Wedding songs apply to vocal and/or instrumental music performed at wedding rehearsals, rehearsal dinners, wedding ceremonies, and receptions (post-wedding party). It can also apply to your choice of music for your first dance.
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Almost as important to a wedding as the wedding gown and various ceremonies is the music. Wedding day is one that is overflowing with emotion--and the right music can either enhance this or destroy it (harsh I know, but music is so important). It's essential that you pick the best wedding songs!
If you're planning anything but the most casual of wedding, then music will play an important part. Its prominence can be seen in the fact that bridal music has been a part of weddings since the start of recorded history. Yes, the genre and form of the music is often quite different, but still the music is there, and the emotions that the music brings have stayed the same no matter where or when the wedding was.
A contemporary North American wedding song ceremony, most often held in a church, uses wedding music to announce and accompany a specific order of events, starting with the ritual seating of mothers and grandmothers by the ushers, followed by the entrance of the groomsmen and clergy, then the bridesmaids and lastly the bride and possibly the bridegroom self. All these events are accompanied by their own individual pieces, selected beforehand in conjunction with the musician(s) hired to perform. In lieu of live players, recorded music can be substituted to fulfill these functions.
Typically beginning with 20–30 minutes of prelude wedding songs, this generally includes reflective pieces such as Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring". Use of string quartets and harps have in modern times increased in popularity of wedding music and wedding dance songs, sometimes replacing the customary organ. After the prelude, there is generally special music for the seating of the mothers and grandmothers. A popular selection is the Canon in D by Johann Pachelbel. Then the bridal party (bridesmaids) proceeds down the aisle, followed by the bride — often escorted by her father. They arrive at the church altar where the groom, groomsmen and priest are assembled. This bridal march is accompanied by a processional wedding song.
For over 100 years the most popular wedding song has been Wagner's Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin (1850), often called "Here Comes The Bride". This has been historically played by an organist. Since the televised wedding of Lady Diana to Prince Charles, there has been an upsurge in popularity of Jeremiah Clarke's "Prince of Denmark's March" for use as processional wedding music, a piece that was formerly (and incorrectly) attributed to Henry Purcell as "Trumpet Voluntary". During the service there may be a few hymns, especially in liturgical settings. Optional solos and a short piece for the lighting of the Unity Candle may also occur.
At the end of the service, the bride and groom march down the aisle to lively recessional wedding songs, the most popular tune being Mendelssohn's Wedding March from A Midsummer Night's Dream (1826). Another popular choice is Widor's Toccata from Symphony for Organ No. 5 (1880). The ceremony concludes with an instrumental postlude as the guests depart. In the US, the most common musical instruments used for wedding music is either a piano/organ or a string quartet, but a harpist, woodwind quintet, or classical guitar is sometimes used.
After a photography session, a catered meal and dance ensue, known as a reception. Receptions either offer couple dancing with a live band, or hire a DJ to play popular recorded wedding songs, often chosen by the couple.
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