In “Processional – Part 1” I talked about the big fanfare type of processional using “Here Comes The Bride” and my composition, “White Lace (Processional)” as examples. Both of these classical music compositions have attention getting introductions and are meant for the entrance of the bride. One piece is new and exciting; the other has been around forever.
Music for a wedding ceremony is very important. This second type of processional offers a mellower or softer approach. Usually, when the music starts, the bridesmaids enter followed by the bride. There isn’t a big fanfare introduction so guests eventually figure out that they are supposed to stand. Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” has been used for this for many years. I’ve played it at many weddings because of its length. It also has a repeated chord progression which allows a skilled musician to improvise melodies to extend the length. I can personally improvise on this chord progression for hours and not play the same thing twice. Flexibility is always good for wedding ceremonies. I know a lot of professional musicians that perform for wedding ceremonies. It is funny how many groans I’ve heard from them when they talk about having to perform “Canon in D” one more time. I think the word “overplayed” is mentioned quite frequently.
For this type of wedding processional, I composed “Rose Petals” which is perfect classical music for the entrance of the bridesmaids and bride. On one recording, a harp gently accompanies a string quartet. It has a gentle pulse and can also be extended by live musicians, if necessary. “Rose Petals” is one of my favorite pieces on the “A Wedding by The Lake” CD. There is also a sheet music version for string quartet without a harp.
I hope this helps. Have fun!