The Salem Common was the wedding ceremony site for Karen & Michael. There’s a neat gazebo where our flute, violin and cello trio played. It was perfect for watching the bridal party and the bride walk down the aisle.
Sometimes we end up in the back of a room, which isn’t so good when everyone stands for the bride’s entrance. It’s hard to know when to stop playing if I can’t see her when she gets to the front. I often end up guessing. You should consider where the musicians sit when you make arrangements with your church or other ceremony venue.
Rick Perry officiated. He brings his own sophisticated sound system so all guests can hear the ceremony. This is another item to think about. Without a microphone, will people be able to hear you when you say your vows?
Karen & Michael chose Bach’s “Prelude in C Major” and Delibe’s “Flower Duet” for their processionals. The recessional was “Blue Danube Waltz”, which was a fun way to end.
We moved to the Hawthorne Hotel for cocktail hour, playing old jazz standards and rags.
Our pianist took over for dinner. The couple chose the “Muppet Show Theme” for the cutting of the cake. The remainder of the dinner music consisted of old jazz standards and Broadway show tunes.