(Closed) What kind of music is best for the ceremony? So confused. Which instruments?

posted 9 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
445 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I googled on youtube to listen to the traditional songs, played on specific instruments.  Trumpet Voluntary sounds very different on an organ (vs. on a trumpet!).  Once I googled one song, I used the toolbar on the right to listen to similar music. 

One song I found that way was Vivaldi’s Four Seasons “Autumn” – it’s such a pretty song and I figured it would be nice for an October wedding.  I think the BMs will walk down to that song. 

Our church comes with an organist, and we’re out of money so we’re just doing the organist.  If we could, I’d love to have a cello or a harp.  They’re very pretty sounds.

Post # 4
2022 posts
Buzzing bee

We are having catholic ceremony w/o mass as well.  We are having an organist as well as either a horn or violin. We are up in the air over a solist.

We are considering these options

Jesu…when people arrive

trumpet..bridal party coming in
pachalbel..bride coming in

Gift of Love..between readings
Song of Ruth..before vows
Laudate..before final blessing

we are also considering the celtic melody and morning has broken.

Post # 5
3576 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m not 100% sure but aren’t there guidelines as to what kind of music you are allowed to have in a Catholic Church regardless if it’s a mass or not?  I would definitely ask them on this one.

Some other considerations would be 2 guitarists?  Perhaps a flute mixed in.  It depends on what you’re going for.

I’m not a fan of the organ, so personally, I’d nix that one.

Post # 6
2022 posts
Buzzing bee

Yes you may be limited by songs – I went off of the list provided by the organist who works with our church.

Post # 7
4385 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

also not a fan of the organ! we’re hoping to get a guitarist.

Post # 8
2022 posts
Buzzing bee

Most churches only offer organ.  Some have piano. 

Post # 9
429 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

I LOVE organ but the church I was married in had just a weeny little electric Hammond, so we had just piano instead. If you do use the organ, listen to whatever selections you choose played on the organ, whether it’s during a trial run with your musicians or just through a YouTube search. I’ve heard a lot of traditional wedding music not originally written for organ that an organist tried to “make work,” and the results can be pretty crappy. Canon in D, for example — not good. Also, make sure if you have an organist that it is actually someone who KNOWS organ and does it semi-regularly; it is NOT the same as piano. Our processional was Te Deum by Charpentier, which is an organ piece which was still stunning on piano.

Um, but enough of my organ-orgy. 🙂 General things you’ll want to consider are the acoustics of your building. High ceilings? Wood or stone/brick interior? How big is your space, and how full will you fill it? Where will the musicians be in reference to the audience? What kind of amplification options do you have? I’d say call your church and ask about who runs the sound (most places do have a sound system nowadays), and talk to that person about these kinds of questions. A good rule of thumb is that more space = more sound needed to fill it up, especially if you have very little sound dampening (tapestries, curtains, padded seating, bodies of audience members) in your space. Thin, gentle sounds like guitar or harp will get lost FAST without proper amplification, and even with that may not seem “balanced” with the space, if you get my meaning. A big stone cathedral would be more suited to a brass trio or an organ, for example, and a little chapel could do better with a solo flute or guitar.

Hope this helps, and isn’t too overwhelming! My dad was a semi-pro sound tech for a while and he still runs the boards (along with my little bro) at church, so I have a lot of sound-geek knowledge. 🙂

Post # 10
424 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I’m not having a wedding at a Catholic church, but I’m having harp for prelude, bridesmaids and postlude and trumpet/organ for my entrance and the recessional.  Now if I could only decide on a vocal solo, I would be set.

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