Post # 1
We’re having a super reform wedding, but when I asked our Rabbi about music restrictions he said we could do whatever we wanted BUT if it were him he would do traditional Jewish music. Sigh, all the ones I’ve listened to sound minor and depressing and not wedding at all… I think we’ll do Simon T’ov when we leave but what for processional? We may do something else, but want to hear what you did!
Post # 3
@classyashley: I was having a similar dilemma. However, Father-In-Law requested a specific cantor do the processional so I left it up to him. I told him to make an arrangement that was modern, the only song I decided was the one I walked out to which was not Jewish at all (Clair de Lune).
If I were you, I would do what feels right to you. Remember, this is your wedding, nobody should make those decisions for you. You certainly shouldn’t feel obigated to use Jewish music because your rabbi recomended it. Maybe just end with simon T’ov and leave it at that!
Post # 4
The wedding party processed to the Bach Arioso
I walked to the Meditation from Thais
Circled to Song of Songs
Simon Tov for the recessional
Post # 5
This is very helpful. I’m also trying to sort this out and have one table of “religious” relatives so my mom asked me to play some “Jewish songs” during dancing. Anyone have any suggestions?
Post # 6
@PixieNYC: At least do the Hora. That’s the only “Jewish” song we’re playing during the reception (along with doing Hamotze and Hagoffen)
Post # 7
We avoided music from Wagner (official musician to the Third Reich) and Mendelssohn (a Jewish convert to Christianity), but otherwise used classical music that was not specifically Jewish. Our selections were:
Beethoven, Moonlight Sonata
Bach, Arioso Cantata 156
Chopin, Nocturne In E Flat Major, Op.9 No.2
Handel, Air from Water Music
Handel, Music for the Royal Fireworks IV: La Rejouissance
Shostakovich, Jazz Suite No. 2: VI. Waltz 2 – Part 6/8
Shostakovich, Jazz Suite No. 2: IV. Waltz 1 – Part 4/8
Shostakovich, Jazz Suite No. 2: II. Lyric Waltz – Part 2/8
Vivaldi, Spring from the Four Seasons
Mozart, Sonata in C major
Videos of all of our ceremony music can be found at this link.