Saturday, January 19, 2013

Wedding Ceremony music ideas

I often get contacted to organise the music for wedding ceremonies  where the bride-to-be (or groom) know that they definitely want classical music at their ceremony , but have no idea where to start!
Here's a handy list of pieces that have been requested often and are crowd favourites! These can easily be found for free on , or for a small fee on other sites such as 

Pieces to be played while guests are arriving and being seated before the Ceremony:
Ave Maria  Bach
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring Bach
Air (from Water Music) Handel
Greensleeves Traditional
Air (Overture No. 3 in D Major Bach
Pastoral Symphony (from Messiah) Handel
Clair de Lune Debussy
Sheep May Safely Graze Bach
Large (from Xerxes) Handle
Ave Maria Schubert
Adagio (from Sonata in E Flat) Mozart
Canon in D Pachelbel
Allegro from Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Bach
The Four Seasons Vivaldi
Moonlight Sonata Beethoven
Nocturne in E Flat, Op. 9 No. 2 Chopin
All I Ask of You Phantom of the Opera
Swan Lake Tchaikovsky
Waltz (from Sleeping Beauty, Act 1) Tchaikovsky
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 Bach
Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee (Ode to Joy, 9th Symphony) Beethoven

Processional Music Played for the entrance of the Bridal Party: Bridesmaids, Groom, Best Man, Groomsmen and Ushers, Maid of Honor, Ring Bearer(s), Flower Girl(s)

Canon in D
Heart of a King Man in the Iron Mask Soundtrack
Prelude to Te Deum Charpentier
Shepherd Moons Enya
Hornpipe (from Water Music) Handel
Minuet in G Bach
Claire de Lune Debussy
Rondeau Mouret
Trumpet Tune Purcell

Bride's Entrance Music Played to announce the entrance of the Bride and as she proceeds to walk down the aisle (this can be separate to the processional music , or you can use the same piece of music for both the bridal party and the bride):

Wedding March (Here Comes the Bride) from Lohengrin Wagner
Prelude to a Kiss Maeda
First Time Ever I Saw Your Face MacColl
Prince of Denmark's March (Trumpet Voluntary) Clark
Swan Lake Theme

Interlude Music (used at candle lighting ceremonies , or any other short parts that may require some music):
Ave Maria Schubert
From This Moment Shania Twain
Can You Feel the Love Elton John
Greensleeves Traditional
One Hand, One Heart West Side Story Soundtrack
Wedding Song Paul Stookey
The Lord's Prayer Malotte
Still the One Shania Twain
O Perfect Love Pachelbel
O Mio Babbino Care (Gianna Schicci) Puccini

Recessional Music Played at the conclusion of the Ceremony:
Wedding March Mendelsohn
Hornpipe (from Water Music) Handel
Ode to Joy Beethoven
Hallelujah Chorus Handel
La Rejouissance Handel
Spring Vivaldi

Of course , these aren't the only options , but they are a great starting point for couples looking to find the names of classical pieces that would suit a wedding ceremony. Any professional musician should be able to find and/or arrange any specific requests with enough notice.

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