Post # 1
So my fiance wants a cappella only at the ceremony, which is okay with me. He knows lots of religious music that is sung, but I want to open up the possibilities a little more beyond hymns. I love classical and am thinking of walking in to Bach’s Sheep May Safely Graze. Other songs I’ve thought of are Simple Gifts and Oh Shanandoah, but I’d love to get some ideas that aren’t so obvious. This would mostly be music for when people are coming in and when they are leaving, so mostly background. Any thoughts?
Also, have you ever heard of college a cappella groups singing at weddings? Would they charge more than $50/each for an hour of on/off singing?
Post # 3
I enjoy a cappella music. But I think you need to find your a cappella group before you decide on songs. You will probably have to pick from the songs they already know because coming up with the arrangements and learning them isn’t as easy as telling a piano player and one vocalist to learn a song.
Post # 4
Ok. Tell me exactly what kinds of things you want in a PM. This is my job – I teach choir.
I need to know what kind of time period or genre or feel you are going for as well. There is a ton of awesome contemporary music out there.
Here is one of my favorites, Eric Whitacre’s “This Marriage”. The poem is from the middle ages by a sufi poet.
Post # 5
That sounds awesome. When you are calling the college groups, ask them what songs they already have in their routine. My Maid/Matron of Honor was in a group in college, and they had a lot of awesome pop songs they sang.
I will say though that if you are having a group perform, it’s hard for it to be background. Guests will treat it for what it is, a performance. Friends of mine had a church a cappella group sing throughout their service and reception, and it felt like everything had to stop to watch the group. Although they were great and made the night very personal, our table would stop mid conversation to watch this group perform. I think if you want a cappella as background music, you should buy one of their CDs to play during cocktail hour.