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The purpose of this Wedding Planner is to provide a reference to clients for choosing wedding music.  The placements are recommendations based on standard ceremony requests. Remember that the music will mean more to you if you are familiar with it.  You don't have to stick with the traditional selections.  Maybe there is something else in our repertoire that would be desirable to you.

Important Note:  If you have booked Serenade St. Louis for your wedding, you should receive a wedding selections worksheet with your copy of the contract.  This form is very important for both parties and it provides more detail than the online wedding planner.  Once the form is completed, it is also helpful to give a copy to your wedding coordinator.


Here are some sample wedding programs.  Please click on the underlined selection to listen to a clip of each song performed by the Serenade Quartet.  


Standard/Traditional Ceremony:

     Prelude:

 Selections to include:

Water Music Suite,  Air --- G.F. Handel 

Meditation from "Thais" --- J. Massenet  

Air ("On the G String")--- J.S. Bach

     Processional:

Parents: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring --- J.S. Bach

Wedding Party: Canon in D --- J. Pachelbel

Bride: Bridal Chorus --- R. Wagner  

Interlude: The Lord's Prayer --- A. Malotte

     Recessional: Wedding March --- F. Mendelssohn 

     Postlude: 

Selections to include:

Water Music Suite,  Hornpipe --- G.F. Handel  

Trumpet Tune --- H. Purcell

Trumpet Voluntary --- Jeremiah Clarke 




Standard Classical Ceremony, Variation 1:

     Prelude:

 Selections to include:

Meditation from "Thais" --- J. Massenet  

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring --- J.S. Bach

     Processional:

Parents: Water Music Suite,  Air --- G.F. Handel 

Wedding Party: Air ("On the G String")--- J.S. Bach

Bride: Canon in D --- J. Pachelbel

Interlude: Ave Maria --- F.Schubert

     Recessional: Ode to Joy --- L. Beethoven

     Postlude:

 Selections to include:

Water Music Suite,  Hornpipe --- G.F. Handel  

Trumpet Tune --- H. Purcell

Trumpet Voluntary --- Jeremiah Clarke 

 



Catholic Ceremony*

     Prelude: 

Selections to include:

Water Music Suite,  Air --- G.F. Handel 

Meditation from "Thais" --- J. Massenet  

Air ("On the G String")--- J.S. Bach

     Processional:

Parents: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring --- J.S. Bach

Wedding Party: Canon in D --- J. Pachelbel

Bride: Bridal Chorus --- R. Wagner

     Offertory:  Ave Maria --- F.Schubert

     Communion: The Lord's Prayer --- A. Malotte

     Recessional: Wedding March --- F. Mendelssohn 

     Postlude: 

Selections to include:

Water Music Suite,  Hornpipe --- G.F. Handel  

Trumpet Tune --- H. Purcell

Trumpet Voluntary --- Jeremiah Clarke 


 * If ensemble plays for mass parts, cantor must be the regular church appointed singer or professional vocalist chosen by Serenade St. Louis.  All other cantors will not be accompanied by Serenade.  Please ask about rates for full mass.


 

NEW

Contemporary Wedding Ceremony:

(offered with quartet or trio)

Prelude:

 Selections to include: 

    Ashokan Farwell---J. Ungar

    Moonlight Serenade---Glen Miller

Processional:

    Grandparents/Parents: Clocks---Coldplay

    Wedding Party: Yellow---Coldplay

    Bride:  Love Story---T. Swift

  Interlude:  

One Hand, One Heart---L. Berstein

Recessional:

    All You Need Is Love---the Beatles

Postlude:

    So Happy Together--- the Turtles

    Viva la Vida---Coldplay

Please Note:  These specific contemporary wedding selections are not available for String Duo.  Please check repertoire page for music list.



Wedding Ceremony Procedure

Preparation, arrival and setup:
The group will arrive with enough time before the ceremony so that the manager can  talk to a coordinator and minister about cues, etc.  This is generally 15-20 minutes before playing time.  It is very helpful if a script and/or program is mailed or emailed ahead of time, or is available upon our arrival.  Armless chairs will need to be provided for each musician and ample lighting should be available so that we can easily read our music. 

Prelude music:
Usually begins 15 minutes prior to ceremony so that the guests enter with music being played.  Most often, clients let us choose suitable music to play instead of making specific requests. 

Ceremony:
The ceremony begins when the parents and/or the first of the wedding party is ready to proceed down the aisle.  In order to know when to start playing the ceremony music, we will need a cue from a coordinator to tell us that the wedding party is ready.  As we are playing prelude music and the ceremony time nears, the group leader will be keeping a heads up to watch for the cue from the coordinator.  After the cue is given, please allow up to one or two minutes for us to finish playing our prelude selection and begin playing the first processional piece.  

A script or detailed wedding program is very helpful to the musicians so we will know how things are to play out.  Generally the things the group leader needs to know for weddings are :

Phase 1:  Seating of the Families
# of parents Grandparents/Parents
Who will be the last person in phase 1?

Phase 2: Wedding Party

# of groomsmen, # of bridesmaids
Will there be a flower girl or ring bearer?
Who will be the last person in phase 2?

Phase 3: Bridal Processional
Will the bride be coming directly to the altar?  Will she be stopping to give flowers?

Phase 4: Interlude
What will be happening during the interlude?  
Approximately how long will the music need to be?  
What is the signal (or verbal cue) to start playing/stop playing?

Phase 4:  Recessional
What is the verbal cue to start playing the recessional?  (Usually something like,  "I would now like to present to you Mr. Tom and Mrs. Teresa Smith.")

Other helpful things the music director  should know:
-Religion/denomination of the families. (This may effect what music we should or should not play)  
-Name of officiant, name of wedding coordinator or the person in charge of directing the ceremony.

 


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