Wedding Ceremony Music
If your wedding ceremony is to take place in a church or synagogue, then it is advisable for you to confer with either your priest, minister, rabbi or with your church music director/organist, minister of music or cantor. Be sure to inquire as to their list of acceptable musical selections and any restrictions regarding contemporary or other styles of songs to be performed at your house of worship.
Wedding Ceremony Music: Bride’s Processional?
It is important to keep in mind that the bride’s processional combines two wonderful elements of:
- Leaving your past single life behind and
- Walking with an open-heart, towards a new and beautiful future life with your husband-to-be!
No matter what your musical preferences, the music for your walk down the aisle must be a selection which combines your own unique taste first and foremost with a calm and stately walking tempo. Listening to samples of classical or other music can be a lot of fun and a great way to learn more about your own musical preferences in general. The traditional “Bridal March” from Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin is the standard Bride’s Song. There are different versions that sound beautiful and are appropriate to your wedding site and taste as well. It is really helpful if the music casts the right mood and is calming for your special moment!
For Jewish brides, traditional Jewish ceremonial music such as Erev Shel Shoshanim or Dodi Li are wonderful selections to consider.
Some Ideas for Your Wedding Ceremony Music
If you are a fan of baroque music, some favorites are:“Four Seasons” by Vivaldi theme with: “Allegro” from Autumn for bridesmaids/wedding attendants Processional, “Largo” from Winter for Bride’s Processional and “Allegro” from Spring as a wedding Recessional.
The Pachelbel Canon in D Major is one of the most popular wedding processionals. There are many versions of this ceremony standard including piano, strings, etc. Choose one which is a tempo that you like and is appropriate for your indoor or outdoor ceremony site.
Your processional selections will reflect your own style and taste.
Wedding Ceremony Music: A Selection of Bridal Processionals
Here are some selections for you to consider for your special walk down the aisle:
- Canon in D Major (#1 requested) by Johann Pachelbel
- Wedding March from Lohengrin by Richard Wagner
- Desert Rain – David Lanz
- Once Upon A Time -Storybook Love – Mark Knopfler
- Joy – George Winston
- Ave Maria – Schubert
- Romanze from Eine Kleine Nachtmsik – Mozart
- Air on the G String – JS Bach
- Trumpet Voluntary – Jeremiah Clarke
- Arioso – JS Bach
- Largo from Winter of The Four Seasons -Vivaldi
- Allegro from Spring of The Four Seasons – Vivaldi
- Allegro from Autumn of The Four Seasons – Vivaldi
- Romance – Hummel
- Lara’s Theme from Dr. Zhivago – Maurice Jarre
- Trumpet Tune – Henry Purcell
- Claire De Lune – Claude Debussy
- Love Theme from Cinema Paradiso – Andrea Morricone
- Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring -JS Bach
- Largo from Sonata in A Major Opus 4 #3 – Corelli
- Erev Shel Shoshanim – J. Hadar (Jewish ceremonial-traditional)
- What A Wonderful World – David Weiss & Bob Thiele
- The Prayer – David Foster
- Heaven – Bryan Adams
- Everything I Do – Bryan Adams
- Stairway To Heaven – Led Zeppelin
Have fun choosing the wonderful wedding ceremony music to be performed on your most special day!