Classical music for your wedding ceremony

Shakespeare once wrote, “If music be the food of love, play on…”

And music is a very important factor in creating the feel and atmosphere you want for your ceremony. Of course, it’s also a great opportunity to include your favourite, most meaningful music as part of the wedding, as well as whatever music you might have chosen for The First Dance.

Laura Nashman (lauranashman@rogers.com) is a talented flautist and well-established special- events musician in Toronto. Laura says that, in her experience in playing for many weddings over the years, the five most popular classical pieces of Processional music are: Pachelbel Canon in D, Air on a G String-J.S. Bach, Trumpet Tune-Purcell, Trumpet Voluntary-Purcell, and Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring-J.S. Bach.

For the Recessional, many people love Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, -Beethoven, Vivaldi’s Spring from The Four Seasons, Mozart’s Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, and the first movement of his Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. Number One is Mendelssohn’s Wedding March, which he wrote as incidental music for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” All these pieces are full of joy and excitement, just what you want for the recessional.

It’s in the music for the Signing that people are most likely to have a wider range of selections – if it’s classical, Chopin is a good choice.

Laura says that some major benefits of having live music include that it is beautiful, elegant, memorable, pure, and organic. Plus, the musicians are there to see what is happening with the timing of the Processional and Recessional as they unfold during the ceremony, and can adjust their playing and timing cues accordingly.

Recorded music can also work very well, as long as you have a well-trained, alert person to hit the right buttons and a sound system that carries in the space you are using.

p.s. As well as being a fine instrumentalist, Laura has a flair for putting together combinations of musicians to suit every taste, venue and budget.