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Set Your Wedding To Music...

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Music is the most universal expression of joy. It forms a common bond between strangers and encourages them to smile and speak with each other. Your wedding guests walking into the ceremony or reception where music is playing feel comfortable and welcome. Music makes the time go quickly; it fills the silence between conversations and dinner courses like nothing else.

Special music changes "a nice wedding" into "a lovely ceremony and an elegant reception." Yet, planning music is one of the duties we put off until almost too late. The reasons: we may not feel confident to judge professional musical ability; our understanding of music may not be such that we can even name the selections we have heard and would like to have performed. One of the most pleasant surprises in planning a wedding is finding out how easy it is to work with professional musicians!

In truth, they do all the work. Interviewing and planning sessions are delightful when you're dealing with professionals. It doesn't matter that you don't know the names or can't hum the tunes. They will help you define the sounds you like for your ceremony and reception by giving you "mini-concerts," live, or on tape.

A rich selection of options await you: soloists in voice, piano, flute, trumpet, harp, guitar, violin, and cello; duets, trios and quartets; strolling musicians and keyboard artists with synthesizers.

PRELUDE

 

Before the ceremony begins, there can be fifteen to forty-five minutes of music. This time allows the guests to be seated. It can also be the time of lighting the candles, rolling out the carpet, and last, but certainly not least, the seating of grandparents and the mothers. Music that is soothing and unobtrusive sets the tone for this special day. You may prefer to have instrumental soloists--trumpet, harp, flute--or a string quartet and/or vocalist during this time.

 

Adagio from Sonata in E Flat (Mozart)
Air from Water Music Suite (Handel)
Air on the G String (Bach)
Canon in D Major (Pachelbel)
Claire de Lune (Debussy)
Invocation from the Marriage Mass (Dubois)
Jesus, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach)
Nocturne in E Flat, Op. 9, No. 2 (Chopin)
Ode to Joy (Beethoven)
Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun (Debussy)
Sheep May Safetly Graze (Bach)
Sunrise, Sunset (Bock)
To a Wild Rose - from Traumerei (Grieg)
Trumpet Voluntary (Purcell/Clark)
Waltz (from Sleeping Beauty, Act 1) (Tchaikovsky)
Wedding Day at Troldhaugen (Grieg)
Whither Thou Goest, I Shall Go (Gilbert Martin)
 

PROCESSIONALS / RECESSIONALS

 

The processional begins after the mother of the bride is seated and the wedding party begins their walk down the aisle. If the wedding party is a large one, a less pompous piece may be used for them and a bigger, more celebrative piece may be played for the bride's entrance.

 
          Bridal Chorus from Lohegngrin (Wagner)-Traditional

Canon in D Major (Pachelbel)

Selections from The Water Music (Handel)

Sheep May Safely Graze (Bach)

Royal Fireworks Music (Handel)

Trumpet Tune in C (Purcell)

Wedding Day at Troldhaugen (Greig)

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Bach)

The Four Seasons (Spring) (Vivaldi)

Ode to Joy (Beethoven)

Wedding March (from A Midsummer Night's Dream) (Mendelssohn)--Traditional

Rondeau (Theme from Masterpiece Theatre) (Mouret)

Wedding Processional from "The Sound of Music" (Rodgers)

Sleepers Awake (Bach)

Trumpet Voluntary in D (Jeremiah Clarke)

Psalm XIX (Marcello)

A Fanfare and Processional (John Innes)

Entrée du Cortege from the Marriage Mass (Dubois)

Interlude

Music can maintain a joyous and solemn mood throughout the ceremony reflecting the seriousness of the vows and ceremony, and the excitement of the bride and good, as well as their family and friends. If you are marrying in a house of worship or other spiritual center, make sure you check with the officiant performing your ceremony that the music you wish to have performed is acceptable. Many officiants have a list of what music is acceptable for all parts of the ceremony. Any music used during the ceremony should be performed on an instrument that will remain in the background--harp, soft keyboard, soft strings, as opposed to loud organ or trumpets--so thee wedding guests can hear what is being said in the ceremony.

