What? No music?"
Right! My own wedding included no music.
How could that happen?
Well, I was a graduate student at Stanford.
Lots of long hair and little of anything else.
Some books and records, my cornet, a bicycle,
a VW van,
several shirts, two pairs of jeans,
one pair of
sneakers, and a few tools & dishes.
That June I left my $125/month studio apartment
in Palo Alto. I rented a small house in Menlo Park,
planning to start a commune.
Bunch, my future wife, was already living there,
back in the converted garage. She drove an old
Chevy Bel Air, and early one morning I changed
the oil in her car and left a red rose on the hood.
Awwwww... Call me Mr. Romance!
One thing led to another, and several weeks
we drove to a scenic town nearby and got
a marriage license.
Then the next afternoon we bought two rings,
the Yellow Pages, called a retired minister
Pacific Grove, drove to his home, and talked
with him about the beauties and responsibilities
Then with his wife as witness, he performed our
little ceremony in his living room. And now all
these years later we still recall the best part of
our ceremony, which was his phrase "
you know, and what you don't know".
Sounded ominous, perhaps, but it's oh so true.
We still discover something new every day.
These days we recall that phrase so often, we've
to regard it as our own wedding vow.
This story reminds me of so many vows I've heard
at hundreds of weddings. Heartfelt promises of the
couple's love and hopes for their future.
As I see it, these vows personalize every ceremony
and make each one unique and memorable.
Why am I talking about wedding vows?
The same way their vows make their marriage a
personal expression, the bride and groom can also
personalize their wedding by the music they select.
I LOVE helping Brides and Wedding Planners select wedding music
to add their own personal touch. Look at several
popular examples I've seen at recent weddings:
- including their favorite classical piece in their Ceremony,
- including their favorite sentimental ballad for their First Dance.
- including a memorable song for their Last Dance,
- including THEIR wedding songs to honor their parents,
- including songs about significant cities where they lived, or met, or will be visiting on their honeymoon,
- including a song performed by a favorite friend or relative,
See how my years of experience make me helpful here?
So finally, here's that Tip I promised:
Before YOU begin searching for special music,
ask an experienced professional for help.
Can you always ask me?
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