Wedding Friday: How to Choose Your Wedding Music!

27 Sep

HAPPY FRIDAY.  Holy cow.  Can I can a hallelujah?  I’ve been humming all morning and thrilled to pieces the weekend is here.  Adam is coming to Indy!  Hoorah!  He’s finally on a rotation that has weekends off, so he will be back in Indy for the next two weekends in a row.  Amazing.  Though, I do feel a bit bad for the guy…we have to take advantage of time together and get a lot of wedding planning done. (Yay- super thrilling).  With just 3.5 months left we have to tackle a lot of the partner decisions now.  I’m looking forward to getting a lot of decisions made, because truth be told, I don’t love planning my own wedding.

A New Interest

So I must admit, there is a new interest that has been taking over my life.  In an effort to not seek out new running blogs (because I can’t really run and that makes me sad), I have found WEDDING blogs.  Oh. My. Crack. Yes – they are an addiction.  For those of you that may be planning a wedding or know a relative or close friend, I thought I’d share my top wedding blog.  I’m always on the lookout for relevant ones, as I’m sort of picky about wedding blogs (please don’t tell me how I NEED this, that, and the other).  Which is the one I can’t live without?

  • A Practical Wedding.  Hands Down, the best wedding blog out there.  The content is meaningful, varied, aimed at a wide audience, and focused on MARRIAGE.  The wedding is great too, but they really focus on meaningful weddings and relationships.  I love this spin, and honestly it helps me regain sanity in moments of sheer insanity.  I highly recommend it.  This is the only one I really read every few days.

If you have any other great wedding blog recommendations, send them my way.

Wedding Music

Today I thought I’d tackle a planning issue that Adam and I recently went through: deciding the music for the ceremony/reception.  Because Adam and I are such musical people, we really want to love our music and plan ahead.  Enter the musical spreadsheet.  As you know, we’re planning our wedding through Google Docs.  Mainly because it’s absolutely amazing…but also because it keeps us organized, connected, and all the information is quickly at our finger tips (they have an app, boom.).  It’s a life changer/game changer, and I couldn’t recommend it enough.  So per usual fashion I started a spreadsheet (of the musical variety) to get our thoughts organized.  Here’s how we figured out our music.

How to plan out your wedding music.

  1.  Figure out where you want music.  Before you can decide what music to play you really need to understand how much and specifically where the music will go.  I googled wedding music and found a few sites that gave ideas on when couples traditionally have music: Unity Candle, Pre-ceremony, recessionals, processionals, etc. Adam and I decided on: pre-ceremony, processionals (of grandparents, bridesmaids, bride), Unity Candle, Responsoral Psalm, Recessional, and post-ceremony (during our receiving line).
  2. Make a spreadsheet (or piece of paper).  I organized our “whens” of music into the column headers.  We have headers like “Bridal Processional” and “Unity Candle.”  Beneath each header are rows where all the ideas can go.  This makes it convenient to add all sorts of ideas before narrowing things down. Believe me, we added all sorts of crazy things into each of the columns, which was fun to let our creative juices flow.
  3. Brainstorm!  This is the fun part.  Open up YouTube and go to town listening to different options.  Nowadays people can go very traditional, uber modern, or anything in between.  I researched the traditional music choices and found sites offering many different ideas.  I used these ideas, along with my original brainstorm thoughts, to create lists within each column.  Adam and I sort of have a mix of traditional with a few twists.
  4. Narrow it down.  Once you have all the possible ideas you could ever want, then the hard part comes.  Adam and I had several skype dates to listen and discuss all of the music.  It took several days to come up with our final plan, and that’s okay!  It’s a big decision and we wanted to really marinate on it for awhile.

Our beautiful spreadsheet!

