This page will help with the planning of your wedding ceremony music. The sound of a live music at your wedding will provide the elegance and set the stage for the the importance of this occasion; an excellent choice! Bob will work with the officiant to properly usher in the bridal party with correct timing, and properly "tag" the music when the Bride has reached the Groom.
Parts of the Ceremony
The first part of the ceremony is the preludes. Preludes set the tone and ambience for your guests that are seated waiting for your entrance. Prelude music will usually start 30 minutes prior to your entrance. Some guests might have traveled far for this occasion, and might be seated quite early, so the preludes provide a focal point for your guests until your arrival.
This is the part you have been waiting for. The grand entrance of your bridal party followed by the bride in all of her splendor. At the signal the musician(s) will start the chosen entrance music to announce the bridal party. A second musical selection usually will announce the Bride. This is the part of the ceremony that you need to make an important musical decision. Would you like a big majestic entrance (like royalty!) or would you prefer a more subdued entrance but just as elegant? This can be accomplished with proper selections of processional music, with different levels of volume from the musician(s).
Music for reflection during the service. A unity candle, or perhaps some other symbolic gesture during your service may be accompanied by a musical selection. You have many choices here.
Exit music at the end of the ceremony announces to the world the newly wedded couple, as you walk down the aisle together. This music is usually joyous and grandiose in manner and concludes the ceremony.
Time to Plan!
Below and on the next page(Music / Video Samples) are music samples / video clips to help you decide what selections you want for each part of your ceremony. You will also find a more comprehensive repertoire listing on my song list page (the page previous to this page). This large list contains many of the songs that I have been performing and most requested in the last couple of years. After listening, make your list. If you want advice, or would like assistance in making choices based on your personal style, Bob would be more than happy to help you with your musical plan. All of the recorded samples are by Bob and fellow musicians (if applicable) in his home studio, so you know exactly what you will be hearing at your wedding. The sound of a duo; piano with violin or flute, is very nice if it is in your budget. The list includes the traditional as well as some appropriate contemporary (current) selections so that you may custom taylor your wedding music. Please remember that although there are the "traditions", is not uncommon to pick a more contemporary song to march down the aisle to. Note that the suggested use of each is only a suggestion, based on past experience and traditions. If after listening to the following samples, and looked over the song listing on the previous page, and there is a special song that you would like played, Bob will happily accommodate your request. Please let Bob know at least 2 weeks before your ceremony to allow him the time to obtain the music, (if he does not already have it) as long as it's published and work up an arrangement.
Your Ceremonial Music List
For the prelude portion of your wedding, Bob will usually perform an appropriate mix of classical and popular repertoire. If you desire something specific before the start of the ceremony, just let him know!
Bob can continue performing right into cocktail hour! The musical selections would reflect the setting. A more upbeat light jazz and classical mix would add a nice ambience for you and your guests as they gather for the reception.
Wedding Ceremony Music Samples
There are more music samples on the next page (Music / Video Samples) that could also be used for a wedding, and check out my more comprehensive song list page, (previous page). Of course this is only a sample list to demonstrate the quality of Bob's performance.
Flute / Piano Duo
Some very useful links for the bride and groom…
If you want the sound of the Pipes...
Bob plays and discusses in this Wedding Music Sampler the various genres of music available for your wedding!
Kate marrying William, an example of a Royal Wedding Processional...