Post # 1
I don’t like “Here Comes the Bride” by Wagner. I’ve also looked a lot of other “common” alternatives in the classical music realm.
My venue fee comes with a paid organist–so that is my instrument of choice.
Any suggestions? I am having a formal wedding and do like to honor tradition, but not be bound by it when it doesn’t suit (case in point above).
I’m looking for classical, formal (I’m a princess :D), played by an organ, but not played TOO DEATH.
My MOB and Fi don’t seem to get why I don’t loove the HCTB song–but I think they just do because it has been ingrained in us to associate it with weddings, not because it is necessarily the most beautiful song.
P.S. I put a photo of my engagement ring up in the gallery for you to see! 🙂
Post # 3
Hello and welcome to the bee 🙂
And congratulations on your engagement!!!
I also do not like “Here Comes the Bride”, and I am also somewhat of a traditionalist and we are having a somewhat formal wedding. We chose Hymne by Vangelis. We are having a harpist and a flutist play for the ceremony. I am sure it would work with an organ too. Here is a link to the song.
Post # 4
I just replied to your post on a similar blog. I found Hymne to be very touching. I was trying to see if it can be adapted to organ–I’m sure it’s possible?
Post # 5
What about “Trumpet Voluntary” by Jeremiah Clarke? It’s the song Princess Diana walked down the aisle to, but I don’t think it’s that common for “normal folk” to use it; plus it’s been like 30 years since her wedding, so I don’t think a lot of people will remember.
Anyway, I found an organ version on youtube, and I think it sounds nice.
And oh yeah, I really hate the overuse of “Here Comes the Bride.” I definitely won’t be using it either when I get married.
Post # 6
We’re having Pachebel ‘Cannon in D’ a classical song.
Post # 7
It’s pretty simple to find the Princess Bride themes and their sheet music online! They were in the running for my aisle song.
Post # 8
I once saw HCTB compared to a funeral dirge and since then I’ve never been able to envision it as part of my wedding.
A few classical selections that I like and may work:
Canon in D Major
Sheep May Safely Graze
Andante in A Minor
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desire
Air on the G String
Post # 9
LOVE Canon in D. My my wedding it will be played on the violin!
Post # 10
How about “One Hand One Heart” from West Side Story?
Post # 11
@homegirl2180:If you really want to tell FMIL why you hate HCTB, tell her it comes from an opera about a man marrying a swan and you think bestiality is gross and don’t want to think about it on your wedding day! That’s how I got out of it for ours.
Pachelbal’s Canon in D is the second most popular song, I think.
We haven’t decided what ours will be yet.
Post # 12
Love all the suggestions!
I also love Canon in D, but I heard it as a Celtic version and need to have it that way or not at all. Just doesn’t sound as good imo on an organ anymore.
I also really like Haste to the Wedding, which is Scottish. lol I’m sensing a theme here…
@ellabee: Thank you for the reasoning!! LMAO My mother caved this morning without that explanation but I bet it will work on my father and fiance. muahahhahha *evil hands*
@Stagestar2000: I haven’t heard that one–will look it up. Hope it can be done on organ (most things can, idk if they necessarily should, haha).
YOU LADIES ROCK!
Post # 13
Canon in D is full of win 😀
Post # 14
This site has some great suggestions for organ music, as well as suggested accompanyments 🙂
Post # 15
I am also walking down to Canon in D
Post # 16
I’m not sure how this would sound on an organ, but I also hated all of the traditional wedding songs, and went with Eidelweiss (yes, from the Sound of Music!). I’ve always loved the song, I love it even more because it’s unique and I ended up receiving tons of compliments from guests afterward.