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Monday, 17 September 2012 13:35

How To Plan The Music For Your Wedding Ceremony

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Your wedding ceremony is one of the most beautiful moments of your big day. Your music will set the tone. Your wedding ceremony is one of the most beautiful moments of your big day. Your music will set the tone. Anchor & Veil Photography

When it comes to planning the music for what will become the soundtrack for your wedding ceremony, there are lots of brides and grooms who tend to find this a rather daunting part of their music planning process.  Planning your wedding ceremony music really sort of begins with how you envisioned this most special day of your life. And however it is that you envisioned this most magical day of your life is the direction that you should go as it pertains to the music for your wedding ceremony.  Over the years as a professional wedding DJ, I've been the DJ at wedding ceremonies that have run the gamut. I've worked formal and semi-formal affairs, and more laid back ceremonies that chose to incorporate more contemporary, modern music into their wedding ceremony.   First you should decide on whether you'd like your DJ to do your ceremony music, or hire a professional musician to play your music. There are pros and cons when it comes to hiring each one of those and I'll also share some of my thoughts on that decision as well.

 

 

There are 3 parts (sometimes 4) that can be a part of your wedding when it comes to ceremony music. FIRST: We have the PRELUDE: This can be a light, cheery music (often times jazz or other instrumental of your choice) to set the mood for the ceremony. It's usually played when guests are sitting down and usually begins as much as 45 minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony, but sometimes later, such as 20 minutes before the start of the ceremony. SECOND: We have the PROCESSIONAL: The music for your prelude can be gently faded into processional music as your bridal party is approaching the ceremony area. The same music may be used for the bridal party as well as the bride, but sometimes the fading into another as the bride is approaching can be done. THIRD: This is where a different song could be used for the bride. FOURTH: This is called the RECESSIONAL: This music is played at the conclusion of the wedding ceremony and is usually a very jubilant and cheerful celebratory song as we begin the celebration of the newly joined couple in matrimony.

Common choices for traditional wedding ceremony music "Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin" (Richard Wagner) (also known as "Here Comes the Bride") "Canon in D" (Johann Pachelbel) (also known as "Pachelbel's Canon" and frequently misspelled as "Pachabel's Canon") "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" (Johann Sebastian Bach) "A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61 Wedding March" (Felix Mendelssohn) Primarily Used For Processionals. Coronation March for Czar Alexander III" (Peter I. Tchaikovsky) "Overture" (from Royal Fireworks Music), (George Frederic Handel) "Promenade" (from Pictures at an Exhibition), (Modest Mussorgsky) "Sinfonia" (from Cantata No. 156), (Johann Sebastian. Bach) "Cantata No.29" (Johann Sebastian Bach) "Prelude and Fugue in C" (Johann Sebastian Bach) "Toccata" (from L'Orfeo), (Claudio Monteverdi) "Romance from String Quartet" (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) "Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major" ("Elvira Madigan") (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) "Trumpet Tune in A-Major" (David N. Johnson) "Winter," Largo or "Spring" Allegro (from The Four Seasons), (Antonio Vivaldi Contemporary Choices for Wedding Ceremony Music "At Last" (Etta James) "Only Time" (Enya) "Come Away With Me" (Norah Jones) "Appalachia Waltz" (Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Mark O'Connor) "Unforgettable" (Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole) "It's Only Time" (Magnetic Fields) "The Look of Love" (Dionne Warwick/Burt Bacharach) "The Vow" (Jeremy Lubbock) "Come What May" (Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor) "Storybook Love" from the movie "The Princess Bride" (Willy DeVille) "Wedding Processional" (from The Sound of Music) (Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein) "Can't help falling in love" (Elvis Presley) "What A Wonderful World" (Louis Armstrong) "When I'm Sixty-Four" (The Beatles) "Love Me Tender" - Norah Jones "Marry Me" - Train These lists are just to give you a general idea on what's been done in the past but there is no limit to how creative you can be when it comes to ceremony music.

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