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Wedding Music

These are some suggestions for music for various segments of a wedding:

Prelude music: As guests are being seated

Light & Happy Selections from the Baroque, Classical & Romatic periods such as:

• La Rejouissance - Handel
• Corrente in F Major - Corelli
• Passacaile - Handel
• Corrente in C Major - Corelli
• Gigue - Handel
• Suite for String Orchestra - Bach
   (includes Air on A G String)

Family Seating and/or Bridesmaids’ Processional

• Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - Bach
• Salut d’Amour - Elgar
• Canon in D - Pachelbel
Pachelbel’s Canon is long enough to include the Bridesmaids' procession as well as the family seating if desired, but it can be shortened easily as well.)

Bride’s Processional

• Trumpet Voluntary – Purcell
• "Here Comes the Bride" - R. Wagner (Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin)
• March from Suite for String Orchestra - Bach
• March from Marriage of Figaro - Mozart
• Theme from First Symphony - Brahms
• Theme from Serenade for Strings - Tchaikovsky

Recessional

• Trumpet Tune - Purcell
• "There Goes the Bride" (Wedding March from A Midsummer Night's Dream) – Mendelssohn
• 1st movement from Quartet No. 1 – Boccherini
• 1st movement from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik – Mozart
• March from Suite for String Orchestra – Bach
• March from Suite for String Orchestra – Bach
• March from Suite for String Orchestra – Bach
• Tiger Rag (?) Just Kidding, but we do know it

The following are a few selections from our reception repertoire:

Light Classical and Baroque

• Suite for String Orchestra - Bach
• March
• Sarabande
• Gavotte & Musette
• Air (on the G String)
• Bouree
• Andante - Schwindel
• Minuette Opus X No. 5 - Abel
• Andante Opus X No. 6 - Abel
• Romanza - Wikmansen
• Minette du Quintette - Boccherini
• Canon in D - Pachelbel
• Meditation - Bach-Gounod
• Eine Kleine Nachtmusik - Mozart
• Quartet No. 1 - Boccherini
• Quartet No. 2 - Boccherini
• Quartet No. 9 - Boccherini
• Opus 10, No. 3 - Chopin
• Concerto Grosso in D Minor - Vivaldi
• Spring (from Four Seasons) - Vivaldi
• Five Old French Dances - Gervais
• Sonata No. 1 - Handel
• Quartet No. 13, K 157 - Mozart
• Three Divertimenti - Mozart
• Quartet Opus 3, No. 5 Serenade - Haydn
• Miniature String Quartet in A Minor - David Stone

Lighter Popular Classics, or Classic Pops

• Come Back to Sorrento
• Londonderry Air
• Country Gardens
• Estrellita
• El Relicario
• Sæterjentens Söndag
• La Cumparsita
• Dark Eyes
• Loch Lomond
• La Cinquantaine
• Poeme
• Rubenstein's Romance
• Slavonic Dance
• Minuet (Bach)
• I'm Falling in Love with Someone
• It's Gonna Be a Great Day
• Tea for Two
• Anything Goes
• Fascinatin' Rhythm
• You and the Night and the Music
• Days of Wine and Roses
• So Happy Together (Turtles)
• Somewhere Out There (American Tail)
• Morning Has Broken
• I Get a Kick Out of You
• Lullaby of Broadway
• I Got Rhythm
• La Vie En Rose
• Secret Love (King and I)
• Begin the Beguine
• Embraceable You
• Someone to Watch Over Me
• The Man I Love
• Blue Moon
• Memory (Cats)
• Deep Purple
• Somewhere My Love
• The Rose
• Misty
• Wedding Song (Paul Stukey)
• All I Ask of You (Phantom)
• When I Fall in Love (Sleepless)
• Theme from Somewhere in Time

Selections of Scott Joplin Rags

• Paragon Rag
• Country Club Rag
• Pineapple Rag
• Maple Leaf Rag

Selections from the Beatles

• Michelle
• The Long & Winding Road
• When I'm 64
• Penny Lane
• Norwegian Wood
• With a Little Help from my Friends

The list goes on and on from here, and even includes Pink Panther and Looney Toons. We have waltzes, polkas and foxtrots, and, as you can tell, we like Gershwin, Cole Porter, well known show tunes, themes and love songs from musicals, and so do most people. It's music most everyone recognizes and even can hum along with, but it doesn't interfere with conversations, just enhances the ambience or mood. For a reception, we pull from all the above repertoire and play "sets" of the different kinds of music. We also pay attention to which music is more pleasing to the guests and try to focus more on that type.

