Post # 1
So I was not able to attend the meeting with our churches organist so my mom and Fiance went. I find out that the song I chose for me and my parents to walk into, Ave Maria (Schubert’s version), won’t work because it is too long. The organist suggested I walk in to Cannon in D with the rest of the bridal party. Has anyone walked in to Ave Maria? Should I ask him to shorten it to work? Should I have everyone walk down to Ave Maria? That is the one part of the ceremony I really wanted, was to walk down my churches aisle to Ave Maria!
Post # 3
Actually, I really hate to break it to you, but I’d probably go with the organist on this one. Not that it has to be Canon in D that you walk to, but the problem with Ave Maria is that it doesn’t have obvious stopping places very often in the piece. Unless you have a very long aisle, you’d get to the front maybe halfway through the first verse, and then they either awkwardly stop playing music in the middle or you stand there waiting (im)patiently for the music to stop. My cousin actually did this just a few weeks ago with the same piece, except it was for her parents. They went for the awkward extra music, and everyone was fidgeting in their seats waiting for the organist to stop the song so the bridesmaids could enter. The beauty of Canon in D is that the general chord structure repeats every 8 bars, meaning there is a perfectly normal sounding stopping point every 8 bars as well. Not to say that’s your only option, but i get why the organist would suggest it to you- it’s one of the easiest songs to time the entrance to. Could you maybe have the song played in a different part of the ceremony?
Post # 4
@future mrs Q: I really wanted to walk into it.
Post # 5
@Willow1991: I’m sorry I know its frustrating – I had the same problem with my organist at our church! I wanted the flowergirls and bridemaids to walk in to Canon in D and then for me to walk into the Wagner bridal march but he said no because it will be too obvious where it cuts off.
So we compromised, we only had the Bridal march, but it was softer for the flowergirls and bridesmaids and then when I walked in he upped it and boy did he up it, everyone said it was really dramatic and loud – not that I actually noticed, to be honestly they could have been playing anything, the music was the last thing on my mind as I walked down the aisle!
I would also go with the organist – they do know what they are talking about. We used Canon in D in another part of the service – could you do that with Ava Maria too? We actually had Ava Maria during the signing of the register.
Post # 6
I think I’m going to ask if we can all walk down to ave Maria. It is a long aisle.
Post # 7
Why don’t you have everyone walk to Ave Maria? That way the organist won’t have to cut it off.
Post # 9
@Willow1991: What a stunning church! Beautiful backdrop for photos! 🙂
Thats a good idea to have everyone walk down to Ava Maria. We got married in a Cathedral so the aisle looked about the same length, which was why I was so bummed when we got told no to 2 songs.
Post # 10
Well everyone is walking to Ave Maria! But now I’m wondering what other Catholic brides walk to?
Post # 11
We’re only doing one song.. I’m doing Trumpet Tune- Purcell. He’s just going to amp it up when I enter. Catholic church as well. You can always look for a song that has multiple parts like this one where it is easily looped and varied. And if they’re a good organist.. they can make it all sound different.. even if it is only one song.
Post # 12
I think you will be okay if you have the whole bridal party walk to it, and if you know the piece well enough that you can kind of pace your walk so that you reach the end at that last phrase.
Canon in D is pretty, and convenient for processionals for the reason @future mrs Q stated … but kind of overdone.
Are you familiar with Bach’s Ave Maria? That might be a little easier to use for the processional if your organist is concerned about timing and being able to end it gracefully. Another option would be Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (also Bach).
Stunning church, By The Way. Where is that?
Post # 13
Here’s a list of suggestions we were given for the processional
Prince of Denmark’s March (Trumpet Voluntary)- Jeremiah Clarke
Trumpet Tune- Purcell
Procesion Alegre- Garry A. Cornell
Cannon in D
Overture from Music for the Royal Fireworks- George Frederic Handel
Trumpet Voluntary- John Stanely
Hope this helps. But if you really want Ave Maria then definitely ask about it! Also if you really want tha song played… you can have it for the mothers/grandparents being seated… or as a prelude song. I also like KCKnd2‘s suggestion of Bach’s version (really really pretty version as well)