How To Choose Ceremony Music to Express Your Wedding Vision – Part 4

violinist at a wedding ceremony, playing wedding marchHere’s the rest of our list of wedding ceremony music selections. Since there are so many wonderful wedding songs out there, I’m sure I’ve left off several.

PROCESSIONAL

Classical
“Canon in D Major” – Pachelbel
“Bridal Chorus” from Lohengrin (Here Comes the Bride)- Wagner
“St. Anthony Chorale” – Haydn
“Trumpet, Tune, and Air” – Purcell
“Air on the G String” – Bach
“Water Music” – Handel
“Wedding March (from the Marriage of Figaro)” – Mozart
“Trumpet Voluntary (the Prince of Denmark’s March)” – Clarke
“Prelude to ‘Te Deum'” – Marc-Antoine Charpentier
“The Rondeau” – Mouret
“Coronation March” – Meyerbeer

Modern/Popular
“Theme from Chariots of Fire” – Vangelis
“Nadia’s Theme”
“Can’t Help Falling In Love” – Elvis Presley

CEREMONY

Hymns/Religious
“Ave Maria” – Bach or Schubert
“Alleluia” (from Maccabaeus) – Handel
“Holy, Holy, Holy” – Heber-Dykes
“Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” – Bach
“Sheep May Safely Graze” – Bach
“Bless O Lord These Rings” – Roff
“He Crowns You With Love” – Conly

Classical
“Allegro (from Spring of The Four Seasons)” – Vivaldi
“The Call” (from Five Mystic Songs) – Vaughan Williams

Modern/Popular
“Oh Promise Me” – De Koven
“Sunrise/Sunset” (from Fiddler on the Roof) – Harnick, Bock
“Love One Another” – Chepponis
“I Will Be With You” – Moore
“No Greater Love” – Joncas
“Behold How Good” – Peloquin
“A Wedding Song” – Carroll
“Our Love Is Precious” – Young
“We’ve Only Just Begun” – Williams/Nichols
“Evergreen” – Williams
“Endless Love” – Lionel Richie
“Wing Beneath My Wings” – Henley/Silbar

Appropriate for the Unity Candle lighting
“Unity Candle Song” – Haan
“Walk Hand In Hand” – Cowell
“One Hand, One Heart” – Leonard Bernstein

RECESSIONAL

Hymns/Religious
“Hallelujah Chorus” (from the Messiah) – Handel
“Ode to Joy” (from the Ninth Symphony) – Beethoven

Classical
“Trumpet Voluntary (the Prince of Denmark’s March)” – Clarke
“Trumpet Tune” – Stanley
“Arrival of the Queen of Sheba” – Handel
“First Movement from Brandenburg Concerto #1 in F” – Bach
“Toccata from Organ Symphony #5” -Widor
“Rejoicing” (from the Royal Fireworks Suite) – Handel
“Trumpet Fanfare” – Mouret
“Wedding March” (from a Midsummer Night’s Dream) – Mendelssohn
“Bridal March” – Parry
“Pomp and Circumstance March #4” – Elgar
“Priest’s March” (from The Magic Flute) – Mozart
“Radetzky March” – Johann Strauss
“Prelude and Fugue in G Major” (from Solomon) – Handel

Tell me what songs you’re thinking about or planning on using for your wedding ceremony music. I’d love to know!

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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How To Choose Ceremony Music to Express Your Wedding Vision – Part 3

Ceremony Music Wedding Guitarist PerformanceAlthough I’ve divided the following list of wedding songs not only by the part of the ceremony to which they are most appropriate, but by style (hymns, classical, modern) as well, many wedding ceremony music selections are interchangeable. For example, “The Lord’s Prayer,” while under “Prelude” is a wonderful “Ceremony” choice.

Pick up a wedding cd or two so you can familiarize yourself with some of the different selections available. A couple good ones are “The Wedding Album – Anthony Newman, Organ” and “Wedding Day – The Complete Guide To Wedding Music.” You can also check out your local library’s music section, or go to YouTube and search on “Wedding Ceremony Music”.

How To Choose Ceremony Music to Express Your Wedding Vision – Part 1

PRELUDE

Hymns/Religious
“The Lord’s Prayer” – Malotte
“Benediction Nuptiale” – Saint Saens
“Immaculate Mary”
“Prayer to St. Francis”
“Lord Of All Hopefulness” – Manz
“Jesus, Lead Thou On” – Manz
“Agnus Dei” – Smith

How To Choose Ceremony Music to Express Your Wedding Vision – Part 2

Classical
“Adagio” – Albinoni
“Aria, Suite in D” – Bach
“Prelude” – Chopin
“Songs Without Words, #48” – Mendelssohn
“Courante from Three Lute Dances” – Francisque
“Adagio” (from Sonata in E Flat) – Mozart
“Allegro” (from Brandenburg Concerto, #4 in G) – Bach
“Air (from Water Music, Suite #1)” – Handel
“Evening Prayer” (from Hansel & Gretel) – Humperdinck

How To Choose Ceremony Music to Express Your Wedding Vision – Part 4

Modern/Popular
“Center of My Life”
“Grow Old With Me”
“On Eagles Wings” – Michael Joncas
“Memory” (from Cats) – Andrew L. Webber
“Love Story” – Lai
“Ice Castles” – M. Hamlisch
“The Rose” – McBroom
“Climb Every Mountain” – Rogers and Hammerstein
“Time In A Bottle” – Jim Croce
“The Wedding Song” – Stookey

Tomorrow we finish with ceremony and recessional music selections.

