Today's blog post is going to explain the method behind our music: how we take a song request from our brides and play it via the instruments she chooses. While every bride is different and has varying tastes in musical style, we do see certain trends when it comes to song choice. So, for the sake of explaining our process, we will use two of our most popular song requests. The first is most used as a bridal processional and the second as a recessional for the bride and groom.
But first, we have to address a question that is very common amongst our clients. How do you take a song that has many different instruments within the recorded version and perform it with just one to a few instruments, especially a song that has entirely different instrumentation?
The answer is two words, arranging and musicianship. Arranging involves taking the melody, harmony and rythm within a song and reassigning them amongst the instruments within the new "arranged" version, all while maintaining the quality of expression. Musicianship means artistry in performing music, and creating or composing an arranged version of a song is very much like painting; the song is the subject to be painted and the instruments are the different colors. It takes a skilled musician to arrange what is often a very produced song with multiple instruments, to a song for solo performance.
Song No. 1
A Thousand Years by Christina Perri, arranged for solo piano.
Now, how does one go about arranging and performing a song that is not only different in terms of instrumentation, but also in overall style, like pop vs. classical? For example, when one thinks of a string quartet, I bet the first song that comes to their mind is not Viva la Vida by Coldplay. However, this is a really popular exit song for brides and grooms.
Song No. 2
Viva la Vida by Coldplay, arranged for string quartet.
There you have it! All of this is to show that there are no boundaries when it comes to having your special song played by your favorite instrument. As long as you have a talented musician to play and/or arrange it, your wedding music will be in excellent hands.
Why hello there! I'm Katy, the owner and curator of our professional musician collective in Southwest Florida. As a wife and mom to two adorable little girls, my days are filled with adventure and love. Subscribe to the newsletter below for past melodic weddings that are sure to inspire ideas for your own ceremony music.