I'm a musician, but need some serious help with ceremony music.

posted 3 years ago in Music
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m not going to be terribly helpful-all I know so far is that I’m walking down the aisle to the Wedding March and after the ceremony we’re walking back down to the theme from Game of Thrones.

But have you considered video game music? Also I feel like something from Peer Gynt could be fun. I’m really proud of myself for thinking of that reference… I love Hall of the Mountain King.

ETA: And so I can feel really legit, there’s also Mozart, Beethoven, and Handel. But I’m not sure Messiah would really fit and I don’t know anything about Mozart’s music… Für Elise is pretty.

ETA Again: And there’s Chopin. I literally don’t even know his first name though. Sorry, I’m a little drunk.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@ERsax:  I don’t know if this is wedding-y enough, but Chopin Nocturne Op.9 No.2 literally stops me in my tracks whenever I hear it. I once heard it playing in a Target of all places, and I had to stop and listen. We didn’t have classical music in our wedding, but if we did, this would have been my/our processional music.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

We’re using some classical music that isn’t often heard at weddings in our ceremony. Unfortunately it’s mostly organ music, so I don’t know how helpful it would be. The non-organ music we’re going to have is mostly Bach: Aria from the Goldberg Variations (bridesmaid processional) and the Andante from the A minor violin sonata. The organ pieces will include the Toccata from the Widor Organ Symphony (recessional) and Guilmant’s March on Handel’s “Lift Up Your Heads” (bride processional… it’s pretty ballsy).

The point is there’s a whole world of music out there that isn’t stereotypical wedding music. And don’t categorically rule out Bach. There’s a lot of great Bach that isn’t overly played out, and it’s wonderful music. Most people just recognize 5-10 Bach pieces like some movements of the Brandenburgs, the G major cello prelude, Jesu, the Air, the C major prelude from the WTC, the toccata and fugue in D minor, and a few others.

Maybe you can talk to either the harpist who’s playing your wedding or other harpists to get some more ideas.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I LOVE the slow bit of Jupiter by Gustav Holst, and the slower part in the middle of The Hounds of Spring by Alfred Reed. I was planning to do the part from Hounds of Spring for me walking down the aisle, but one of my EXTREMELY emotional bridesmaids and I played the horn parts together in high school and she would have completely lost it, haha 🙂

Since both of those pieces have much more up-beat sections, it could make for a good recessional tune as well. 

I ended up walking down to a slightly edited version of “Fawkes is Reborn” from the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets soundtrack, because I’m a geek like that.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Chopin’s Nocturne in E flat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZUw78FXpG4

Johannes Brahms violin Waltz – I’ve heard this as just a duet with violin and piano, and it was gorgeous: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSji5Gamq8Q

Tchaikovsky’s Pas De Deux from the Nutcracker: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdFgvyRYwP4

Saint Saen’s – the Swan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b44-5M4e9nI

Lizst – Liebestraum – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpOtuoHL45Y

Delibes’ Flower duet, performed here with violins instead of vocals: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScuJ9SAHVE4

Faure’s Pavane: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpgyTl8yqbw

Gorgeous violin serenade from Schubert: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owpkZzSRlYA

Hmm, let’s see, a friend of mine had Vaughn William’s Lark Ascending… though the full version is a good 14 minutes or so: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZR2JlDnT2l8


Now some gorgeous non-classical instrumental pieces:

A Time For Us from Romeo and Juliet – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAkEbw7KfJI

For he Love of a Princess from Bravehart: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fk8323r577w

The Kiss from Last of the Mohicans: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGygsJj1awE

Define Dancing from Wall-E: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-7LIojfezw

Married Life, from Up! – except anyone who has seen the movie will be bawling by the end of it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjAWAUc_33k

Aeris’ Theme and Tifa’s Theme from Final Fantasy VII: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vCKFeO3nNs – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x20TtbnUJ3E

Kimi o Nosete, from Castle in the Sky: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dn4QghnzCCA

 

Post # 8
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Helper bee

As a classically trained musician, I really find anything from the vitamin string quartet amazing! 

http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=related&v=Z66DbrOj5fw

they’ve done a cover of almost anything under the sun and your guests will probably be entertained once they realize what’s going on.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014 - Windstar on Naples bay

Huh replying to this because I will need help with this for sure. 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Choose music you love, but there is nothing wrong with using traditionally chosen pieces if you love them.  They have stuck around and are used because they are beautiful.  Harp makes everything sound different so I think the board is wide open.  Go with youfavorites and they will be wonderful. 

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