ceremony assistance...part one.

With the majority of the wedding plans so far, I've had a clear vision as to what we're going for. The ceremony music is one of the things that is a little fuzzy, to say the least. So who better to help me combat my indecisiveness than you, hive?

Let's start at the bridal processional, shall we? A lot of lovely brides-to-be have a specific song that they've been dreaming of walking down the aisle to since they were little girls. There is no such song in my mind. I have no clue what song I want to walk down the aisle to. I do, however, know a few songs I do not want to enter the church to, including Canon in D and the Wedding March (you know...dum dum da dum...that one). Nothing wrong with those songs, I've just been to a ton of weddings in my day and I'm looking for something a little outside the norm. I am getting married in the Catholic church though, so whatever songs I choose cannot be too far ourside of the norm. Also, we are having a pianist play at the ceremony, so I need songs that don't need other instruments to sound right. So what are the options?

The only two songs I've found that I like enough to use for the bridal processional are:

Prelude in C (Major)

and Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

I really really really like Prelude in C for some reason, but I worry that it will be sort of anticlimatic if I use Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring before it for the wedding party processional . It just doesn't seem to have enough "oomph" if you know what I mean. But I really really like it.

I feel like Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring is the safe one of the two choices for the bridal processional. It's pretty and I really do like it, but it feels a little more "norm" to me.

The other issue I am questioning is whether to have an instrumental song like the two above, or to have one or two of our sisters sing a song for the processional instead. My cousin's wife walked down the aisle to her friend singing Ave Maria, and it was absolutely beautiful! If we went this route, I am clueless as to which song to have them sing to!

So I ask you, knowledgeable brides (and grooms)-to-be, which song do you think I should walk down the aisle to?

a. Prelude in C (Major)
b. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
c. Instrumental song, but those are both horrible choices! I will share a much better song for with you in the comments!
d. Have sisters sing, I will recommend a song in the comments!


DiAmOnD hawk said...

definitely not B...
A is probably more appropriate.
Ave Maria truly is a beautiful song and if you can get someone to sing it... then I'd say go for that!

Christine said...

The Prelude sounds great, was on my wishlist, too.
How about "Amazing Grace" (maybe sung by the sisters) or "Romance" from Mozart?

Heidi said...

I just emailed you a novel BTW, but Prelude in C is really pretty and I think it would be a great option!

Funny story - our Priest forbids the use of the Wedding March. Apparently it has something to do with Pagan times or something, but I didn't want to use it anyway!