Planning your ceremony music

Prelude – Prelude music provides a welcoming atmosphere for your guests as they are being seated. Music from various genres, classical, pop songs and jazz standards can be mixed to appeal to the various age groups of your guests.

Processional– The processional marks the official start of the wedding ceremony. Stately and flowing this music sets the stage for the beautiful bridesmaids and the solemnity of the event. Pachelbel’s canon in D, Bach’s Arioso and Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring are suitable choices.

Bridal Processional – This is the incredible moment that is etched in everyone’s memory. Select something that is beautiful and meaningful for both of you. The traditional choice is the Bridal Chorus from Wagner’s Opera Lohengrin. Victoria, the Princess Royal made this piece popular when she used it as a processional to marry Prince Frederick William of Prussia in 1858.

Interlude – This is moment for quiet reflection. A time when no words are spoken for a minute or two, such as lighting a unity candle, memorial candle or presenting roses to parents. Impressionistic music from Debussy, Faure or New Age is perfect for the interlude. I suggest that the lyrics to a popular song are not floating through everyone’s thoughts, their attention should be completely focused on you.

Recessional – Let the celebration begin! The pronouncement of husband and wife is the signal for applause and joyous recessional music. Top selections are Clarke’s Trumpet Voluntary or Felix Mendelssohn’s Wedding March.


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