Planning for your ceremony music (or havent thought that far yet?!) We recommend reading ‘From Here Comes the Bride to There Go the Grooms’ to help you through the process…. but we’ll let author Diane Michaels tell you more. Did we mention she has preformed in over 1000 weddings!
When you imagine your wedding ceremony, does it have a soundtrack? If not, From Here Comes the Bride to There Go the Grooms offers you a stress-free path to filling the silence with music.
In this guide, professional musicians (one is a harpist who has played more than 1000 weddings, and the other two are fictional characters from the novel (Ellen the Harpist) answer 10 commonly asked questions about planning ceremony music including:
Where can we find musicians for our ceremony?
What instruments and music should we choose?
When should we use music during our service?
How much will it cost to hire musicians?
This fun, informative guide will transform you into a ceremony music planning pro whether you are following tradition or creating a modern event to celebrate your love.
A Sneak Peak read of the books intro …
Violin or flute? Canon in D or a piece your guests have never heard at a wedding? Are you overwhelmed by all of the choices confronting you as you plan your wedding ceremony music? As with every other part of your wedding, planning your ceremony music involves making a lot of decisions about a subject that may be outside of your comfort zone. The funny thing about stepping into the unknown when we’re making decisions is we often feel we bear more responsibility for our choices. And that only leads to more stress. Choosing a cake doesn’t mean you have to bake it yourself, nor does picking out your centerpieces require you to grow the flowers.
The truth is you don’t need to be a musician to choose the perfect music. You don’t even need to know a lot about music to make great choices. You just need an expert to guide you through the process and help you turn discord into perfect harmony. Having played at over a thousand weddings, I’ve learned a lot about wedding ceremonies from behind my harp. First of all, I love love and marriage. I will confess to shedding a tear or two at more than a few of the weddings I have played, even when I didn’t know the couples. Secondly, with so many moving parts and with so much emotion, time, and money invested in creating the perfect day, anything can and will happen. I’ve witnessed unforeseen problems arise from too little planning, too much planning, and weather.
Mother Nature is the original wedding crasher! So many of the problems and stresses that arise on the day of the wedding are preventable. While I may not have the legal right to officiate at a ceremony when the celebrant fails to show or be able to stop the rain that is dampening an outdoor event, I do know how to guide couples through the process of selecting musicians and repertoire for their ceremonies, and I’m practiced at using music to smooth over the rougher edges of the wedding ceremonies that go off script.
In my novel, Ellen the Harpist, I had fun writing about wedding disasters and near misses, but I don’t want you to end up in the middle of a when-good-weddings-go-bad situation on your wedding day. If you are debating choices like “Violin or flute” or “Canon in D or a piece our guests have never heard at a wedding,” experienced wedding ceremony musicians can answer your questions and take you from stressed about the decision-making to psyched about your ceremony. I would love to share everything we’ve learned to help you put together the most beautiful music for your wedding ceremony and make the process stress-free.