Wedding Guide

To Help You Plan Your Wedding Music & More…


Congratulations on your engagement! Crystal Coast Musicians understand how much time and effort goes into making important decisions for your special day. When you book Crystal Coast Musicians, you can book with confidence, knowing that all of your wedding music needs will be met by caring and experienced professional musicians. 

From the time you contact us about booking your wedding, and continuing on through your big day, we do everything necessary to make the music the least stressful aspect of your wedding planning. Every service provided by Crystal Coast Musicians includes a consultation to help you select your music, and regular correspondences and support leading up to your wedding. Also included in our booking fees, at least one musician will attend your rehearsal. This is another service that we are happy to provide to reassure our brides and everyone else involved in the wedding. We encourage our bridal couples to contact us with any questions or concerns they have about their wedding music, and will always respond to E-mails and phone calls within a day.

We work closely with some of the most outstanding and prestigious wedding vendors in the area, representing every category, from a band or DJ for your reception, to wedding planners, photographers, venues, bridal shops, caterers and more. Please see our preferred vendors list to contact the wedding professionals that we work with.

We hope the following Wedding Music Planning Guide and list of the Coast Musician’s Preferred Wedding Vendors is helpful to you. If we can be of further assistance, please contact us.

WEDDING MUSIC (for most traditional wedding ceremonies and services)

Prelude- typically about 20 minutes of ambiance music as your guests arrive. Crystal Coast Musicians will put together a set list appropriate to your unique style, theme or setting

Bridal Party Processional- this is the song that your attendants will walk down the aisle to. Suggestions include, but are not limited to: Canon in D, Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, Air, Aria, or Winter (from the Four Seasons).

Bridal Processional- this is your big entrance and walk down the aisle! We are happy to help you select any song from our repertoire, or will learn any song that you wish for your processional, but may we suggest: Trumpet Voluntary, Trumpet Tune, A Thousand Years, Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride), You Raise Me Up, What a Wonderful World, Canon in D or All I Ask of You.

Recessional- your first walk as Mr. and Mrs.! Congratulations! What better way to celebrate your first married kiss than some exciting music. Our suggestions include- Allegro Maestoso, Ode to Joy, Wedding March, Trumpet Voluntary or Trumpet Tune.

Postlude- usually about 5-10 minutes of ambiance music as your guests depart. The length of time depends on how your guests are dismissed and several other factors. The experienced musicians of the Crystal Coast Quartet will determine an appropriate amount and style of music to close out your beautiful ceremony.

Additional Music (that is included when requested)- some brides ask that special guests, such as grandparents and parents, be seated to certain songs. While selection of a song for this reason is not necessary, we will be happy to accommodate requests for special songs and will add your request to the end of the prelude music, prior to the bridal party processional. Also, if your ceremony includes a unity candle, sand ceremony, knot tying, or other special touch that you would like music for, please let us know and we will be happy to help you make song selections for that as well.

Other Music Services- if you need music for other events in your wedding, such as your Rehearsal Dinner, Cocktail Hour, or Reception, we are pleased to be able to offer you packaged rates for services provided by us, and by other outstanding area artists and bands. The Crystal Coast Musicians regularly performs at rehearsal dinners, cocktail hours and reception dinners. Additionally, whether you would like a jazz trio, a DJ, or a live band for any of your wedding events, our close working relationships with some of the best in the industry allow us to offer you EXCLUSIVE discounts with:

Spare Change – the most popular, in demand band in North Carolina. They play it ALL! (contact Jordan Rouse 252-521-5859)

Black Tie Entertainment– a DJ promising fun, elegance, peace of mind                             (contact Fox Feltman 800-985-2821)       

Carolina Wedding DJ a polished and professional wedding DJ                                           (contact Bob Laverty 252-671-3732)           

CK Entertainment quality DJ performance with professionalism and courtesy                (contact Chuck Kolb 252-229-8844)                

Generations Mobile DJ Service– sophisticated, creative and reliable                                 (contact Kyle Pate 800-458-9043)                

The John van Dyke Jazz Trio- an experienced group of jazz musicians led by a great singer (contact John van Dyke 252-288-9362)


As a Charter Member of the Eastern North Carolina Wedding Association, many of our preferred vendors can also be located at:

Please click on the names of the following preferred vendors for more information.


Crystal Coast Bride Magazine     757-583-2450

Crystal Coast Wedding Salon     757-583-2450


Dream Maker’s Wedding Estates     252-342-6077

Emerald Isle Realty Wedding & Events     252-354-6155

Bluewater     252-354-6135

Occasions to Celebrate     252-637-9100

Tryon Palace     252-639-3500

Abilena Plantation     252-876-7599

Stanley Hall Ballroom     252-636-3663

The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores     252-247-4003

Island Essentials: Tent & Event Rentals    252-354-8887

Crystal Coast Tent & Event Rentals     252-764-2761

Butterfly Kisses Pavilion     910-409-6456

Aerie Bed & Breakfast     252-636-5553


Promised Hearts     252-671-6939

Crystal Coast Wedding & Events     252-393-4422

Bridal by the Sea     252-259-4992

Just Bring the Dress     252-732-0110

Amazing Love NC     910-795-3655


Capt.Bill’s Waterfront Restaurant     252-726-2166

Seaside Sensations     252-342-3960

Strange & Sons      252-636-3663

Floyd’s 1921 Restaurant & Bar     252-727-1921

Bistro By the Sea     252-247-2777

Pam’s Specialized Catering     252-240-3256


Your Perfect Cake     252-355-3113

Mrs. Vingerber’s Sweets   910-326-3997

Ali Smith Cake Designs     252-571-3294

Happy Cakes Cupcakery    252-723-0379


Tildy Designs     252-259-4992

Petal Pushers     252-354-8787


Portraits by Angelo     252-633-3755

Chad Winstead            252-342-8794

Open Aperture Photography  252-571-8100

Cynthia Rose Photography     252-646-8277

Blue Banyan Productions     252-725-3147


Diamond Limousine Service     252-240-1680

Crystal Coast Carriages     252-223-4110


The Look Hair Studio     252-444-5665

Volpe Rossa Spa     252-514-2267

Mary Kay     910-326-6677


Spare Change     252-521-5859

Black Tie Entertainment     800-985-2821

Carolina Wedding DJ     252-671-3732

Crystal Coast Photo Booth     252-393-4422

Generations Mobile DJ Service     252-509-4423

CK Entertainment      252-229-8844

Congratulations on Your Upcoming Wedding, from the Crystal Coast Musicians! We look forward to helping you meet all of your wedding music needs.


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