Post # 1
I’d like to list our music choices for the processional and whatnot on the programs, since we’re using big band (and FH’s family is not familiar with it at all). I have several questions…
1) Would the seating of the mothers use the same music as the wedding party processional? The only reason I ask is because FH has two sets of parents and I have a mother and an aunt who need to be seated, so it might get hairy in terms of time.
2) If not, that’s totally fine–we’ll pick a third song for the seating, but the wedding party will walk to “Perfidia” by Glenn Miller. How would I list that on the program? “Processional” doesn’t seem quite right.
3) And then my song (“Moonlight Serenade,” also by G. Miller) is labeled as the Processional, right?
Ha, I’m so clueless! Thanks In Advance. 🙂
Post # 3
I guess it would depend on how formal the style of your program is.
A wedding I recently went to had everyone walk in to music of the Beatles played by a string quartet. I believe they listed it somewhat as such:
Seating of the Parents “Here Comes the Sun”
Wedding Party “Good Day Sunshine”
Post # 4
1) I’ve seen the relatives seated before the music even starts but if you want to see if they can fit in the same song, I would figure out how long the aisle is, how musical the walkers are (will they step on the beat?), bpm, and average step size. Using the aisle length and step size (I would assume they would be at a 10 step to 5 yard size) you can calculate how many steps it takes to get to the front. Then look at the bpm and see how long that is in the music. If your walkers are not musical, then allow a couple extra beats for each step. Kind of complicated but I like to micromanage so it is worth it for me (and my wedding party consists mostly of ex-band geeks and dancers so I’m telling them to step in cut time).
2) How I have seen it done and how we plan to inform the guests in the program is doing something like:
Seating of the Relatives(list out if you wish)
Wedding Party Processional “Perfidia” Glenn Miller Orchestra
Bridal Processional “Moonlight Serenade” Glenn Miller Orchestra
I’m sure you know this but just in case, make sure you designate if it is the Glenn Miller Orchestra (so pre war or post), or Capt Glenn Miller and the 418th AATFC Orchestra. I don’t believe that the ghost band has a special designation since it is run by the estate.
Post # 5
Actually, I always thought the parents were seated before any of the music started. I never cared for rules though (I didn’t even bother to formally have my parents seated), so if you want music for the seating of the parents, then do it! I would call it Seating of the Parents, as another poster said, rather than Processional. My personal preference would be to use another song if anything, but grouping it with the processional song would work if the band knows a good spot to repeat if necessary to fill time. Any band worth their wages will accommodate!
I believe you could call your song either Processional or Bride’s Entrance.
Post # 6
Thanks for clearing that up! I’ve been to weddings where parents were seated before the music, and with the music, so I wasn’t sure what to do. We’ll probably seat them during the prelude music and just label it as “Seating of the parents/relatives.”
We’re doing an iPod wedding, so no band there. 🙂
Post # 7
@Knubbsy-Wubbsy = I feel ignorant asking this, but, erm, is there a difference between the recordings? If so, how do I tell?