Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Premarital Counseling, part tres + ceremony music

Catch up on Part 1 and Part 2.

This was our last counseling session with the reverend before the ceremony. It was crazy to hear him say, "OK- see you at the rehearsal!" We're getting so much closer... wow!

Anyway, so we mainly went over the actual wedding ceremony. We're getting married in a Presbyterian church and he uses traditional vows, which I love. Also, Matt & I will be saying the same thing, which was also important to us.

I feel weird about posting all about the ceremony and music now pre-wedding, so here is a basic summary. I will go into more detail post-wedding, I promise!

Prelude music:
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring-- Bach
Arioso- Bach
Clair de Lune- Debussy
Air on the G String- Bach

Music for Grandparents & Parents to enter:
Sonata for Clarinet & Piano in E Flat Major by Camille Saint-Saens
[My brother will be playing this, and I'm so excited! He was a music performance major in college but since graduation, I haven't heard him play. Even though I'll be stuck in my little bridal room, I'm happy he'll be playing at the wedding nonetheless :)]

Bridesmaids Processional:
Canon in D by Pachelbel

Bridal Processional:
Largo by Handel

Then we'll have the giving of the bride, followed by prayer and scripture readings. Then we'll have the Declaration of Intent (the I Do part), along with the Affirmation of Families and Affirmation of Congregation. Then coems the marriage vows and exchange of rings. We pray again, then there is an announcement of marriage, followed by the benediction. Then the most famous line "You may now kiss your bride."

Recessional [yes, went totally traditional on this]:
Wedding March by Mendelssohn

Badaboom, badabing. We're married in all about 20 minutes. It's ironic how short it is since this is the most important part of the day. I often lose sight of that, though I wish that wasn't the case. Silly wedding industry.

But I am really looking forward to the ceremony and saying the vows. It is such an important moment for Matt & me, one I want to remember forever.


  1. I too was shocked when I realized the ceremony was only like 20 minutes of our whole weding day!

  2. we're going to use canon in D too!

  3. We did Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring too! :-)