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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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Having performed at a number of Fairmont hotels across Canada, it was lovely to perform for a cocktail reception on the balcony of the Fairmont Palliser in Calgary. We received many comments about the great performance by our string ensemble. Throughout the process we had a lovely time dealing with the main planner Lesley Plumley at Magical Moments as well as the staff at the Hotel.

Event Planner: Lesley Plumley, Magical Moments

Photography: Andras Schram

Décor; Great Event Rentals

Décor: GAPS

Décor: Dreamer Event Rentals

DJ: Fun Factory

Flowers: Philip Chong Flower Bar

Hair: Influence Salon

Make Up: Trena Laine

Venue: Courtyard Marriot Airport

Videography: Matan Korin

Stationary: Creative Weddings

Venue: Fairmont Palliser

Reception music: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets, Calgary

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Held outdoors in the Rose Garden, Jennifer and Stephane’s wedding was a wonderful intimate occasion, enhanced by the fresh, bright spring weather.

I really have to congratulate Jennifer and Kevin for making their wedding dreams come true, and they accomplished this with a good measure of style and grace. First off, they did something that not many couples do: they were married at 9:30am!

I think this is wonderful, and that more couples should get married first thing in the morning, as you get to spend the whole day and you have the whole day to be with your new spouse and celebrate with your family and friends. Another nice thing about the ceremony was that there were less than 20 guests there, all of them there (I’m sure) because they really mean something to the bride and groom.- also wonderful. I wanted to comment also on the music choices, because there was one song that worked especially well. If you have been reading or following this blog you might notice that many of the vents that we perform at are with ensembles or groupings of instruments that are with multiple players, such as the violin and cello duo, three players in the trio four for a quartet and so on. This particular wedding was performed with a solo cellist, which although not as common as the some of the other ensembles, it was an absolute perfect fit for this ceremony and the music the couple chose. Here are their selections:

Bridesmaids Entrance: Pachelbel Canon
Bride: Enya: Amarantine
Signing; Bach Air
Recessional: Bittersweet Symphony

Once again, we would like to congratulate Jennifer and Stephane, and wish them a lifetime of wedded bliss!

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