Classical music is ideal to be performed at wedding ceremonies because it has the ability to set various moods to directly target the part of the ceremony it is being used.The use of various instrumentation and songs from various time periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic) can all be effective ways to cause diversity and compliment specific moments.To create a romantic atmosphere the use of violin, piano, and harp are highly effective. For a spiritual and solemn mood, you may choose songs arranged for the instrumentation of organ and strings. During the exchanging of vows, lighting of the candle, and wearing of rings, flute or piano can be played as background to add serenity and solemnity, it is important that this music does not overpower the people speaking otherwise it will become a distraction that will overpower the most important part of the wedding ceremony.
The inclusion of classical music at the wedding reception can add a degree of style, class and elegance to your wedding reception. Hiring musicians such as a string trio or quartet to play as guests arrive or even throughout the dinner would leave a lasting effect on your family and guests for many years to come. The use of a classical ensemble in this way would work well if used in conjunction with other entertainment, such as a live band (either jazz or popular) or a disc-jockey. This increased diversity in entertainment throughout the night manages to provide the ideal musical backing for every part of the evening from the entrance to the first dance and cutting of the cake right through to the bride and groom's departure at the end of the evening.