Post # 1
For our Catholic ceremony, we have a very talented pianist (my future brother in law!) at our disposal. He’s playing Canon in D for the processional, and the Jonathan Cain (Journey pianist) version of the bridal march when I walk down the aisle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIyXWm_cw2E
My church is willing to be flexible for the recessional and the Unity candle song. Usually they don’t let you do any secular music during the ceremony, mass or not, but my priest will let us use a secular love song if its just the instrumental on the piano.
Any suggestions on good love songs that are particularly beautiful on the piano? They can be religious or secular, peppy or subdued. We can also incorporate trumpet for the right song – our cantor has a masters degree in trumpet performance (but I have no idea what songs would be conducive to the trumpet!)
Post # 3
Well… the trumpet with piano can be a very versatile combination so let’s start with this. Do YOU have any favorite secular or contemporary love songs? I’m sure it’s possible to find oodles of contemporary/secular songs for trumpet with piano accompaniment.
I googled “trumpet with piano accompaniment secular love songs” and found these links.
I wouldn’t pay to download any songs without first having your pianist or trumpet player look at it to see if it’s a nice or appropriate arrangement. I have never used either of these sites but I am sure there are others. Some websites offer a sneak peak at what the arrangement will look like… like this one:
That last website is one that I’m using for my brass quintet but it is mostly classical selections. It might work if you’re looking for a more formal selection.
If you don’t see anything on these lists that stand out, you may want to write up a list of some of your favorites and then search for those titles individually. Your future brother in law (or maybe your cantor) should be able to help you get started.
I hope that helps! 🙂