It's the moment you've been waiting for: You and your bridal party are making a grand entrance as you walk down the aisle. What music will you choose for this important moment in your life?
Music is powerful, and a wedding ceremony is the perfect setting in which to harness its power by setting a mood and evoking emotions. Are you a traditional Richard Wagner "Bridal Chorus" type of couple? Are you more contemporary, looking for a song that captures your spirit like Norah Jones' "Come Away with Me?"
This guide to wedding ceremony songs contains both classic and contemporary music. Many of these songs can be used for processionals, recessionals, prelude music when your guests are finding seats and waiting for the ceremony to begin, and postlude music when guests are exiting and waiting in the receiving line.
Popular Wedding Ceremony Music
- "Bridal Chorus" from "Lohengrin" - Richard Wagner classic known colloquially as "Here Comes the Bride"
- "Canon in D" - by Johann Pachelbel is also known as "Pachelbel's Canon"
- "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" - Johann Sebastian Bach
- "Op. 61 Wedding March" from "A Midsummer's Night Dream" - Felix Mendelssohn, used in recessionals
Traditional Wedding Ceremony Music
- "Guitar Concerto in D Major" - Antonio Vivaldi
- "Air" from "Water Music Suite in F Major" - George Frideric Handel
- "Prince of Denmark's March" - Jeremiah Clarke, often called the Trumpet Voluntary
- "Processional in C" - Hal Hopson
- "Rigaudon" - Andre Campra
- "Wedding March" from "The Marriage of Figaro" - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- "The Deum Prelude" - Marc-Antoine Charpentier
- "Trumpet Tune and Air" - Henry Purcell
- "Trumpet Voluntary" - John Stanley
Classical Wedding Ceremony Music
- "Festival Coronation March in D Major" - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
- "Overture from Music for the Royal Fireworks" - George Frideric Handel
- "Promenade" from "Pictures at an Exhibition" - Modest Mussorgsky
- "Sinfonia" from "Cantata No. 156" - Johann Sebastian Bach
- "Cantata No. 29" - Johann Sebastian Bach
- "Prelude and Fugue in C Major" - Johann Sebastian Bach
- "Toccata" from "L'Orfeo" - Claudio Monteverdi
- "Romance" from "A Little Night Music" - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- "Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major" - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- "Trumpet Tune in D Major" - David N. Johnson
- "Winter, Largo" from "The Four Seasons" - Antonio Vivaldi
- "Spring, Allegro" from "The Four Seasons" - Antonio Vivaldi
- "At Last" - Etta James
- "Only Time" - Enya
- "Come Away With Me" - Norah Jones
- "It's Only Time" - The Magnetic Fields
- "The Look of Love" - Dusty Springfield
- "The Vow" - Jeremy Lubbock
- "Storybook Love" from "The Princess Bride" - Willy DeVille
- "Wedding Processional" from "The Sound of Music" - Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein
- "Can't Help Falling In Love" - Elvis Presley