I have been singing or playing weddings now for almost 30 years. First as a young treble chorister with the cathedral choir in Ottawa, also as a soloist with my Dad at the organ console, and then eventually behind the console itself. I've never bothered to count how many weddings I've sung or played, but I figure it has to be close to 500+.
I've seen, heard, and played just about anything you can imagine at weddings. I've accompanied the most tone deaf of all tone deaf "sister-in-law of Aunt Trudys", I've waited 2 hours for a late bride, and the highlight wedding thus far was when the officiating, elderly, and mostly blind priest set the altar on fire before the wedding service was began (perhaps a story for another post). I've played weddings in all denominations of churches, houses, hotels, and even a few outdoor events.
Next Wednesday however, I'll be playing the most interesting wedding of my career. The Bride and Groom have only known each other for maybe a week. I'm not certain that they have a priest yet. All I have to do is play the infamous "Wedding March" from Wagner's Lohengrin, and I need to be there from probably 8 am until 8 pm. After the wedding is over, the bride and groom will not legally be married. Oh, and I forgot to mention. The groom is ... a serial killer!
Sounds kind of like a movie doesn't it? Well, truth be known, it is a filming of an episode of a TV horror series set to be released this summer.
It will for sure be the first wedding I've ever played where I'll be required to wear makeup.