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October 2015 Weddings

Let's talk ceremony music

What are you guys all planning for your ceremony?? We considered doing a harpist or a string quartet, but as lovely as it would be; I just couldn't justify the cost. I wish we had an unlimited budget!! 

Are you going for more modern with actual music or sticking with a more classical tone?? Mix of both?? I would love to hear what you are doing!

Re: Let's talk ceremony music

  • In the church they dont want secular music so that is limiting me some. we hired a violinist, and a cellist, it was about $350 for two people from the local symphony.. I am excited though, I am walking down the isle to Ich Liebe Dich, Edvard Greig, I sang it in high school for competitions, other than that we are working with the church music director to plan the rest..
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  • I'm really not a fan of the songs in the middle of the ceremony. I am probably one of very few, but I can't stand the songs with the unity candle, or sand, or knot, or whatever happens while the guests try to focus on the couple's back and listen to the song. 

    We are only playing music while people are coming in. The family and bridesmaids walk in to Home by Edward Sharpe, I'm walking to Mess Is Mine by Vance Joy, and then the recessional is Dog Days are Over by Florence + the Machine. Super traditional haha

  • We are not having music being played in the middle of the ceremony, only during the beginning and then when we are walking back.  My wedding is Disney themed, so the bridesmaids are walking down to "A Whole New World" from Aladdin and I am walking down to "Once Upon  A Dream" from Sleeping Beauty, and when we come down as husband and wife we are walking back to "Hakuna Matta" by Baha Men.  It is pre-recorded since we used our money on live music for the cocktail hour instead. 


  • Pumped about our ceremony music.  

    As guests are arriving and taking their seats, the DJ will be playing a lot of Vitamin String Quartet covers (if you haven't heard of them, check them out - they cover popular songs with instrumental-only strings - AWESOME).  Cool way to be a little more "classical" about it but with popular songs.  It's fun when the guests are listening and realize they know what it is!

    Not sure what the groomsmen will walk in to yet or if they are just going to come in from the side instead of processing up the aisle (FI wants to keep that part low-key).

    Bridesmaids are walking down to a Vitamin String Quartet cover of Van Morrison's Crazy Love.

    I am walking in to the original version of Van Morrison's Sweet Thing (a la The Five Year Engagement... sounds so dumb but when we watched that movie together I instantly got choked up when Emily Blunt's character walked down the aisle to it and I HAD to use it.  FI also sneakily played it in the car on the way to the proposal :) )

    The recessional I think will be Reunion by M83.


  • I have been looking at both Vitamin String Quartet and String Space to get inspired for music choices! I think it is the perfect mix for us since we had to forgo live music. I agree, we aren't having any music during our actual ceremony, but music is important to us and want the music as guests are arriving to feel like us. 
  • We're just having our DJ do the ceremony music as well. The bridesmaids and bridesman are walking down to Cannon in D (honestly I love this song) and I'm walking down to Only Time by Enya. We're having another Enya song for our sapling ceremony (unity ceremony that involves planting a tree). We are recessing to Concerning Hobbits from Lord of the Rings. 
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  • Love the LOTR selections, @engagedhamstermom! :) We're also having our DJ play some music during the ceremony. We'll be walking in (processional) to "Sea of Love" by Cat Power and walking out (recessional) to "First Day of My Life" by Bright Eyes.
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  • We are having a piano/ violin duo for our ceremony.  They have a list of songs to choose from with recommendations of what popular songs transfer well instrumentally so we just chose the ceremony music from that to keep it simple.  The following is what I am thinking for the ceremony music….

    While guests are arriving/ being seated:

    All You Need Is Love – The Beatles

    A Thousand Years – Christina Perri

    Your Song – Elton John

    All I Ask of You – Andrew Lloyd Webber

    Clocks – Coldplay

    I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz

    Every Breath You Take – The Police

    (If additional songs are needed to fill in time I am just going to let them use their best judgement)

    Processional:  Cannon in D

    Recessional:  Bless the Broken Road – Rascal Flatts

    My biggest concern is that I have a very small bridal party (only one attendant each) and I am not sure how all of us walking down the aisle will be timed right with the length of the song.  Also, I am not sure how the guests will be signaled to stand up if I am not doing the traditional wedding march, etc. 

  • We spent a loooooooooooong time discussing this, after many discussions, arguments, and what seemed like even some break downs we FINALLY agreed! 

    The guests will be arriving to various songs played by the Vitamin String Quartet.
    The officient, my FI, and our mothers will be entering to an instrumental Ashokan Farewell.
    The bridal party will be entering to an extended instrumental version of Everything I Do, I Do It For You by Bryan Adams (we have five attendants on each side and it's a fairly long walk)
    I will be walking down to Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran
    We will all be exiting the ceremony to Stuck In the Middle With You by Stealers Wheels.
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  • - Prelude (15 -20 min.) 

         - my heart ever be faithful, Bach

         - Wachet auf, Bach 

         -Air on the G String, Bach 

         -Arioso, Bach 



    - Processional for Bridal Party 

         -Air from water, Handel



    - Processional for Bride

         -Lch Liebe Dich, Edvard Grieg 



    - Gathering Song

          -Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You



    - Responsorial Psalm

         -Psalm 103: The Lord Is 

           Compassion and Love 



    - Gospel Acclamation

         -Festival Alleluia



    - Recessional

         -Ode to Joy, Beethoven

     

    - Postlude -  Music for the Royal Fireworks La Réjouissance, Handel 

    Finally, we are done! since we can't use secular music, I have been listening to classical music for the last 3 weeks. so a big sigh of relief if is all finalized. This will be all performed by a violinist, a cellist, and a few will have a Pianist. It is going to be beautiful, they all perform with the Cincinnati Symphony I love music with a cello!
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  • eilis1228eilis1228 Southwest member
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    I actually just finalized our ceremony music a couple of weeks ago with our DJ:

    Wedding Party Processional - Canon in D from the London Symphony Orchestra
    My Processional - instrumental version of Elvis' "Can't Help Falling in Love"
    Recessional - Throne Room song from Star Wars


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  • Pre-ceremony music will be a mix of Ella Fitzgerald and Johnny Mathis songs, which is my way of having a tribute to my father who passed when I was younger - they were his favorite artists.

    I still need to decide on an entrance song for the moms.

    Groomsmen & Groom will enter to "Brand New Start" by Little Joy
    Kids & bridesmaids will walk to "Love is Beginning" by Imaginary Future
    I'm walking to "First Day of My Life" by Bright Eyes

    Post-kiss/recessional is "Wouldn't it be Nice" by the Beach Boys. 



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