Friday Link Roundup

An assortment of wedding-related tips, tricks, DIYs and discussions that have been going around the internet this week:

From Offbeat Bride: What do I put on my Save the Dates, anyway? The myth of the “gift grab.”

From Weddingbells Canada: A guide to Canadian wedding dress designers; aisle-worthy shoes for every budget.

From A Practical Wedding: How to pick your wedding playlist; are bridal showers tacky?; how to throw a budget wedding.

From Up Up Creative: DIY Wedding Etiquette: why it’s good, why it’s bad, and why you don’t need it in your wedding.

From CBC Music: The ultimate indie wedding playlist.

Music Notes from Amy: The Inverary Inn in Cape Breton

Just played a lovely wedding at The Inverary Inn in Cape Breton: great couple, great venue.
Melissa & Karsten’s Music Selections:
Prelude: Pop including Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz etc.
Bridesmaid’s Processional: Prelude from Cello Suite #1 – Bach
Bride’s Processional: Canon in D – Pachelbel
Signing of the Registry: Arioso – Bach
Recessional: Wedding March – Mendelssohn
Reception: Jazz and Celtic

Music Notes from Amy: Dartmouth Commons Park, NS

Halifax, Nova Scotia has some lovely parks for outdoor weddings and they are very, very popular so if you are interested – book early!

I’ve been fortunate to play guitar for weddings at a number of city parks and facilities including Sir Sandford Fleming Park, Ferry Terminal Park and St. Mary’s Boat Club. If you need chairs for your guests Macfarland’s will come and set them up for you (and take them away afterwards!)

My latest park wedding was in early June, when the rain stayed away long enough for Suzy & Jamie to get married at Dartmouth Commons Park near Halifax, Nova Scotia. The sun came out and it was just beautiful. The spot was in the centre of the park beneath the Gazebo, next to a low stone wall that was filled with bright flowers and surrounded by red maples.

I’ve always enjoyed playing music for outdoor weddings – there is something magical about the sound of an instrument played outdoors in the sunshine. Suzy picked some beautiful pieces for the prelude and ceremony including Bach’s ‘Air from Orchestral Suite No. 3” & ‘Arioso’, Handel’s ‘Water Music’ and Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’.

After the ceremony everyone moved to the Holiday Inn Dartmouth and I played jazz and pop for the reception. Congrats to you both!

Music Notes from Amy: A Celtic Wedding on the River

Maritime Weddings in New Brunswick, Canada

Megan & Chris wanted their wedding near Fredericton, New Brunswick to have a bit of a Celtic touch, and what better way to do that than with music! They were married in a lovely country church in New Maryland, NB, followed by a reception at The Riverside Resort on the St. John River.

I played Celtic music (on solo guitar) for the prelude, wedding and reception with the bridesmaids walking to Neil Flaherty’s Drake and the bride (who looked absolutely radiant) to a folk version of Here Comes The Bride.

At the resort, everything was beautifully decorated by Nancy Curtis of Perfect Parties by Nancy in a white on white theme. It was great to meet her and her team – they paid so much attention to every detail! Congrats to the couple!

Photo: Fredericton Tourism.

Music Notes from Amy: Traditional with a Twist – Classical Wedding Music + The Beatles

Maritime Wedding Music

Vikki & Kevin’s wedding at Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia was so light and bright. The large windows flooded the ceremony location with sunlight and complimented the bright, summery yellow of their wedding colours. I even got a peek of their wedding cake (from SugarHigh Cakes) which was beautifully done in the same yellow with sugar daisies all around.

The bride and groom chose some traditional pieces for their ceremony including ‘Canon in D’ (Pachelbel), Here Comes the Bride (Wagner) and the Wedding March (Mendelssohn) for their recessional. However, they wanted something a little different for the Signing of the Registry and selected ‘All You Need Is Love’ by the Beatles.

After the ceremony I played a little bit of jazz for the cocktail reception and the party went on into the night with music from the Celtic band Da Rock. Congrats Vikki & Kevin!

Photography by Eunice Montenegro.

Music Notes from Amy: Renaissance Music for a Halifax Wedding

Maritime Wedding Music

In addition to this blog and The Maritime Wedding Directory, I also work as wedding musician playing jazz and classical guitar in Halifax and Nova Scotia.

This weekend I played for Dina & Raphael’s wedding ceremony at St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The couple asked if I could play some Renaissance pieces for the prelude and I was happy to oblige. Among the pieces I played was an anonymous Lute Fantasia transcribed by Oscar Chilesotti from a 16th century manuscript. I also played some Baroque pieces including selections from a Lute Suite by S.L. Weiss.

The bride and groom also had two special (and very different!) songs in mind for the recessional. They wanted Boccherini’s Passacale from La Musica Notturna delle Strade di Madrid (also known as the theme from the movie Master and Commander) fading into the jazz standard At Last. I love arranging new pieces for solo guitar and so I worked out an arrangement. What a fun wedding to play – congrats Dina & Raphael!