Wedding Ceremony Music Plays a Large Role in Making Your Wedding a Success.

Wedding Ceremony Music

Just as a movie soundtrack heightens the emotions felt while watching a movie, wedding ceremony music can impart the most important day of your life with a radiant, euphoric quality- feelings that will be remembered forever.

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Prelude Music

There are traditionally four points in a wedding ceremony during which wedding ceremony music is used. While guests are entering the church or other venue, music that gives an an anticipatory air of nobility is performed. This music should not be so vigorous as to take away from the bridal processional and wedding ceremony to come, but it should be buoyant, and at times reflective.

Usually it is left up to the musicians what music will be performed for prelude music. However, if the bride has a favorite piece that she would liked performed, ensembles should be more than willing to do so, as long as they can find the music. Pieces that are often performed for traditional wedding ceremonies include:

(* can be used during the bridal party processional as well)

Bridal Party Processional Music

Once the wedding guests have been seated, the bridal party enters. Obviously, you need for this stage of the wedding ceremony music that can be walked to. For this reason, it is important that the music be a duple meter (time signatures such as 2/4, 4/4, or 6/8). Music for the bridal party processional is often interchangeable with the prelude music, as long as the piece is written in an appropriate time signature. Some suggestions are:

  • Sheep May Safely Graze (J.S. Bach)
  • Gavotte from Orchestral Suite No. 3 (J.S. Bach)
  • Trumpet Tune (Purcell)
  • Theme from last movement of 9th Symphony (Beethoven)

Bridal Music

Tradition most heavily dictates the wedding ceremony for the bridal processional. The most traditional bridal music is Richard Wagner's Bridal Processional Music from his opera Lohengrin, or otherwise know as “Here Comes the Bride.” Another traditional bridal processional is Pachelbel's Canon in D - a beautiful, peaceful, and emotional piece. Trumpet Voluntary, by Jeremiah Clarke, is fanfare like, and a good choice for many.

Music During the Ceremony

During the wedding ceremony itself, a musical selection can be used as a reflection or meditation period. In some religious ceremonies, such as found in the Catholic Church, music is a necessary part of the service. Excellent pieces for this include:

  • Mediation from Thaïs (Massenet)
  • Bist Du Bei Mir from the Anna Magdalena Notebook (J.S. Bach)
  • Arioso from Cantata No. 156 (J.S. Bach)
  • Adante Cantabile from String Quartet Op. 11 (Tchaikovsky)
  • Air on the G String (J.S. Bach)
  • Largo from Xerxes (Handel)

Recessional Music

As soon as the newly married couple has been presented as husband and wife, the recessional wedding ceremony music begins. This should be joyous and celebratory. The most traditional music used for this point in the wedding comes from Felix Mendelsshon's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Other pieces often used are:

While the wedding guests are leaving the venue, music similar to that which was played during the prelude makes sense.

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