(Closed) Catholic Bees- what was your processional/recessional?

posted 5 years ago in Music
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

HAven’t decided what we’re doing yet, was thinking The Lord of the Dance could be neat to walk out to… but still unsure about that. BUT I had a friend and her new hubby walk to an irish wedding dance song on the way out. It was super cute. But I am soooo feeling you. I mean I love organ at certain times… but I’m not feeling it for recessional/processional.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

Yes, you could do a piano processional, and the organ can sound lovely or terrible depending on the organist. 😉

Are you looking for a classical piece? A hymn?

We’re planning on using a Celtic melody for our processional and probably Ode to Joy for the recessional, although we haven’t 100% locked it in. (The music is the most important part of the wedding to me, and I have a TON of pieces I want to include, still fooling around with how to put them all together!)

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I don’t know yet, but I HIGHLY prefer piano over the organ!  Whenever I hear the organ, I think Phantom of the Opera : (

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

In the right hands, the organ can be really nice, especially for processionals and recessionals – the organ gives them a very majestic, regal tone. Really, though, any instrument can be played well or badly. Some pieces, too, just work better on some instruments than on others.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I think we are going to use a CD of a string quartet because it’s expensive to have them play live, and I also dislike the organ. Still have to talk to our priest though.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

@MrsSawyer:  You will want to check with a priest on that – Catholic churches generally don’t allow pre-recorded music at ceremonies (or any other service). Everyone is supposed to be participating, live and in-the-moment, and that extends to the music accompanying the rites, so they almost always insist on either live music or none at all.

@September29:  Pachelbel’s Canon is always a safe and popular choice; another option, if you would like something similar but a little less widely-used, is Telemann’s “La Grace” (often done with trumpets/brass, but it can be done with any quartet of instruments, or on a keyboard; I’ve heard a really gorgeous version with flute, 2 violins and a cello). Most Catholic churches actually don’t permit Wagner’s wedding march (aka “Here Comes The Bride”) because of Wagner’s rabid anti-Semitism and because that piece came from the opera Lohengrin, from a scene with a really inappropriate context for a church wedding.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Processional was bridal march arranged by jonathon Cain On the piano…

And recessional was the heaven’s declare the glory of god by marcello on the organ which sounded better than the piano

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Processional is either “Pachelbel’s Canon in D” or “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.” My brother will be playing solo violin and we still haven’t decided which one!

Not sure on recessional yet.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@KCKnd2:  Thanks, I planned on asking him like I said in my post. Any musician is expensive, even an organist suggested by them (1/3 of our suggested “donation” to the church to be exact) so, if he wants to help foot the bill then fine with me! Otherwise none at all it is.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m not having a Catholic wedding, but I am using traditional classical music. I haven’t decided on songs yet, but we’re having a flute/guitar duo and a lot of classical songs that sound too big or pompous on an organ or with a full orchestra sound much softer and romantic when played by just two instruments. Most of these classical songs have been arranged for all different instruments and ensemble sizes, so you can always request a song be played on a different instrument. Any wedding musician will be well versed in just about any traditional song you choose.

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Canon in D is great and is accepted in Catholic churches

 

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