music for your wedding is a very important part of the planning process
for your wedding ceremony. The
musical selections the bride and groom choose set the mood of the wedding
and reflect the personality of the couple being married.
Sandra Halleran, the Director of The Marini String Ensemble, and
her colleagues, have years of experience planning and performing at
wedding ceremonies. Every
wedding the ensemble performs at is unique and special.
Sandra will be happy to help you choose music that reflects your
personal style and tastes.
are some guidelines to consider when planning the music for your wedding
Plan your ceremony carefully before choosing musical selections.
If you know how your ceremony is going to proceed, then it is
usually fairly simple to choose and insert your favorite musical
Listen to music.
We have twelve traditional classical
wedding selections on our Demo CD. This
is, however, only a very small sampling of the music we perform.
For additional selections, you may browse our repertoire list which
contains a more comprehensive selection of titles we offer.
We will also do our best to accommodate other works that you have
heard outside of this list that you feel will enhance your ceremony.
Choose a processional coordinator.
At the ceremony, it is essential that
someone be available to inform the ensemble when your wedding party is
ready to begin the processional. Most
churches and venues have a coordinator assigned to each event.
If you do not have a coordinator, it will be necessary for you to
choose someone to take on this important responsibility, perhaps a family
member or friend. Be certain
to ask someone who is able to remain calm under pressure, as these duties
are crucial to the success of your processional.
There are several professional ceremony coordinators in the
Rochester area who can assist you with your rehearsal and ceremony
coordination. If you have
trouble finding a coordinator, Sandra will be happy to refer you to
Organizing the processional.
Musically, the processional is the
most complicated part of the ceremony to coordinate.
The ensemble strives to time the music exactly to give the
impression that the music ends just as the last step is taken down the
isle. It is very important
for us to know exactly how many people will be processing, and in what
order, so that we can ensure more precisely timed music.
who will process, and in what order.
Every wedding is different, and you
may choose whomever you like to be involved in the processional.
Some possibilities to consider are:
the Officiant, the Grandparents of the Bride and Groom, the Parents
of the Bride and Groom, the Groomsmen, the Bridesmaids, the Flower Girls
and Ring Bearers, and of course, the Bride.
these other activities that could take place during the processional.
Will an aisle runner be pulled?
Will there be candles lit?
When and from where will the groomsmen
and Officiant enter?
It is advisable to inform Sandra of
such decisions, as they can affect the performance of the music you
a format for the music for your processional.
are several ways that music for the processional can be organized:
prefer that your processional be simple, swift, and seamless, then
everyone can process to the same music.
This option is best if you have fewer then 7 people processing.
have a slightly larger wedding party, the Grandparents/Parents and
Bridesmaids can process to one musical selection, and the Bride can
process to a different selection. This
is best for weddings where there will not be any other activities, such as
a candle lighting, pulling of an aisle runner, etc., happening during the
processional, and where there are fewer than 6 bridesmaids processing.
have a large wedding party or if you will be lighting candles or pulling
an aisle runner, you could choose three separate musical selections:
one for the Grandparents/Parents, one for the Bridesmaids, and a
final selection for the Bride. This creates a slightly more segmented
processional, yet can help highlight the special activities taking place
during the processional.
Music during the ceremony.
You may want The Marini String Ensemble to perform a brief musical
interlude during the ceremony. This
is not necessary, but can be easily accommodated, and can be quite
beautiful. The lighting of
the unity candle, a rose ceremony, or some other symbolic or meaningful
gesture are common places for us to perform such a work.
mass wedding ceremonies
Catholic masses are by far the most
complicated ceremonies at which we perform. There are usually many people and musicians involved in
planning the ceremony and music for a mass.
It is highly recommend that if there is going to be any singing
during the mass, by either a cantor or
soloist, or by the congregation, that a pianist also be hired to
perform at the ceremony. Including
a pianist alleviates many of the problems inherent in mass ceremonies,
especially those associated with congregational singing.
Sandra will be in contact with all of the musicians,
(pianist/organist, cantor, etc.) and with the music director at the church
where the mass will be held, to plan the ceremony music.
The Marini String Ensemble generally
performs the following parts of the mass alone: Prelude, Processional,
Presentation of the Gifts, Sign of Peace, Communion, Recessional, and
We can perform the following parts of
the mass with a pianist: Responsorial
Psalm, Gospel Acclamation, Mass Parts (Holy, Holy; Memorial Acclamation;
Amen; Lamb of God), hymns and/or vocal selections.
A Unity Candle Lighting Ceremony is
not an official part of the Catholic wedding mass, however many clients
choose to add this meaningful and symbolic ceremony to their wedding.
We can certainly perform a musical selection during this part of
the ceremony if it will be taking place.
Each church and religion has its own
traditions and customs. Sandra
will work with you and with the music director and religious leaders from
your church to ensure that these traditions and customs are respected and
followed. Please plan your
ceremony carefully, and share as much detail with Sandra as possible. This will help her to ensure that the ceremony music is
effective and appropriate.
Using vocalists and other instrumentalists in your ceremony.
The Marini String Ensemble sometimes
performs with a vocalist and/or other instrumentalists (such as a
trumpeter or a flutist) during wedding ceremonies. If you would like to inquire about the possibility of us
accompanying a vocalist and/or working with other instrumentalists, please
contact Sandra for more information.
A great deal of planning and preparation are necessary when working
with musicians from outside our ensemble.
It is possible to do this, but can also be very complicated.
Each event is unique and will be considered individually.
In order to perform with a vocalist, it is necessary to have at
least a string trio performing at your event.
Most clients choose an upbeat piece
for their recessional. The
piece you choose for the recessional will be performed in its entirety and
will be played until all of the people who processed into the church have
exited back down the isle.
The prelude and postlude.
You may request musical selections
that you would like to be performed during the prelude (the music
performed while the guests are being seated prior to the ceremony) and the
postlude (the music performed following the recessional).
If you prefer, The Marini String Ensemble can choose appropriate
music for the prelude and postlude. While
this music sets a mood for the framing of your ceremony, it is not an
intrinsic part of the event and allowing us to choose it could relieve you
from the pressure of having to make yet another decision regarding your
ceremony. Prelude music is
generally slower, pensive and romantic, while postlude music tends to be
more upbeat and celebratory. You
may, however, choose something different depending on your tastes.
will be happy to assist you in the process of choosing the music for your
wedding ceremony. Please contact
her with your musical ideas and questions.
Most music planning takes place one month prior to the event,
although it can be done anytime after your signed contract and deposit are
received. If you have special
musical requests that do not appear on our repertoire list, please bring
them to Sandra’s attention as early as possible in the planning process.
Please understand that it can take as long as six weeks to order sheet
Marini String Ensemble strives to provide fine personal service and
careful attention to detail while planning for and performing at your
event. The highest levels of
performance and professionalism are always our primary concern.