The Wedding Music Project official site launch is scheduled for May, 2011. We’ve been around for some time, implementing various site ideas and functionality, arranging and adding music, discussing what products and services we might offer in addition to our wedding music albums, figuring out how to most effectively court the search engines, and testing the waters with our current offerings (Wedding Hymns, Classic Love Songs, Preludes of Classic Beauty, and so forth).
We have a plan for the future, and there are many aspects to what we envision – but short term, the Wedding Music Samples album is our first major push. Our samples album will bring us more links from wedding sites, wedding planners, and others involved in the wedding industry, and along with those links, more visitors to the site. In addition to providing more site visitors, the additional links will lead to greater page rank, and increase our visibility as we continue to rank higher for key search terms, ones that are directly related to the content we offer. If you’ve not followed the link at the top of our landing page to find out, our Wedding Music Samples album has about 65 song samples for your wedding music planning, each one being just a short teaser before moving on to the next. In about 17 minutes you’ll hear dozens of the most well known and loved wedding selections. Styles vary from full orchestra to string orchestra to violin solos, piano solos, pipe organ, acoustic guitar, and more.
The Wedding Music Project currently enjoys about 10,000 links from outside websites, and link growth is showing no signs of slowing – just in the last couple months we’ve gone from 7,000 to our current number. Interestingly, when I wrote the first draft of this post a few days ago, we had just about 9900 links. Today, we have 11,726. It’s pretty crazy how many websites track you down and link to you!
At the official site launch we’ll have revamped all of the albums we offer with new material that we’ve been producing – 20 or 25 new songs that will be added to various albums, and 2 or 3 new projects. We’ll have an album of wedding hymns, and an album that includes the new upbeat wedding music we’ve been working on: Happy Together, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, All You Need Is Love, Angry Brides, and When I’m 64; one of these albums is called FUN WEDDING SONGS and you can click on those words to hear it. The Wedding Hymns album will be in part the solo work of Tobin Wingard from Bloomington with my orchestral arrangements. Tobin’s repertoire of instruments is pretty amazing, and includes the bagpipes – I would love to see us carry an album of wedding bagpipe music in the near future, but that will have to wait until after the launch.
Wedding Ringtones will be available, and more pages with definitive articles on various aspects of your wedding music, and possibly an in-depth article on Budget Wedding planning.
In addition to a wedding hymns album, we’ll offer hymn albums for specific faith traditions; we already carry a Catholic Wedding Hymns album, including favorites Panis Angelicus, Ave Maria, All People That On Earth Do Dwell, I Will Be Here, Morning Has Broken, and perhaps other more specialized hymn projects.
A new site design is very likely – we’ve been in conversation with a designer, and by the time you read this, it may have already morphed into something new and shiny, or perhaps new and more user-friendly, but not so shiny.
Still to be decided is when we will begin to carry sheet music (we’re on the cusp of February 2010 now). The technology is there to produce the music, but it is somewhat time consuming, and will require a serious commitment if we are to offer very many of our arrangements on the site. My best guess is that by April or May of this year we’ll be releasing some of our more popular songs in printed form.
Then there is the question of sing along or karaoke tracks. Some of our arrangements would work well as soundtracks for soloists or ensembles. This would not be quite as time consuming as producing sheet music, but the market is somewhat limited, so it’s likely this will happen on a per-song basis.
We have an album of Lullabies that is ready to be offered to the general public; we’ve held off until we have a little more momentum with our wedding music, but there has been discussion afoot to make that available as soon as is convenient, as the heavy lifting (writing, arranging, and recording the music) has already been done.
Granted, it may be unusual to buy lullabies on a wedding music site, but let’s be honest – there is a connection between marriage and babies. If you haven’t figured that out yet, I’m willing to bet you’re not in the market for wedding music, and perhaps you should ask your mom or dad about the marriage/baby connection.