1/23/17 SOME REAL COUPLES" WEDDING CEREMONY MUSIC CHOICES Part 2
In Part 1 of this post, I shared some ceremony music choices of some of the couples I've worked with recently.
Here are a few more couples' interesting wedding music line-ups along with my thoughts. A couple of these are somewhat unusual, but they worked perfectly for the respective couples.
***Amy and Chris: This couple wanted more contemporary music, except that Amy had always wanted to come down the aisle to "Over The Rainbow", so...
Party: 1000 Years ----Christina Perri
Bride: Somewhere Over The Rainbow ---- Alden and Harburg
Recessional: Count On Me ----Bruno Mars (Vocal)
The blend of traditional and contemporary flowed beautifully, as I often assure couples that it will. The contrast between styles actually makes both stand out...kind of like complimentary colors in a visual work.
Also having a vocal recessional kind of shifts the mood up a notch after the ceremony.
***Jenn and Tyler: We came up with a unique approach for this wedding ceremony. After the party entered to a traditional song to set the mood and satisfy the mother of the bride, Jenn and Tyler had their special song, which they wanted things to center around.
Party: Canon in D
Bride: First verse and one chorus of "I'll Be" ---Edwin McCain (Vocal)
Recessional: Continuation of "I'll Be" (Vocal)
This was only the second time I had continued the same song for both the processional and recessional. It went beautifully...really nice flow and symmetry.
Just a note that many guests would not have recognized an instrumental version of "I'll Be", so having me sing it allowed the couple to share the lyrics, which meant a lot to them.
In general, "special songs' are often better sung.
***Megan and Jimmy: This was one of my favorites musical ceremonies of the last couple years. It really reflected the informal style of this couple ...and I got to sing all the songs :)
Party (only 4 people) : "The One"---Kodaline (Vocal)
Then I paused the lyrics, did a short instrumental break and resumed the lyrics for the Bride's entrance
Bride: Continuation "The One" (Vocal)
Recessional: "Free" Zac Brown (Vocal)
This too was awesome. I loved the way it flowed.
One thing about a vocal bridal processional is that it takes a while to reach a good stopping spot...in this case I finished the song. So this gave Megan and Jimmy a minute or so to stand at the front, connect with each other, and drink in the beauty of what was happening. I often think that it's a shame to rush through a wedding ceremony after so much preparation and expense. :)
OK, so those were three unique and beautiful musical programs...we created each one to fit the couple.
Some of the songs above can be heard at
Thanks for reading.
Dwight Phetteplace firstname.lastname@example.org
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