Post # 1
I’m talking bridal party entrace, bridal entrance, and walk-out song (too lazy to research proper names right now).
I’m freaking out trying to pick ceremony music. I basically want people to tell me what they’ve done and then pick my favorite from that because I’m to the point where I am almost in tears (yes, I want to steal your ceremony music).
I always wanted to walk out to Canon in D, but does the bridal party walk out to that and does it just keep playing for the bride to walk out? Or is there a different song that plays before the bridal entrance’s “Canon in D” for the bridal party?
I kind of want to do an upbeat song for our “walk out” – like Chris Brown’s “Forever” but I’m not sure if that would work (plus the only input FI has given me is “he’s a woman beater.” True, unfortunately. But it’s still a fun song!) Would “Forever” be an unexpected, fun surprise after the traditional ceremony music or would it just feel ill-fitting and out of place? (We are NOT having a religious ceremony FYI… it’s going to be short and sweet).
What was your ceremony music? THANKS! 🙂
Post # 3
DH and I walked in together, per Swedish tradition, to Pachelbel’s Canon in D. The musicians continued to play until everyone was up by the altar (us, best man, flower girl and 2 bridesmaids). It was beautiful and felt very traditional, but from a North American perspective as it’s not a common choice of music in Sweden. Then we walked out to a traditional Swedish wedding march so there I can’t help you.
Anyway, if you love Canon in D – just play it through as we did. I’ve been to another wedding here in Canada that did just the same and thought it was really nice as it gave a pretty flow to the entire event.
Post # 4
I’m not using the traditional music but I am using Vitamin String Quartet songs, which can sound traditional because of the instruments they use.
I’m using “Yellow” by VSQ for the bridal party and “Dare You to Move” by VSQ for me.
I really like Canon in D, it was just a little too popular for me. I think it would be beautiful though. Maybe listen to some VSQ songs for the bridal party and use Canon in D for you
Post # 5
@eocenia: That’s great to know! Thank you so much 🙂
Post # 6
Well how is the music being played? Is it coming from a cd? Live instrument? If you’re using an instrument I would suggest youtubing to hear how they sound. I did that for mine. I loveee cannon in d. Its actually one of my favs to play on the piano when Im bored. If you love you walk down to it. Nothing dictates what music you have to use. Just as long as you love whatever it is. FWIW, I would totally think “why are they playing a chris brown song at a wedding”?
My music was Kiss from a rose for my MOH, Unforgettable for me, and Your song for the recessional. All instrumental tho.
Post # 7
@MASPA: Very good point – it’ll be played on a CD 🙂 And thanks for your honesty about the walk-out song! lol
Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
@alicroo86: We did Canon in D too, with our friend playing it on classical guitar. I’ve always loved that song (played it a lot in the past, I’m a violinist) and it was what my parents got married to, so I wanted to suprise them with it.
We had a pretty short processional, so we used the one song for the whole thing. He started playing when the first people started walking, and then it peaked at the fast & vibrant part about when I came out. It worked out really perfectly!
Post # 9
We stayed pretty traditional: Canon in D for family/bridesmaids, and the Bridal March for me. We were going to do the traditional recessional, but at the last minute, he decided he wanted something different. My little brother was our pianist, and he can pretty much play everything by ear, or make up pretty sounding stuff. So, for our unity ceremony, he just played something pretty sounding… no idea what it was. And for the recessional, he actually turned our university’s fight song into a classical sounding piece, which was awesome!
Post # 10
@lolot: We did classical guitar as well! I was a little nervous about that ahead of time, as I had only heard more traditional string versions of it, but it worked out great.
OP – if you have friends or family that can play guitar you can totally have them do it. My little brother and his best friend both played it on guitar and then DH sister accompanied them on violin. They practiced separately and through Skype before the event and then just did a few practice runs the day before the wedding. It cost us nothing and it was so beautiful. One of the absolutely best parts of the ceremony.
Post # 11
- Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church
We have an organist doing all of our music.
Mothers and grandmother will be walking in to Air.
The wedding party will be walking in to the Prelude to Te Deum.
I’ll be walking in to the Rondeau from The Moor’s Revenge.
We’ll be exiting to The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba.
Post # 12
@MASPA: I too am looking for ceremony music ideas, I love this suggestion, as I am considering a violin…
At the rest FH picked 1st dance song! in like 2 seconds… labrinth beneath your beautiful.
Post # 13
Dj is playing random slow songs in acoustic version while guests are being seated.
Bridesmaids walk down to cant help falling in love with you – Elvis (acoustic)
And Myself, acoustic verson of Etta James – At last 🙂
Post # 14
@alicroo86: I had a piano player for my ceremony. The guys and parents walked in to Bruno Mars I think I want to Marry You, my bridesmaids walked into the Butterfly Waltz (beautiful song!), I walked into Train Marry Me, we had somewhere ove the rainbow play while we did the sand ceremony and rose ceremony, then we all left to Crazy Little Thing Called Love. All the music was just the piano playing except for the last song, the pianist sang along to it.
Post # 15
My whole wedding party will be walking to the first six minutes of ‘Storm’ by Godspeed You! Black Emperor. It’s not really traditional but it is really beautiful and moving.