Wedding Music Experts Offer Tips for Music Selection;
Release Follow-Up Collection of Ceremony and Reception
NEW PRAGUE, MN (July 1, 2005) — With a bestselling CD and
performances at more than 200 weddings under their belts,
professional pianists Tim and Ryan O’Neill have been
helping couples make the perfect wedding music choices for
years. As a follow-up to their first popular album of
wedding classics, The O’Neill Brothers have released A Day
to Remember, Volume II – a collection of traditional and
contemporary wedding favorites.
“After we released our first collection of wedding music,
we received a lot of input from brides who loved the
songs, but didn’t find all of their favorites. We started
keeping track of their most-requested tunes and quickly
compiled the song list for Volume II,” says Tim O’Neill.
Their first CD, A Day to Remember: Volume I, has become
the best selling wedding CD on weddingchannel.com and
The O’Neill Brothers have organized the tracks on their
wedding-themed CDs into the various parts of a typical
wedding day to help couples with their music selections.
Prelude and processional tracks on A Day to Remember,
Volume II include Kenny G’s “The Wedding Song,”
Vangelis’s “Hymne,” and Wagner’s “Bridal Chorus (Here
Comes the Bride).” Ceremony suggestions include Twila
Paris’s “How Beautiful,” and an instrumental version
of “The Prayer” (as recorded by Celine Dion and Andrea
Bocelli). Recessional favorites are “Finale” from Handel’s
Water Music and “Trumpet Tune” by Purcell. Popular
standards “It Had to Be You” and “Unforgettable” are the
suggested reception selections. Tim and Ryan have also
included an original composition that they hope will
become a new wedding standard, “Canon in F.”
For brides and grooms still working to narrow their music
choices for the big day, Tim and Ryan offer the following
Consider the theme or style of your wedding for help in
selecting the type of music you’d like to use and
musicians you’d like to have play. Is your setting very
classic? Consider a string quartet. Romantic? How about a
harp? Traditional? Hire a pianist or organist.
Check with the contact person at your venue. Many venues,
particularly churches, have rules about the type of music
that’s allowed. Also, some venues may have a list of pre-
approved ceremony musicians from which to choose.
Check in with your spouse-to-be. It’ll be more memorable
for both of you if you make the selections together, and
you might be surprised to find out that they have some
specific ideas about the music for the wedding.
Bend a friend’s ear. Talk to a friend who’s recently
gotten married about their experiences. Ask for helpful
tips about what they did that they liked or what they
would’ve done differently. They may even be able to refer
to you musicians, or recommend some song selections.
Provide the necessary tools. When you’ve finalized the
song list and booked your wedding musicians, don’t forget
to provide the sheet music for the pieces you’ve chosen.
Work with the contact person at your venue to arrange for
a practice session in the space prior to the event.
Budget tips: Consider hiring musicians who multi-task.
Select an instrumentalist who can also accompany your
soloist. If you’re on a really tight budget, consider
hiring a pianist or guitarist who can play and sing, or
use prerecorded music.
Music fans’ interest in A Day to Remember (and the O’Neill
Brothers’ 20 other CDs) has helped Tim and Ryan sell more
than one million CDs — without being associated with a
major record label. Along the way, the brothers have
written and performed music for HBO (including music
for “Sex and the City”), NBC and ESPN; and performed for
President George H.W. Bush. In February and May of 2005,
their 3-CD set of romantic songs, From the Heart, hit
Billboard magazine’s Top Pop Catalog Album chart.
For more information, visit www.pianobrothers.com.