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Complete Project: DIY Wedding Ceremony Music, skill level 2-3

Looking for a way to cut costs?  Do you have something very specific in mind for your wedding ceremony's music?  You can create music CD's yourself!  It's easy!

Here's how...

You will need:  Blank CD-R (music/data) CD's, a computer with a CD burner & software, internet access, music download sites and/or your own music CD's, permanent marker, CD "sleeve" or hard case.

Step 1:  Make a list of the songs you'd like to have.  Put them in order. 
Here is our suggestion - have 15 min worth of songs to play while guests are being seated.  Have one song to play that alerts ushers to walk the grandparents and parents in with. If there are not many for the ushers to escort, the groom and groomsmen could walk in to that same song, or any candle lighters, etc.  When that one is finished, have another song that the bridesmaids, flower girls & ring bearer walks in to (should be a semi-short song, unless you have a really long aisle or massive bridesmaids). Then it's the bride's entrance song.  Tell whoever's in charge of the music, that they should fade this song out once the bride has reached the altar and the officiant is ready to speak.  There should be one more song on this CD - the one that the happy couple will walk out to.  If you choose, you could add a couple more after that for music while your guests are exiting (if you have a large crowd).  

Step 2:  Download all the songs you want, or copy them onto your computer's hard drive from CD's that you already own.  Click here for quick links to music download sites.  Remember where these files are saved (remember the "file path" so you can locate them easily on your hard drive).

Step 3:  Open your CD burner software, and create a new music CD.  Follow the burning software's directions.  It will create a "song list" for you. Place each song on the list in the correct order.

Step 4: Burn the CD.  Caution - do not try to burn the songs individually.  You need to create your entire song list, in the correct order, then do the 'burning' all at once!

Step 5:  Make a duplicate copy or 2... then use your marker to clearly mark "Wedding Ceremony Music" on the top side.  If you want to, place a label with the song names on there as well.

Step 6:  Test the CD's to make sure they work.  Not just on the computer, but also test them in another CD player (i.e., car, boom box, audio system, etc).

Step 7:  Protect your CD's by placing them into sleeves or hard cases and put them in a logical spot for safe keeping until the wedding. 

You just saved some $$!  Sit back and be proud of your accomplishment, and know that you'll have exactly what you want to hear during your wedding ceremony.  Ahhhhh the bliss....

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