition into the style of music planned for the reception.

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...Cocktail Hour and Reception Music

Suite Elegance can provide so much more than just ceremony music for your Wedding Day!  With many different ensembles to choose from and an almost limitless repertoire, your reception can be just as elegant and unique as your ceremony!  Cocktail and Dinner Hour music are great options to add to your Wedding Day package.  In smaller, more intimate or religious settings, perhaps a DJ is not desirable or dancing is not permitted.  Perhaps yours is a Wedding Brunch overlooking the lake?  Over the years, we've been honored to be a part of many unique and memorable experiences, and we've attended each one with the same rehearsal and attention to detail that we have for every occasion!  The addition of cocktail and reception music to one of our ceremony packages isn't as expensive as you think - significant discounts are offered after the ceremony or first hour!  Check out our packages and rates for more information!