(Closed) To use Pachelbel's Canon as a Ceremony postlude?

posted 5 years ago in Music
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@jenndn:  Honestly , I think that it would be great to use the Canon as a postlude song!

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2013

The Canon is lovely but the mood is very contemplative and I think it might be lost in the hubub of people greeting and chatting after the ceremony.  Perhaps you could use it in the prelude or for the seating of mothers and the bridesmaid procession.  

Here’s some other things you might consider for the postludeif you’d like something classical:

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

Agreed that the Canon would work better as a prelude (or maybe the bridal party processional before you come in?) Just because it’s so strongly associated with processionals, I think it would be a little weird and slightly jarring to put it at the end of the ceremony. If you really want to, you could get away with it, of course- and good for you for mixing it up a bit! – but I would probably make it a prelude rather than a postlude.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I would use it as a prelude, I think it sets the mood.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

Its called recessional not postlude. Sorry my music education leads my eyes to bleed when reading “postlude”.

 

I also think this piece of music is way over done.  I’ve played it at weddings. I’ve seen it at weddings. Its everywhere. There are many other beautiful pieces of music to use. I’d recomend using it as a prelude as suggested by some one else if you really love it. I’m partially jaded due to having to play this piece 1001 times.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

Although, thinking about it now …

The down side of using it as a prelude is that, since it IS so popular as a processional, it might psych people out when they hear it start and think, “oh, the processional is starting!” – and then it doesn’t. You know? So maybe it does make sense to save it for the postlude …

Eh, go with what you want. It’s your wedding!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@jenndn:  Can you use the more upbeat part for the postlude? 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

@KCKnd2:  Typically in weddings there is a processional for the bridal party, then a pause and then the bride’s procession. The silence is what cues that its the bride’s moment its also a sign of respect towards her procession.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

@JemmaWRX:  Typically the recessional music is a march to usher the wedding party out and then the people.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

@dewingedpixie:  “Postlude” shouldn’t make your eyes bleed. It’s a legit music term and it’s different from “recessional.” The recessional is the piece used for the couple and bridal party to walk back up the aisle and out of the church/chapel/ceremony area; the postlude(s) is/are music for after the ceremony, as guests are filing out, mingling, etc. We do postludes all the time at the end of church services, too, not just weddings.

To the OP: @dewingedpixie brings up a good option, though: you could use Pachelbel as the recessional rather than the postlude! You could start it in the middle, at the section with the 16th-note cascades.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

@dewingedpixie:  There CAN be a moment of silence and a change in music between the Bridal Party processional and the bride’s processional, but I’ve also played lots of weddings that use the same piece of music for both. Each way of doing it has its logistical advantages and disadvantages. It also depends on the local culture, the faith tradition if the wedding is in a church, etc.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

@KCKnd2:  Maybe its a regional thing here they always do a moment of silence.

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