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How to choose wedding music: the signing of the register

Unlike the processional music, which is all about the bride’s (and wedding party’s) walk down the aisle, the signing is much more relaxed, and the music during this period is typically quieter and slower. If the wedding has more modern music, then we recommend choosing two pop songs for the signing. If the wedding has a more classical feel, or you want to give the wedding a more traditional vibe but still have pop and upbeat selections as the main portion of the ceremony, then the signing is a great place to have classical music. It is also helpful to choose music that will contrast with the recessional, so slow and beautiful tends to work very well. We have a number of non-traditional classical music selections and well-known pop selections that we can recommend for the signing. Just ask us—we love to help!

 

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How to choose wedding ceremony music: the processional

Most brides and grooms fall into two categories when it comes to choose the processional music: They either have a specific song that they would like performed, or they have no idea what to choose!  In both cases, Duo d’Amore has you covered. For the bride that knows exactly what she would like, we can most often play a great version of the song, and we may already have it in our repertoire. Otherwise we are happy to look into getting an arrangement. For the bride that has no idea, this is where our years of experience come in, and where we begin to ask questions (see the earlier post How to choose wedding ceremony music: an introduction) and the mood of the ceremony and the feel that the bride and groom would like to create. Sometimes it is helpful to choose the bridesmaids music first and find a song that either compares or contrasts with the bridal music. The processional music is where the bride really shines in the ceremony, and it is absolutely vital that the music songs fantastic, and matches the style of the couple.

It’s a little off topic for this post, but a question that I am often asked by the bride and groom is some form of: how long is the processional so we can time the walk at the rehearsal. The answer is that we take care oft this—all the bridal party and bride have to do is walk down the aisle, and we will time everything so it fits very well, and depending on the song etc., will either come to a harmonious cadence, or will discreetly fade out—again Duo d’Amore has performed for thousands of weddings, and we are happy to use our knowledge and experience to make the day (and the music) beautiful and seamless.

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The prelude takes place about 15-20 minutes prior to the start of the wedding ceremony. Though music is not the focus of the prelude is can really help set the mood for the ceremony and make the guests feel welcome as they enter and are seated. It also provides a wonderful cue for the guests to take their seats, notifying them that the wedding ceremony is about to start. The music for the prelude is often chosen by Duo d’Amore, as it is not really the focus in the same way that the processional music is. That being said, some clients have let us know a few songs that they like and we can easily incorporate these into the prelude. Depending on the mood that the bride and groom want to create (see the previous blog for more information) the prelude can range from music that is soft and welcoming, with predominantly classical music selections, to upbeat and bright with pop music. Other times clients want a mix of both, and that option is increasingly popular. However, most clients leave the actual selections up to Duo d’Amore, as we really enjoy selecting interesting music to play—sometimes the music can be quite loud (if there is a room full of people, for instance) or soft and intimate. An important thing about the prelude is the timing—for years we started playing for a full 30 minutes prior to the ceremony, but we have since changed this to a 15 minute time frame, and many guests appreciate this, as it give people a few minutes to chat amongst themselves prior to the wedding. It also provides a nice cue for people to take their seats as we begin to play.

I am always wiling and eager to help my clients, and they can call or email me anytime. www.duodamore.com

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How to choose wedding ceremony music: an introduction

As wedding ceremony professionals, one of the most common questions we are asked is “How do I choose my wedding music?” Unfortunately, there is no simple, straight answer to this question. I always ask couples to first consider the mood that they would like to create, and go from there. Next we can look at the type of ceremony (church ceremony, outdoor ceremony, religious, non-religious etc.) We can consider the structure of the ceremony: is it short or long? Is it a full Mass in a cathedral, or a gathering with family and friends at a winery? How many people will be at the ceremony? Do the bride and groom have a special song they would like performed? Is there a singer? Has someone in the bide and grooms family written any music? These and other questions are great for the couple to ponder, and will go a long way in not just choosing music, but choosing music that is a reflection of the couple.

I am always wiling and eager to help my clients, and they can call or email me anytime. www.duodamore.com

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December events and looking ahead to 2015

As the first snowflakes start to fall from the sky, and the Christmas and holiday season begins, we are hard at work preparing for a number of corporate Christmas parties, as well as wedding ceremonies and other special events. We are also looking forward to the New Year, and booking events for 2015. Along with all of that, we are thinking about what wedding trends will we see for 2015. In the past couple of years, at least in regards to wedding ceremony music, many couples have mixed popular music choices with more traditional selections. It seems to me that 2015 will have people still interested in more popular music, but there may be a slight shift to more vintage themed weddings, with classical oriented music performed. Corporate events will continue with a mix of classical and pop, with larger ensembles like a string quartet or smaller soloists and violin and cello duos, though depending on the type of event, this might change to popular upbeat music, slower more background music, or as we are getting into the Christmas season, holiday and Christmas themed music. Whatever happens, from Calgary to Charlottetown, or Surry BC to Scarborough ON it sure will be an interesting year, with lots of exciting events, and great live music!

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