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Our Ceremony Music!

Alrighty ladies, I'd love to hear your suggestions!  This is a southern baptist wedding and we aren't really restricted as far as what we can and can't do, but we would like to stay away from pop music until the reception, haha!  Here is what we have decided:

Wagner Bridal Chorus for Bridal Processional
Vocal Solo after Pastor's message: "I Will Be Here" by Steven Curtis Chapman
Vocal Solo during unity sand: "When I say I do" by Matthew West"
Recessional: Mendelssohn Wedding March, Handel's Hornpipe from Water Music

We are having a Brass Quintet for all prelude/ processional and recessional/ postlude music.  A pianist and 2 vocalists are required, for the ceremony songs. 

If you have any ideas for "traditional" (but not Jesu Joy of Mans Desiring, we've beaten that one like a dead horse!) for our Moms/Grandmas music, or Bridesmaids, I'd love to hear them!  Or, even list what you have/are using and maybe that will help give me some inspiration... Thanks in advance!!
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Re: Our Ceremony Music!

  • fpaemp2011fpaemp2011 member
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    edited December 2011
    For the Grandparents & Mom's, we're using "Parent's Prayer" (iTunes says it's Steven Curtis Chapman, but it doesn't sound like him)...the track sounds like the 90's, but we're having it played on acoustic guitar.

    I just picked an acoustic version of "Alla Luce Del Dio" from iTunes for the WP.  Not sure if I'll walk down to the same song or try to find a different one.  I totally understand that it's hard to find one that hasn't been beaten to death or doesn't sound like a funeral. 
  • edited December 2011
    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/cultural-wedding-boards_christian-weddings_ceremony-music?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Cultural%20Wedding%20BoardsForum:464687ae-7bc1-4360-9aea-999e11f1e1adDiscussion:c6fd440f-cae6-496d-8133-7766417f4b66Post:8703e4a2-52f9-4737-91f5-75760635ccf1">Re: Our Ceremony Music!</a>:
    [QUOTE]For the Grandparents & Mom's, we're using "Parent's Prayer" (iTunes says it's Steven Curtis Chapman, but it doesn't sound like him)...the track sounds like the 90's, but we're having it played on acoustic guitar. I just picked an acoustic version of "Alla Luce Del Dio" from iTunes for the WP.  Not sure if I'll walk down to the same song or try to find a different one.  I totally understand that <strong>it's hard to find one that hasn't been beaten to death or doesn't sound like a funeral. </strong>
    Posted by fpaemp2011[/QUOTE]

    OMG, that is exactly what my FI said about Canon in D and Jesu Joy... they are beautiful, and I'm a flutist (mom is church pianist and organist) so we play them A LOT ... so we were thinking kind of traditional sounding but not something commonly used.  The J.J. Mouret "Rondeau" is pretty nice for a brass quintet too, but it almost sounds "too" excited... I don't know, we'll see.  I like the songs you posted, too. We were originally thinking classical but we may find a pop-style piecce that sounds good in brass quintet.  I'll have to experiment with those... :)
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  • fpaemp2011fpaemp2011 member
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    edited December 2011
    If you go to the iTunes store, you can search "Vitamin String Quartet"...they have some more contemporary music set to strings...and I think a few piano covers, as well.  You might find a piece there that would work...and then just have to track down the sheet music, or talk to your quintet and see if they know it or know where you could find the music.

    iTunes VSQ link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/vitamin-string-quartet/id218352633
    Vitamin Piano Series: http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/vitamin-piano-series/id259786703
  • twixinthemixtwixinthemix member
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    edited December 2011
    I love the song Gabriel's Oboe by Ennio Morricone from the movie "The Mission".  I've played it with oboe and string quartet (I'm an oboist by trade), and I have an oboe and organ arrangement.  I've also heard solo piano and organ arrangements as well as other solo instruments.


    Love it :-)

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  • iamjoesgurliamjoesgurl member
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    edited December 2011
    Twixinthemix - I played oboe too!  I love listening to orchestras and really missing playing in one.  I still have my oboe but I don't have a decent reed and I'd probably need a fibercane reed now that I haven't played in years.

    Kelly - we used the Canon in D for the mothers and WP.  Then the pianist changed to Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring for my entrance.  Both songs are used a lot but I wanted to pick something that my pianist would feel comfortable playing.

    Other options:
    Air (from Water Music Suite) - Handel  Allegro Maestoso (from Water Music) - Handel  Arioso - Bach  Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - Handel  Blue Danube Waltz - Strauss  Elvira Madigan Theme - Mozart  Erev Ba - Shoshana Damari  Guitar Concerto in D Major - Vivaldi  Processional to Te Deum - Charpentier  Romance (from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik) - Mozart  Rondeau (Masterpiece Theater Theme) - Mouret  Trumpet Voluntary (The Prince of Denmark's March) - Clarke  The Four Seasons - Vivaldi  Trumpet Tune and Air (in D Major) - Purcell 
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  • edited December 2011
    Thanks for the list!

    Here's coincidence for ya... I am a prof. flutist, piccolo specialist, but I switched back and forth between flute and oboe up until about 11th grade.  It was fun.  :)  Weird how there are so many musical people on here!! :) 
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  • DramaGeekDramaGeek member
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    edited December 2011
    Well, you know my feelings on Canon in D :-P

    We used the song "Always" for the seating of the grandparents.  It was my grandma and step grandpa's wedding song the year before our wedding, and I sang it during their ceremony, so we used it for the sentimental reasons. 
  • edited December 2011
    LOL @ dramageek... yeah, I don't mind Canon when I hear it for other people's weddings, and it's not like it's "my" song to walk down the aisle with, so I shouldn't have that much of a problem with it, I just am tired of it and my family has heard (or performed) it a zillion times, so yup, needing a different one.  

    We've also considered "sheep may safely graze" (Bach, I think).  Maybe a Telemann piece.  I am meeting with our brass quintet about music in the next month or so, and we'll try to nail it down then!! :)

    Oh, and thanks AGAIN to all of you for your help!!!  :-) 
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