Music Library
Wedding Planner
Contact Us

Guide to Selecting Your Wedding Music

The following is a guide to help select your wedding music.

The pieces shown are merely suggestions.



Most weddings require 20 to 30 minutes worth of music to be played as a prelude to the ceremony during the time that the guests are arriving and being seated.


The actual pieces are not normally listed in the program. 


We usually play a variety of classical pieces, of a more subdued style, to set the mood for the coming ceremony. 


You are welcome to select part or all of your music or we can play what seems appropriate at the time. 

Air on the G String (Bach)

Aria (Handel)

Ave Maria (Bach-Gounod)

Ave Maria (Schubert)

Ave Verum Corpus (Mozart)

Canon in D (Pachelbel)

Cantabile (Tartini)

Intermezzo  (Mascagni)

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Bach)

Largo from Xerxes (Handel)

Largo from Winter (Vivaldi)

Lascia Ch'io Pianga (Handel)

Minuet (Gluck)

Panis Angelicus (Franck)

Rigaudon (Campra)

Romanze from Eine Kleine Nacht Music  


Sheep May Safely Graze (Bach)

Sleepers Awake (Bach)

St. Anthony's Chorale (Brahms)

Theme from Jupiter (Holst)

Where E'er You Walk (Handel)


Contemporary pieces can work for the Prelude, although some churches have restrictions on the type of music which may be used. 


You may want to check with your officiant or wedding planner. 

Amazing Grace

As the Deer

Endless Love

From this Moment

How Beautiful

My Love For Thee

O Perfect Love

Oh Promise Me

On Eagle's Wings

One Hand, One Heart

Unchained Melody

There is Love

You Raise Me Up

Seating of the Family


Many times a specific piece is selected to be played during the seating of the parents and grandparents.


Any of the Prelude pieces would work well here. 


This piece is usually listed in the program.

Same as Prelude music.

Processionals for the Bridal Party and the Bride


A different song used for the bride's entrance is a signal to the guests that it is time to stand.


These pieces are listed in the program.

Air on the G String (Bach)

Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin (Wagner)

Canon in D (Pachelbel)

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Bach)

Largo from Xerxes (Handel)

Trumpet Tune (Purcell)

Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke)

Lighting of the Unity Candle and Communion


Normally listed in the program, the music used for either of these parts of the ceremony is usually of a subdued, pensive style, similar to the prelude music. 


A vocalist is sometimes used here.

Same as Prelude music.

Recessional (Exit of the Bridal Party)


Usually listed in the program, music used for this part of the ceremony is always upbeat - a "rejoicing" style of music. 

Hornpipe from Water Music (Handel)

La Rejouissance (Handel)

Ode to Joy (Beethoven)

Rondeau (Mouret)

Trumpet Tune (Purcell)

Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke)

Wedding March (Mendelsohn)




Postlude music is played until all of the guests have exited. 


The number of pieces needed depends on how many guests there are and how their exit is handled. 


Music for the Postlude continues in the upbeat style of the Recessional. 


It is not necessary to list this music in the program and, if desired, we can select this for you. 

Allegro Grazioso (Gretry)

Alleluia (Mozart)

Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Handel)

Badinerie (Bach)

Gigue (Handel)

Gigue (Pachelbel)

Hornpipe from Water Music (Handel)

La Rejouissance (Handel)

March from Marriage of Figaro (Mozart)

Ode to Joy (Beethoven)

Rigaudon (Campra)

Rondeau (Mouret)



[Classical] [Popular] [Ethnic] [Wedding] [Holiday] [FAQ] [Wedding Planner] [Contact Us] [Links]