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The wedding prelude refers to music played as guests arrive at the ceremony site, to welcome them, and to set the mood. The prelude typically begins 20-30 minutes prior to the ceremony, and continues until the cue is received by the musicians to begin the first processional for the entrance of the wedding party.
I once had a somewhat awkward experience due to a miscommunication regarding use of the word “prelude.” Five minutes prior to the planned ceremony start time, as previously discussed with the wedding couple, we began a special piece chosen by the couple to be a part of the prelude, in order to ensure that there would be time to play it all the way through. It was understood that it wouldn’t be immediately prior to the ceremony, but that it would be close to the planned ceremony time. We had been told that our only cue would be for the processional for the wedding party. But the minister arrived quite late. Shortly after his arrival, clearly nervous from being late, he came up to us abruptly and told us clearly that it was time. When we started the processional, he waved and shook his head, stopping the music and quietly saying “no it’s not time for the processional; it’s time for the prelude!” as he frantically pointed to the program he placed in front of us. We quickly gathered that he had interpreted the word “prelude” as meaning the single piece listed under prelude in the program, and concluded that the smoothest plan was simply to go with the flow. We immediately began that special prelude selection – which everyone other than the minister had already recently heard - again.
I often encounter confusion relative to prelude choices, so here are some common questions and confusions I’ve experienced, with answers!
Heather and Bryant were married in picture-perfect Randolf, at the Three Stallion Inn, with a grand view of the Green Mountains in the distance and the summer flowers blooming all around them. The feeling between them was palpable - they chose not to see each other before the ceremony, but had a "first touch" instead. It was worth it for the look in Bryant's eyes when he saw Heather for the first time, coming down the aisle.
Heather and Bryant's semi-formal celebration was full of homemade touches, from the charming wooden signs throughout the property, to the cute lemonade stand. It was the quintessential Vermont country wedding - full of wholesome touches and romance.