Music is a large part of what brings about the character and setting of a wedding, the Sound of the harp is dignified and joyful, it makes it the right choice for a wedding ceremony.
Generally wedding ceremonies have six major parts, each with their own special requirements.
Prelude: 15 to 30 minutes of music performed while your guests arrive, setting the mood for your service. In a religious setting, hymns or classical pieces may be selected. In a less formal setting, classical as well as contemporary love songs may be played to create a relaxing atmosphere.
Processional: It begins with music while the parents of the bride and groom are seated, then the wedding party (bridesmaids, groomsmen, ring bearer and flower girls) walk gracefully down the aisle, usually to a different song.
Listed below are common song selections used for the processional of the family, wedding party, or both.
- Ave Maria, J.S.Bach
- Dance of the Blessed Spirits, C.W. Gluck
- Green sleeves, traditional (brides maids)
- Here Comes The Sun, The Beatles
- Jesu Joy of man’s desiring, J.S. Bach
- La Califfa, Ennio Morricone
- Married Life, from Up (Pixar)
- Trumpet Tune, Henry Purcell
- Trumpet voluntary, Henry Purcell
Bridal Processional: This is the moment everyone has been waiting for, you walk down the aisle to meet your future husband, and everyone stands up to honor the bride to the beat of glorious and bright musical compositions or subtle and mysterious pieces of music.
Most popular selections are:
- All My Life, K-Ci &JoJo
- Bridal Chorus, Richard Wagner
- Bridal March, Jonathan Cain
- Canon in D, Johann Pachelbell
- Arioso, J.S Bach
- From This Moment On, Shania Twain
- How Long Will I Love You, Ellie Goulding
- Prelude in C, J.S. Bach
- Perfect, Ed Sheeran
- The Thousand Years, Christina Perri
During the Ceremony: It is optional, yet appropriate, to have music played by the harp as background during the lighting of the “Unity Candle, Holy Communion or as a solo after a reading or prayer, music may be a great addition to this particular part of the ceremony, perhaps a piece that has special meaning to you; in any case, it should be light and romantic.
Here are some suggestions, although the possibilities here are endless:
- Ave Maria, Franz Schubert
- Eternal Flame, Bangles
- Hallelujah, Leonard Cohen
- Love Me Tender, Love Me Sweet, Elvis Presley
- Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Sergey Rachmaninoff
Recessional: Immediately following the ceremony, upbeat and cheerful music is played as the newly married couple and wedding party walks back down the aisle.
It should set a celebratory mood, and usually doesn’t need to be very long:
- A Good Night, John Legent
- All Of Me, John Legent
- Horn pipe, G. Handel
- Here Comes The Sun, The Beatles
- I’m Yours, Jason Mraz
- Marry You, Bruno Mars
- Ode to Joy, Ludwig Van Beethoven
- Somewhere Over The Rainbow, IZ
- Stand By Me, The Beatles
- Wedding March, Felix Mendelssohn
- You Are the Sunshine Of My Life, Stevie Wonder
- You Make My Dreams, Hall and Oates
All this pieces can be arranged to be performed as duets or trios between harp and other instruments, like: voice, violin, cello, flute, mandolin or small chamber orchestra.
Please let me know if you have any questions via phone, e-mail.
I’d be happy to work with you to make your Special Day stress-free, most beautiful and unforgettable.