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Monday, October 22, 2007

The sound of music

We've started planning the ceremony. We still have to sit down with the Pastor to really discuss details but for now we're starting with the music.

Over the weekend we stumbled upon this $5 disc of wedding music at Wal-mart. It's called "The Best Traditional Wedding Music." It's just a compilation of typical wedding type music but I thought it would be good to listen so that we could get a better idea of what we will use for the processional and stuff like that. Turns out this might be the best $5 we'll probably spend for the wedding!

If you click on the link above to CDUniverse.com where you can buy the disc (for $7 plus shipping) you can hear samplings of two songs that we are now planning to use in our ceremony.

For the processional we will be using track 3 - Chopin's Etude Op. 10. I've always loved Chopin (I took piano lessons in my childhood) and I've actually never heard of this Chopin piece before. It's very sweet and (I think) a great alternative to Air or Canon that I've heard way too often at what seems to be any given wedding. We will also be using Amazing Grace for the processional (for the guys) but the version we are using is something done completely with bagpipes from husband2Be's private collection.

For the bridal/wedding march we're using the traditional "Here comes the bride..." but not just the instrumental version. The disc that we got actually has one that is sung by a chorus and in GERMAN. It's SO COOL!!! We listened to it in the car immediately after getting it and we both looked at each other and it was a complete no-brainer to use it instead of something just instrumental or of our church organist. I actually even got chills and a little teary eyed listening to it and imagining myself walking down the aisle on The Big Day. I completely didn't expect this of myself. It's very powerful though so listen to the clip of it.

I don't know how "tacky" it might be to use a soundtrack of sorts for the ceremony but our church has a really outstanding sound system and there's just no way that we could get a German choir in there to sing the Wedding March as we heard it. *shrug* Since we are also planning some contemporary Christian music (I don't listen to a lot but my faves are Bethany Dillon, Nichole Nordeman, Bebo Norman, Natalie Grant) prior to the ceremony when people are being seated, I figure that it can all go pretty seamlessly by putting on the CD and just going with it all. This will also help us to stay on the time schedule that we will need to keep.

Anyway, that's what we have so far. I'll keep you posted on the rest as we figure it out. And until then, I'm going to go listen to that version of the Wedding March again. *wink*

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