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    Wedding Ceremony Musicians at The Pratt House

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    Wedding Ceremony Musicians at The Pratt House

    Monday, May 28th, 2012

    This weekend we played at the Pratt House located on 68th and Park Ave. The Pratt House was one the home of Harold Pratt, the son of oil tycoon Charles Pratt and now houses the Council on Foreign Relations. This is one of the top venues for a traditional kind of wedding in NYC. Very classy indeed! We had a lot of fun at this wedding; here are some of the songs that we played.


    All You Need Is Love
    More Than This by Bryan Ferry

    Cocktail Hour:

    All of me
    Black bird
    bitter sweet syphony – the verve
    Moondance  – van morrison
    Girl from ipanema – cocktail hr
    loui armstrong- la vie en rose coctail
    Desafinado coctail
    SImon tov
    Hava Nagila
    Ave maria


    Traditional Wedding Ceremony and Recessional Songs

    Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

    Couples often as me good songs to use for the wedding ceremony and recessional. I believe the first thing to consider is that you want to think about songs that already have meaning to you individually or as a couple. It might be the first song you danced or kissed to, from the first movie or band you saw together or the song that made you think of one another when you had to be apart from each other.

    The next question is if this song would sound good on guitar and cello. One of Penguin Music’s strong points is that we are able to arrange mostly any song and make it sound good. Sometimes we get creative, such as in the arrangement of Justin Timberlake’s song Lovestoned, we took a part later in the song where there are strings and more of a melody to build an arrangement from. However, for certain songs we just would not sound good and would let you know if this is the case with the song you chose. For example, if it is a fast rap song where the words are the most important element, it probably would not sound very good without voice.

    If you do can not find this one personal song, don’t despair! We have a large repertoire of music which I am sure you will be able to find a song that has meaning for you. Here is a list of some of the common songs that we do for the ceremony, but dont feel that you have to be limited to these:

    Common Wedding Ceremony Songs

    • Falling Slowly from Once (now a Broadway show!)
    • Bach – Air on G
    • Beatles – Blackbird
    • Saint-Saens -The Swan
    • Mendelssohn -Wedding March
    • Shubert- Ave Maria
    • Mendelssohn -Ave Maria
    • Over The Rainbow – as performed by IZ
    • Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis
    • Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
    • Ever Shel Shoshanim
    • Wedding Song – Stookey
    • Wedding Song – Elvis
    • Canon In D
    • Yellow – Coldplay
    • Viva La vida – Coldplay

    Common Songs For The Recessional and Ceremony

    • Starlight – Muse
    • Wedding March
    • Bridal Chorus
    • Over The rainbow
    • Good Life – one Republic
    • Isnt she lovely – Stevie Wonder
    • All you Need Is love – Beatles
    • Here Comes the Sun – Beatles
    • Simon Tov
    • Yellow – Coldplay
    • Viva La vida – Coldplay
    • All Of Me

    Remember that you do not have to use this list. There are many songs on our song list that work well for all parts of the ceremony at http://penguinweddingmusicny.com/current-repertoire/ . The list above are just some of the most common.


    Haverstraw Bay County Park – Wedding Ceremony Music

    Sunday, May 13th, 2012

    This weekend we played a beautiful outdoor ceremony at Haverstraw Bay County Park in West Haverstraw New York. It was the first outdoor ceremony of the year. The weather was as perfect as it could be with blue sky and 70 degrees. It overlooks the Haverstraw Bay which is just north of the Tappan Zee bay (Tappan and Haverstraw are both Native tribes or at least the name they were given by European Colonialization in the 17th century)

    There was a priest who was oversaw the ceremony and was quite entertaining…I will have to get his name! Here is some of the music that was played for the ceremony:

    Procession of Grandmother, Mother of Bride, Parents of Groom, and 3 bridesmaids – MANDOLIN RAIN
    Procession of Bride – BLACKBIRD
    Recessional – STARLIGHT (MUSE)

    For the prelude:

    Falling Slowly
    Don’t Stop Believing
    In My Life – Beatles
    Over the Rainbow
    You and Me – Lifehouse

    Bittersweet Symphony –
    Yellow – Coldplay

    Unchained Melody
    I Dreamed a Dream
    Can’t Help Falling in Love
    How Sweet it is – James Taylor