The wedding music samples I’m playing for you are grouped in order of use for a wedding ceremony’s processionals. Many of the pieces can be tempo adjusted -- slowed down for a bride’s march, or performed with increased speed to fit the energetic and joyous mood of the recessional. Several examples are demonstrated in more than one category with tempo adjustment.
Some of the solos are also presented a second time as a violin duet, or string quartet to demonstrate the melody within the context of an ensemble.
Generally, the music selected for the seating of the bride and groom’s parents and grandparents is reflective and melodic; ranging from slow to flowing.
Music for the bridal attendants is usually flowing in nature. When marches are chosen, they are played lightly and at moderate pace to contrast with the character of a bride’s march.
Sometimes this work is used without any break
to bring in all the bridal attendants and then the bride.
Bridal Marches can be performed with different moods and paces- regal, joyous, and even spunky. I would describe many of these following presentations as stately examples.
Recessionals are upbeat and joyful as the wedding party exits and gets ready to spend time with their guests at the reception.
Before the ceremony, the music at your wedding normally begins with 20’ of pre-service music. This is a pleasant way to greet and relax your guests as they usually begin arriving this early for your wedding. You may wish to require a specific ambiance type or you may specify if you would like a mixed pre-service repertoire. Listen to some possibilities as demonstrated by our string quartet's Music Clips .
Other music may be included within or just prior to the service - a worship song , hymn , meditation, or music for communion. A few examples of songs that are occasionally included are The Prayer -Sager/Foster, The Lord’s Prayer - Malotte, and Alleluia - Mozart.