So....I am having the wedding of my little girl dreams in 26 days! We met with the organist on Sunday. He played me a few songs from a list he gave us for the processional. Picked one and we moved on. Next up, the song I will be walking down the aisle too. He had 3 on the list and played all 3. He stops, I ask, "What about Here Comes the Bride, you know, the Bridal Chours?" He looks down and says: "We don't play that anymore." After abit of me saying "What?" "Really?" What!?!" "Why" "Wait, really?" He says that it is in the process of being banned in Catholic Churches because of the history of the song. I ask what history....Apparantly it (the song) was written back in 1848 by Richard Wagner for his Opera "Lohengrin". It was used in the beginning of Act 3 when Elise, the heroian is being escorted by her wedding party to the honeymoon room. I guess she was forced into marriage so the church is wanting to do away with it.
Lucky for me, in the end, I won the discussion. For the amount of money our organist is charging, I would have half the nerve to tell him not only has to play the 1 min walk for me (100 ft to be exact, lol) to get to my groom, but he has to do it in the buff too!!! lol
Has anyone else run across this, or other things that are "not allowed" for some reason? I thought this was ridiculous, and glad I get my Bridal Chorus!!