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Wedding Ceremony Music


In most wedding ceremonies, there are at least four major parts which utilize different types of themed music. These are usually instrumental, but if you know little about classical music, here are some popular choices along with some more contemporary selections.


Prelude


The prelude usually contains classical selections. Some common choices include


Etude, Chopin

Prelude, Chopin

Polovtsian Dance, Borodin

Sonata #15, Mozart

Air On The G String (from Orchestral Suite No.3), Bach

Ode to Joy, Beethoven

The Four Seasons, Vivaldi

Endless Love, Lionel Richie

Wedding Song, Peter, Paul & Mary


Procession


The procession is second, where the mother of the bride is seated and the bride begins her march down the aisle. A few popular selections are:


The Bridal Chorus, Wagner

Minuet in G, Beethoven

Canon in D, Pachelbel

Trumpet Voluntary, Clarke

The Velocity of Love, Susan Cianni


Interlude (optional)


The interlude comes next, at which point you and your fiancé are may exchange roses or have a candlelighting. Popular choices here include:


Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, J.S. Bach

Sonata, Traditional

Ave Maria, Schubert

Lord's Prayer, traditional

The Rose, Bette Midler

Wind Beneath My Wings, Bette Midler

Evergreen, Barbra Streisand


Recessional


The final part is the recessional where you and your spouse leave the ceremony as newlyweds. An upbeat song is usually selected.


Traditional "Wedding March"

I Feel Good, James Brown

Jammin', Bob Marley


Before making your selections, consult your officiant, considering that some churches don't even allow the Here Comes the Bride theme. The choice is up to you, but if it is a formal ceremony, don't be afraid to admit if you know little about classical music. The musicians or the officiant can make the choices for you. Whatever music you choose, make sure you finalize your selections as soon as possible


portions of this text excerpted from "The Wedding Connection".


 

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