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Jean

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How To Choose Ceremony Music to Express Your Wedding Vision – Part 2

wedding ceremony musicAfter you decide what style of music you want for your ceremony, and (if your ceremony will be in a house of worship) making sure they allow the style you have in mind, you can now determine when during the ceremony you would like music played and then which wedding songs to be played.

There are four parts to a wedding ceremony, and each will need its own selections.

The first part is the prelude, usually played 20 – 30 minutes prior to the actual start of the ceremony, while guests are arriving and being seated. Many couples also choose a particular song to be played as their mothers are being seated (and lighting the unity candle tapers, if they’re having a unity candle ceremony).

How To Choose Ceremony Music to Express Your Wedding Vision – Part 1

Next is the processional – the walk down the aisle by the bridesmaids, maid of honor and the bride, signaling the start of the ceremony. The bride may choose to walk down the aisle to the same music as her ladies, or she may prefer a separate selection altogether.

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This is followed by the ceremony itself. Music during the ceremony is optional, although an appropriate piece played during the lighting of the unity candle, communion or the sign of peace, for example, is a nice touch.

Lastly, though no less important, is the recessional – played as the entire bridal party and the guests exit, usually something very upbeat and joyous. Usually only one song is played during the recessional, but depending on the number of guests, two or more may be needed.

How To Choose Ceremony Music to Express Your Wedding Vision – Part 4

Tomorrow we’ll share a list of ceremony song selections.

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Jean

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How To Choose Ceremony Music to Express Your Wedding Vision – Part 1

wedding sheet musicThe style of music and the particular wedding songs you choose for your ceremony is an important element in creating and expressing the style and feel for your entire wedding day. This week we talk about choosing your ceremony music.

Unfortunately, unless you are familiar with the different styles and musical options available, the choice of ceremony music often goes something like this:

The bride (and/or groom) meets with the person who will be playing the ceremony music (quite often the church organist). The bride (to the organist), “What songs should we have?” The organist (to the bride), “How about this as you girls walk down the aisle.” The organist proceeds to play a few bars of something wedding-ish. “This for the recessional, and something like this as the guests are coming in.” Likewise playing a few bars of something wedding-ish.

Which is fine since you’ll definitely end up with appropriate wedding ceremony music. The suggested music will most likely be the most traditional ceremony music selections, including Wagner’s “Bridal Chorus” (Here Comes the Bride)and Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March.” But will this style of music fit your wedding vision? Is this what you and your fiance really want?

Here are some ideas to help you choose music that will truly be right for YOU.

1) Start by considering the location of your ceremony. If in a church you will need to check with the minister or the music director regarding the church guidelines for ceremony music before you make any music choices. It’s best to know their rules and/or restrictions beforehand so you’ll know what types of music you can and cannot have before making any music selection choices.

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The next step is to answer the following:

2) How formal will your ceremony be? The three key types are “formal,” “semi-formal” and “informal.” Clues to determining this are: a) What time is the ceremony starts, (late afternoon and early evening weddings are usually, although not always, more formal than late morning or early afternoon weddings); b) what will you, the bride, be wearing, (a more elaborate, full-length gown with a train and veil indicates “formal,” full-length or tea-length gown, no train, with or without a veil is “semi-formal”, and a suit or fancy street-length dress is “informal”; and c) the ceremony location, (a church is more formal than a venue that is not a house of worship).

How To Choose Ceremony Music to Express Your Wedding Vision – Part 3

3) What type(s) of instrument(s) will be played? You’ll probably find that some music selections just seem to sound better to you if played on certain types of instruments. There’s no real right or wrong, it’s more of a personal preference. Then again, don’t automatically nix a particular song until you hear it on your instrument of choice. Clarke’s “Trumpet Voluntary” sounds wonderful on strings.

How To Choose Ceremony Music to Express Your Wedding Vision – Part 4

4) What is the date of the ceremony? If you’re wanting music that is unfamiliar to the musicians will there be enough time for them to learn new music?

By knowing the answers to these questions, you’ll be able to determine how you want your ceremony to “feel.” The formality and elegance of classical works and hymns may be the best choice for you, or you may prefer music that is more modern.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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Let The Seasons Guide You – Winter


Trying to decide what flowers to use in your bouquets and centerpieces? Then why not let the seasons guide you?

Suggestions for a Winter wedding:

Colors in the winter tend to be deeper and richer – think deep reds, hunter greens, and midnight blues.

For a winter wedding try subtle decorative elements such as cranberries, garlands, pinecones, evergreen boughs, white candles in crystal or silver candle holders, sugared snowflakes gracing your wedding cake.

Flowers available in winter: amaryllis, ranunculus, chrysanthemums.

Flowers available year round: baby’s breath, carnations, orchids, roses, stephanotis, gardenias.