Wedding Ceremony Music Guide

We Make Planning Your Wedding Ceremony Music a Pleasure

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Dear Brides and Grooms,
This guide is designed to help you select and organize all your ceremony music. We have made selecting your ceremony music a simple and easy process.

Step 1 – Establish the type of ceremony:

Talk to your wedding officiate to establish the overall ceremony time schedule and ceremony program. Your wedding planner or officiate can help you suggest the order of your bridal party.

It’s important to finalize the program and create an order of the people who will walk down the aisle during the Processional BEFORE you start selecting the music. Creating your ceremony is like preparing a good meal – you can’t skip the order.
Which of the descriptions most closely matches your wedding ceremony?

  • Traditional
  • Catholic mass
  • Shorter Christian Service
  • Jewish
  • Secular marriage
  • Non-Traditional
  • Other : Interfaith, 2nd marriage, etc…

KEY QUESTION: Is your ceremony going to be outside ?

Important information if your ceremony is scheduled to be outside:

If inclement weather conditions prevail, an alternate site must be arranged. Inclement weather includes, but is not limited to: rain, drizzle, excessive heat (above 90 degrees), or cold (below 60 degrees).

If possible, avoid placing the musicians in direct sunlight to protect the instruments. A shaded area is ideal. Please ask if you have any questions.

In certain cases musicians will bring and set up a special tent for their protection. An additional $50 deposit will be added to your remaining balance and will be returned back to you if there was no need for the tent.

Note: If you prefer us to design music for your Ceremony, you can stop reading at the end of this paragraph. Just go thru Step 1 and Step 2 above. Write down and email your notes to us. We’ll choose an appropriate music selection and then run it by you – making sure you are happy with our choices.

Question 1:
Let us know if you have hired additional musicians (church organist, vocalist, etc.) and send us their contact email if possible.

Question 2:
Is there a party planner or somebody from the venue who will be helping you at the ceremony site? Send us their email as well, please.

Parts of your Ceremony:

Prelude
Selection of classical, or other styles of music. Music played as your guests enter the ceremony room and are seated. This usually begins 15 minutes prior to the start of your ceremony.

Note: Music for Prelude typically works the best if you give us some freedom to choose appropriate musical numbers. Let us feel and work with the crowd on the spot. However, if you specifically tell us something that you want or don’t want, or provide us with any other info like “my guests are from France or Italy will be there” or “my favorite song is ____,” or “my family loves______.” We’d be more than happy to accommodate you as much as possible.

Once all the guests are seated, the actual service begins with the bridal party walking down the aisle.

Processional

Note: Seating of parents and grandparents could open your processional.

The processional is divided into 2 parts: One for the bridal party and one for the bride.

  • Bridal Party Processional
  • Bridal Processional

Service Music – Optional

  • Unity Candle
  • Presentation of Flowers
  • Concert Piece

Recessional

As you are pronounced as man and wife, you both come down the aisle and exit the room. Congratulations! The musicians will continue to play until all your guests have left the room.

Step 2 – Listening and Choosing the Music:

Jewish Songs: Press the PLAY button to listen to each song

David Rothstein Music is very experienced with performing Jewish Wedding Ceremonies. Led by one of the greatest klezmer violinists in the nation, Alex Koffman. He is also the music director for the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band for 20 years. Alex is an absolute expert with all the Jewish Wedding Ceremony Music Repertoire. He will work with you directly to select the perfect Jewish Music for your Prelude, Processional and Recessional Music. Alex is also very experienced with Interfaith weddings as well.

Listen to the various short recordings of Alex performing with his pianist some of the most popular songs of the Jewish repertoire. These songs can also be performed by any of the ensembles we offer Classical Duo (Violin and Piano), Classical Trio (Violin, Piano and Cello) or our String Quartet (2 Violins, Viola and Cello). Our clients love working with Alex for selecting all the music for Jewish or Interfaith Wedding Ceremonies. We know you will too!

Erev Shel Sho Shanim
01 Erev Shel Shoshanim.mp3
Dodi Li (modern)
02 Dodi Li (modern)
Dodi Li (trad.)
03 Dodi Li (traditional)
Shalom Alechem
04 Shalom Alechem.mp3
Sunrise Sunset
05 Sunrise Sunset.mp3
The Wedding Song
06 The Wedding Song.mp3
Oifn Propetchek
07 Oifn Propetchek.mp3
Yedid Nefesh
08 Yedid Nefesh.mp3
Erev Ba
09 Erev Ba.mp3
Etz Chaim
10 Etz Chaim.mp3
Iti Milvanon
11 Iti Milvanon.mp3
Siman Tov Mazel Tov
12 Siman Tov Mazel Tov.mp3
Chusn Kalleh Mazel Tov
13 Chusn Kalleh Mazel Tov.mp3
Our Love is Here to Stay
14 Our Love is Here to Stay.mp3
Gershwin Medley
15 Gershwin Medely.mp3
Kaliski Bulgar
16 Hora Agaditi.mp3
The Lark
17 The Lark.mp3
Russian Medley
18 Tango.mp3
The Weary Sun
19 The Weary Sun.mp3
Tarantella (Italian)
20 Tarentella.mp3

Complete Audio Ceremony samples:
Press the PLAY button to listen to each song.

