The Wedding Ceremony
We always recommend that you hire the musicians that work for the church(or temple). You will have to pay them their fee, but it will be well worth it. These musicians are familiar with the specific musical equipment and with the liturgical order of the ceremony. This is especially important if you are having an organist. Large church organs can be one of a kind, and should only be played by a person familiar with that specific instrument. In the event the church musicians are unavailable, make sure that the person you hire knows liturgical music. These musicians must be well versed in the nuances of your religious ceremony.
Some brides choose more musicians, such as trumpeters, vocalists, harpist, flautist. While these extra musicians are not necessary, they will make your wedding ceremony a memorable one. One of our favorite “extra” is a trumpeter(or more) to play a fanfare as the bride enters the church. This will give your ceremony a regal touch.
If your ceremony is to take place in a place other than a church or temple, we still suggest you hire musicians that are familiar with the order of the liturgy. Choose music celebrates the season as well as the venue. For example: at a summer or a beach wedding, a steel drummer might be a great choice.
$Money Saving Tips$ Have your ceremony musicians play the cocktail hour of your wedding reception.
Below is a list of our favorite music for a wedding ceremony
- “Air” (from Water Music Suite), (George F. Handel)
- “Bridal Chorus” (from Lohengrin), (Richard Wagner)
- “Canon in D” (Johann Pachelbel)
- “Procession of Joy” (Hal Hopson)
- “Rigaudon” (Andre Campra)
- “Spring” (from The Four Seasons), (Antonio Vivaldi)
- “Te Deum” (Marc-Antoine Charpentier)
- “The Prince of Denmark’s March” (Jeremiah Clarke)
- “Trumpet Tune” (Henry Purcell)
- “Trumpet Voluntary” (Jeremiah Clarke)
- “Trumpet Voluntary” (John Stanley)
- “Wedding March” (from The Marriage of Figaro), (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
Religious, Sacred Music
- “All People That On Earth Do Dwell” (“Old 100th” hymn)
- “Dona Nobis Pacem” (16th century hymn)
- “Hana’ava Babanot” (A Love Song), (Neeman)
- “St. Anthony’s Chorale” (Franz Joseph Haydn)
- “Hymn Fanfare from The Triumphant” (Francois Couperin)
- “Scalero de Oro” (traditional Sephardic)
Choosing the right music should not create more stress, whether you hire a DJ or a band, these professionals are there to guide you in your choices. Most music professionals have song lists for you to choose from. You should have a brief list of songs you want to hear, as well as the songs you don’t want to hear.