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Music For Weddings

Church Wedding Solemnisation Programme (Sample 1)

Prelude to Wedding (String Quartet to play while guests are settling down)

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Bach)
Ave Maria (Schubert)
Music of the Night (Phantom of the Opera)
O Sole Mio

Beauty and the Beast to accompany (childhood montage video)

(After ringing of bells)

Wedding Processional Canon in D (Pachelbel)

Hymn 1: Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee

Hymn 2: The Love of God

Signing of Register  Great is Thy Faithfulness

Recessional Wedding March (Mendelssohn)


Arrival of Queen Sheba (Handel)
Trumpet Voluntary (Jeremiah Clarke)
Vivaldi Spring

Classical Wedding Solemnisation Programme (Sample 2)

Guests seating before the procession:

“Unaccompanied cello suites No 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: Prelude” by JS Bach, followed by Courante, Menuet II and Gigue if there is more time

Bridal procession:

“Salut d’amour” (flower girls, page boys and bridesmaids), to blend into: “The Mission, Gabriel’s Oboe” during bride’s entry

Recessional (couple’s march out)

Trumpet Tune by Henry Purcell

Processional 2 (couple’s march back in)

Verdi, Grand March from “Aida”

Signing of register

8 Humoresques Op 101 B. 187: No 7 Poco Lento E Grazioso in G-Flat Major by Antonin Dvorak


Spring from Vivaldi’s 4 seasons (Primavera)

Planning the Music for your Wedding

The music you choose for your wedding will set the tone for the entire ceremony. From the prelude that people hear when they arrive to the processional, having live music will enhance the setting and style of your wedding.

Air (Handel)
Air on G String (Bach)
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach)
Meditation (Massenet)
Sheep May Safely Graze (Bach)

Bridal Chorus (Wagner)
Canon in D (Pachelbel)
Largo (Handel)
Wedding Processional (from The Sound of Music)
Salut Damour (Elgar)

The Prayer (Charlotte Church / Josh Groban)
Wedding Prayer
Love Will Be Our Home (Traditional)
Bist Du bei Mir (Bach)
Ave Maria (Schubert)

The Gift
Grow Old with me
Love of My Life
Starting Here, Starting Now

Cherish the Treasure
Household of Faith
I will be Here
This is the Day

A typical wedding ceremony can therefore be programmed as follows. However, much variation exists and no weddings are alike as befitting the occasion.

Prelude to Ceremony
Serenade (Handel)
Aria (Handel)

Bridesmaids Processional and Seating of Parents
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (J.S. Bach)

Bridal processional
Canon in D (Johann Pachelbel)

Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
O Perfect Love

Signing of the Register
Air on G String (J.S. Bach)

Spring (Vivaldi Four Seaons)

Trumpet Voluntary (Jeremiah Clarke)