This Valentine’s Day, what could be more romantic to watch than a wedding processional? Here’s a sampler of videos with some fun ways of thinking about the wedding processional! Hopefully these will engage your romantic spirit, enthusiasm, and sense of adventure, while opening up your vision of a wedding processional in some unexpected and fun ways! Everyone loved the wedding of Catherine Middleton and Prince William, so let’s just start there! Catherine’s processional was “I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me” by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, a British composer who lived from 1848-1918 – not your everyday processional music selection! Nor did anything else about their wedding qualify as “everyday.” I love the close-ups of their faces, and what a fun way to start this video processional adventure:
Changing gears completely, let’s have a look at an African styled wedding processional, shall we? Love the beat, and check out the stilts at about 1:30! And the smile on that bride – she’s clearly loving every moment:
OK – getting mellow again – get out the tissues if you haven’t yet, for this groom singing the bride up the aisle:
Get down, everybody, let’s dance:
Here’s a traditional Korean wedding – the bride enters at about 1:22:
I just love this sweet and mellow processional to a solo flute playing the theme to the movie “Braveheart:”
And while we’re in a Scottish theme, anyone for bagpipes?
In the next video, the two grooms assembled a large group of musicians, including many talented friends, for a rousing and touching entrance. This one features the musical performance very strongly – the grooms enter at about 10:00:
Something to think about: Pachelbel’s Canon is the most popular processional – but so often the folks who love the music only end up hearing a phrase or two before the bride has arrived at the altar. How about delaying the bride’s entrance and give everyone a little chance to anticipate?
For contrast again – I love the beat and the mellow sway of this African American processional:
The gentle, sweet vocals in this Jewish wedding processional end with the bride circling the groom seven times before the couple moves to the huppah. The Seven Circles is a Jewish tradition representing the seven wedding blessings and seven days of creation, and demonstrating that the groom is the center of her world. I recommend having tissues handy again, before the groom starts singing for the bride’s entrance:
And, well, this is Vermont, and we couldn’t be complete without Maria’s processional from “The Sound of Music.” Not sure I’d recommend a tune representing “How do you solve a problem like (name of bride or groom) – but I guess it worked for Julie Andrews, and it does sound lovely in context:
Enjoy! And Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!
Lisa Carlson is a freelance flutist, performing for weddings and other occasions throughout Vermont and beyond, with musical offerings ranging from a quartet of flute with violin, viola and cello, to solo flute, to duos and trios of flute with harp, violin, piano, cello, oboe, and more. She maintains a studio in Montpelier, Vermont, and teaches flute in Vermont, in Lebanon, NH, and online to students worldwide.
In planning a wedding, there are many professionals to be contacted. Below is a list of such potential “Wedding Related Contacts”:
- Ceremony Coordinator
- Hotel Accommodations
- Make-Up Artist
- Manicurist (Manicure/Pedicure)
- Reception Coordinator
- Rehearsal Dinner Coordinator
- Rental Agency
- Transportation (Stretch Limo, Classic/Luxury/Own Car, Specialized – Horse & Buggy, etc.)
- Travel Agency (Honeymoon)
- Wedding Coordinator/Planner
- Wedding Guest List Coordinator/Planner
- Wedding Dress Boutique
- Wedding Officiant (Religious or Civil)
The following information should be compiled for each of the above pertinent contacts as well as for any of their assistants and back-up professionals.
- Complete Professional Name
- Business Address
- Business E-Mail Address
- Personal E-Mail Address
- Business Website Address
- Work Phone Number
- Home Phone Number
- Business Cell/Pager Number
- Personal Cell/Pager Number
Inquire as to the following about each pertinent contact as well as their associate/assistant and arranged professional back-up:
- How many years have they been in Business?
- Inquire as to their Professional Experience?
- Are they licensed with the State/Liquor Board?
- Are they Accredited in their Field/Profession?
- Do they have Liability/Facility Insurance? Verify?
- What services will actually be provided?
- Do they work alone or have an associate/assistant and if so how many?
- Will they be your primary contact?
- Will they personally attend your scheduled events or send an associate/assistant and if so, how?
- Will they personally perform service (photographer/videographer/ florist, etc.) or will someone else provide actual services and if so, how?
- If they are personally performing service(s), will they also have an assistant performing as well?
- How available will they be during/after business hours as well as during weekends if required?
- Do they have a Professional Back-Up available and if so, who?
- Do they have another wedding commitment on your wedding day or that weekend?
- Have they previously worked at your Ceremony and/or Reception Sites?
- What type of equipment will be used by photographer, videographer, Rental Agency?
- How many cameras will be used throughout ceremony and reception?
- Do they have any Restrictions or Denominational issues that you should be aware of?
- What are their Payment and Cancellation Policies?
- Request samples of cakes/menu items, attend a performance event of musician(s), request to see photographer’s wedding photo albums/videographer’s wedding video/florist’s wedding photo albums, check-out rental equipment condition, etc.
Personally interview/speak with all associates/assistants and back-up people involved in planning your wedding. And also obtain all of the above pertinent information for each of them.
Request a list of references in conjunction with considering each professional. It is extremely important that you thoroughly check out their references. Remember that you will be depending upon each of them to achieve a well-planned and stress-free wedding. And be very certain that you like and feel comfortable with the individuals you select to assure for a good working relationship throughout the extended period of planning for your wedding; right up to and including the day of your wedding.
This post is republished courtesy of Niceties & Nuptials Boutique.