Ceremony Music

posted 3 years ago in Music
  • poll: Was music an important part of your ceremony planning?
    Yes! It sets the tone for the ceremony and represents our personality. I wanted it to be JUST RIGHT. : (13 votes)
    57 %
    Yes. I had to have all the traditional music; Pachelbel, Here comes the Bride, the Wedding March. : (4 votes)
    17 %
    Sort of. I knew what I DIDN'T want. : (2 votes)
    9 %
    Sort of. I didn't really know what I wanted, so took recommendations from others/musicians. : (2 votes)
    9 %
    Sort of. I'll explain in comments. : (1 votes)
    4 %
    Not really. It's just background noise. : (1 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
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    1560 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @LastGirlStanding:  This wasn’t really a big worry for me. Our wedding is outside, we’re having a harpist. He’s playing just some pretty interludes while guests are arriving, Canon in D for the bridal party/ seating of the mom’s, and the bridal march for me. Then he’s playing recessional music of his choice. That was all I wanted! Simple!

    Post # 4
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    563 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @LastGirlStanding:  We only had music for the procession (A Thousand Years by Christina Perri) and the recessional (Somewhere Over The Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole). But I loved that our music was a little bit different than traditional wedding music 🙂

    Post # 5
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    1887 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @LastGirlStanding:  I am starting to plan ceremony music details now, so I can’t answer all of your questions yet, but I know it will be a mix of traditional and Hawaiian music.  We will have a ukulele player at my Maui wedding, so I want something that sounds very romantic and Hawaiian to be playing while guests are seated and my sisters walk down the aisle.  I have always dreamed of walking in to Pachabel’s Canon, so I know I will go traditional on that.  I will also probably exit to the traditional wedding march.  When played on ukulele, both songs do seem to have a slight Hawaiian sound to them. 

    Post # 8
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    8903 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    We have a good friend who’s awesome at classical guitar and he offered to play for our wedding.  He was hiking the PCT until the week before the wedding, so I wasn’t sure what he was going to play – so obviously I wasn’t too particular.  I had told him that if he knew Canon in D, that would be amazing.  Sure enough, he played it during our (short) processional and it was PERFECT.  By the time I walked down the aisle, it had gotten to the beautiful peak of the song.  That’s the song my parents got married to, and it was a surprise for them, so that was really special 🙂

    Post # 9
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    1400 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    We haven’t figured out all the details or hired our ceremony musicians yet, but we’ll have a string triplet or quartet, I want to walk down the aisle to the Wedding March, and we’re using the Game of Thrones theme for our processional 🙂

    Post # 10
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    477 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    During planning, we didn’t know if we were going to play music for the ceremony or not due to logistics of our remote mountain location.    In the end, we decided we didn’t need it.  The wind and the waterfalls provided the soundtrack.

    HOWEVER, before the decision was made, we wanted the following as it was perfect for us.  We weren’t going to do anything typical:

     

    • PRELUDE: Instrumental/piano songs from the soundtracks of some of the Final Fantasy games, and especially from the soundtrack of the BBC-produced series Wild China composed by Barnaby Taylor, like the Main Theme (I’m Vietnamese, so the music suited the occasion)
    • PROCESSIONAL: J. Ralph’s Paradis del Anima Persa (you can listen to it on his website)
    • BRIDE ENTRANCE: Same as the processional, but the entrance would occur at 2:28

    Post # 11
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    563 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @LastGirlStanding:  I really wanted live music and seriously considered it, but couldn’t justify paying several hundred dollars to each musician for our 20 minute ceremony when we could set up professional speakers for free and buy 2 songs on iTunes for less than $3. I was really in love with some cello/piano duets by The Piano Guys & wanted so badly to hire someone to replicate some of their songs. You should check out their music!

    Post # 12
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    @LastGirlStanding:  Music was VERY important, especially to my DH given that he is a music teacher. We had an organist and violin do all of our processional, a duet, and one of DH’s student play his guitar and ukelele for the recessional.

    PRELUDE: We had a TON of songs played by out violinist and piano player. We got a songbook of wedding music and had them decide what they wanted to play.

    SEATING OF PARENTS/HONORED GUESTS: Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring (one of my mama’s favorite song)

    PROCESSION/BRIDAL ENTRANCE: Canon in D (it was absolutely gorgeous with the violin)

    SPECIAL MUSIC: DH and I sang “God, a Woman, and a Man” together. It was the only time out of the whole wedding process where I was so nervous I thought I was going to piss in my white dress, lol. DH also sang “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds as a surprise for me because it held a very special place in our engagement/wedding (it’s a long story but its engraved in my DH’s wedding ring and I was proposed to with that song).

    UNITY CANDLE/REGISTRY SIGNING: When God Made You by Newsong (sung by two of DH’s collegues)

    RECESSIONAL: Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World (sung by DH’s student and he even played the ukulele). He also sang All I Want Is You from Juno and I think he did a Beatles song. We let him do what he wanted, lol.

    Post # 13
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    PRELUDE: songs by Paul Simon (don’t actually know which ones – I wasn’t there!)
    SEATING OF PARENTS/HONOURED GUESTS: Lady Madonna by the Beatles
    SEATING OF BRIDESMAIDS/BIRDESGUYS: Blackbird by the Beatles
    BRIDAL ENTRANCE: Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles
    POSTLUDE: Lady Madonna by the Beatles

    The music wasn’t terribly important to me. But it was really important to try to include as many of our friends and family as possible, so I immediately knew that I wanted to ask one of my best friends to play guitar. And I decided that I wanted “happy” music. We didn’t have a formal wedding, so I didn’t want music that was heavy or formal.

    I still find it hysterical how we picked out songs. We asked my friend what sheet music he already had and he had books by RadioHead, Paul Simon, the Beatles, Classical, Flamenco and some other things. So we did all the ceremony music from the Beatles and just told him to pick some good Paul Simon songs for the prelude. I actually don’t know what he played during the prelude because I wasn’t there! We joke that everyone must think we’re huge Bealtes fans, but it was just that he already had that music! I knew I wanted to do Blackbird, because it’s my favorite. And I just looked at a list of Beatles songs and Here Comes the Sun made sense. I let my husband pick the third song and he picked “Hey Jude” but after working on it my friend told us that the guitar solo of Hey Jude sounded kind of sad and he suggested Lady Madonna. My husband didn’t really care, so that’s what we went with. And at the rehearsal our officiant said he thought it would be good to have a recessional (we hadn’t planned one), so we just had my friend play Lady Madonna again, because it was very upbeat. 

    I absolutely loved how our music turned out. The solo guitar was beautiful and the music was happy and fun and very appropriate for a wedding. 

    Post # 14
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    2115 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Music is a huge part of my life, and so the ceremony music was extremely important to me. I personally edited a number of the songs being used for special things in our wedding: the processional, the recessional, and our first dance.

     

    I took original versions of the songs and edited them using a music editing program to make the music exactly as I wanted it. It took hours & is so worth it! (Plus, it was fun)

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