Our  Ceremony Music Plan

To give you a sneak peak of our wedding, here is the music plan we settled upon:

  • Pre-ceremony: We are playing some numbers from musicals!  A bit silly, but we chose a lot of the really beautiful pieces on piano.  Essentially, if you know didn’t know they were from musicals you would just think it was lovely piano music.  If you did, well you’re in on the secret and hope you enjoy it J
  • Singers: I was in a singing group in college (Adam too) and plan to use some of my dearest friends to sing two songs before the processionals begin.  One song is more of a “love song” and the other more a religious sacred song.  I have a friend who plays the flute too – it should be gorgeous!
  • Seating of Grandparents/Parents: We decided to go more traditional here and did the classic Jesu of Man’s Desiring.  Adam loves this song and we like the classic feel of the piece.
  • Bridesmaids: We went uber classic here (some may say boring) and chose Canon in D.  BECAUSE I STINKING LOVE IT.  My sister used to play this song endlessly on the piano growing up (it was one of her favorites) and I always imagined it at my wedding.  Classic, simple, predictable.  Love it.
  • Bridal Processional: So… with the classic processionals you may think okay… here comes the bride.  Well, we still decided to stick with a  classic vein, but went a different direction.  Much to the shock of my mother!  We chose Prelude in C Major by Bach.  It is stunningly beautiful, simple, incredibly moving, and perfect for us.  We are both thrilled about it – can’t wait to walk down the aisle to it.  Check it out here.
  • Unity Candle: Still TBD, but we have some top contenders and need to work out the ideas, but that’s the joy of our spreadsheet.  We have everything right there!
  • Recessional: Okay this one I just can’t share.  It’s so ridiculous that I fear I may get pressure to change it.  But seriously it delights me beyond imagination.  Should be so much fun.

So there you have it!  We have a similar spreadsheet for the reception, organized in the same way…but that one still is quite a bit far from complete.  We’ll just keep trucking along.

Hope you’ve enjoyed Wedding Friday.  Can’t wait to share my ChaLean 60 day results next week.



8 Responses to “Wedding Friday: How to Choose Your Wedding Music!”

  1. Liz September 27, 2013 at 9:25 am #

    Wedding planning seems so complicated I may elope!

    • kelly @ racesrepsramblings October 2, 2013 at 9:14 am #

      YES! Brilliant idea. DO IT. (Not that I say that to Adam every week….;)) I think it will be worth it in the end to celebrate with family and friends, but holy cow yes. Eloping is a brilliant option.

  2. Meghan @ fitnesscrEATures September 27, 2013 at 11:03 am #

    Haha, that was the best, oh my crack!! Wedding blogs!! LOL LOL!!
    I wouldn’t even read my blog posts if I were you – you’re a lovely for still doing so even though that’s all I talk about! :) Oh my gosh I feel like it was just yesterday that I was reading your adorable engagement story with the yoga mat and post its (so damn romantic!). <3 Have a great weekend, can't believe how fast your wedding is coming up! I can imagine it's getting down to the wire like crazy.

    • kelly @ racesrepsramblings October 2, 2013 at 9:16 am #

      Seriously girl, they are a drug. Just take a little perusal…you will see. Well maybe don’t – because then you’ll be addicted too!! And as far as your posts – I love your posts! It’s so fun to see your progress!! I’m just not seeking out new running blogs, because then it feels like “See EVERYONE can do it” instead of “Yay my blogger friends are doing great on their goals” So no worries, I’m surviving just fine. Plus life is busy, makes it easier not to get down about it. Cuz yeah, holy bologna, the wedding will be here VERY soon. It’s so fun, but it really is such a crazy experience. I find myself just wanting to blog mainly about the wedding and 2% about my workouts. Hahah :)

  3. Tubontherun September 28, 2013 at 4:27 am #

    I love this! I have just confirmed our music choices to our vicar. We had a simple agreement – I chose the entry (Charpentier’s Te Deum) and the readings, M chose the hymns and we both agreed on our exit (Mendelssohn’s Wedding March). I hope your planning is going really well! Our wedding is 5 weeks today – it is a bit scary now! :-)

    • kelly @ racesrepsramblings October 2, 2013 at 9:17 am #

      Hooray for wedding!!! It is going to be here soo stinking soon. It will be lovely – I seriously can’t wait to see pictures of it! I love your entry song, I think it’s so beautiful.. and your exit too! Great choices. Hope the final weeks go well, I know it will be just lovely!

  4. eatrunlivehappy October 2, 2013 at 8:11 am #

    I’m book marking this for my day… that will happen one day lol.

    • kelly @ racesrepsramblings October 2, 2013 at 9:20 am #

      Aww glad it helps! There are certainly a lot of things to think about. And when that one day happens, every bit of help makes a difference! :)

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