Wedding Wednesday- Ceremony Music

by - Wednesday, June 13, 2012

This week we have been emailing back and forth with the organist trying to figure out our ceremony music for the wedding. I will keep it really honest here- this has not gotten done thus far because I don't think either of us care too much. My biggest goal is to keep it as bright and peppy as possible, because Episcopal music has a tendency to sound like a funeral- like the saddest most depressing funeral in the world. Since we are already making people sit through the whole long schpiel, the big goal is to have the music keep things moving.

We also learned that Episcopaleans are not fans of the music you most commonly associate with weddings, because apparently they are both from operas with anti-marriage themes with all sorts of oddness going on (this actually makes me like them more... but whatever). Anyway, basically they starting making wedding movies, so people can't guess at the religion of the characters, and essentially caught on. So we have to come up with other music. No biggie- we can work it out. 

Ok, so what we are thinking:
Nick really wants the Canon in D Major (Johann Pachelbel) for the processional for the bridesmaids, and if that builds well into my processional, that is fine with me.
I also really love "Love Divine, All Love's Excelling" and  I don’t know how well they transition or if it is appropriate to use a hymn, but it is an idea.  

Mozart’s K #594 ? or The Overture to the Marriage of Figaro?

Ok, other songs that we picked out as liking (maybe before the service or during communion?
All Things Bright and Beautiful
Guide Me Oh Great Redeemer
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring- Bach
Savior like a Shephard Lead Us

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