Monday, April 11, 2011

Wedding Decisions: Music

Much to my surprise, there will be two kinds of music at our wedding: live (live!) and recorded (I guess that's what you call it...).

I never thought I'd be one of those lucky brides accompanied by a string quartet (okay, ours is a trio, but still!), but, hello- nice to meet you! Due to amplification restrictions at our venue, we were "forced" to turn to strings. (RightHand was forced, I delighted in it.) (I played the violin in middle and high school and miss it so much... So glad to have a piece of it in our wedding!)

At first, my former violin teacher was going to play in the trio, and I was ecstatic!! But, things fell through, as things do, and we still ended up with a magnificent option (and are hoping said violin teacher will still be able to at least attend!): The Classy Chicks

I got a call from a classy Classy Chick (see what I did there? ;) the other day, saying they may have to use a classy man, so not really sure where that leaves us on the name. And they are currently updating their website, so there may not be a sample of their work, but still, you can check it out. (This post has a subtler theme of unfulfilled expectations, eh?)

To give you something concrete, here is the repertoire list they sent us last week, from which to choose the songs that will be played on the BIGGEST DAY OF OUR LIVES (you see how I put pressure on every aspect of the wedding, yes?):

Wedding Music

Seating of the mothers/grandmothers

Air on the G String, BACH
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, BACH
Air form Water Music Suite, HANDEL
Largo from "Winter", VIVALDI
Ave Maria, BACH


Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, BACH
Spring from the Four Seasons, VIVALDI
Autumn from the Four Seasons, VIVALDI


Traditional Wedding March, WAGNER
Trumpet Voluntary, CLARKE
Arioso, BACH


Traditional Wedding March Recessional, MENDELSSOHN
Finale from Water Music Suite, HANDEL
Brandenburg No. 3, BACH
Rondeau, MOURET
La Rejouissance, HANDEL

Other Pieces

Moon River
Almost Like Being in Love
Theme from Love Story

Now, I can't share the songs with you because, my zounds!, we don't want any guest reading this blog reading my wedding posts, adding a glass of wine, and considering themselves having attended, now do we?

But trust me, it will be delightful music and surely tear-inducing! I was getting chills just listening and planning.

For the reception portion of the evening, RightHand and I fainted at the cost of the DJ and promptly hired his (please please please) capable brother.

Yes, we are having speakers, an iPod, and a brother. (And perhaps a brother-in-law, who demonstrates such showmanship after a drink or two! Feel free to grab the mic, Paul! ;)

I sent the following passage from to RightHand today, accompanied by a frowny face:

Skip The iPod Idea

You may have the most genius playlist in mind, but there's a reason why DJs and bands are so common at weddings—they are there to read, interact and adjust to your crowd's mood throughout the evening and to make sure everyone is dancing and having a good time (so you don't have to). Besides, do you really want a friend or family member getting up to grab the microphone all night to announce your cake cutting and bouquet toss? Didn't think so.

What do they know?! Right?? They're just a website dedicated to wedding planning! (But seriously, most of the articles assume you have money flowing out your booty...) We are putting together a killer playlist and instructing Daniel (said brother) to the point that he probably won't show up. (I kid, I kid...not...)

Can't wait to celebrate! It'll be great! :)

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