How to choose your wedding ceremony music

The wedding ceremony marks the start of your wedding day and the rest of your life as a married couple. So the music which accompanies you down the aisle should be chosen carefully and should be a piece which suits this momentous occasion.

Be creative

The most famous piece of processional wedding music is Wagner’s ‘Bridal Chorus’, or ‘Here comes the Bride’, as it more commonly known. This is a beautiful and majestic piece of music, hence its popularity. However there are so many options available it is well worth exploring them and choosing a piece which reflects you as a couple.

Ask permission

Before you make any decisions it is important to check any regulations with the church, or the registrar if you are having a civil ceremony. There may be certain rules you must follow, for example some churches will only allow religious music, which is often not allowed in a civil ceremony.

Style of music

Once you are clear on the regulations you must follow, you can then choose the style of music you would like, whether it be classical, religious or contemporary. Classical music can add a real sense of occasion, especially when played by a string trio or quartet. Popular choices include Canon in D by Pachelbel, Handel’s Entrance of the Queen of Sheba and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

If you are getting married in a church then a religious piece of music will really heighten the emotion of the event. One particularly beautiful piece is Schubert’s Ave Maria.

Although a classical or religious piece is more suited to the processional, using popular music to accompany the recessional, such as All You Need is Love by the Beatles, can be a nice way to add your personal touch.

Andrew Pettitt

Minerva Ensemble String Trio

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