Our (very large!) extended family has a bunch of weddings coming up yet this year, and our calendar for fall of 2019 is already filling up. It’s going to be a fun couple of years! I look forward to seeing the beautiful brides and their adoring grooms. I’m eager to see the dresses and tuxes. Reunions with family and friends. Fun at the reception. Delicious food… What’s not to love about a wedding?
But there’s one thing in particular I always eagerly anticipate: the wedding music. I LOVE a musical wedding! When hubby and I got married we had pre-wedding solos provided by a couple friends and an aunt. I even sang Roger Copeland’s “The Bridal Prayer” right before the processional. (Don’t know what I was thinking–as if I didn’t have enough on my mind that day!) For the processional, one friend played the organ and another the flute on Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” (before it was the popular song to have at weddings!) The guests sang a couple of hymns. Hubby and I sang to each other after lighting the unity candle. My aunt sang “The Lord’s Prayer” and a quartet sang Lutkin’s Benediction, “The Lord Bless You and Keep You.” Oh, and at the reception, we had a program while waiting for the meal, and, yes, friends provided more music. (It does help to have a plethora of talented friends and family!)
Over the years, I’ve also sung at a few weddings, doing songs from Petra’s “Love” to Sandi Patty’s “Love Will Be our Home” to Steven Curtis Chapman’s “I Will be Here.”
So when I attend a wedding, I have many questions running through my mind: will their be pre-wedding music? What will the processional be? Will they have music during the wedding? During the lighting of the unity candle? Will their be any congressional music? And what will play during the recessional? Will the music be provided by organists? Pianists? Vocalists? A recording? Other instruments? All of the above? I admit, I’m disappointed when music plays a small role.
What about you? Do you enjoy a music-filled wedding? Do you have a favorite song (or songs) you love to hear?