ceremony assistance...part two.

First of all, thank you so much for all of your suggestions in part one of this series! I listened to all of them, and there were a ton of options for beautiful processional songs. The results of the poll ended up with a tie between Prelude in C and Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring. So of course, the only logical choice for me was to not pick either of them... okay maybe it wasn't logical, but that is what happened.

My bridesmaid Anna plays the piano, and since we're having only a pianist for the ceremony, I figured I should get some options from her. She came up with a ton of choices, and I found two songs that I absolutely love!

Remember how I said I didn't want Canon in D as one of the processional pieces? Well...I changed my mind the second I heard this arrangement:

Yep, you can call me a hypocrit. The grandparents, parents, and the wedding party will be walking down to this arrangement of Canon in D.

I actually contemplated whether or not I should only play Canon in D and just time my entrance to one of the parts in which the music builds up in the song. After getting lots of opinions from family members, I've decided to add second song for the bridal entrance. That song will be Hymne by Vangelis.

Finally, the processional songs are selected! It was more difficult than it probably should have been to check that one off the list.

Next item on the agenda-- the song that our sisters will sing.

As I mentioned in my last music post, two of our sisters are talented singers. We really want them to sing a song during the ceremony. This will probably be used as the offertory song, while some other family members are bringing up the gifts. Ideally it would be something that is more on the traditional side; I think throwing a contemporary song into the Catholic ceremony while we're using classical music for all of the other songs might sound a little out of place. The only song that has come to my mind so far is Ave Maria.

While I think this song is beautiful, I'd like to hear a few more options before we select a song.

So hive, this is where you come in! Do you have any suggestions for traditional-ish songs that our sisters could sing? I'm looking forward to your recommendations... I need all the help I can get!


Julia said...

Russulka's Song to the Moon is exquisite, as is the Flower Duet... maybe one of those?

Bridechka said...

I don't really have any traditional suggestions (sorry!) but a recent wedding I was at, the sisters of the groom sang "Songbird" by Eva Cassidy and it was beautiful!

I think it is sooo lovely that your sisters are singing during your ceremony.

Heidi said...

I love that version of Cannon in D! Great choice!!

Christine said...

Great choices yet :-)
Well, Ave Maria is so wonderful but not easy to sing and means a lot of training, otherwise it wouldn't sound right.
"His eye is on the sparrow" is a great song but as well not easy.
So how about "Amazing Grace", "Testify to love", "The Rose", "More than words"?