May 19, 2010

Music to walk by

For my wedding music, I knew that I wanted to have strings. A piano was kind of out of the question since we're having our wedding in the park, but I like the sound of string music better anyway. My mom, who has been playing violin professionally for over 30 years, was sort of my "music coordinator." She pulled out all of her wedding music to play for me and hired the two violinists who will be playing at our wedding.

For the prelude, I chose three selections: Mendelssohn's "Spring Song," Handel's Air from "Water Music," and Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring."

The wedding party (including parents) will walk in to Pachelbel's "Canon in D." I know it's not that original, but it's just what I think of when I think of weddings, and it's pretty.

We wanted something peppy for the recessional, so we went with "La Rejouissance" from Handel's "Music for the Royal Fireworks."

For the bridal processional, I've chosen something a little less traditional. I'm not posting it here because I can't find any versions of it that quite fit what I have in mind. But in my head it sounds perfect, so I hope it will be.

I'm also not posting the song for our unity ceremony because, well, we haven't quite figured out what we're doing as the unity ceremony and the song might change. But the song I'm currently thinking about is by John Lennon.

What are your favorite wedding songs? What's a song that you've never heard used at a wedding that you think should be?

1 comment:

  1. One of my friends and I talked about music a couple of years ago. She really liked "Center" by Charlie Hall as a unity ceremony song, and I can't help but agree with her.

    As for me, I love the newer arrangement of a song called Now Unto Him (David Morris). I really like the music for it, even if the words are not used.

    I'm pretty traditional in a lot of ways, and yet counter cultural in other ways. I will probably try to incorporate as many of the old hymns and some of the theologically sound newer praise songs into my wedding.


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