(Closed) Is Ave Maria too sad?

posted 11 years ago in Music
  • poll: Is Ave Maria (Beyonce's version) too sad to play during the ceremony?

    Yes, it reminds me of a funeral

    No, it is beautiful

  • Post # 3
    1664 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    The instrumental Ave Maria is used in a lot of Catholic weddings.  It is a very beautiful, emotional and moving song.  For me though, it does tend to be emotional in a heart-wrenching (rather than joyous) sort of way.  I didn’t vote, b/c I can’t decide whether it reminds me of a funeral or is sad enough to nix it.

    Post # 4
    7298 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Ava Maria isn’t sad. I love it!

    Post # 5
    5653 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2012

    Some versions of Ave Maria are sadder than others. The popular version by Bach/Gounod isn’t sad at all, but the version by Caccini sounds pretty solemn.

    Post # 6
    3165 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    i love the Bach/Gounod version and don’t think it’s sad at all. :] some versions are, but it’s all about context.

    Post # 7
    937 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    The Beyonce version is BEAUTIFUL! LOVE IT!

    Post # 8
    353 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    i walked down the aisle to Ave Maria in Latin and people commented all night how beautiful and emotional it was.  I say go for it!

    Post # 9
    4605 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    A few members of my high school choir sang Ave Maria at the wedding of a teacher’s daughter. I think it’s beautiful, and most everyone agreed.

    Post # 10
    179 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    If you don’t use the Palestrina: Offertoria version by Richard Marlow & the Choir of Trinity College, I hope someone else does, because this is what I’d always dreamed of for my wedding! My ceremony site won’t play it (Heinz Chapel in Pittsburgh, very picky organists) but this versions brings tears to my eyes every time. It is THE most beautiful version of Ave Maria I’ve ever heard, and not sad at all – it’s glorious!

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/palestrina-offertoria/id267098289 It’s number 4 here!!!

    Post # 11
    1 posts

    Technically, ‘Ave Maria’ is the Mother Mary’s song for when she died. Just a thought. But who also wouldn’t want Mary’s blessing? It’s still widely used as a wedding song, if not the most popular one. It’s especially poignant if you are honoring any people who have passed on. 🙂

    Post # 12
    860 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I guess it does depend on who is performing it but my first instinct is to say that yes, it is too sad. 

    Post # 13
    6994 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    there are sooo many good versions of this song. my sister walked down to ave maria back in 2000..im thinking of doing it myself

    being catholic – mary is an important part of our faith so i see it as a perfect opportunity to use this song.

    Post # 14
    1675 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Our soloist sang Ave Maria while we were signing the register. It has special meaning to us, as it was my grandmother’s favourite song, but it’s also just generally quite moving. It was absolutely beautiful and we got a ton of compliments. Go for it!

    Post # 15
    131 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    The Sarah Brightman version is BEAUTIFUL and doesn’t sound as sad as some other versions. I love Ave Maria.

    Post # 16
    1221 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    We had the harpist play Ava Maria at our wedding…we loved it!

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