Friday, June 18, 2010

Wed-cap- The Ceremony Music

Since we didn't get married in a church we had pretty much free reign over the music we wanted played during the ceremony. Since we didn't have a organist or a string quartet or a full on church choir to do the music we had our DJ handle the music for the ceremony as well as the reception.

While the guests were arriving he was instructed to play soft, instrumental, wedding-y type of music. Since I haven't seen the video yet and obviously wasn't there for that part I don't know what songs he played. I didn't hear any complaints so I'm guessing it was nice and appropriate.

For the ceremony itself we had 4 songs lined up to play. First was the song to be played while the grandmothers and mothers were escorted down the aisle. For that we chose the Eva Cassidy version of "What a Wonderful World". I think the lyrics were very fitting for the grandmother's/mother's entrance and I just love Eva Cassidy's voice.

What a wonderful world-Eva Cassidy

Next up was the song for the bridesmaids, jr. bridesmaids and flower girl to walk down to. We chose the more traditional "Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring" by Bach for this. The first time I heard it was in my friend Emily's wedding and I just loved it. It's not a song I've personally heard used very often though I know it's a fairly popular choice.

Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring- Bach

When it came time for my entrance I've known for years that I wanted to walk down to "Canon in D" by Pachelbel. I've never been a big fan of the traditional Wedding March and everytime I hear Canon in D (as overused as it is) it always makes me tear up.

Canon in D- Pachelbel

Finally for the grand exit of the entire wedding party I decided to go with something a bit more contemporary and used the Israel Kamakawiwo'ole version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". It's such a beautiful rendition and just a happy song. We got a lot of compliments on using this song, people thought it was a great way to finish the ceremony. Sweet story-- this song was included on our CD favors and Kristian's dad said he was driving around the day after the wedding listening to the CD and this song came on and he started to tear up. He thought it was just such a perfect song to describe the whole wedding.

Somewhere over the rainbow- Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

What songs did/will you use for your ceremony?


Bicoastal Bride said...

Great choices! We played “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” as part of our prelude. I walked down the aisle to the processional from The Sound of Music, though I felt so emotional that I don’t clearly remember hearing the song playing. I can’t wait to watch our video!

Nicole-Lynn said...

Love your song choices :) I tear up when hearing Canon in D- Pachelbel too! My fiance is learning it on his acoustic guitar and when he's got it down well enough, he's going to record it and we'll play it as I walk down the aisle at our wedding. I know I'm going to cry so hard! :)

carrie1 said...

I too had Canon for my march... I will use it again at my next wedding as well...I love it.. I will never be out played to me. =)

april said...

I can't remember. I know some of the songs must be in the program though. Pachelbel was playing during the procession, I think. My mom wanted it but I didn't want it while I walked. I wanted something by Vivaldi (Spring), but I know that wasn't our procession or recession songs either. They were classical, I remember that. During the lighting of the unity candle, my sister sang Ave Maria (she was a trained soprano so I used the cheap labor). Music was really the least important thing to me. I picked songs, but I didn't really have any relationship with them.

Mrs EyeCanSee said...

Since we got married in a church our song choices were pretty limited..but irnoically we had a few of the same you did!

The Wedding was New Year's Eve so the organist played Christmas music while the guests were arriving. Jesu, Joy of a Man's Desiring was for the moms....the Bridesmaids came in to Canon in D and my entrance song was Trumpets Voluntary, very dramatic, especially on the organ, I loved it! Though funny thing is I didn't even hear it that day as I walked down the aisle cause my mind was in a million other places!

Unapologetically Me said...

Can I please just tell you... we got married on the SAME day, and we used several of the same music choices? Mainly, somewhere over the rainbow-- that exact version and the Canon in D version! I love it!! We have something in common : )

daisymay said...

Congrats on your wedding! I got married just 2 weeks before you! The 8th of May.

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amber said...

I plan on using both of those classical songs too :) I don't like the term "over played," because I only get 1 wedding and I want it to be a weddingy wedding, haha. So traditional/classical all the way for me!

Mrs T said...

I love your choices. And I love that you made a CD of them for guests too.

My girls walked down to Going to the chapel by the Dixie Cups and I walked down to At Last by Etta James.

Born to be Mrs. Beever said...

That is the sweetest thing in the world about K's dad tearing up! :)

I had fun with our ceremony was mostly involved with the video that played right before my walk down the aisle...recaps to come. I think you had a great mix of choices and styles. Sounds like it worked perfectly.

Salt said...

That Israel Kamakawiwo’ole always makes me tear up! I think it was the perfect choice!

For our ceremony, we just used two songs...a processional and one to recess to. Our processional was "Caribbean Blue" by Enya (fitting for our destination wedding) and the recessional was a cover of The Ronettes "Be My Baby".