Dance Music

Dance Music

Selections we own
Composer/Arranger Title
WALTZES (all kinds)
Dvorak Two little Waltzes
Tchaikovsky Waltz from Serenade for Strings
Ungar Ashoakan Farewell from the Civil War film by Ken Burns
Strauss Voices of Spring Suite
Fibich Poeme
Morning Has Broken
Rodgers & Hammerstein Edelweiss
Cole Porter Wunderbar
Strauss Tales from the Vienna Woods
Strauss Artist’s Life (Künsterleben)
Strauss Wine, Women and Song
Strauss Blue Danube
Strauss Weiner Blut
Strauss Emperor Waltz
Jerry Bock Sunrise, Sunset
Gilbert/Shilkret Jeannine (I dream of lilac time)
Hammerstein When I Grow Too Old To Dream
De Curtis Come Back to Sorrento
Victor Herbert I’m Falling in Love with Someone
Mancini Moon River
Mancini Charade
Stephen Foster Beautiful Dreamer
Brahms Cradle Song
Traditional Santa Lucia
Offenbach Barcarole
Lehar Gold & Silver Waltz
Waldteufel Skaters Waltz
Strauss Artist’s Life
Waldteufel Estudiantina
Von Weber Invitation to the Dance
Brahms Waltz in G
Marchetti Fascination
Lennon/McCartney Norwegian Wood
Fox Trot Type
Mercer Days of Wine and Roses
Dietz You and the Night and the Music
Cole Porter Anything Goes
Cole Porter Night and Day
Caesar Tea for Two
Herman Hupfeld As Time Goes By
Ira Gershwin Embraceable You
Cole Porter Someone to Watch Over Me
Carmichael Star Dust
Arlen Over the Rainbow
Hamlisch Theme from Ice Castles
Lennon/McCartney Yesterday
Lennon/McCartney Michelle
Webber Memory (from “Cats”)
Gershwin ‘S Wonderful
Polka, Tango, Jazz, Etc.
Mancini Pie in the Face Polka (from the Great Race)
Martha Polka
Cole Porter Begin the Beguine
Ernesto Lecuona Siboney
Padilla El Relicario
Rodriquez La Cumparsita
Dvorak Slavonic Dance
Brahms Hungarian Dance No 4
Albeniz Spanish Dance
Ellington Caravan
Ellington It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing
Lennon/McCartney When I’m Sixty Four
Gershwin Fascinatin’ Rhythm
Gershwin I Got Rhythm
Shearing Lullaby of Birdland
Porter Just One of Those Things

How to Choose Wedding Music

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 Man’s Desiring Bach, Johann Sebastian
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik Mozart,Wolfgang Amadeus
Andante from “Rosamunde” 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 Man’s 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 Man’s 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
Children’s 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 Night’s Dream Mendelssohn, Felix
Trumpet Tune Purcell, Henry
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik Mozart, Amadeus
Brandenburg Concerto #3 Bach, Johann Sebastian

Trio Wedding Music

Trio Wedding Music

Prelude:

Happy & Romantic from the Baroque, Classical & Romantic periods– Handel, Corelli, Mozart, Bach, Elgar, Haydn, Schubert, Vivaldi, etc., etc.

Family seating and/or Bridesmaids’ Processional;

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring Bach
Salut d’Amour Elgar
Rêverie Debussy
Canon in D Pachelbel
Elegie Massenet
Air (“on the G String) from Suite #3 in D Major Bach
Gavotte from the Holberg Suite Grieg


Bride's Processional

Trumpet Voluntary Purcell
"Here Comes the Bride"  R. Wagner
(Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin)  
March from Suite for String Orchestra Bach
March from Incidental Music to Abdelazer Purcell
St. Anthony Chorale Brahms
Theme from Serenade for Strings Tchaikovsky


Recessional

Trumpet Tune Purcell
“There Goes the Bride”  
(Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream Mendelssohn
First Movement from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik Mozart
March from Suite for String Orchestra Bach
Rondeau from Sinfonies de Fanfares Mouret
Allegro from “Autumn” of the Four Seasons Vivaldi

*Incidental or Reflective Music

Gymnopédie No. 1 ( from Trois Gymnopédies) Erik Satie
Arioso Bach

*There’s more of this kind of music – it didn’t seem like you were going to need any, so I didn’t spend more time on this category. If I guessed wrong and you want additional “reflection music” for during the wedding, let me know and I will do more research in our trio literature.