The music at your wedding can play such a crucial role in setting the right mood. Some couples have songs that mean a lot to them, but some have no idea where to begin when it comes to choosing the right music for the ceremony. As a flutist, I've played at a lot of weddings; below are just a few of the pieces that I felt captured the moment beautifully:
"Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" - J.S. Bach (processional)
"Trumpet Voluntary in D Major" - Jeremiah Clarke (processional)
"Canon in D Major" - Pachelbel (processional)
"Air" from Suite No. 3 in D Major - J.S. Bach (processional)
"Trumpet Tune in D Major" - Purcell (processional)
"Hornpipe" from Water Music - Handel (recessional)
"Wedding March" from A Midsummer Night's Dream - Mendelssohn (recessional)
"Rondeau" - Mouret (recessional) - a.k.a - the Masterpiece Theater theme
"Flower Duet" from "Lakme" - Delibes (processional)
"Spring", "Autumn", or "Winter" from The Four Seasons - Vivaldi (processional or recessional - depending on which movement you choose)
"Meditation" from "Thais" - Massenet (processional)
"The Swan" - Saint-Saens (processional)
"Andantino" from "Carmen" - Bizet (processional)
"Entrance of the Queen of Sheba" - Handel (recessional) - a personal favorite
"La Rejouissance" from "Royal Fireworks Music" - Handel (recessional)
Note: Even though I've marked each piece as a choice for 'processional' or 'recessional', there are other times during a ceremony that could call for music: the lighting of a candle, passing of the rings, or any other special moment in the middle of the ceremony. There is no one right answer.
It's not unheard of for brides to walk down the aisle to video game music, Ella Fitzgerald's sultry voice, or a song written by the groom. It's your day - make it unique to you! If there is a song or piece of music that you absolutely love, but it's not written for the ensemble that you already have booked, you can have a composer arrange the piece for that ensemble for a small fee. Contact me for more details and pricing.
Types of Traditional Ensembles
Typical wedding ensembles are generally composed of one or more of the following:
String trio or quartet (or flute in place of one of the violins - my specialty!)
Piano and voice
Guitar (solo or with another instrument such as flute, violin, or another guitar)
Any of the above instruments can be combined with each other. There are some lovely harp and flute duets, a trumpet can be added to a string quartet, and guitar and voice is a beautiful combination. I've even had a bride who was closely connected with her church's music program have the choir sing at her wedding!
I could talk about wedding music all day - please contact me if you want additional suggestions or can't find a specific piece or ensemble that would make your wedding day perfect.