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PLANNING YOUR WEDDING CEREMONY MUSIC

When designing your wedding ceremony, there are five important musical choices to consider.
1. Pre-Ceremony/Prelude Music
2. Processional Music for Parents  (optional)
3. Processional  for the Bridal Party, or Wedding Party
4. Processional for the Bride
5. Recessional; end of the ceremony

Pre-Ceremony/Prelude Music sets the mood, usually quiet, magical, preparing everyone for the beautiful vows.

Choices—
The music can be classical, love songs, religious, folk, or any combination of the music you love.  Tell the musician if you have any favorites, and if you prefer certain styles of music.  Often it is simply left to the musicians to select appropriate, beautiful music.

Entrance of the Parents/Grandparents. Just before the ceremony begins the family will enter, either to a continuation of the pre-ceremony music or to a specially chosen song.  The mothers are the last to enter before the wedding party.

Some good possible choices for the above—
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – J. S. Bach
Ave Maria – Schubert

Processional Music for your Wedding Party begins when the groom and officiant come to the altar.  They may enter to the same music as the parents, or with silence.  The groomsmen may come in at this time, or with the bridesmaids.  The processional music is traditionally majestic, grand, and stately.  The entire wedding party can enter to the same music, or there can be separate songs for parents and bridesmaids.

Examples of some lovely choices for entrance of the Wedding Party
Canon in D – Pachelbel
Air from Water Music – Handel
Trumpet Voluntary – Clarke

The Bride’s Entrance is announced by a fanfare and everyone standing.  Brides often enjoy entering to the “Bridal Chorus” (Here Comes the Bride) or  they may choose other pieces.

Some Possible Choices for the Entrance of the Bride
Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride) – Wagner
Canon in D – Pachelbel
18th Variation (Romanze) – Rachmaninoff

Recessional Music is played at the end of the ceremony, usually after the kiss or after the officiant introduces or presents the couple to the wedding attendees.

Some nice choices for your Recessional—
Wedding March (Traditional) – Mendelssohn
Ode To Joy – Beethoven
Spring from “Four Seasons” – Vivaldi
Trumpet Voluntary – Clarke

These are only a few examples of music played during a wedding, and the songs can be interchanged between parts of the processional music.

Samples of all these selections and more can be heard at  https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/heavenlyharp

I hope these tips and my music samples add to your enjoyment in designing this wonderful aspect of your beautiful wedding.

HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR WEDDING CEREMONY MUSIC

Five important musical selections for your wedding ceremony

1. Pre-Ceremony or Prelude Music.
2. Processional for Parents/Grandparents
3. Processional for the Bridal Party
4. Bride’s Entrance
5. Recessional

Pre-Ceremony or Prelude Music
The music before the ceremony sets the mood, preparing everyone for the beautiful vows. This music can be classical, love songs, religious music, folk or any combination. Often these selections are left up to the musician.  Tell the musician if you have any favorites and if you prefer a certain style of music.  Some churches permit only classical and religious music, so if you’re getting married in a church you will need to check this out.

Parents/Grandparents Entrance
The family can be seated to a continuation of the pre-ceremony music or to a specially chosen song.  The bride’s mother is the last person to enter before the bridal party.
Possible Choices for Family Entrance
-Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by J.S. Bach
-Ave Maria by Schubert

Processional Music for Bridal Party
The music for the bridal party begins either when the officiant and groom come to the altar or immediately after this. The groomsmen may come in with the groom and officiant or with the bridesmaids. The music for the bridal party is traditionally grand, majestic and stately.  Sometimes the family and the entire bridal party enter to the same music.

Possible Choices for Bridal Party
-Canon in D by Pachelbel
-Air from Water Music by Handel
-18th Variation by Rachmaninoff
-Trumpet Voluntary by Clarke

Bride’s Entrance
The bride’s entrance is announced by a fanfare and everyone standing. The bride can enter to the traditional Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride) or other music.

Possible Choices for Bride’s Entrance
-Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride) by Wagner
-Canon in D by Pachelbel
-Hornpipe from Water Music by Handel

Recessional Music
The recessional music begins at the end of the ceremony, either after the kiss or after the officiant introduces the couple.  Of course this music will be joyous and grand.

Possible Choices for Recessional Music
-Wedding March (Traditional) by Mendelssohn
-Ode to Joy by Beethoven
-Spring from “Four Seasons” by Vivaldi
-Trumpet Voluntary by Clarke

These songs can be interchanged between different parts of the ceremony. Samples of these selections and more can be heard on the harp CD, Wedding Magic. www.amazon.com/dp/B00004Y7T1  & http://heavenlyharpist.com/wedding_music_cd.htm