There are many wonderful choices for ceremony songs and here are a few options:

The quintessential ceremony uses classical music. Recently many couples have decided to try something different and use pop, rock or jazz for the ceremony. Another choice is to use classical musicians playing contemporary songs in a classical style, so for example, you can have a string quartet performing a love song from the Beatles.

 

Here are a few of the most requested songs for a ceremony:

 

Prelude

The prelude is the half hour of music played while people are gathering for the ceremony. Choose classical music to create a reverent mood:

"Prelude in C" (J.S. Bach)

"Ave Maria" (F. Schubert)

"Clair de Lune" (C. Debussy)

"Gymnopedie" (A.E.L. Satie)

"La primavera" and "L'inverno" from the Four Seasons (A.Vivaldi).

Seating of Family

The ceremony begins with the seating of special guests and grandparents, followed by the seating of the mothers. The finest selections for this moment are:

"Arioso" (J.S. Bach)

"Allegro Maestoso" from Water Music (G.F. Handel)

"Meditation from Tais" (J. Massenet)

Processional

As this music begins, the pastor and the groom usually proceed to the front and bridesmaids begin their procession down the aisle. Some traditional choices for the processional are:

"Trumpet Voluntary" (J. Clark)

"Trumpet Tune" (H. Purcell)

"Jesus, Joy of Man's Desiring" (J.S. Bach)

"March" from Occasional Oratorio (G.F. Handel)

Bride’s Entrance

It’s time for the grand entrance! Familiar songs that stir your guests to stand and await your appearance are:

"Canon in D" (J. Pachelbel)

"The Bridal Chorus" from Lohengrin (R. Wagner)

"Allegro Maestoso" from Water Music (G.F. Handel)

"Rondeau" (J.J. Mouret)

Special/Interim Music

Your musician or DJ will ask you to choose songs for the special moments in your wedding ceremony (e.g., the lighting of the unity candle or a sacred solo after the prayer). Two exceptional pieces for this time are "The Lord's Prayer" by A. Malotte, or "The Prayer", as sung by Celine Dion and Andre Bocelli. "O Perfect Love" by J. Barnby is another good choice. Stick to two musical arrangements or your ceremony may run long.

Recessional

At this point, you’re beaming with total joy after marrying your partner! Consider these exuberant pieces for a grand exit:

"The Wedding March" from A Midsummer Night's Dream (F. Mendelssohn)

"Ode to Joy" (L. Beethoven)

"Hornpipe" (G.F. Handel)

Choosing traditional or classical music doesn't require you to limit your search to one genre or musical style. Choose music that best reflects the tone and feel of your day. If don't consider yourself a traditional bride, think about hiring classical musicians that play instrumentals of popular songs or having your DJ transition classical selections to more modern weddings songs at the reception.

You have endless choices to make this a reflection of your personality.

the classical string quartet-the quintessential choice for ceremonies

the classical string quartet-the quintessential choice for ceremonies

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