Traditional Favorite Ceremony Selections

For a thorough explanation of how ceremony music typically works, head on over here.

Here are the perennial classics of ceremony music.  Some fall  into more than one category as you’ll see.  This list is a compilation of which classical pieces our clients have actually chosen most often, but you can use anything anywhere.  There are no hard-and-fast rules (unless you’re getting married in a church that has specific guidelines about music).

Processionals (for parents/family or attendants/bridal party):

  •         Jesu joy of man's desiring - Bach
  •         Largo from Winter - Vivaldi
  •         Wachet Auf - Bach
  •         O Mio Babbino Caro - Puccini
  •         Canon in D - Pachelbel

Processional for Entrance of Bride:

  •         Canon in D - Pachelbel
  •         Jesu joy of man's desiring - Bach
  •         Bridal Chorus - Wagner
  •         Trumpet Voluntary - Clarke

Ceremony interlude (e.g. unity candle, sand ceremony, or similar)

  •         Air on the G String - Bach
  •         One Hand One Heart - Bernstein
  •         Arioso - Bach
  •         Ave Maria - Schubert

Recessional:

  •         Wedding March - Mendelssohn
  •         Spring - Vivaldi
  •         La Rejouissance - Handel
  •         Hornpipe - Handel