The Cabana Club in Delray has a direct walkway to its own private beach. The bride planned to have her ceremony on the beach, and her cocktail hour on the deck of the Club.
We took a walk out to the beach and decided that the bridal party should begin the procession about halfway down the walkway to the sand. That way, I would have a clear view from the altar and would be able to give cues to each member of the bridal party for their entrance.
I advised that after the last member of the bridal party has made his/her entrance, the bride should stay behind and wait until she hears her bridal entrance music before beginning to walk down the aisle.
Next, we discussed wedding music. The couple had not made any specific requests, and I wanted to find out what style of music they preferred. The bride enjoyed classical music and had been considering “La Rejoissance” (Handel) for her processional, as well as “Trumpet Voluntary” (Clarke) and “Fugue in G Minor” (Bach). Other composers she liked were Vivaldi, Beethoven, and Paganini.
In addition, the couple mentioned they enjoyed fiddle music, such as the music of Charlie Daniels and the Zac Brown Band. They were also open to any original music by the violinist and requested to see our updated repertoire list.
I advised that generally couples request three specific songs for the ceremony – 1) the bridal party, 2) bridal entrance, and 3) recessional. On occasion, they will also request music within the ceremony, for a prayer, reading, or other tradition.
We ask that our couples let us know their requests at least 30 days prior to the ceremony. If they would like a song that is not currently in our repertoire, we will either special order it or have our arranger write a custom song arrangement. Since both ordering and arranging takes time, we would like to know about the couple’s request at least 60 days before.
It was a pleasure meeting with the bride, her mother, and the groom. As we ended the meeting, I asked the family to feel free to email or call me with any questions or concerns, especially as we approached the wedding date.
Are you planning a destination wedding in South Florida? For ideas about ceremony musicians and reception/cocktail hour bands, contact me. I’d love to hear from you!