Indulge the traditional bride in you with the sounds of a choir.
Music is a big part of the wedding ceremony, whether you say your vows at a church or a local art gallery. So concern about what to play is natural. Many couples are now looking past the traditional organ or piano and seeking out choirs. If you're tying the knot at a church, there's probably already a choir in place, so pinning down that sound is a breeze. But if you're getting married somewhere less traditional, you might have to search a little to find what you're looking for. Many choral societies perform for private parties, so if there is a group you know and love, call to see if they are available. Here are a few favorites that are sure to deliver a powerful processional.
If you love the operas of Gilbert and Sullivan, The Ardensingers is the group for you. The chorus performs operettas and choral concerts by the famous duo.
Clear Space Productions, Community Chorus
Rehoboth Beach, 644-3810, ext. 2
Sixty voices unite to make the sound of the Community Chorus, but you can book smaller groups, if you want. Big or small, the chorus performs American standards from the past century like "You Raise Me Up," "What I Did for Love" and "Circle of Life." If none of those strike your fancy, make a personal request. The group can learn a new song in one rehearsal.
For those in search of a classic choir ensemble, Coro Allegro is the way to go. The group of 24 is available for private parties, or brides can book just a quartet. Pick between traditional sacred music like "Ave Maria" or "Ubi Caritas," or go with secular or a cappella songs like "Blue Moon" or "All The Things You Are."
The New Ark Chorale focuses on classical works. These guys have performed at weddings with traditional pieces like "Ochie Manza Mia" and "Exultate Deo."
Nothing but Treble
This female a cappella group can sing anything from its collection of pop, oldies, folk, jazz, spiritual and holiday pieces. Favorites include "How About You," "Amazing Grace," "One Fine Day," "I've Got a Crush On You" and "My Funny Valentine."
These voices combine to produce some of the state's finest oratorios. Not familiar with oratorios" Think Handel's "Messiah." Smaller groups are available for private parties.