(Closed) Bridal Entrance Song – Traditional but NOT Here Comes the Bride

posted 6 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I walked down the aisle to Canon in D, different than Here Comes the Bride but still has a very traditional feel, to me at least 🙂

Hope this helps!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

@krellj:  You could look at G.F. Handel’s Water Music; Ode to Joy; Bach’s Arioso, or Air on the G String, or Prelude in C Major; Telemann’s La Grace; the Prince of Denmark’s March …

Hope those are helpful for getting started.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

@krellj:  Another good one someone else mentioned is “O God Beyond All Praising,” aka the “Jupiter” theme from Holst’s Planets Suite.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m walking to Promenade by Mussorgsky. Classical, but not from a play and relatively unusual

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Charpentier Te Deum prelude is another option.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Other religious options: St Anthony Chorale (Haydn), All People That On Earth Do Dwell” (“Old 100th” hymn),

 

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2002

@krellj:  man I am no good at christian classical pieces. talk to your music director. set up an apt & have him or her “PLAY” various songs for each part of the Mass or ceremony & make selections together. My lil sis did that. she had a violinist come to the house & she played approved pieces for her & they selected together. We actually had contemporary Christian music played at our wedding mass. it mirrored a LifeTeen mass. but our parish didn’t mind. & we know the youth director who is also the lifeteen band music director. the 2 pieces you have selected are BEAUTIFUL! but I know there is still more music to pick. its alot planning a Catholic Ceremony. ;o) but fun . . & memorable. Enjoy it. God Bless. ;o) 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

How is Canon in D not considered secular?  (This is a genuine question.  Based on my knowledge of music history it doesn’t make much sense.)

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

@krellj:  Another option: a piece called “Highland Cathedral.” Especially nice if either of you are of Scottish ancestry.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I had the same problem (except my priest didn’t tell me until 2 DAYS before my wedding!!).  I ended up on the phone with the organist (in tears) while getting dressed for my rehearsal dinner, while she hummed songs for me LOL.  I chose one (don’t know the name) that I actually LOVED, all I know is that it’s the same one Princess Diana walked down the aisle to at her wedding to Prince Charles Laughing.  Sorry it’s vague, but I truly did think it was beautiful.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@ElbieKay:  I believe Canon in D is fine, but they’re already using that one somewhere else.  It’s the wedding march that can’t be used in the church.  The reason for this, as my priest explained it before my wedding, is that it originated in a play (?) and was played while 2 unwed people walked off to a bedroom.  The church doesn’t advocate premarital sex, and in their views this song does.  Or something like that, it was explained to me almost 8 years ago…the details are fuzzy.  

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m hoping to walk down the aisle to the Wedding March from the Sound of Music, if my cousin/organist can find the music. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@ElbieKay:  Canon in D falls under the category of absolute music. There are no associations with a story, such as an opera or ballet, so it is not described as secular.

Other pieces that fall into this same category are: Clarke “Trumpet Voluntary”, Purcell “Trumpet Tune”, Handel movements from his “Hornpipe” or “Watermusic”, Mouret “Rondeau”, Delalande “Musique Royale”, Clarke “Serenade and Fanfare”, Campra “Rigadon”, or Lully “Marche Royale”

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Garnety:  Got it… I didn’t realize there was a third such category.  Thanks!  Sorry for the music geek thread hijack!

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