Ceremony Music

Traditional Wedding Ceremony Music

Prelude :

The prelude is the music that is played while guests are being seated and waiting for the ceremony to begin. This music is usually calm and reflective. Suggestions include:

Adagio from Sonata in E-Flat by Mozart
All I Ask of You  - A. L. Webber
Allegro from Brandenburg concerto #4 in G by Bach
Canon in D - J. Pachelbel
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring  - J. S. Bach
Nocturne in E Flat, Op. 9 No. 2 by Chopin
Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun by Debussy
So this is Love Instrumental "Cinderella" by David, Hoffman, Livingston
Apotheosis (from Sleeping Beauty) by Tchaikovsky


The processional is played as the bride enters and walks down the aisle. This music is usually uplifting and dramatic to bring focus to the bride. Suggestions include:

Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin (Here Comes the Bride) by Wagner
Canon in D Minor by Pachelbel
Arioso by Bach
Trumpet Tune by Purcell
Spring (from The Four Seasons) by Vivaldi
Elvira Madigan Theme by Bach
Pavane - P. Wachs
Processional to Te Deum by Charpentier
Romance from String Quartet by Mozart
Rondo (theme from Masterpiece Theater) by Mauret
Trumpet Voluntary - Prince of Denmark's March by Clarke


The recessional is played as the newly married couple walks back down the aisle after they have been pronounced "Husband and Wife." This is usually lively music to show the feelings of excitement and celebration. Suggestions include:

Wedding March (from a Midsummer Night's Dream) - F. Mendelssohn
Water Music by Handel
Sonata in G by Tartini
La Rejouissance (Royal Fireworks Music) by Handel
Autumn (from The Four Seasons) by Vivaldi
Hornpipe from Water Music - G. F. Handel
Air on the G String (from Orchestral Suite #3) by Bach
First Movement from Brandenburg Concerto #1 in F by Bach
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon by Handel
Toccata from Organ Symphony #5 by Widor

Music During the Ceremony

You could choose to have soft background music during the presentation of flowers to the parents or unity candles. Music is recommended only when there is no speech/talking.

Arioso  - J. S. Bach
Ave Maria - F. Schubert
Ave Maria - J. S. Bach C. Gounod
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring by Bach
Sunrise, Sunset (from Fiddler on the Roof) by Harnick, Bock
The Lord's Prayer by Malotte
Heart Full of Love (from Les Miserables) by Boubil, Schonberg, and Kretzmer
If With all Your Hearts by Mendelssohn
One Hand, One Heart (from West Side Story) by Bernstein, Sondheim
God of Life - Panus Angelicus by Franck
A Marriage Prayer by Weatherill
Air - Sheep May Safely Graze by Bach

Suggested Non-Traditional Songs During the Ceremony -

From this Moment by Shania Twain/Brian White
Because You Loved Me by Celine Dion
It's Your Love by Tim McGraw/Faith Hill
I'll Always be Right There by Bryan Adams
I Believe in You and Me by Whitney Houston
Give Me Forever (I Do) by John Tesh
I Finally Found Someone by Bryan Adams/Barbra Streisand
How Do I Live by Trisha Yearwood or Leann Rimes
To Make You Feel My Love by Garth Brooks
Everything I Do by Bryan Adams

The CD's listed below are available to our clients for private previewing :

The Complete Wedding Album

Disc: 1
1. RigaudonMusic
2. Cantata No. 29: SinfoniaMusic
3. Symphony No. 5: ToccataMusic
4. A Midsummer Night's Dream: Wedding March - Music
5. The Princess Of Denmark's MarchMusic
6. Trumpet Tune In D Major
7. Te Deum
8. Ave Maria -
9. Canon In D Major
10. Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring
11. Prelude No. 1 In C Major
12. Entrance Of The Queen Of Sheba
13. Water Music: Air
14. Water Music: Hornpipe
15. Rondeau
16. Unchained Melody from Ghost
17. Through the Eyes Of Love From Ice Castles
18. Romeo And Juliet: Love Theme
19. The Wedding Song
20. Traditional Jewish: Dodi li

Disc: 2
1. Rondeau
2. Sheep May Safely Graze -
3. Ave Maria -
4. Gymnopedie No. 1
5. Clair de lune -
6. Moonlight Sonata: Adagio sostenuto From 'Moonlight Sonata'
7. Largo For Concerto No. 5 In F Minor, BWV 1056 -
8. Largo From Concerto For Guitar

9. Largo From Xerxes
10. Allegro From The Four Seasons - Spring
11. Adagio In G Minor For Strings
12. Fantasia On 'Greensleeves'
13. Adagion For Strings
14. Bridal Chorus From Lohengrin
15. A Midsummer Night's Dream: Wedding March >From 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

Bride's Guide to Wedding Music 1


1. Three Lute Dances: Prelude: CouranteMusic
2. Sonata In E-Flat: Prelude: AdagioMusic
3. Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 In G: Prelude: Allegro - Music
4. Water Music: Prelude: Suite No. 1- AirMusic
5. Processional: Trumpet Voluntary (The Prince Of Denmark's March)Music
6. Te Deum: Processional: Prelude
7. Processional: Canon In D
8. Processional: Trumpet Tune
9. Lohengrin: Processional: 'Wedding March'

10. Cantata 147: Ceremony: 'Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring'
11. The Four Seasons: Ceremony: 'Spring' - Allegro
12. Ceremony: 'Ave Maria' -
13. Five Mystical Songs: Ceremony: 'The Call' -
14. Ceremony: 'Sheep May Safely Graze'
15. A Midsummer Night's Dream: Recessional: 'Wedding March' -
16. Solomon: Recessional: 'Arrival Of The Queen Of Sheeba'
17. Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 In F: Recessional: First Movement -
18. Organ Symphony No. 5: Recessional: Toccata
Brides's Guide to Wedding Music, Vol. 2
1. Messiah: Pastoral SymphonyMusic
2. Love's Ole Sweet SongMusic
3. In dulci jobiloMusic
4. A DreamMusic
5. The Prince Of Denmark's March: Trumpet VoluntaryMusic
6. Wedding March From Lohengrin: Bridal Chorus
7. Variations on a Theme by Haydn: St. Anthony's Chorale
8. Cantata No.140: Sleepers, Awake!
9. Guitar Concerto in D: Largo
10. Cantata No. 99: What God Hath Done, Is Rightly Done
11. Tempo di Minuetto
12. Cantata No. 85: See What His Love Can Do
13. Orchestral Suite No.3 In D: Air On The G String
14. Ave verum corpus
15. Serse: Largo
16. Suite No.3: Siciliana
17. Water Music - Suite No.2: Andante - Allegro
18. Trumpet Concerto In A-Flat: Allegro
19. Premiere Suite: Rondeau
20. Cantata No.129: Praise Be To God
21. Water Music - Suite No.2: Alla hornpipe