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Frequently Asked Questions
to plan your wedding music
Prelude music usually begins about 15 minutes before the start of
the ceremony while the guests are being seated. The musicians will
choose from their standard repertoire to entertain your guests.
Your input is welcome, however we have to be flexible in the timing
of the music.
Mothers & Family
This is really the start of the ceremony. Decide on how many family
members will be seated to special music, including grandmothers,
step parents, aunts etc. Are the mothers to light candles on the
alter? All of these facts will help determine how long the musicians
are to play. The music can be the bride's choice or it can be a
song that would be sentimental to a mother or a grandmother. Mothers
usually prefer walking to a nice slow, elegant piece like Handel's
Air from The Water Music Suite or Ode to Joy
by Beethoven. Remember that the musicians will need to have someone
cue them when the mothers are ready to proceed.
How many bridesmaids and groomsmen will there be? How many flower
girls will walk down the aisle? Do you have a ring bearer? Will
the attendants walk separately or together as they enter? The number
of attendants and how they enter will determine the length of music
you will need. The two different characters you can choose from
A. Music that is matching the music
chosen for the mothers. We recommend Pachelbel's Canon in D,
Bach's Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring or Bach's Air.
B. Music that is contrasting
the music for the mothers. We recommend for your attendants to
choose a more upbeat piece such as Brandenburg Concerto #3
or #5 by Bach or the Wedding March from the opera
Marriage of Figaro by Mozart.
This is the most important part of all! Think about the mood you
want to portray as you walk along to your processional music: joyous
and regal or perhaps tender and romantic. How far is your walk down
A. To help contrast the character of the previous music, we suggest
that you maybe choose a little bit faster piece to come down the
isle to. Besides the traditional Bridal Chorus by Wagner
we have numerous other selections to choose from, i.e., Spring
by Vivaldi, Trumpet Voluntary or Trumpet Tune by
Clarke or Rondeau by Mouret.
B. If you have chosen option B. for the procession of the Bridesmaids,
you might want to walk for something calmer to contrast the previous
character. Some of our most beautiful processionals are: Arioso
by Bach, Sheep May Safely Graze by Bach, Romanza
from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Mozart, Ave Maria
by Schubert, the slow movement of Winter from The Four
Seasons by Vivaldi.
There can be several places during the ceremony where special music
is performed. First have your ceremony prepared by your priest,
minister, rabbi or officiant. After you have your ceremony planned
out, you can determine where you would like music to be played.
A nice way to set the mood with beautiful music would be during
the lighting the Unity Candle or special moments such as when you
give flowers to your mother, etc. An example would be Panis Angelicus
by Franck, Ave Maria by Bach-Gounod or Largo from
Xerxes by Handel.
When you are pronounced "husband and wife" a joyous piece
should be played while you and the attendants walk out. We offer
several pieces to select from besides the traditional Wedding
March by Mendelssohn. Great processionals are: Finale
from The Water Music by Handel, Arrival of the Queen of
Sheeba by Handel, La Rejouissance from The Royal Fireworks
Music by Handel, Allelujah from Exultate Jubilate
by Mozart, Now Thank We All Our God from Cantata #79
by Bach and Spring from The Four Seasons by Vivaldi.
Also a very happy, upbeat postlude piece can be performed while
the guests are leaving or to set the mood for the reception following
Note: Most of the standard wedding pieces can be played
with an any size group and with any instrumental combination.
Although there are some pieces written only for four voices, i.e.,
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Mozart. If you hire a trio to
play this piece it would not sound full because a voice is missing.
It is suggested that you consult with us to make sure that all
of your selected pieces will work for the specific combination
of instruments you have chosen.