My crazy friend BJ will often call me and ask me a question and then tell me that he thinks it is blogworthy. Our discussion (via text) is definitely blogworthy, so here it is...
His question: What are the words to "here comes the bride" and why don't we sing it at weddings?
Well, my short answer is that is extremely tacky and no one should sing at the ceremony unless they are a hired soloist. I couldn't find words to "Here Comes the Bride.." although in my head I hear "fair, fat and wide..." but I did find an interesting article about the history of the Bridal Processional.
The processional piece is from Lohengrin, an opera written by German composer Wilhelm Richard Wagner, is from the part of the opera when the bride is sitting in the bridal chambers just after the wedding ceremony. The ironic part about so many people using this piece, is that is opera ends in tragedy as the marriage of Lohengrin and Elsa is a total disaster and ends shortly after it begins. Some churches even refuse to play it since it is a secular piece and symbolizes the failure of a marriage.
Moral of the story and the point of our research, is to not play the Bridal Processional at your wedding and stick with the Pachelbel.