A Wedding Ceremony Example
Here is a typical musical program for a wedding, including samples of Great Plains Chamber Winds playing a few of the most popular wedding pieces. Click on the headphones icons to hear short samples of the music.
Please be aware that we provide this only to give you a framework on which to plan your own wedding. We want to provide a set of musical selections that are tailor-made for your wedding ceremony.
Prelude: As your guests are arriving, we play about a half an hour of music. This is called the Prelude. A tasteful variety of classical music sets the stage for the ceremony. We can select all the music for the prelude, or we will be happy to incorporate your requests.
Processional: The processional marks the official start of the ceremony. Ceremonies may have only one single processional, but it is common to have two, three, or even four.
For smaller wedding parties - one mother, two bridesmaids, one maid of honor - two processionals will suffice. A single processional works beautifully for the simplest scenario - a bride and her maid of honor.
If yours is a large wedding party with, for example, two mothers, two grandmothers and grandfathers, ten bridesmaids and ushers, and three flower girls, it is often a good idea to have more than one processional. You may want one for all the parents and grandparents, another for the bridesmaids, ushers, flower girls and ring bearers, and yet another for the bride.
Each processional is accompanied by a different musical selection: perhaps a very stately and lyrical piece for the parents, a sweet gentle piece for the bridesmaids, and a very royal and grand piece for the bride. You might prefer, however, a grand and royal piece for each processional. Whatever your preference, we will cater to your style and taste to create the image you choose for your wedding.
The Ceremony: During the ceremony we can provide a brief interlude of quiet, reflective music performed before, after or between several readings. In addition, such music is well suited to candle lighting, communion, presentation of gifts, and rose ceremonies. The officiant can help you decide appropriate places to include music, or in some cases may suggest a simple ceremony with music only for the prelude and postlude.
Recessional: After you are married, you, your wedding party, and your guests can proceed out of the ceremony area to a grand recessional.
An additional recessional and postlude may be played if more music is
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