Atlanta Harpist Brenda Street

                                                                

 
     
 
Atlanta harpist Brenda Street's harp at outdoor wedding at Cator-Woolford Gardens

 

Details of Brenda's recent harp engagements are in:

2015 News

Client Comments

 

A GUIDE TO SELECTING HARP MUSIC FOR YOUR WEDDING CEREMONY


Atlanta harpist Brenda Street provides recommendations for music to be played before, during, and after a wedding ceremony.

 

1.  THE PRELUDE

This is the music that is played as the wedding guests arrive and are seated.  It usually begins 20-30 minutes before the actual ceremony, and it sets the tone for what is to follow.  During this time, 6-8 pieces of music might be played.  Brides and grooms usually choose a favorite title or two, then let the harpist select the rest, keeping in mind the musical preferences of the couple.  Music for the prelude may be chosen from the titles listed on the Repertoire page.  Many times, the grandparents of the bride and groom are seated during the last few minutes of the prelude.


2.  THE PROCESSIONAL

There are usually 3 or 4 parts to the processional:

  • The seating of the grandparents, if not done during the prelude
  • The seating of the mothers of the bride and groom
  • The entrance of the officiant, groom, best man, groomsmen, bridesmaids, maid/matron of honor, flower girl, and ring bearer
  • The entrance of the bride

Here are some pieces of harp music that work well as processional music:

Classical Hymns Contemporary Traditional
Air from Water Music - Handel

Be Thou My Vision

Marry Me - Train Amazing Grace -American
Ave Maria - Schubert Come Thou Fount Love Actually (Theme)  -Alexander The Gift of Love - American
Bridal Chorus - Wagner (Here Comes the Bride) Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer One Hand, One Heart - Bernstein Give Me Your Hand -Irish
Canon in D - Pachelbel Love Divine, All Loves Excelling The Prayer - Foster Rhosymedre - Welsh
I Vow To Thee - Holst Morning Has Broken Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Arlen Suo Gân - Welsh
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - Bach We Gather Together A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
Rigaudon - Campra

Wedding Song -  KennyG

Trumpet Tune - Purcell

When I Fall in Love - Cole

Trumpet Voluntary - Clarke

You Lift Me Up - Lovland

Voluntary - Stanley

3.  INTERLUDE

It is optional to have music played during the ceremony.  Many ceremonies don't require any at all, but for those in which there is a Unity Candle, Holy Communion, or silent prayer, soft harp music played in the background is a nice addition.

Here are some suggestions for interlude harp music:

Amazing Grace - Traditional The Lord's Prayer - Malotte
Ave Maria - Schubert The Prayer - Foster
Grow Old Along With Me - Lennon Stay Thou By Me - Bach
In This Very Room - Harris Surely the Presence - Wolfe

4.  THE RECESSIONAL AND POSTLUDE

Recessional music is begun as soon as the wedding ceremony ends, usually just after the officiant has presented the couple as "Mr. and Mrs. ---."   The guests are frequently applauding as the bride, groom, and wedding party make their exit.  After this, the music may change to another piece of music, the postlude, which is played until all guests have left the area.  Any joyful, upbeat pieces of music are appropriate.

Here are suggestions for recessional and postlude harp music:

Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - Handel Rondeau - Mouret
Hornpipe from The Water Music - Handel Wedding March - Mendelssohn
Ode to Joy (Joyful, Joyful) - Beethoven Just the Way You Are - Billy Joel
The Rejoicing (La Réjouissance) - Handel My Cherie Amour - Stevie Wonder

 


 


 

In conclusion, selecting the wedding music is a way for the bride and groom to further personalize their ceremony.  The music should reflect their taste and their personalities.  Please keep in mind that there are all sorts of possibilities, and the choices are by no means limited to the titles listed in this guide.  Please visit these pages for further wedding-related information:  Sample Programs, FAQs, and News.

FEATURED VENDOR
Atlanta, Georgia Musicians
Directory at Decidio.com