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How to Choose Wedding Music

Prelude Music

This music is performed 20 -30 minutes prior to your ceremony while the guests are arriving and being seated. The Prelude music may continue through the seating of the mothers; however, it is a nice touch to have a special selection/processional for the seating of the mothers. The Prelude music establishes the atmosphere for your wedding, be it religious, elegant, contemporary, or a mixture of styles.

The Prelude music should adhere to some general rules. It should be suitable as background music for prayer and light conversation, and it should not (usually!) be dance/entertainment oriented.  It is also advisable to ask about the music policies at your church or synagogue. Some religious institutes prohibit popular music in the sanctuary, so it is always a good idea to ensure approval so as to avoid disappointment. 

Top Prelude Selections:

Selection

Composer

Air on the G String

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Sheep May Safely Graze

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Jesu, Joy of Manís Desiring

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

Mozart,Wolfgang Amadeus

Andante from ďRosamundeĒ

Schubert, Franz

Presto from Sonatina in F Major

Telemann, George Philip

Concerto Grosso in D Minor

Vivaldi, Antonio

 

Processional Music

There are usually two, three or four processionals: one for the wedding party, one for the bride to walk down the aisle, and it is also quite acceptable to have a separate selection for the seating of parents and grandparents. However, too many selections/changing of musical selections can be disruptive, especially if the aisle does not permit for a long processional. This music should be of a style that makes it easy for all to "keep time" while walking.

The bride's processional announces the bride and focuses all of the attention on her.  The bride's entrance is one of the most important, special moments of the day!

Top Selections for Seating for the Mothers:

Selection

Composer

Air on the G String

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Sheep May Safely Graze

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Jesu, Joy of Manís Desiring

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Canon

Pachelbel, Johannes


Top Selections for the Bridal Processional:

Selection

Composer

Air on the G String

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Sheep May Safely Graze

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Jesu, Joy of Manís Desiring

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Trumpet Voluntary

Clarke, Jeremiah

Rondeau from Sinfonies de Fanfares

Mouret, Jean-Joseph

Canon

Pachelbel, J.ohannes

Bridal Chorus from Act III of Lohengrin

Wagner, Richard

 

Ceremony music

Music may be performed as a short interlude before a reading or during the lighting of a unity candle. These selections are usually slow and soft. 
 

Selection

Composer

Ave Maria

Bach, Johann Sebastian/Gounod

My Heart Ever Faithful

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Clair de Lune from Suite Bergamasque for piano

Debussy, Claude

Panis Angelicus from Messe Solonnelle

Frank, Cesar

Childrenís Prayer from Hansel and Gretel

Humperdink, Engelbert

Meditation from Thais

Massenet, Jules

Amazing Grace

Early American

 

Recessional music

This music is played as you and your new spouse exit arm in arm. The music should be majestic and joyous with a quick tempo.

 

Selection

Composer

Ode to Joy from Symphony No. 9

Beethoven, Ludvig van

Rondeau from Sinfonies de Fanfares

Mouret, Jean-Joseph

Wedding March from A Midsummer Nightís Dream

Mendelssohn, Felix

Trumpet Tune

Purcell, Henry

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

Mozart, Amadeus

Brandenburg Concerto #3

Bach, Johann Sebastian

 

 

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Last updated: 05/19/06.