(Closed) Does Organist come to the Rehearsal?

posted 6 years ago in Catholic
  • poll: Does organist come to the rehearsal?
    YES : (5 votes)
    23 %
    NO : (17 votes)
    77 %
  • Post # 3
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    We had our organist at the rehearsal, so she could get the timing down for the sons for the processional (i.e mothers coming in, bridal party, and then me).  I don’t know that it is required though, she was available though.

    Post # 4
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2018

    In my experience organists are touchy and mysterious…be happy if she shows up on your wedding day, cause hey, if you’ve played one wedding, you’ve played them all!

    Post # 5
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    It makes sense to me that she’d be included, since the music portion of the wedding is honestly what determines timing of the bridal party walking down the aisle, as well as the bride.  Not only that, but I’m sure the organist will feel much better herself having been through the music with you, and knows how you want the ceremony to flow.  My vote: definitely include her!

    Post # 7
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    Sugar bee

    It’s not strictly required – mainly it will depend on schedules & availability.

    As PP said, it’s nice to have the organist there to practice the processional – but any musician who’s ever played a wedding knows that even if you rehearse the timing, on the actual day it’s really unpredictable. Sometimes there’s an unforeseen delay because something is misplaced, the bride’s shoe falls, off, etc. … sometimes people are nervous and walk unusually fast and it goes shorter than it did the night before … sometimes the flower girl bolts or the ring bearer refuses to walk … etc.

    A competent organist will be able to deal with these eventualities. You should approach him/her to see about whether attending the rehearsal is possible, but don’t panic if it isn’t. They will probably be fine. It’s more important, from their standpoint, that they get an opportunity to rehearse with the soloists, Psalmist/cantor, instrumentalists, etc. That can happen at your wedding rehearsal, but it’s often more efficient if the musicians can schedule their own separate rehearsal, maybe the morning of the wedding.

    Good luck to you!

    Post # 8
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Mine didn’t come and everything turned out well!!

    Post # 9
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    It would be nice, but I certainly wouldn’t expect it. I mean, if I hired a string quartet or something, I’d hardly expect them all to come to the rehearsal. I don’t see any difference.

    Post # 10
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @Nona99:  So true!

    Ours did not come to the rehearsal.  It wasn’t our regular church so I didn’t actually meet her until the wedding itself.

    Post # 11
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    in the packet we got from my church it says: “Musicians do not as a rule attend the rehearsal” I know it varies parish to parish… but that’s how my church rolls. I’m not worried b/c I love love love the music director/organist. He’s awesome. and the cantor we’re having has done many many weddings.

    Post # 12
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I don’t want to be pushy, but personally that doesn’t seem normal (maybe I just have no idea though).  It just seems that the musicians at weddings are truly who set the tone, the mood and are the wedding party’s “cue” when to walk, begin the ceremony, etc.  Maybe its not as big of a deal as I think it is, but I’d feel more comfortable having the organist do a run-through just like the rest of the wedding party.

    Post # 13
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    Sugar bee

    @JennyPPB:  It’s totally normal. You are right about the musician being important for the tone and timing, most definitely. However, wedding rehearsals primarily focus on the logistics of who stands where, when, etc., and they are for the couple and the wedding party (i.e. people who probably don’t participate in weddings very often.)

    Church organists and other wedding musicians, on the other hand, are very familiar with how weddings go and what the cues are for when to start and stop things. If they are brand new, they will probably go to the rehearsals for the first few weddings they do, but once you have a few under your belt, you don’t need to keep going to them. It would actually be a big waste of your time – you would spend most of it sitting around while the bridal party does their thing, not rehearsing your music. Most musicians are better off rehearsing their music in private anyway, where they can work out their mistakes without having an audience – and that should already be done well in advance of the wedding rehearsal!

    The organist pretty much knows that s/he starts the processional when the rest of the preludes are done, and s/he keeps playing until the chick in the long white dress makes it to the altar, and then s/he finds a musically graceful way to wrap up the piece.

    Post # 14
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    Bee Keeper

    Ours did and I’m glad she did. Our Bridal Party was just our 2 kids and they were a little unnerved at how loud the music was. Glad we did it so it could be tempered on the day of, and we got to decide if we agreed with some of her standard choices to be played.

    Post # 15
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @KCKnd2:  agree!

    not only do they have experience with weddings… they also have experience with the timing of mass every week. So they’re pretty set on how to get the timing down and how to adjust to anything that may happen on the wedding day.

    As someone who played an instrument for the choir, going to rehearsals like that were not very helpful. We would often stay an hour after any rehearsal to do our own rehearsal to fix anything so that the trip wasn’t a complete waste of time.

    Post # 16
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @ItWasntMe:  you didn’t meet with them before to choose your songs?? I actually sat down with my organist and he played our song choices on the organ (the new fabulous beautiful organ they just put in!) or piano (if the song waranted it) and that was how we adjusted song choices. It was really helpful to sit down one on one and I’m so excited to hear the music come october!

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