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!