Weddings allow a wide scope for traditional
or contemporary religious and secular music. The
Wedding Songs demonstration CD includes a variety
classical and more modern songs suitable for a church
wedding to give you different ideas and possibilities
to make your own wedding service personal and special.
Although many people do choose music from the CD, you
are certainly not restricted to these pieces, and we
are happy to accommodate most music requests if possible.
a small village church or a cathedral,
the songs and music you choose can make the difference
between 'a' wedding and 'Your' wedding!
The Signing Of The Register
This is the most obvious place for sung music
when there is usually time for two, and sometimes three
songs - around 7-10 minutes. Rather than 'filling time',
use this part of your wedding service as an opportunity
to enhance the mood you have created in your ceremony.
You may choose to contrast beautiful classical religious
arias such as 'Ave Maria' or 'Pie Jesu' with more contemporary
songs such as 'One Hand, One Heart or All I Ask Of You.
Or perhaps spectacular classical arias such as Mozart's
'Alleluia', 'Exsultate Jubilate', Handel's 'Let The
Bright Seraphim', with Romantic arias such as Puccini's
'O Mio Babbino Caro' or the Lakme Flower Song. For a
completely different modern romantic mood, you could
choose appropriate songs by Celine Dion, Barbara Striesand
or Shania Twain amongst others.
the service begins to 'Set the Scene'
This is a very popular choice as it is the
time when everyone is chatting away with no particular
focus but a general sense of 'occasion'. You can create
a special mood by choosing one or two reflective or
romantic pieces as a prelude to the service to contrast
with your entrance music.
the Bridesmaid's entrance (before the bride)
A beautiful song for your bridesmaids entrance
might be appropriate if you have a large number of attendants
and want them to set the scene. For your arrival you
could then have either contrasting organ music, or a
beautiful contrasting solo such as 'Ave Maria'.
the Bride's Entrance
As an alternative to organ music, and for
a dramatic and moving bridal entrance itself you could
walk down the aisle to something sung such as the 'Ave
Maria' which is both traditional and unexpected at the
same time! Or choose your own favourite song or aria.
As an alternative to the signing of the register, the
traditional 'Ave Maria' can also be sung just before
the bride's entrance (so you can hear it as well as
your guests!) or even as a dramatic and moving bridal
or After Vows
if you choose a solo to enhance your vows or emphasise
a reading or prayers, such as 'One Hand, One Heart',
'The Rose', or 'Pie Jesu' amongst others. You also have
a special time yourselves to listen to something sung
'just for you' which can be very moving.
may also be appropriate if you are worried about your
guests singing or are having only a few guests. Two
well chosen hymns for your guests, with a solo piece
before or after your vows or prayers adds no extra time
to your service but gives your wedding a very personal
the Couple Exit
music is generally the best option for a vibrant exit,
but very occasionally couples may choose sung music
if looking for an alternative to organ music.
also include a sung Psalm or spiritual song in place
of a reading such as Mozart's beautiful 'Laudate Dominium'
(Psalm 116) sung as a solo or with choir, or other traditional
psalms such as 'The Lord's My Shepherd'. Beautiful contemporary
Psalm settings include Adrian Snell's Psalm 27, and
contemplative spiritual pieces by John Michael Talbot,
Graham Kendrick and others. The Lord's Prayer' (Our
Father) can also be sung
the candle-lighting ceremony
are several songs written specifically for a candle
lighting ceremony which symbolises the Trinity itself,
Father, Son and Holy Ghost. But other religious songs
can also be sung during this time.
religious pieces are appropriate here including Panis
Angelicus, Pie Jesu, Ave Maria, Laudate Dominium, Ave
Verum, Amazing Grace, Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace
and Jesu Joy Of Man's Desiring amongst others.
your service is a Blessing or an Anniversary celebration
there is a similar variety of choice but as there will
be no signing of the register, you could also consider:
to your Ceremony; During Your Entrance; During a candle-lighting
Before or after your marriage vows, readings or Prayers;
Secular or religious songs could both be appropriate
during a Wedding Blessing or Anniversary
resident church organist can accompany singers if they
are in agreement, in which case I can make arrangements
direct with the organist on your behalf, sending music
where necessary and arranging rehearsal for your wedding
day. However, if you prefer, or if your choice of music
is particularly demanding, Wedding Songs can also book
a professional organist for you.
& String Quartets
alternatives are String Quartets, Harpists and Pianists
who may also be booked to play during your drinks reception
or wedding breakfast afterwards.
your choice is the Trumpet Tune or Trumpet Voluntary
you could book a trumpeter who can also play with some
of your hymns and may be able to play with a soloist
if your choice includes pieces such as 'Let The Bright
Seraphim' or 'Love Changes Everything'.
For a particularly dramatic entrance, you could also
have a trumpet fanfare as you arrive at the church or
at your reception!
Reception & Wedding Breakfast
also be booked for your drinks reception and/or your
wedding meal. Other musicians can also be booked for
your reception and evening entertainment including Dixie
Bands, Jazz Ensembles, Brass Players and Ensembles,
Bagpipes and fabulous Dance Bands.
To avoid disappointment it is important to book as
early as possible, particularly if your wedding is during
the busy spring and summer months.
Wedding Day is one of the most important days of your
songs and music that you choose will live in your own
that of your guests forever. Don't you deserve the best?
I will be delighted
to help you make your ceremony personal, unique and
special and very
much look forward to hearing from you.
a Professional, Personal and Unique service, contact
Catherine Françoise for further information &
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