Dear Brides and Grooms,
This wedding ceremony music guide is designed to help you select and organize ALL your wedding ceremony music. Moreover, we have made selecting your ceremony music a simple and easy process. So, this is our proven step by step process that has helped hundreds of couples get the perfect music for their wedding ceremony.
The first step in this wedding ceremony music guide is to 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.
So, 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 later in this wedding ceremony music guide. Moreover, 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?
Important information if your ceremony is scheduled to be outside:
First, 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. Secondly, 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.
Let us know if you have hired additional musicians (church organist, vocalist, etc.) and send us their contact email if possible.
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.
So, moving on further with this wedding ceremony music guide. Selection of classical, or other styles of music. Music played as your guests enter the ceremony room and are seated. Usually, this 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.
So, once all the guests are seated, the actual service begins with the bridal party walking down the aisle.
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.
Moreover, when 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.
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)
04 Shalom Alechem.mp3
05 Sunrise Sunset.mp3
|The Wedding Song|
06 The Wedding Song.mp3
07 Oifn Propetchek.mp3
08 Yedid Nefesh.mp3
09 Erev Ba.mp3
10 Etz Chaim.mp3
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
15 Gershwin Medely.mp3
16 Kaliski Bulgar.mp3
17 The Lark.mp3
18 Russian Medley.mp3
|The Weary Sun|
19 The Weary Sun.mp3
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”.
Voi, Che Sapete from opera The Marriage Of Figaro
Allegro from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Serenade from Schwanengesang, #4
|4. E. Elgar|
Salut d’Amour, Op.12
|5. F. Mendelssohn|
On Wings Of Song
|8. I. Albeniz|
Tango in D
|10. J. Ivanovici|
Romance “Ya Pomnyu Choodnoe Mgnovenie”
|12. G. Bizet|
Habanera (from Carmen)
La Vie en Rose (French)
|14. J. Strauss, Jr.|
Vienna, My City Of Dreams
Allegro from Four Seasons: Spring
Largo from Four Seasons: Winter
|17. G.F. Handel|
Air from The Water Music
Air from Suite #3 in D major
Arioso from Cantata #156
|20. C. Debussy|
|21. J. Massenet|
Meditation from opera Thais
Romanza from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Menuetto from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
2nd movement from Sonata in C major
1st movement from Sonata in A major
Andante from String Quartet in A minor
|27. C. Saint-Saens|
|28. N. Rimsky-Korsakov|
|29. A. Borodin|
Nocturne (from String Quartet #2)
|30. E. Satie|
Gynopedie No.1 from Trois Gymnopedies
|32. J. Lennon|
In My Life
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
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
|35. R. Wagner|
Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin
|36. J. Clarke|
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|
|40. L. Bernstein|
One Hand, One Heart
|41. D. Foster|
|42. Trad. American|
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
Ode To Joy from Symphony #9
Danza Pastorale from Four Seasons: Spring
Allegro from Four Seasons: Autumn
|49. H. Purcell|
March in D Major from Anna Magdalene Bach Notebook
|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
R. Wagner Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin
F. Mendelssohn On Wings Of Song
J. Clarke Trumpet Voluntary
G.F. Handel Hornpipe from Water Music (orchestral suite)
So, the Step three in this wedding ceremony music guide. The order of Bridal Party is very important. Secondly, 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. Moreover, 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.
Secondly, during the week of your wedding, Alex will confirm all of the ceremony details and make sure there aren’t any last minute changes.
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. So, about 10 to 30 sec. required for us in order to finish the last Prelude piece and prepare for the Processional music. Secondly, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. He would be happy to help you! We hope you found this guide to be helpful!
Alex Koffman – Ceremony Music Consultant