Sheep May Safely Graze - Bach
Amen! Praise and Glory - Peacock
Ave Maria - Schubert
Ave Maria - Gounod
The Call from Five Mystical Songs - Vaughan Williams
Cavalleria Rusticanna - Intermezzo
Greensleeves
Finlandia - Grieg
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - Bach
Let There Be Peace on Earth
Andante from London Trio #3 - Haydn
The Lord's Prayer
Panus Angelicus - Franck
O mio babbino caro from "Gianni Schicchi" - Puccini
Quando Men' Vo from Le Boheme - Puccini
Spring from the Four Seasons - Vivaldi
 

Unity Candle

This is an appropriate place for a vocalist if desired.

The Wedding Song - Kenny G
Ave Maria - any of the well-known ones
One Hand, One Heart - West Side Story -- Bernstein
The Lord's Prayer - Mallote
Because You Loved Me
Household of Faith
It's Your Love
Always - Atlantic Starr
Amazing Grace
Endless Love
Flesh of My Flesh - Leon Patillo
Greensleeves
Grow Old with Me - Mary Chapin Carpenter
Here and Now
I Do (Cherish You)
Wherever You Go - David Haas
You Light Up My Life
Canon in D - Pachelbel
God Gave Me You - Ralph Kaiser
On Eagle's Wings - Joncas
Wedding Prayer - Dunlap
Wedding Song (There Is Love)
When Two Become One - Dyer
Two Candles - Salsbury
I Will Be Here - Steven Curtis Chapman
 

CEREMONY MUSIC

The Wedding Song (Kenny G)

Ave Maria (Gunod)

Flesh of My Flesh (Leon Patillo)

The Wedding Song (Paul Stuckey)

The Bridal Prayer (Roger Copeland)

On Eagles Wings (Michael Joncas)

I Will Be There (Steven Curtiss Chapman)

When Two Become One (Dyer)

Two Candles (Salsbury)

Whither Thou Goest, I Shall Go (Gilbert Martin)

God Gave Me You (Ralph Kaiser)

When Two Become One (Dyer)

Household of Faith

One Hand, One Heart (West Side Story-Bernstein)

Recessional

Finally...the big moment! The bride and groom have kissed, are pronounced husband and wife, and begin their walk up the aisle as a married couple. This calls for lively and celebratory music (nothing too show or mellow). The music should catch the couple up in the excitement and encourage them up the aisle together.

Wedding March from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" - Mendelssohn (traditional)
Autumn from the Four Seasons - Vivaldi
Air on the G String from Orchestral Suite No. 3 - Bach
First Movement from Brandenburg Concerto #1 in F - Bach
Hornpipe - from Water Music Suite - Handel
La Rejouissance from Royal Fireworks Music - Handel
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon - Handel
Ode to Joy - Beethoven
Sonata in G - Tartini
Toccata from Organ Symphony #5 - Widor
March from the Third Organ Symphony - Widor
Chromatic Fugue - Pachelbel
Fantasy in A Minor - Bach
Fantasy in C Major - Bach
Toccata in F Major - Buxtehude

FATHER-DAUGHTER DANCE

I Loved Her First
Butterly Kisses (Bob Carlisle)

Daddy's Little Girl (Al Martino)

Unforgettable (Natalie & Nat King Cole)

My Girl (The Temptations)

Turnaround (Harry Bellafonte)

What a Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)

FIRST DANCE / POPULAR

Broken Road (Rascal Flatts)
At Last (Etta James)
Beautiful (Wayne Brady)
The Wind Beneath My Wings (Theme from "Beaches")

Tonight, I Celebrate My Love for You (Masser & Goffin)

My Heart Will Go On (Theme from "Titanic")

(Everything I Do) I Do It For You (Adams)

All My Life (K-Ci and Jo Jo)

Because You Love Me (Celine Dion)

You Are So Beautiful (Billy Preston)

Love of a Lifetime (Firehouse)

Wonderful Tonight (Eric Clapton)

Living Inside My Heart (Bob Seger)

It Had to Be You (Harry Connick Jr.)

Grow Old With Me (Mary Chapin Carpenter)

Forever Tonight (PeterCetera & Trisha Yearwood)

Your Love Amazes Me (John Berry)

The Way You Look Tonight (Frank Sinatra)

Memories (Theme from "Kats")

Can You Feel the Love Tonight (Theme from "The Lion King")

When You Say Nothing at All (Alison Kraus)

For You I Will (Monica)

I'll Stand By You (The Pretenders)

I Could Not Ask for More (Edwin McCain)

Beautiful In My Eyes (Joshua Cadison)

 

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