PRELUDE MUSIC

Music begins as your guests enter the ceremony area prior to the start of the actual service. Pick 2-4 songs or DRM can select these songs for you. In your program simply write “Selection of Classical Music”.

1. W.A.Mozart
Voi, Che Sapete from opera The Marriage Of Figaro
2. W.A.Mozart
Allegro from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
3. F.Schubert
Serenade from Schwanengesang, #4
4. E. Elgar
Salut d’Amour, Op.12
5. F. Mendelssohn
On Wings Of Song
6. P.Tchaikovsky
Melody
7. F.Kreisler
Liebesleid
8. I. Albeniz
Tango in D
9. M.Oginski
Polonez
10. J. Ivanovici
Danube Waves
11. M.Glinka
Romance “Ya Pomnyu Choodnoe Mgnovenie”
12. G. Bizet
Habanera (from Carmen)
13. Louiguy
La Vien Rose (French)
14. J. Strauss, Jr.
Vienna, My City Of Dreams
15. A.Vivaldi
Allegro from Four Seasons: Spring
16. A.Vivaldi
Largo from Four Seasons: Winter
17. G.F. Handel
Air from The Water Music
18. J.S.Bach
Air from Suite #3 in D major
19. J.S.Bach
Arioso from Cantata #156
20. C. Debussy
Reverie
21. J. Massenet
Meditation from opera Thais
22. W.A.Mozart
Romanza from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
23. W.A.Mozart
Menuetto from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
24. W.A.Mozart
2nd movement from Sonata in C major
25. W.A.Mozart
1st movement from Sonata in A major
26. F.Schubert
Andante from String Quartet in A minor
27. C. Saint-Saens
The Swan
28. N. Rimsky-Korsakov
Scheherazade Theme
29. A. Borodin
Nocturne (from String Quartet #2)
30. E. Satie
Gynopedie No.1 from Trois Gymnopedies
31. Enya
Only Time
32. J. Lennon
In My Life

PROCESSIONAL MUSIC

All the guests are now seated. Your bridal party is now escorted down the aisle, followed by the bride. Select 1 Song for the Bridal Party and 1 Song for the Bride. For additional songs to choose from, select from #13-32.

33. J. Pachelbel
Canon in D
34. J.S.Bach
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
35. R. Wagner
Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin
36. J. Clarke
Trumpet Voluntary

SERVICE MUSIC

This includes music during the lighting of the unity candle, presentation of flowers, concert pieces and any additional music during the body of the ceremony service. Select only songs which your ceremony requires.

37. J.S. Bach
Bist Du Bei Mir
38. C. Franck
Panis Angelicus
39. F.Schubert
Ave Maria
40. L. Bernstein
One Hand, One Heart
41. D. Foster
The Prayer
42. Trad. American
Amazing Grace

RECESSIONAL MUSIC

As you are pronounced man and wife and leave the ceremony. Select 1 song. Musicians will continue playing until all your guests have left the church or ceremony area.

43. F. Mendelssohn
Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
44. G.F. Handel
Hornpipe from Water Music
45. J.J. Mouret
Rondeau from Sinfonies de Fanfares #36
46. L.V.Beethoven
Ode To Joy from Symphony #9
47. A.Vivaldi
Danza Pastorale from Four Seasons: Spring
48. A.Vivaldi
Allegro from Four Seasons: Autumn
49. H. Purcell
Trumpet tune
50. J.S.Bach
March in D Major from Anna Magdalene Bach Notebook

EXAMPLE of a traditional Wedding Ceremony:

51. PROCESSIONAL Seating grandparents and parents
J.S.Bach Jesu of Man’s Desiring from Cantata #147
52. BRIDAL PARTY
J. Pachelbel Canon in D
53. BRIDAL
R. Wagner Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin
54. INTERLUDE
F. Mendelssohn On Wings Of Song
55. RECESSIONAL
J. Clarke Trumpet Voluntary
56. POSTLUDE
G.F. Handel Hornpipe from Water Music (orchestral suite)

Step 3 – Submitting, Double Checking and Adjusting:

The order of Bridal Party is very important. It affects the choice and length of each song. The written out order will also help the musicians know when to change the music.

Once you’re done choosing the music for your ceremony, simply email your Ceremony Schedule and the order of your bridal party along with your music choices. Alex will check it over, fill in the gaps, and recommend any slight adjustments. Now your ceremony program is ready to be printed out for the guests.

During the week of your wedding, Alex will confirm all of the ceremony details and make sure there aren’t any last minute changes.

On the Day of the Wedding:

Towards the end of the Prelude music, right before the ceremony is about to begin, musicians would appreciate someone giving them a sign that all the people in the Processional are lined up and ready to start walking down. About 10 to 30 sec. required for us in order to finish the last Prelude piece and prepare for the Processional music. A little pause is typical in between. Once the song for the Processional begins, walk down the aisle and enjoy!

You are welcome to call Alex if you have any additional questions at 847.274.3416, or email him at alex.koffman@gmail.com. He would be happy to help you!

We hope you found this guide to be helpful!

Best Wishes,

Alex Koffman – Ceremony Music Consultant

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