One of the most common questions I get asked when discussing the music for a chuppah with the bride and groom is how many songs they should have.
Of course, there is no right or wrong here and each ceremony differs from couple to couple. As a generalisation, the majority of couples choose to have a different song for each part of the procession so that the groom, bridesmaids and bride etc. have their own tune.
Many couples have told me that they like this approach because it varies the music and they feel that it will help keep their guests interest.
That being said, I have also performed at weddings where longer versions of only a couple of songs or even just one song that was sung for the whole procession, which last for between three and four minutes.
The reason often given for choosing one or two songs is that they are the only songs that the bride and groom like or that they have special significance to them and no other songs can compare to them.
Whilst the number of songs is significant, the most important thing is not the number of songs but rather whether or not the bride and groom have made that decision and are happy with it. Each chuppah is beautiful and special in its own right because they reflect the personalities of the couple that is getting married and the songs should too. That is far more important than how many songs are sung.