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Welcome to the process of planning music for the celebration of your marriage. The music staff is dedicated to providing liturgical music for your wedding that is beautiful, appropriate, and spiritually uplifting. Toward that end, there are several guidelines to aid you in creating a worship service that will be unique:
At the time of your booking, find out, from Margaret Walden, the future dates of the wedding music seminars. Five times each year, the pastoral staff, music staff and wedding coordinators present a seminar where we take the opportunity to discuss many of the pastoral and logistical aspects of your ceremony. We also play and sing many musical selections so that you can hear what the music sounds like in our particular church space. These seminars are held on select Saturday mornings at 9:00am, and generally last 75 minutes. It is usually best to attend one of these as soon as possible, so that you might start thinking about what music would be appropriate for your wedding. The Music Presentation dates for 2012 are: February 4, May 12 and September 22.
It is important to note the requirement of a Six Months’ Preparation. You should also consult the General Procedures found on the Matrimony page (under Sacraments), where you will find a General Checklist and information about Candles & Flowers and Advisos .
For wedding music and general information, please click here: Music Booklet . In preparation for selecting music, please see the section below on “Planning Your Wedding Music at St. Ignatius.” When you are ready to make selections for your service, please go to the Choosing Music page to find the music choices available. Once you know your choices, you should download, print and fill out one of the Music Forms, either Wedding with Eucharist (Mass) or Wedding with No Eucharist .
Six weeks prior to your wedding date:
Please fax your completed music selection form (handed out at the music seminars) to Jonathan Dimmock at (415) 387-1867. If you want additional musicians for your wedding (cantor, choir, instrumentalists, etc.) please contact Jonathan as soon as possible at (415) 422-6021 or e-mail him at email@example.com. The music staff is accustomed to working with many of the professional musicians in the Bay area and are more than happy to book these artists for you (this also helps us guarantee their musicianship and ability). Six weeks will give us sufficient time to fulfill your needs and organize your selections. Sometimes bridal couples are overwhelmed by the plethora of musical choices and ask for help in finalizing their choices. Jonathan is more than happy to help you and can be reached by telephone (415) 422-6021 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The music staff will line up all rehearsal times with every musician they hire for your ceremony. At the wedding rehearsal itself, you will be focusing on many logistics, the music staff is not present at the wedding rehearsal.
Policies and Guidelines
Choosing your Wedding Music: When thinking about music, keep in mind that St. Ignatius Church is a very large space to fill. For an average to large-sized number of wedding guests, the organ fills the space without being overbearing; use of the piano is also very lovely. Other options which work very well in our church are
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Generally, the organ (or instrumental) prelude begins when the guests start to arrive, typically fifteen to twenty minutes before the ceremony is scheduled to start. If you have particular pieces that you want played during the seating of your guests, please feel free to let us know what they are. Otherwise, the Wedding Music Director will choose pieces that are well-suited to the occasion (generally upbeat, joyful, but not overbearing, heavy, or too loud). If you are including extra instrumentalists in your ceremony, you may wish to have them play during the prelude. It is not usual to include processional music in the prelude (marches, trumpet voluntaries, etc.), as it may detract from the processions themselves (after the prelude). Also, you are not limited to organ music. The Wedding Music Director is also happy to play the piano or to employ other instrumentalists, such as strings, trumpet, harp, bagpipes, or the like. Some people wish to have choral music, and again, the Wedding Music Director can hire an octet of singers to provide choral music for your wedding.
The entrance music is played for everyone needing to make a noted entrance.
Music Within the Ceremony
The next decision to make concerns the amount of music to use within the ceremony. If a cantor is desired, would you prefer a male or a female voice? The psalm is generally sung although it can be read by one of your guests, instead. The Gospel Acclamation (“Alleluia” followed by a verse from the psalms) is usually sung, as are the Eucharistic acclamations (Holy, Holy, Holy, Memorial Acclamation, and Great Amen). There are many options for these parts of the Mass. If you choose to hire a choir, there are countless lovely choral settings of the Mass that they can sing.
If you have a cantor, choir, instrumentalists, or chamber ensemble added to your ceremony, you may wish to have a special music selection at some point within the ceremony. The most common places to insert music, in the liturgy, are at the lighting of the unity candle, at the Presentation of the Gifts, during distribution of Communion, or while visiting our altar to the Virgin Mary.
You should feel free to carve out a wedding ceremony that is as unique and meaningful as the Sacraments we celebrate (Marriage and Communion). Don’t hesitate to contact Jonathan Dimmock in the music office, if you have any questions about the choice of music and/or musicians for your wedding.
Option 1: Sacrament of Matrimony