The impact of your ceremony music is huge. As your guests arrive, the music heard is their first introduction to your special day and to you as a couple.
Follow me through the various parts of a ceremony. Check out the styles and selections of wedding music chosen by my 2016 Columbus couples during their music consultations.
The PRELUDE is a half hour of music played as guests arrive. Here is a rundown of styles chosen for Preludes
Classical – 20 couples
Pop – 5 couples
Mix of both – 10 couples
If there is to be a special SEATING OF THE MOTHERS, it is nice to pick music the Mothers will like! These pieces were chosen by 2016 brides.
Ave Maria – 10
The Prayer – 4
Hymne – 5
Sunrise, Sunset – 1
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – 2
The WEDDING PARTY PROCESSIONAL is next! It seems as though brides chose either more march-like music or a traditional processional:
Trumpet Voluntary – Top pick with 10
King William’s March – 2
Canon in D – 6 (still an all-time favorite)
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – 4
Come Ye Sons of Art – 2
Beauty and the Beast – 1 (Cinderella theme)
Finally … The BRIDE’S PROCESSIONAL ! ! ! Everyone is waiting with bated breath for the Bride’s entrance. The Bride’s music is the one I typically begin with during the music consultation. Here are actual Columbus Brides’ selections in 2016:
Canon in D – 4
Can’t Help Falling in Love – 2
Chaconne – 2
Hallelujah – 1
Hebrew Folk Song – 4
Holding Hands Tightly – 1
Trumpet Voluntary – 2
Bridal March – The winner with 10 picks!
The next opportunity for music might be the Unity Candle, Pouring of Sands, Blessing of the Box (to be opened in 5 years!) or Presenting of Flowers. This selection needs to be a softer, background sound to accompany what is happening. The selections below go “all over the board”! Take a look:
A Thousand Years
Can’t Help Falling in Love
Die a Happy Man
Give Me your Hand (Irish)
River Flows in You
The last wedding music chosen for your ceremony would be the RECESSIONAL. This follows the vows, rings, pronouncement, kiss and the Bride taking back her bouquet from the Maid of Honor. Notice the untraditional pop selections here. They can add a surprise punch at the end of a traditional ceremony! Here are popular 2016 picks:
Allegro Maestoso from Water Music
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
All You Need is Love
Here Comes the Sun
Schedule a music meeting with Miriam to choose YOUR Processional!