(Closed) Ave Maria …Innapropriate for a wedding ???

posted 10 years ago in Music
  • poll: Ave Maria ?

    Listen to your mother... Innapropriate!

    Gorgeous piece of music... Do it !

  • Post # 17
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I am a huge Ave Maria fan, and I will be using it at my wedding! I think it’s suitable for a wedding or a funeral. It’s just beautiful! 🙂

    Post # 18
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I’ve heard this at a Catholic wedding before.. do what you love!

    Post # 20
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I’m walking down the aisle to Ave Maria.  I think it is just a beautiful song, and yes, it may be used in funerals, but so is a million other songs.  I say go with it!!

    Post # 21
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I’m using it!  As everyone has said it is used in Catholic weddings alot, esp. during the veneration of Mary.  I don’t know if you’re Catholic, or doing that, but it’s really a perfect place for it to be played, since you’re actually praying to Mary at that point. 

    Post # 22
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    Busy Beekeeper

    I think it boils down to personal preference.  My ceremony musician suggested it and I love the piece of music, but I opted not to, because I didn’t want to be thinking (or have my guests thinking) of the Virgin Mary as I walked down the aisle….

    Post # 23
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2017

    It is the “Hail Mary” when translated into english. This is the prayer used in Catholicism to pray for those who are on their death bed/really ill.

    “Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death, Amen.”

    It is a gorgeous song, but being Catholic I wouldn’t want it played at my wedding.

    It is your choice though. Your wedding, you get to call the shots! It is a beautiful song.

    Post # 24
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    My mom actually asked me if it can be played when she and Future Mother-In-Law walk down the aisle.  It is one of her favorites so of course I said yes.  The singer at our church does this song beautifully while playing the organ.

    Post # 25
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I just went to a Catholic wedding ceremony last weekend and they played Ave Maria and we are having it played at our ceremony, so obviously, I’m okay with it!

    Post # 26
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 1999

    Your Mom is way off.  Ave Maria has been sung for centuries in the Catholic church.  As a matter of fact, it is typically sung when the bride brings a flower to Mary’s statue.  The words are in Latin and are from the prayer Hail Mary.  It is a beautiful song! 

    Post # 27
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I used to be a church singer. I did way, way, way more funerals than weddings, yet I’ve only ever sung it at weddings…

    I think for the people who think it is a funeral song, you’re not going to change their minds because it is close to their hearts. I don’t think that should stop you from using it because it is beautiful!

    Post # 28
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Definitely use it if you’d like!  Our soloist sang this song after Communion during the presentation of flowers to Mary.  We were married in the Catholic church, and this song was recommended by the church.  It’s beautiful!

    Post # 29
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    My mom sang it at my brothers wedding. I think its fine- especially if its what YOU want!

    Post # 30
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

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    @Willow1991: 13 years of Catholic school, and I was always taught this was just your everyday prayer meant to be said daily with rosaries, like the Our Father. Either of which is suitable for weddings OR funerals. And if you think about it on a literal level, the prayer says “pray for us now and at the hour of death,” which implies that now is not the hour of death. No disrespect meant, just another point of view for the OP.

    Post # 31
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    Busy bee

    I love Ava Maria!  I’m not Catholic, but I have sung it in school choirs, and have heard it often at weddings.  The weddings I have heard it at have all been very classic traditional weddings, and I know that everyone felt that the music was entirely appropriate!

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