I would still really like to have Pachelbels Canon played somewhere in the service. Do you think it would be too much to play it as a postlude song (as the guests leave). It is a nice upbeat song so I thought it would fit. Or what would be a better time to play it? Also would it be silly to play such a traditional song along with all the modern ones I have chosen? (I am using some songs from the twilight saga soundtrack) These may seem like silly questions but I am just really stuck on this. 😮
The Canon is lovely but the mood is very contemplative and I think it might be lost in the hubub of people greeting and chatting after the ceremony. Perhaps you could use it in the prelude or for the seating of mothers and the bridesmaid procession.
Here’s some other things you might consider for the postludeif you’d like something classical:
Agreed that the Canon would work better as a prelude (or maybe the bridal party processional before you come in?) Just because it’s so strongly associated with processionals, I think it would be a little weird and slightly jarring to put it at the end of the ceremony. If you really want to, you could get away with it, of course- and good for you for mixing it up a bit! – but I would probably make it a prelude rather than a postlude.
Its called recessional not postlude. Sorry my music education leads my eyes to bleed when reading “postlude”.
I also think this piece of music is way over done. I’ve played it at weddings. I’ve seen it at weddings. Its everywhere. There are many other beautiful pieces of music to use. I’d recomend using it as a prelude as suggested by some one else if you really love it. I’m partially jaded due to having to play this piece 1001 times.
The down side of using it as a prelude is that, since it IS so popular as a processional, it might psych people out when they hear it start and think, “oh, the processional is starting!” – and then it doesn’t. You know? So maybe it does make sense to save it for the postlude …
@KCKnd2: Typically in weddings there is a processional for the bridal party, then a pause and then the bride’s procession. The silence is what cues that its the bride’s moment its also a sign of respect towards her procession.
@dewingedpixie: “Postlude” shouldn’t make your eyes bleed. It’s a legit music term and it’s different from “recessional.” The recessional is the piece used for the couple and bridal party to walk back up the aisle and out of the church/chapel/ceremony area; the postlude(s) is/are music for after the ceremony, as guests are filing out, mingling, etc. We do postludes all the time at the end of church services, too, not just weddings.
To the OP: @dewingedpixie brings up a good option, though: you could use Pachelbel as the recessional rather than the postlude! You could start it in the middle, at the section with the 16th-note cascades.
@dewingedpixie: There CAN be a moment of silence and a change in music between the BP processional and the bride’s processional, but I’ve also played lots of weddings that use the same piece of music for both. Each way of doing it has its logistical advantages and disadvantages. It also depends on the local culture, the faith tradition if the wedding is in a church, etc.