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Wedding Entertainment – Music For The Ceremony

Music is a vital part of any wedding day. It is something that is woven into the very history of marriage, as well as something we all recognise as synonymous with having a good old party! In my next 3 posts I will be looking at how you can involve music at different points of your wedding:

• The Ceremony
• The Wedding Breakfast
• The Evenings Entertainment

First up – The Ceremony

So what kind of music do you want during your ceremony? Read on to be inspired!

Here’s what you are going to need ;

• Prelude music – a few songs to be played in the background while guests arrive and are seated.
• Processional – One song for the Bride and Bridesmaids to walk down the aisle to.
• Signing the register – Perhaps 2 o 3 songs which gives you time for photo opportunities etc.
• Recessional – one upbeat song as the new Mr. and Mrs. walk back down the aisle.
• 1 or 2 songs to play in the background as people leave

Ultimately it’s the Processional and Recessional songs that are the most important, so you should really think carefully about your song choices and how you want them to be played. Below are a few ideas.

Traditional Processional

We all associate the Bridal Chorus, more commonly known as the ‘Wedding March’, with the actual act of walking down the aisle. If you like the idea of following tradition then this is the option for you. I always think that the harp is one of the most beautiful instruments for playing this piece, if you would like to hear a sample of this wedding entrance song being played on the harp, please see Paula’s page and click the link to ‘Bridal Chrous’.Wedding Ceremony Harpist

An alternative which has become very popular in recent years is Canon by Johann Pachelbel. Even if you don’t know the name you will recognise the song. Again a harpist playing this would be lovely, or perhaps a String Quartet. You can see samples of Pachelbel ‘s Canons being played on the harp here and by a string quartet here. Just click on the links on the left side of the page.

String Quartet for wedding entrance music

Traditional Recessional

At the end of the service in Western services, the bride and groom usually march down the aisle to a lively recessional tune, the most popular tune being Mendelssohn’s Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Again a harpist would be lovely for this song, or you could look into hiring a classical pianist or guitarist.

Alternative song choices

If tradition is not for you, or you would like to add a touch of your personality, why not choose a song that is special to you and your partner. Obviously this would be a very personal choice, but below are a few of my favorite ideas that I’ve found online.

A Dream is A Wish Your Heart Makes – From ‘Cinderella’
At Last – Etta James
You are my sunshine – Piano Version
Somewhere over the Rainbow – Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole
Just Like Heaven – The Cure
Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles
It Had to be you – Anthony Ray
We’ve only Just Begun – The Carpenters

Most musicians you can hire will be willing to learn at least one song for you, and even if the song you want isn’t classical they can perform it instrumentally so that it sounds right. So don’t be put off if the song you want isn’t listed on their repertoire. Take a look here for some of The Band Boutiques best classical musicians.

Making your money go further

If you are on a tight budget but don’t want to skimp on the entertainment here is a top tip!

If you are already looking to hire a band for the evening’s entertainment you would be wise to choose one which can also provide an acoustic set for the ceremony. This could be a pianist, a guitarist or even a singer. This will be much cheaper than hiring separate entertainment and provided you pick well, will be just as good, if not better! Take a look at ‘Mister Kanish’ and One By One for some bands which can provide this service.

Not only will this save you some pennies, but by working with one band you will be able to communicate exactly what you want for your day to make it personal to you, and will involve much less hassle.

Next time I will be talking about entertainment for during The Wedding Breakfast. Please follow my blog if you want to stay updated!

DIY Wedding Kit #7 Origami Cranes – a symbol of patience and trust

Origami Crane

Origami Crane

Origami cranes not only look beautiful, but also hold great meaning in the institution of marriage.

It is an ancient Japanese tradition for the bride and groom to fold 1000 cranes to symbolise  their patience and trust – necesary to sustain a happy marriage. This process is called sembazuru and the tradition itself is called Tsuru wa sennen. A couple who could weather the long, time intensive folding process together, supporting each other, talking with each other for weeks while taking on a challenging task was proving their ability to maintain a long term, content relationship.

You can find the instructions on how to fold the crane here.

But once you’ve finished your 1000 cranes, what do you do with them? Well, I have found some weddings which took this simple and inexpensive idea, and used it to decorate their venues with stunning effect. Check out the wedding pictures below.

Take a look at this Japanese themed wedding, they suspended cranes on string and captured them in glass jars!

This Bride folded 1001 cranes in a rainbow of colours which were then suspended above the ceremony.

This couple went for all white cranes and displayed them as a backdrop to their ceremony. It looks absolutely breathtaking!

This couple used patterned paper for their cranes, and hung them on their table centrepieces which were mini trees. How cute!

If you have the time to spare and are trying to avoid buying or renting expensive decor, why not give this a go!?

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DIY Wedding Kit #6 Origami Butterflies

Are you having a wedding with a Butterfly theme? Here’s a great cheap way of decorating your venue or an idea for DIY favours.

Origami butterflies!

origami butterfly 1

origami butterfly 2

Traditionally origami butterflies often appear at Japanese weddings. The Butterflies are known as “Mecho” and “Ocho” and usually adorn sake wine bottles during the ceremony. A central part of the Japanese wedding ceremony is the “three times three” sips of sake taken by the bride and the groom alternately. Although no one is sure exactly what the original “Mecho” and “Ocho” symbolised, it is safe to say that they are now a recognisable tradition of the Japanese wedding, and therefore denote love, union, and even friendship.

I bought the beautiful origami paper on ebay, it cost me £1.95 for 20 sheets but I’m sure you could get it cheaper if you were buying it in bulk.

Check out how to fold it at this website.

Want to see how you can use origami to make your wedding beautiful? Take a look at how  this couple  made a huge impact at their wedding with an abundance of origami cranes.  My next DIY will be how to fold origami cranes, so subscribe to my blog if you would like to keep up to date.

If you are looking for more DIY wedding ideas or theme ideas please take a look at http://www.weddingreceptionidea.co.uk/.

DIY Wedding Kit #2 – Origami Hearts

Here’s DIY kit number 2. This one is quicker to do than my first kit on knitted letters, and could be used in a variety of ways to make your wedding day look spectacular! Its Origami hearts!

Origami Heart

These are really simple to make once you’ve done a few, and why not speed up the job by getting your bridesmaids involved in an ‘origami afternoon’. All you need is a piece of paper! Heres a few ideas on how to use them;

  • Hang them on string as an alternative to bunting.
  • Write your guests names on them and use them as cute place settings that your guests can take home as a momento of the day.
  • Make small ones and scatter them on the tables as confetti.

Or if you can’t be bothered to make them yourself, why not get your guests to do it! Provide each table with instructions and a variety of colours of paper. You could even ask that guests write their messages to the happy couple inside (instead of a guestbook), then have them hung up somewhere or pinned to a cork board.  This would provide a great talking point and keep your guests entertained while they are waiting for food.

The instructions can be found at Bijoux Brides, if you would like to see them please go to http://www.bijouxbride.com/pretty-project-3-origami-hearts

For lots more crafty ideas check out www.weddingreceptionidea.co.uk.

Origami Hearts

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