Musical Tips To Consider When Planning Wedding Ceremony Music

You only walk down the aisle once (hopefully) and so getting it right is so important. This unique experience will be enhanced by creating the right mood – and choosing the right musical accompaniment for this is essential.

This article would like to suggest five tips to make sure that you Waltz, Swing, Rock, or Jive down the aisle with grace and style. We consider choosing a theme, preparing the music, organization and delegation, scheduling, and communication. All vital components in this task.

  1. Consider a Theme

The music played as the bride enters her wedding venue or church can set the mood for the day to follow. Think about how you want the day to feel, for your guests as well as for you and your partner. Maybe you’d like an elegant, sophisticated ambiance with classical music, or is the occasion a more informal, relaxed affair? Maybe you’d prefer a funky entrance with jazz or swing being played, or maybe you want to create a real party atmosphere from the off, by playing pop or rock anthems.

Whatever your choice, make your own choice, it is after all your big day and if you enjoy it, then everyone else will too.

  1. Take Great Care in Your Preparation

Check with the wedding venue, exactly how your preferred musicians can be accommodated. If you are having live music as you walk down the aisle, make sure that there is enough room for them and that everything that they need (power, lighting, etc) is available.

If you are rocking on into the night you will need to consider enough music to fill the dance floor without repetition. So whatever ideas you may have, discuss them in detail with your musicians before booking them. Even if you don’t offer a complete setlist, there may be several specific songs that you’d like to play or certain genres that you’d like to stick to throughout the evening. If your chosen musicians can’t play those specific tracks then it might be time to consider other options.

If you’d like a family member or friend to be included in the performance on the day, be sure to check that they have rehearsed with your hired band before the big day, or at very least discussed their intentions and requirements. Make sure that the right equipment, microphones, instruments, etc are available and maybe have a backup option just in case there is a sudden bout of nerves on the day.

  1. Organisation & Delegation

It is always a good idea to ask one of the bridal parties (maybe an usher or the Best Man) to take responsibility for linking you, the professional musicians, and the venue staff. Small tasks, such as giving the nod for when to start the music, dim the lights, etc will make everything run much smoother. For example, if the musicians are not located within sight of the entering bride they will need to be given the nod for when to begin – timing is everything!

  1. Consider Your Schedule

Keep in mind the length of time that each piece of music lasts and allow for extra time between tracks and for any requests or unplanned additions to the band’s setlist. If each track lasts for about 3 minutes it will only take about ten songs to add an extra thirty minutes to your ceremony. If this comes on top of any other unexpected delays (maybe the bride arrives late), this could affect the schedule for the day/evening.

So it may be worth considering 2 playlists, one containing ONLY the music that you really, really want and if things start to run behind schedule it can be adopted quickly and easily by the band.

  1. Communicate Well

Touch base with your professional musicians a week or two before the big day. Re-confirm the date, time, and venue of the ceremony or the evening venue and check any last-minute details.

It is always worth asking the hired band for their opinions, you may not have planned a wedding before, but they will have lots of experience and knowledge. If you have picked the right band in the first place, you will probably find that they think along the same lines as you and do things just how you like them.

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Judgments and Music in a Baby

Babies are such fragile beings that walk (or crawl) on earth. Babies are really sensitive. Any small detail in the atmosphere or just anywhere around a baby could alter his health and welfare. However, as little and as vulnerable as they may seem, these innocent angels have the ability to tell the difference between good and bad.

Researchers from Yale University recently concluded a study about how babies behave when strangers are around them. Their study say that babies can say if the stranger is someone good or bad basing on the actions they make later. In their experiment, they tested a group of infants ranging from the age of six months to ten months. The actions and various behaviors of these babies were recorded as the babies see different people whom they know none of. The researchers said that the babies would likely go with the people who would be blocked by another person rather than the person blocking someone from approaching the baby. In that case, the researchers placed a climber that was made out of wood and then they attached big eyes on it as the climber reaches the hill. One would push the other as the other tries to get the climber up the hill. As the study went on, they have said that almost 28 babies would most likely be with the helper than with the one stopping the climber from getting up the hill.

