One warm and sunny summer day Renee and Matthew were married in a grand Catholic church in Chicago. For prelude music they requested Prelude No. 2 (Gershwin), Yellow (Coldplay), All I Want is You (U2), All You Need is Love (Beatles), I Only Have Eyes For You (Warren), and Air on the G String (Bach). The service included the following pieces requested by Renee:
Bridal Party Processional: Canon in D (Pachelbel)
Bridal Processional: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach)
Unity Candle: Arioso (Bach)
Recessional: Viva la Vida (Coldplay)
Renee and Matthew decided to let vocalist and pianist lead all the liturgical music in their mass in order to keep rehearsals simple.
Congratulations Matthew and Renee!
We have over 400 titles in our continually-expanding repertoire list which is set up in easy-to-search (PDF) format. Our list divided into genres for you to mix-and-match if desired: Classical (from all time periods and including popular opera titles), Folk Tunes, Waltzes, Broadway/Film/TV, Ragtime, Latin/Tango, Jazz/Swing, Pop/Rock/R&B/Crossover, Religious (Jewish and Catholic/Protestant), and Christmas Music. If you wish to have music that is not included in these genres or on our list, we are always willing to put together an arrangement.
Mark and Suzanne were married at a hotel just as summer was making its first appearance of the year. Mark did most of the planning for their music selections, and his prelude requests were Over the Rainbow from “The Wizard of Oz”, Rondo Alla Turca (Mozart), Gabriel’s Oboe from “The Mission”, O Mio Babbino from “Gianni Schicchi” (Pucchini), Hornpipe from “Water Music Suite” (Handel), Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach). Their ceremony selections were:
Bridal Party Processional: Trumpet Voluntary (Purcell)
Bridal Processional: Canon in D (Pachelbel)
Interlude: Ave Maria (Schubert)
Unity Candle: Clair de Lune (Debussy)
Recessional: Wedding March (Mendelssohn)
Postlude: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 (Bach) and The Marriage of Figaro Selections (Mozart)
The cocktail hour directly followed the ceremony, located at the back of the ceremony room. Mark selected 21 songs, and we got through about 15 of his selections. In the middle of the cocktail hour Mark asked us to play a special piece in honor of his niece’s birthday and Here, There, and Everywhere by the Beatles for his parent’s anniversary.
Congratulations Suzanne and Mark!
Most couples pick two processional pieces: one for the bridal party and one for the bride. Some couples also request a piece to be played at the end of the prelude as family members and groom enter (Mark wanted this piece to be “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”). We also have had couples request only one piece for the processional which is perfectly acceptable.
Mindy and Mike got married at the end of the winter in downtown Chicago. The remnants of the 2011 blizzard in February, which dumped 2 feet of snow in 24- hours and practically shut down Chicago, were all but gone. Mike and Mindy’s wedding took place in a spectacular room: open, marble-lined with tall, indoor palm trees and a magnificent fountain. The music they chose for their wedding ceremony was:
Parents: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach)
Bridesmaids: Canon in D (Pachelbel)
Bride: Bridal Chorus (Wagner)
Recessional: All You Need Is Love (Beatles)
Postlude: You Shook Me All Night Long (AC/DC), God Only Knows (Beach Boys), Sweet Child o’ Mine (Guns N’ Roses), Bittersweet Symphony (the Verve), and Chasing Cars (Snow Patrol).
Congratulations Mike and Mindy!
If you wish to combine classical and pop genres, many couples choose to start their ceremony with classical music and move to pop selections at the recessional/postlude or for the cocktail hour.
Our last event in 2010 was Nicole and Timothy’s wedding in Chicago. Although it was a December wedding, Old Man Winter did not cause any problems! The pieces they requested for their ceremony were:
Bride: Trumpet Tune (Purcell)
Between readers/reflection: Winter from “The Four Seasons” (Vivaldi)
Unity Candle: Air on the G String (Bach)
Recessional: Wedding March (Mendelssohn)
We also played for the cocktail hour after the ceremony, which took place on a balcony on the next floor of the building. Nicole and Timothy requested a combination of classical and pop for their cocktail hour, specifically: Sweet Child O’ Mine, Eleanor Rigby, and All You Need is Love.
Congratulations Timothy and Nicole!
If you do not know what pieces you would like but have a specific style in mind, we are always very willing to pick out appropriate music. In addition to specifically requesting Canon in D, Nicole and Timothy requested celebratory classical music for their prelude, so we picked the rest of their prelude selections based on that criteria.
This winter we played at Nicolas and Jessica’s nuptial mass at a picturesque church in Chicago. We put together two special arrangements for the occasion: How Beautiful and Irish Wedding Song, both of which we played with their vocalist. Jessica and Nicolas requested a lot of fun string music, in addition to the pieces for which we accompanied the vocalist (denoted *):
Mothers: Winter from “The Four Seasons” (Vivaldi)
Wedding Party: The Rose (from the 1979 movie “The Rose”)
Bride: Canon in D (Pachelbel)
*Responsorial Psalm: This is the Day (Joncas)
*Gospel Acclamation: Celtic Alleluia (Walker)
*Offertory: Irish Wedding Song (Betteridge)
*Holy, Holy. Christ Has Died. Amen (Haugen)
*Lamb of God (Haugen)
*Communion: How Beautiful (Paris)
*Presentation to Mary: Ave Maria (Schubert)
Recessional: Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke)
Postlude: Selections from The Muppets
Congratulations Jessica and Nicolas!
We specialize in string ensemble music, but if a couple arranges to have another instrumentalist or singer in their wedding, we often arrange an extra rehearsal before the wedding so everything goes smoothly. We also stay in contact with the musician(s) leading up to the wedding.