What to Play during Wedding Ceremony

October 29th, 2007 by Ah Doe

This post is dedicated to those who are getting married soon…

Marriage Keychain

Chinese Traditional Bridal Costume

I don’t know much about other’s wedding, but from what I observed, Chinese’s wedding ceremonies usually cost a lot!

They have to pay for wedding photos and albums, wedding banquet, Ang Pows (Red Packets), wedding rings and a lot of traditional items (differs by dialects). I really don’t know how a young, newly-wed couple can fork out more to buy a house and go for honeymoon.

Sometimes, they even pay for live performances in their wedding dinner!

I have been invited to play piano several times, with certain amount of “Ang Pow” as well…(Please don’t ask how much…shy~). Besides my pay, the couples have to consider piano rental, wedding hosts and PA system as well. Sometimes, they will just go for an event organizer to sort these things for them. This is where I came into the picture: The organizer called me to schedule for the performance.

Due to my past experience, I can fully understand what songs should not be played and what songs are suitable during the auspicious day. Come on, I have seen people making mistake by singing “Turning Back Again” (再回首) when the couple is busy toasting with their friends! That’s rude, isn’t it?

Normally, I’ll try to understand whether there is any special request from the couple and whether they preferred Chinese or English songs, just to please them and make their big day more memorable.

This is a short song list that I normally prepare for wedding dinners, which appears to be acceptable by majorities:

1) The Moon represents my Heart (月亮代表我的心)
2)Endless Love
3) Your Name, My Surname (你的名字我的姓氏)
4) First Love
5) I am going to marry you tomorrow (明天我要嫁给你啦)
6) Along with Love (爱相随)

Etc…

Notice that some are older songs? Some are English Pops and even Japanese? Just to make sure everyone gets entertained.

Too bad, sometimes, they can manage to entertain themselves, leaving me entertaining myself…

I think it might be meaningful to post the real, original and genuine wedding songs here, as a form of sharing. You certainly know these songs!

Maybe a short preview on the video before you decide which piano sheet to view?

Free download of Bridal Chorus by Richard Wagner piano sheet here. It’s actually from the Opera Lohengrin, for your information.

Free download of Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn piano sheet here. This song is also an incidental music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Hmm…any other songs that ought to be in the list?

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