Post # 1
I’d love some advice on how you handled music for your ceremony!
I’m not a huge organ fan. I don’t hate it, but its too stuffy for me.
I found out this past sunday that there is a piano up in the balcony, but it’s not as loud. I was considering using an ipod of piano instead of the organ, but was told by the priest that "there would be no feeling behind my music, but if I had to have it that way we could look into it".
I wish there was a happy medium! Any recommendations?
Post # 3
Most Catholic churches I’ve been to have a piano in the balcony and one on the main level. Did you check to see if that’s the case?
My cousin who is 19 plays the organ and he does a beautiful job. If there isn’t a piano downstairs, try to see if there are any young organ players in your area. Maybe check with local colleges or high schools. I know the person doesn’t change the organ sound, but I think my cousin sounds better than any of the older people who play. Maybe I’m biased, but oh well!
Other than that, I’m not sure what to say! I’m sure you’ll find somethign that will work for your priest and you!
Post # 4
we had an organ – in fact, not sure piano was an option – and it was spectacular. either way, i would recommend live music over an ipod for the ceremony.
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2007 - The Wellington House in Fayetteville, NY
live music is always going to sound better, in my opinion.
like mrs. BoP, we only had the option of using an organ and it sounded fantastic. i was a little hesitant about it at first, but it turned out beautifully.
Post # 6
Some organs you could change the sound of. We were asked if we wanted the super LOUD TRIUMPHANT organ or a softer tone. I love the organ so I asked for loud and triumphant, but maybe a softer organ tune would be loud enough for you but not so organ like.
Did you talk to one of the organists at the church yet?
I would also not recommend an Ipod. Well, maybe if you have someone working it for you, but the time it takes you to walk down the aisle, or to serve communion may vary, so you need someone that could cut music short or extend it in a pretty way.
Post # 7
Thanks! These are all great ideas. I can definitely see how the player could make the difference, and I didn’t know organs had tonal variability!
If anything, I at least now feel better about making the calls. I have a list of 5 or so recommended people to pick from, or I can bring someone in, but they must be approved.
If anyone has gone in another direction (or had additional music), please share!
Post # 8
- Wedding: November 2007 - Radisson Hotel
I think we had the option of both, but I just loved Pachebel’s Canon in D so much better on the piano. Also, since we had the children’s choir, their voices sounded better alongside the piano, instead of the organ.
Our pianist was classicly trained on both the organ and the piano, so I was confident in her skills either way, the sounds of the piano reminded me of my grandma, so that was also a big decision.
Along with the piano and the choir, we also had a guitarist, and a hand-bell choir, which was AMAZING. They were all students from the church, and hearing the Our Father harmonized with the bells just gave me chills. The funny thing was, I chose "The Rose", which is one of my all time favorite songs sung by the choir, and as soon as I heard the little girl sing, I just started crying. It was just beautiful.
I wish I could hear it all over again.