Here’s a tip for you to help with planning your wedding ceremony, whether it’s in a church, marquee or garden. Signing the wedding register in New Zealand (unless it’s been partly completed in advance) usually takes 5 minutes or more. That’s how long it will take for everyone involved to fill in their details, sign and pose for the photos.

When selecting your music for this moment, consider that time as most popular music is between 3:30 and 4:00 long. Not a problem if you’ve got live music as the musician can usually improvise and extend the track, but if you’re using a DJ, laptop or iPod, you’ll probably have either a period of awkward silence, or a minute of another song.

A service I offer my clients (where possible) is to create a seamless extended version of their chosen song in my studio, so consider asking your DJ to do this for you.

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