Telling Your Love Story With Music
Every couple has a love story. It can start with their meeting, or with the first time they knew they were in love, or their excitement about their upcoming wedding.
So what do you want your Musical Love Story to be about? The options are limited only by your imagination! It could be about a character, a place or a time in history. It could also be about a favorite movie, or book, or saying, or color or anything else you are interested in as a couple.
One of my favorite stories to tell is about the relationship between the bride and the groom. Where did you meet? Where did you fall in love? Where did you get engaged?
Another wonderful option is to use your spiritual traditions and beliefs as a springboard for writing your story. Here’s an example of what I did for my own wedding many years ago.
We had a very traditional wedding as most people did back in the 70’s. Being a musician, I used that as the basis for the type of music I wanted….classical all the way.
Then, being that I love spiritual allegory, I wanted to portray the story of human marriage being the equivalent to how Christ loves His church. This was displayed not only in the music, but in the many symbolic gestures we used during the ceremony itself.
Next I chose pieces that had a specific meaning to us and also clarified the theme we chose. In order for our guests to take in the full meaning of what they were hearing, I also wrote a little set of “program notes” ( told you I was a classical musician!) and added it to the program.
Here is what we had for our prelude music:
- Du Ring an Meinem Finger – symbolizes the joy of the engagement.
- Psalm 150- is a song of praise for the planning that God had done to bring us together to work for His glory.
- Brautlieder – is a declaration of Christ’s love for His bride, the Church.
- Bach cantata 140- tells of the joy of the Bridegroom leading His Bride into the courts where He promises His love and eternal protection.
- Sposalizio – means betrothal, and it tells of the virgin Mary’s betrothal to the Holy Spirit at the time of the annunciation that brought about the birth of Jesus as the Savior of the world.
- Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring then became our wedding processional.
- The bridesmaids carried candles instead of flowers to represent the five wise virgins of Matthew 25 who were ready to enter into the marriage feast of the Lord when He came for them.
So now it’s your turn. What’s your story and how will you write it?