Wedding Ceremony Music

Weddings are great and terrific events. Everybody enjoys them with gaiety and fervor. Fun and frolic are the hallmark of this auspicious occasion.

Wedding without music has no meaning. Music adds to its aura. It is a combination of traditionality and modernity.

What does Wedding Ceremony Music consists of ?

Wedding music is soft and mostly classical or full of ballads.Songs are played as a prelude when the guests are seated, then a special song when the mothers of the bride and the groom are seated. There are songs during the procession, one when the bridesmaids enter, and the dramatic one when the bride walks up the aisle. The most joyous music is played during the recession stage when the bride and the groom leave together. There can be special songs during the ring exchange ceremony and vowing taking ceremony, lighting the unity candle, or while taking the communion. These songs are what some churches have laid down as rules and procedures for a wedding ceremony. One needs to ask the clergy to play such songs. Music is an integral part of the wedding ceremony and one should ensure that all apsects of the ceremony which require music are not overlooked. Music sanctifies the ceremony. Religious music adds to the seriousness of the event and one has the choice of selecting the best of songs for the occasion.

Types of music for Wedding Ceremony :

Popular Songs

  • Guitar Concerto in D Major Largo, (Antonio Vivaldi)
  • Air (from Water Music Suite), (George Frederic Handel)
  • Wedding March (from The Marriage of Figaro), (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
  • Trumpet Tune and Air” (Henry Purcell)

Other Classical Wedding Ceremony Music

  • Coronation March for Czar Alexander III (Peter I. Tchaikovsky)
  • Overture (from Royal Fireworks Music) (George Frederic Handel)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream, incidental music, Op. 61 Wedding March (Felix Mendelssohn)
  • Winter, Largo or Spring Allegro (from The Four Seasons), (Antonio Vivaldi)

Contemporary songs Appropriate for Wedding Ceremonies

  • At Last (Etta James)
  • Only Time (Enya)
  • Wedding Processional (from The Sound of Music) (Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein)
  • Can’t help falling in love (Elvis Presley)

The Sequence

  1. Prelude

    (Wedding music played while guests arrive and are seated)
    Ave Maria-Schubert
    Ave Maria-Bach-Gounod
    The Wedding Song-Kenny G

  2. Processional

    (as you walk down the aisle)
    Reminiscent Joy-The O’Neil Brothers
    Bridal Chorus- Wedding March from Lonegrin(Here Comes the Bride)-Wagner
    Trumpet Voluntary-Jeremiah Clarke

  3. Ceremony

    – as a reflective piece, during a religious ceremony and or signing of the registry.a.

    Wedding Love Songs

    – (a list of songs that one can sing during the ceremony or before guests arrive)
    A Whole new world- Aladdin’s Theme
    Endless Love-Mariah Carey
    Loving You-Ripperton Mini

  4. Recessional

    (as newlyweds and wedding guests exit)
    Spring(from The Four Seasons)-Vivaldi
    Trumpet Tune-Purcell
    Wedding March (from A Midsummer Night,s Dream)-Mendelssoh

Obviously, wedding without music is no wedding at all.