The Wedding Ceremony
Sometimes brides specify some of the pieces that are to be played during this time (such as during the seating of the parents and grandparents), but generally prefer not to pick out all 15 to 30 minutes of music. It is often best to let me know if there's any broad type of music you do or don't want included, and within those parameters I'll do my best to select pieces that fit the mood and setting you've created.
my repertoire list for ideas.
Generally, pieces that make the best processionals are pieces that can be performed at a walking tempo and that can ended at various points during the performance. This is to accommodate the differences in how many people are in your wedding party, the length of the distance they have to travel, and the speed at which they walk. (You don't want to have to wait 5 minutes for the music to end once the bride has reached the altar).
is a list of pieces that either I recommend or are commonly used as
wedding processionals. If you know of a piece you'd like to use
as a processional that isn't listed here, ask me, and we'll see if we
can make it work.
If the solo is to be played during a quiet part of the ceremony (such as during the lighting of the Unity Candle), almost any piece that is soft and pretty can work (the pieces in the French Romantic category work particularly well). If the solo will be the main focus of the ceremony while it is played, you may wish to choose something romantic (such as "All I Ask of You" from the Phantom of the Opera), something religious (such as Ave Maria), or a piece of special meaning to you.
beautiful is the musical version of the Lord's Prayer by Albert Hay
Malotte. It can take the place of the congregation reciting the
prayer aloud, and can be played either as a harp solo or as a duet with
are a few suggestions:
Not all of this music has to be played by the harpist. You may want an organist to play the processional and recessional, or you may have a vocalist sing a solo during the ceremony. Harp also sounds great in combination with violin, flute, or voice. I have duet arrangements of most of the music listed above and am willing to accompany singers.
If there is a specific piece not listed in my repertoire list that you would like to have played at your ceremony, I will do my best to locate the sheet music for the song and arrange it for harp.
ceremonies: I have a large
repertoire of hymns that you may wish to include in your ceremony.
Know what you like, but don't know the names of the pieces? Want to pick pieces from my repertoire but need to hear what they sound like? There is never any charge for a wedding consultation: I play for you and you pick the pieces you like best. Contact me and we can make an appointment.
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