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Music to My Ears Part 2   2 comments

Okay, so when I booked my package with Mandalay Bay’s The Chapel my wedding coordinator sent me an e-mail with a 33 page pdf attached. This is my paperwork I need to fill out for the wedding ceremony and have turned in 30 days before the wedding. The first document is the ceremony music worksheet. Their is a list of 51 songs that the organist can play. If I would like a song that is not on the list I can give the sheet music to the pianist 30 days prior and pay a $50 fee and she will play the song. If I don’t provide the sheet music it is an $80 fee. So I have to pick out 8 songs, 4 for the seating of our guests, 2  for the processional (1 for the bridal party and 1 for my walk down the aisle), 1 for the ceremony itself (this is optional), and a song for the recessional. So here goes our choices for our music.

1. Seating Music- We decided to go with more classic choices. Here are the four selections that will play during the seating of our guests. The last song will be played during the seating of our grandparents and parents.

Song 1- Pachellbel’s Cannon in D Major

Song 2- Kenny G’s Wedding Song

Song 3- Ave Maria (This is to honor our grandmothers who have both passed)

Song 4- Josh Groban’s You Raise Me Up

2. Processional Music- This music was a little harder to select, Mr. Darcy and I had a few discussions before agreeing. I wanted a definite change in tempo and Mr. Darcy wanted something more traditional here is our compromise.

Song 1- Micheal Buble Everything

Song 2- Isreal Kamakiwiwo’ole (IZ)’s Somewhere Over the Rainbow (This will be played from the CD rather than on the piano for Papa Austen and I’s walk down the aisle)

3. Recessional

Song 1- Jason Mraz’s I’m Yours

So there you have it, the music selections for the Austen-Darcy Wedding Ceremony. All the music will be played on the piano with the exception of the song for my trip down the aisle.

How did you pick your music for the ceremony? Was it all traditional selections or did you pick something a little different?


Posted June 14, 2011 by kcoleybear in Ceremony, Wedding Enterainment

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I figured I would talk about something that has been in the back of mind since booking the Mandalay Bay Chapel for the ceremony. How to make a fluid event out of our two, very different events (ceremony and cocktail reception)? I eventually decided to look at them as two different events. Each would have their own defining characteristics.

I chose Mandalay Bay because it reminded so much of my favorite parts of Hawaii (where my immediately family truly considers home), the beautiful greenery and the cascading waterfalls. I love the tropical and relaxed atmosphere of the place. I thought it would be the perfect setting that made it possible to include all of the Hawaiian traditions that are so important to me during ceremony:

1. Getting married in a circle of orchids

2. Hawaiian lei exchange

3. The reading of the Hawaiian Marriage Prayer

4. Recessional to the Hawaiian wedding song (sung by Elvis and completely appropriate for Vegas)

As a reminder, here is a picture of what the chapel looks like.  The view through the window is the area of greenery with the cascading waterfalls. 

So the plan is to have Mr. Darcy paint a custom aisle runner (he was an art major in school), and have each guest place a single orchid in a circle at the front of the chapel for Mr. Darcy and I to get married in. That’s it for decor. Simple, sweet, and personalized. Mr. Darcy and I will then exchange traditional vows, then my Uncle will read the Hawaiian marriage prayer, and we will do our lei exchange and ring exchange. Or something along those lines. Then will be the recessional with the Hawaiian wedding song by Elvis.

I wanted to make sure that the ceremony wasn’t just about my cultural traditions, but Mr. Darcy’s as well. So after talking to Mr. Darcy, we have decided we will somehow incorporate the tossing of dried lavender into the recessional. The tossing of herbs at the bride and groom is a Polish tradition and the lavender is Mr.Darcy’s deceased grandmother’s favorite flower. I thought this would be a fitting tribute.

Is anyone else incorporating cultural traditions into their ceremony?