A couple weekends ago I had the strangest wedding request I’ve ever encountered, and I just want to see how it stacks up.
This is not a “worst” experience (because it was actually a lot of fun and the people involved were lovely) but it qualifies as one of my strangest: Playing for a Druid wedding which took place on top of Glastonbury Tor (a large hill considered holy by many) in England.
I have worked regularly in a Catholic church in which there were various degrees of sophistication, both musical and liturgical, among the assigned clergy. I wound up doing all manner of things from show tunes, LOTS of secular stuff, and some woeful garbage that somebody found at a Bridal Planning Event.
The nicest ones I ever did were the ones in which the happy couple said “You’re the pros- do what you think will be nice”. For those we always knocked ourselves out.
Quite a few years ago – bride and groom INSISTED on the “Pink Panther Theme” as the bridal march – seems they had met on a blind date and gone to that movie – since it was that special, I suggested they use a tape of the real music for that part, and I did everything else – it was a bit of a jolt as the last bridesmade got to the altar to the Canon on harp and then suddenly da da –da da– dat da
One bride was a professional singer/dancer in shows on Broadway and cruise ships, and she wanted “Ease on Down the Road” from The Wiz for their recessional. I said it could be done but would lose a lot in the translation. Fortunately she thought better of the idea when she realized most guests wouldn’t get the connection without the words and agreed to something more traditional. This was not in a church.
Malta almost all of the wedding cermonies we get are in catholic churhes, and it has always been known that for the processional all types of musicians play/or sing the Ave Maria – Gounod. However for one particular wedding I was asked to play Walking in the air for the processional.
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