However, even though babies have no idea, which exactly is good, and which is bad, the researchers have concluded that they have an idea of the basic definition of the two.

tAside from knowing the good and bad people, babies also have the ability catch up on things, hypothetically, through music. Music has the ability to help the baby, learn and develop faster. Music either played on a compact disc or sung by a parent could aid in making your baby fall asleep and with it, the baby would sleep after a few seconds without bothering you that much.

Research also says that music suitable for children such as nursery rhymes (i.e. Twinkle Twinkle Little star) helps in the development of an infant’s speech ability. Singing nursery rhymes or just hearing songs being played would teach the baby on how words are formed and how they are connected to one another. There are some researches, which say that when you are playing a song or singing a song for your baby, he would start learning about, tune, beats and rhythms thus helping your child develop such a wonderful talent like singing and dancing. Music could also be one of a very fantastic way of entertaining your baby and you. Well, would it not be very entertaining to see your baby dancing as you play a song or sing a song. You might even be amused to hear your baby humming or even singing along with the song, much more talking.

There are a lot of things that a baby has that you might not have thought that he would have like the fact that your baby could identify who is good and who is bad, that he could judge attitude morally. But, since an infant is still an innocent angel, of course you would need to help them in developing the skills that he would need in his life and music could help you in that.

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Classical Music History Overview

Richard Wagner

One can’t ignore Wagner when it comes to 19th-century music. He pushed the limits of tonality while keeping his music clear and keeping a steady theme or idea. Wagner’s creation of “gesamtkunstwerk”, or “total work of art”, is a very Romantic idea since it includes all works of art (music, poetry, acting, architecture). Wagner’s operas are all very important and most people would know themes from some of his pieces such as Lohengrin (“Bridal Chorus”), and The Valkyrie (“Ride of the Valkyries”) as they are two commonly used pieces of music.

Gustav Mahler

If Richard Wagner pushed the limits of tonality then Mahler helped to break the old limits of tonality and build new ones, along with other composers. Mahler’s music can be very emotional, and quite Romantic, such as the first movement of his Fifth Symphony. The piece begins with a funeral march and continues to switch back and forth between different styles and themes.

Modest Mussorgsky

Mussorgsky’s nationalist approach to music was part of a new generation of composers. His style dwelled on Russian themes and folk tunes for music. His most famous composition, Pictures at an Exhibition, is a very nationalist piece and also a very interesting piece because of its somewhat programmatic theme. Another representative piece of Mussorgsky would be Boris Godunov, which we did not listen to, but it is his well-known opera.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Tchaikovsky’s music is not as nationalist as Mussorgsky’s, although it still has that Russian “vibe.” His famous ballets (Nutcracker Suite, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty) all are wonderful compositions that are representative of his style. These pieces are also very Romantic because of their use of new harmonies, theme development, and emotion.

John Philip Sousa

America’s own John Philip Sousa could be called the “Marching King.” He didn’t compose much other than marches, although he did compose several operettas. His marches have become famous American themes and some are even associated with several universities in the United States. His most famous march is The Stars and Stripes Forever, which is the United States’ official march. Also, Sousa’s “Semper Fidelis” is also a well-known piece, being the United States Marine Corps official march.

Franz Liszt

Liszt is another composer who also “wears his heart on his sleeve.” It’s very easy to feel certain emotions through Liszt’s music, and he also tended to prefer conveying emotions rather than telling a story, just as Brahms. However, this doesn’t mean that Liszt didn’t write programmatic music. Liszt used the technique of thematic transformation in a lot of his music, which was similar to theme and variation and to other forms such as idée fixe and leitmotif. Liszt’s Symphonic Poems are some of his more representative works.

Richard Strauss

Strauss makes the listener think, mostly because Strauss is trying to tell a story by using music. For example, in Don Quixote Strauss uses different instruments and different themes to represent two characters. Strauss’ tone poems usually function in this manner and are very artistic pieces. His “Vier Letzte Lieder” is also an incredibly beautiful and Romantic song.