(Closed) Acceptable processional songs NOT THE USUALS!?

posted 8 years ago in Catholic
Post # 17
2440 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

My girls are walking in to “And the winner is…” from Little Miss Sunshine and I’m walking to Canon in D

Post # 18
26 posts
  • Wedding: November 2012

I just realized that this post is listed under Catholic, so Bittersweet Symphony may not be the most appropriate song. Aren’t they pretty strick about playing contemporary music?

My suggestions are probably unacceptable in that case, but if by chance your church allows you to play instrumentals/string quartets, kala_way ‘s suggestion is great.  http://youtu.be/XjdITHk7Pr4 (String Quartet Tribute “All I Want Is You” by U2)

Post # 19
3316 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We used Handel’s Air, from Water Music, for everyone but us, and his Music for the Royal Fireworks IV:  La Rejouissance for the bridal processional.

Post # 20
2194 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I walked down the aisle to “Here Comes the Sun” and my bridal party walked to “Good Day Sunshine”.

Post # 21
389 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I recently went to a Catholic wedding where the processional was “Gathered in the Love of Christ” so everyone sang along like a regular mass, except for some portions which are just instrumental. It is based on Canon in D, which I know you said you didn’t want, but this is something a little different. Then when the bride walked down they played Trumpet Voluntary I believe, and then finished with another verse of “Gathered in the Love of Christ”. I thought is was beautiful.

Post # 22
1331 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I’m walking down to You Raise me Up by Josh Gracin. Maybe that works in a Catholic church? My methodist church is letting me use it, but Catholics are more strict, I think. I wanted Canon in D, but not for myself, so my BMs are walking to it. 🙂

Post # 23
1309 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

My processional was The King of Love My Shepherd Is, St. Columba melody. It’s a beautiful version of Psalm 23 set to an Irish melody.

Post # 24
204 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Im having the same exact problem..hopefully some of these posts help me out too!  Im meeting with the woman on Saturday thats in charge of the music at our church and she told me to find some songs I like but I dont want anything too churchy, but not sure if I can choose non church songs

Post # 25
1561 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

My girls walked into an instrumental of “over the rainbow” and i walked to an instrumental of “the luckiest” by ben folds.  We had a string trio.

Post # 26
137 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

My girls are walking in to the piano version of Rascal Flatt’s Bless the Broken Road and I’m walking to the piano version of Train’s Marry Me.

Post # 27
743 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We are walking to Promenade (Promenade at an Exhibition), by Modest Mussorgsky

Post # 28
347 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

@MissButterTart:  When we were planning on having a schola, the music director pointing out that each Mass has its own entrance antiphon.  This is actually supposed to be chanted, but can be substituted by a hymn which is typically what ends up happening at Sunday Masses.   The only time you tend to hear the antiphons are on weekday Masses where there is no music.  Than usually its just spoken aloud.

The antiphon is usually a short line of scripture that is chanted.  Georgian chant is a type of music that does not depend on the words meeting the length of the notes.  The words themselves are stretched or shortened as needed.  You however would need to be working with someone familiar with chant.  The guy who was going to do our music was going to send me files of suggestions he had that we could pick from, but instead he contacted me two months before our wedding and told me everyone he thought would be able to single for my wedding were no longer available.  I ended up having a wedding with just an organist, but she had several stacks of music for us to choose from.  It was a bit disappointing, but oh well.  Water under the bridge.

As for what the Church requires in Church music: http://www.adoremus.org/1958Intro-sac-mus.html#anchor36287974

Post # 29
77 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I never wanted the traditional wedding music. At our wedding we had a piano version of George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord” play when the grandparents/parents/wedding party walked down and a piano version of Lennon/McCartney’s “Let It Be” played when I walked down. We also had a piano version of Lennon/McCartney’s “In My Life” played during the unity candle and “I Will” for the recessional. (We are big Beatles fans if you can’t tel lol) They ended up being really sweet and beautiful and we received lots of compliments on the music choice.

Post # 30
23 posts
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m actually a pianist in my (Catholic) parish and have played flute at a few weddings. I didn’t want the “typical” songs either because I know there’s so much more to liturgical music than “Canon in D.” So early on in planning, I came up with a few Catholic-friendly hymns that work nicely as a processional:

Morning Has Broken (this is what I’m walking into; I’m having piano, guitar, and flute instead of an organ): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0TInLOJuUM

Simple Gifts (also known as Lord of the Dance, BEAUTIFUL on strings; any organist worth his salt can play it): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbCWUqSMiYo

Dona Nobis Pacem (I love this ukelele/cello version): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wV1vwrBO0bE

I’m using all of these in my wedding. I chose them because they’re spiritual without being overbearing; there will be a lot of different belief systems present at the ceremony and it’s so important to me to not alienate anyone. 

Wow, this is longer than I thought! I hope this helps even a little 🙂

P.S. We’re going gospel for the recessional with this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=It6K2Yx09Zk

Post # 31
3771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@AliceandtheOwl:  I LOVE the song you’re using for your recessional! It is one of my favorite songs to sing during mass!!!! I have always wanted a more modern hymn to walk out to!


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