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    The Wedding Coordinator....

    I found this quite hilarious, as I've been in a similar situation with "eejit" wedding coordinators...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2hRA...e_gdata_player

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    Funny and sure reminds me of alot the situations in my past experiences.
    ....To play only what is written is the domain of science. To realize what is not written is the domain of art."
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    Me too ... once, the mother of the bride came up to me just seconds before the entrance processional and demanded different music to be played for the bridal party ... she said they wanted "the Yellow Rose of Texas" which I knew was completely bogus, so I played what myself and the bride & groom had selected which was Jesu, Joy by Bach. As I started to play the Bach, I got the ugliest, sternest, and meanest eye stares ever known to man . . . and of course, I did not get paid afterwards. Felt like flattening some tires when I left. The bride later found out about what "mother" had done, and was upset at her, and proceeded to make sure I was paid for my time.

    In another instance , the wedding coordinator believed that the wedding party MUST practice the entrance and recessional at least 10 times on rehearsal night. And so I had to, in some cases, play the gawdawful Bridal March 10 times in a row ... b o r r r r r i n g ... rehearsals lasted nearly 90 minutes for a 17½ minute service ... why?
    These were always held on the same night before choir rehearsals. Eventually I put my foot down and said that I would be there to play for 15 minutes only ... and time spent after that 15 minutes would result in an additional $100 fee. And that was in 1967 dollars which was quite the sum.

    I can only imagine what bands must go through in situations like this.

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    Another annoying instance - happened in a RC parish a couple years ago. I was a visiting organist.
    The rehearsal went fine ... the bride had selected the Pachelbel Canon in D for the entire bridal party which consisted of 7 bridesmaids. Everyone walked in to the music, and it took about 4 minutes to get everyone in and gathered in front of the altar.

    The day of the wedding, the wedding coordinator decides that each bridesmaid should have a "photo op" opportunity while walking down the aisle. Much to my dislike, most RC parishes allow flash photography during their Wedding Mass. I have huge problems with allowing that, but that is another matter for another time.

    I get the cue to start to processional ... the photographers (3 or 4 in all) are positioned in the aisle and as each bridesmaid starts down the aisle, all these cameras start flashing pictures ... each bridesmaid was "instructed" to stop, pose, turn, as if on a runway for dress designers. I played the Pachelbel piece in its entirety at least 8 times ... the entire procession took almost 18 minutes.

    After all the wedding part is in and assembled, there is another "photo op" that the wedding coordinator arranged to have happen. Not to mention all the 'posing' during the actual service with the photographers going behind the priest and shooting over his shoulder. I was absolutely livid seeing that.

    I have not been back there to play again - I just refuse to be part of the "bigtop circus event" wedding service.

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    I was lucky as all the positions I had as head organist/choirmaster ..Photos were never allowed during a service..on rare occasion maybe if no flash was used..posing never.
    ....To play only what is written is the domain of science. To realize what is not written is the domain of art."
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    My regular church never allowed photos either ... once, back in the late 60's, someone had a movie camera with the light bar ... there were 4 - 250 watt flood lights on that light bar ... just as the processional begins, he stands up, throws on the light bar and starts filming. 1,000 watts of bright light ... it was brighter inside than it was outside in the sun!

    The pastor motioned for me to stop playing immediately ... and then announced with a stern voice "there will be NO photography at any wedding in this church". The camera guy was totally embarrassed, and quickly turned off those horrid lights, and sat down.

    The Wedding Coordinator always announced the prohibition of photography at the rehearsals, but apparently this numbskull didn't get told, or chose to ignore it.

    Kh ♫

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