Wedding Music Part I: The Ceremony

Right around the time we got engaged, I started thinking about ceremony music (wayyy too early in the planning process, I know, but I couldn’t help myself). While I think classical/traditional wedding music is beautiful, I knew Mr. M and I would want to have songs that were more contemporary. After all, we are major music junkies. While browsing online one day, I came across the various works of the Vitamin String Quartet. Now I know VSQ is old news to anyone with wedding on the brain; however, I had never heard of them prior to planning my own wedding…and I remember feeling like I had just struck gold. This was exactly what we had in mind for our wedding—string versions of our favorite contemporary songs.

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We asked our wedding planner for string quartet recommendations and we ultimately decided to move forward with Ontario-based Cadenza Strings. They have a TON of contemporary songs in their repertoire and charge a small fee to learn any new ones. Last month, it was time to submit our selections so they could learn any new songs in time for the wedding.

As I browsed online through a number of Vitamin String Quartet songs for inspiration, I remember the one that stood out the most to me was their version of “Fix You” by Coldplay. As soon as the song was over, I just knew I would walk down the aisle to this song. As cheesy as it sounds, the first (dozen) times I listened to the song, I kept tearing up. I thought it was so beautiful and there’s even a cue about halfway through the song that sounds like the perfect part for a grand bridal entrance. Check out the
t it was so beautiful and there’s even a cue about halfway through the song that sounds like the perfect part for a grand bridal entrance.  Check out the song below.

At first, Mr. M was a little iffy about the song (he thought the lyrics weren’t exactly wedding worthy, but my argument was that there wouldn’t be any lyrics!), but he did agree that the string version was really nice. As a compromise, I promised he could pick the recessional song if I could have this as the processional (marriage is all about compromise after all, right?). He’s decided on “Home” by Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, and I wholeheartedly agreed since the song is one of our favorites.

We also asked our string quartet to learn one more song, “So Here We Are” by Bloc Party. This will be one of five or six prelude songs and is another song that is very special to us—Bloc Party was the first concert Mr. M and I had ever gone to together (seveb years ago this summer!) and the band we’ve seen the most—I think we’ve seen them five times. I haven’t yet found a string version of this song, but here is the original below.

The rest of the prelude songs are already in the quartet’s repertoire, so here they are for your listening pleasure.

Will you be choosing nontraditional music for your ceremony?

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Mrs. Mongoose

Location:
New Haven, CT
Wedding Date:
May 2013
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    mslemur 616 posts, Busy bee @ 12:48 pm

    Ooh this is an interesting post. For me, I’ve always just wanted to walk down the aisle to Canon in D but I couldn’t care less about the rest of the music ;) Fortunately Mr. Lemur’s dad & sisters have that covered!

    One interesting note on the lyrics: my cousin & his wife walked out to a rendition of Viva la Vida by Coldplay. It was beautiful, but there was actually some backlash among more traditional family members (read: my father and grandparents) about the choice of music and depressing lyrics. Something I have kept in mind ever since!

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    mmle 155 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:12 pm

    Wonderful post! Just LOVE when couples personalize the ceremony music. I walked out to “Ode to Joy” by Beethoven and, as husband and wife, we walked out to”Cant Take My Eyes Off Of You” by Lauryn Hill. Love : )

    http://newyorkremix.blogspot.com/

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 3:53 pm

    I walked down the aisle to VSQ doing Coldplay too :D

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    bluewhale 638 posts, Busy bee @ 4:33 pm

    I LOVE the Vitamin String Quartet version of Falling Slowly. If we were having a real string quartet, they would definitely play that. Your music is going to be so beautiful.

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    mswallaby 2063 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:19 pm

    Ohh I love your song choices!!

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:10 pm

    I love Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros! And my mom cries every time she listens to the processional for the bridesmaids. (I don’t listen to bagpipe music too often or I’d probably be crying too!)

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    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 8:09 am

    @Mrs. Pony: Nice! Which song?

    @Miss Blue Whale: @Mrs. Wallaby: Thanks ladies!

    @mmle: Those were great choices :)

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 11:14 am

    Love love love love VSQ! We’re using them for our ceremony and honestly, some of their renditions just make me bawl. I’m keeping some of the songs under wraps until the Day-of, but the song I’m walking down the aisle to is just amazing.

    I LOVE how eclectic your songs are. These are so unique and so pretty.

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    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 11:19 am

    @StephK527: Oooh I can’t wait to hear what you chose!!

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:46 am

    I’m all about doing “different” music. My fiance is a music buff (or freak, depending on who you talk to), and we randomly found our first dance song on a grocery shopping trip one night. It literally made me choke up when I heard it for the first time, and I had a hard time even saying the words “I think that has to be our first dance song.” It makes me teary every time! I can’t imagine when I start looking for ceremony music… I’ll be a mess!

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    SoonToBeeMrsTon 9 posts, Newbee @ 4:14 am

    We just hired a string quartet and I’m in love with the idea of having “Falling Slowly” played during the ceremony. Great idea!

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    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 6:11 am

    @Blonde17Jess: That is really sweet, especially since you guys discovered it together :)

    @SoonToBeeMrsTon: It really is such a beautiful song and I love the movie Once.

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    Kate, Guest @ 11:59 pm

    Awesome!! Music adds a serene and peaceful bliss, to this glorious event.

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