Post # 1
We are having a non-mass ceremony at a Catholic church, and I have been sitting here listening to cds of recordings by the church of all this music. Sooo much to choose from.
I have a meeting in a few weeks to go over music with the sister in charge but she really leaves it up to the couple.
So far we like Prince of Denmark March … and fiance thinks he wants to walk down to that- if he walks down. Lol.
I always thought I wanted to go down to Ave Maria but fiance thinks it sounds sad. Plus, I cannot figure out "what goes together".
How are you figuring this out?
Plus I have 15 minutes of pre-ceremony music to decide about.
Oh we have: My dad and I walking down, Maid/Matron of Honor and Best Man walking down together, Ring Boy and Flower Girl.
Post # 3
There are many many arrangements of Ave Maria. I’m sure there’s a ‘happy" one out there! Are you set on just classical music, or are you open to more modern stuff as well? A good mix of instrumental and vocal will keep things varied. Just listen to the music in order–sometimes the key change between songs is really awkward. Even if the guests don’t know WHY, they’ll know something sounds strange!
Post # 4
I love Canon in D. Ava Maria is beautiful as well. Beyonce does one that is different.
Post # 5
I love Pachelbel’s Canon. =) Vivaldi and Bach are nice, too.
Post # 6
I just went through this same thing a few weeks ago! Being Catholic you have to have your music approved first. What a headache!! If you have a vocalist give a listen to “When God Made You” or “Can’t Live A Day Without You”. Both of these were readily approved since it talks about Gods relationship in the marriage. And they aren’t corny religious songs, they are beautiful songs. Go to http://www.youtube.com and type in the song names to hear those or type in wedding ceremony music to get some more ideas.
Post # 7
Also “Ode To Joy” and “Hymne” are two really pretty but not sad sounding classical songs.
Post # 8
Here comes the bride. I love it when couple choose a song to play before/between the vows, they are staring into each others eyes. I also love it if they are talented in music they sing a song for their VERY soon to be spouse and/or it they play an instrument they play a song that they wrote or a song that is symbolic to their relationship. One wedding I went to, the couple had “because you loved me” celine dion.
Post # 9
I have to second Pachabel’s Canon! Always knew that is what I would walk down the aisle to.
Post # 10
What about something uptempo when you exit, something like Oh Happy Day, the way they sang it in Sister Act. Get some gospel up in there, I know its a Catholic church, burt Catholics are Christian too right? So how about some gospel, you can never go wrong with this stuff.
Post # 11
I love Canon, but we have a short aisle and it tends to drag on and on, and doesn’t sound as delightful on a piano as it does on an organ. We are both encores, so we are getting married in our church chapel, which seats about 100.
Pre ceremony music is assorted-but then the processional for mother’s is to Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Bridesmaid or Best Man coming into Hymn of Joy by Beethovan (sp? Beethoven?) and she is playing the “grand” part for my entrance. During the ceremony, the soloist is singing Surely the Presence at the beginning and Yours, Mine and Ours for the unity candle (since I have twins who are 5, the family aspect of this song always moves me to tears-you should look up the lyrics!) and our recessional is the reprise of Joyous Fanfare by Bober. I told the pianist that I wanted non-traditional music-NOT Here Comes the Bride or anything by Mendhelssohn or Wagner (my spelling is horrid-sorry about that).