CEREMONY MUSIC SUGGESTIONS
CEREMONY MUSIC SUGGESTIONS
Be sure to read: A PERFECTLY TIMED CEREMONY IS AMAZING first. It’s very easy – a little bit of communication and organization is all you need.
Now that you’ve read that I’m going to talk a little bit about the musical choices I work with at Ceremonies. As always, you can play any kind of music you like at a Wedding, but part of my job is to offer suggestions if you don’t have anything already in mind.
This is the CD I bought when I first became a professional. It has all of the “traditional” Wedding songs on it, and I like all of the arrangements. Every couple of years or so, a different brand of Wedding CD will come out with the same songs in a different arrangement and it will be very similar.
I do have about 15 different versions of Ave Maria, but most of my ceremony music over the years has come from this CD. I would recommend it to any Wedding Professional.
The track list has the complete ceremony songs that people are looking for, plus approximately 30 minutes of songs that are great for the “pre-ceremony” music. (performed by the original artists – which you have to look carefully for on compilation CDs like these)
1. Processional March: Wedding March From ‘Lohengrin’ – Richard Wagner
2. Processional March: Canon In D Major – Johann Pachelbel
3. Recessional March: Trumpet Voluntary – Jeremiah Clarke
4. Recessional March: Wedding March From ‘A Midsummer NIght’s Dream’ – Felix Mendelssohn
5. Ave Maria – Andrea Cockerton
6. I Love You Much Too Much – Scooter Pietsch
7. Hawaiian Wedding Song – Andy Williams
8. What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
9. Let It Be Me – The Everly Brothers
10. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Frankie Valli
11. The Way You Look Tonight – The Lettermen
12. Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me – Gladys Knight And The Pips
13. More Than Words Can Say – Alias
14. (You’re My) Soul And Inspiration – The Righteous Brothers
As I’ve said above, I am very happy with my Your Perfect Wedding CD and I resist buying other versions of the same songs just to offer variety. A new version will either have to be better or significantly different for me to spend money on it on my own. Customer requests, of course are automatically taken care of.
The O’Neil Brothers are significantly different (simple piano-focused arrangements as opposed to a full orchestra) and I am also very happy to have their CDs in my collection. They sound like Jim Brickman (one of the all-time greats / personal favorites) and their love for the music is easily heard.
I’m listening to one of their songs right now as I write this newsletter, and I’m still blown away by how much heart and emotion they put into their music.
The Vitamin String Quartet has taken every classical musician’s dream and turned it into reality – they take modern rock n roll songs, arrange it into classical Quartet style, and straight show off. They have all kinds of talent, and working with popular melodies, what they come up with is truly Amazing.
And they put in work. My links will take you to their band page on Amazon.com for one simple reason – they cover EVERYTHING. With almost 4000 individual tracks, I would recommend thinking about your favorite music first, then look to see what they have.
Every single time I play this music, someone will ask me who’s the band, or where did I get this music. They have a great idea, and it’s executed flawlessly.
Those are some of my favorites, I often share new music & artists that I find on facebook. follow along and let me know what some of your favorites are.
And always remember: this is your big day – it’s supposed to be fun.
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