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Wedding Ceremony Music Suggestions

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Violin rests atop the grand piano before the wedding ceremony beings.

Traditionally, wedding ceremony music has been largely based upon classical music selections – and these timeless gems are still very much in use for today’s modern wedding ceremonies. Depending on the type of wedding ceremony you plan to have, particularly for more religious settings in places of worship, you may want to check with your minister, rabbi or other ceremony official for recommended musical selections.

For most other ceremonies, you can use the suggested pieces below as a starting point – and feel free to incorporate your own special pieces into the ceremony as well; just be sure to run any special requests by your ceremony musicians first. :)

prelude music

Allegro from The Water Music Suite, George Frederick Handel

Andante from Brandenburg Concerto #2, Johann Sebastian Bach

Andante from The Water Music Suite, George Frederick Handel

Bouree from The Water Music Suite, George Frederick Handel

Clair de Lune, Claude Debussy

Finale from The Water Music Suite, George Frederick Handel

Gigue from Suite #3 in D Major, Johann Sebastian Bach

Gymnopedie No. 1, Erik Satie

Largo from Xerxes, George Frederick Handel

Pavane, Gabriel Faure

Prelude in Db Major, Frederic Chopin

Salut d’Amour, Op. 12, Edward Elgar

Sicilienne, Johann Sebastian Bach

Sonata, George Philipp Telemann

The Swan from Carnival of the Animals, Camille Saint-Saens

To A Wild Rose, Edward MacDowell

processional music

Bridal Chorus (“Here Comes the Bride”), Richard Wagner

Canon in D, Johann Pachelbel

Dodi Li, Traditional Jewish

Erev Shel Shoshanim, Traditional Jewish

Jerusalem of Gold (Y’rushalayim Shel Zahov), Traditional Jewish

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Johann Sebastian Bach

Sheep May Safely Graze from Cantata #208, Johann Sebastian Bach

Simple Gifts, Shaker Hymn

Sonata Pathetique, Ludwig van Beethoven

Trumpet Tune, Henry Purcell

Trumpet Voluntary, Jeremiah Clarke

Wachet Auf from Cantata #140, Johann Sebastian Bach

Yedid Nefesh, Traditional Jewish

interlude music

Air from Water Music Suite, George Frederick Handel

Air on the G String from Suite #3 in D Major, Johann Sebastian Bach

Arioso from Cantata #156, Johann Sebastian Bach

Ave Maria, J.S. Bach/Gounod

Ave Maria, Franz Schubert

Be Thou My Vision, Traditional Irish Melody

Greensleeves, Traditional

Largo from The New World Symphony, Antonin Dvorak

Meditation from Thais, Jules Massenet

Nocturne from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Felix Mendelssohn

Winter from The Four Seasons (Largo), Antonio Vivaldi

recessional and postlude music

Autumn from The Four Seasons (Allegro), Antonio Vivaldi

Hornpipe from The Water Music Suite, George Frederick Handel

La Rejouissance from Royal Fireworks Music, George Frederick Handel

Od Yeshoma, Traditional Jewish

Ode to Joy, Ludwig van Beethoven

Rondeau from Sinfonies de Fanfares, Jean-Joseph Mouret

Simon Tov and Chosen Kalle Mazel Tov, Traditional Jewish

Spring from The Four Seasons (Allegro), Antonio Vivaldi

Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Felix Mendelssohn