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WEDDING CEREMONY

Searching and selecting music for your wedding can be fun and it can also be overwhealming. Many people may not know how long should pieces be, the order of the music which should flow well within the structure of the wedding ceremony. It is for this reason that we are going to break the process into small steps to make your life easier. Hopefully, you will be able to enjoy putting your own music program together. You should know that we could arrange everything for you but we think your input about the music will make your wedding more personal and unique.

This is the structure of the wedding. You will need to select music for each of these sections of the wedding.

Prelude
Processional/Ceremony
Recessional
Postlude












Wedding Section
Prelude

Processional/ Ceremony
  • Grandparents
  • Mothers
  • Bridesmaids
  • Bride
  • *Lighting of Candles
  • Recessional
    Postlude

    Mood
    Upbeat, relaxing, pensive, inspiring, religious, contemporary

    Solemn, upbeat, pensive



    Spiritual, relaxing, pensive
    Joyful, solemn, upbeat
    Joyful

    # Songs
    7-12


    1 or 2


    1
    1
    1
    1 to 3

    For Whom
    -Sitting of family and guests


    -Processional of the family kingdom (grandparents,
    mothers, bridesmaids, ring bearer).

    -Entrance of the queen (bride)
    -Bride and Groom and/or the parents
    -Exit of the king and queen (the Newly Weds)
    -Gathering or exit of the family kingdom, lords and
    aquantaces (familily and friends)













    *Optional


































    Samples:

    Program 1 - Traditional

    Prelude
    Brandenburg Concerto No.3 by Bach
    Trumpet Voluntary by Purcell
    Meditation From Thais by Massenet
    Rondeau by Mourot
    Passacaile by Handel
    Air by Bach
    Queen of Sheba by Handel Arioso by Bach
    The Four Seasons (Spring and Winter) by Vivaldi

    Ceremony
    Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring by Bach
    Canon in D by Pachelbel
    The Bridal Chorus by Wagner

    Ave Maria by Schubert

    Recessional
    The Wedding March

    Postlude
    La Réjouissance by Handel
    Hornpipe by Handel


    Program 2 - Religious

    Prelude
    Claire de Lune by Debussy
    Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 by Bach
    Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
    Ode to Joy by Beethoven
    Ave Maria by Bach
    The Lord Prayer
    Lacia Chio Pia (From Opera Rinaldo)
    Sheep May Safely Grace by Handel

    Ceremony
    Winter (from the Four Seasons) by Vivaldi
    Largo (Himn to a Tree) by Handel
    Arioso by Bach

    Recessional
    Spring (From The Four Seasons) by Vivaldi

    Postlude
    Queen of Sheba


    Program 3 - Contemporary

    Prelude
    Wonderful Tonight
    The Music Of the Night(from Phantom of the Opera)
    Unforgettable by Irving Gordon
    Somewhere Out There by James Horner
    This Must Be The Place by David Birne
    Brown Eued Girl by Van Morrison
    Don't Stop Believin'
    Bittersweet Symphony
    All You Need is Love by The Beattles

    Ceremony
    Moon River by Henry Mancini
    Cinema Paradiso by E. Morricone

    Recessional
    All My Love by the Beattles

    Postlude
    Sweet Child O'Mine by Guns and Roses
    Hey, soul Sister by P. Monahan































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