Classical Ceremony Music Ideas

The “class” in Classical music has at least in part to do with the timeless nature of the style.  The same music that might have serenaded Napoleon or Louis the XIV entering a lush grand ballroom lends equal elegance to a 21st century bride walking down the aisle of a romantic garden setting.  That said, if there is one thing I would recommend to a bride in how to choose her ceremony music it’s that the music has got to be meaningful to her personally! 

There are certain songs that have become traditional selections-such as Canon in D or the Wedding March but brides should not be limited to these… there are so many colors and moods within the Classical genre.  There is so much classical music in fact that it can be overwhelming to know where to look.   The following is a list of processional and recessional ideas broken down by different moods. 

There are hundreds if not thousands of video clips on Youtube with some of the world’s greatest orchestras and performers playing these pieces.  Just copy the title into a Youtube search for an easy way to get familiar with a particular melody. 

What are you walking down the aisle to?  I would love to hear how you are using music to reflect your unique style as a couple!

ETHEREAL, DREAMY PROCESSIONALS
1. Claire de Lune (Debussy)
2. Entr’acte to Act III from Carmen (Bizet)
3. Girl with the Flaxen Hair (Debussy)
4. Meditation from Thais (Massanet)
5. Nocturne from String Quartet No. 2  (Borodin)
6. O Mio Babbino Caro from Gianni Schicchi (Puccini)
7. Pavane Pour une infante defunte (Ravel)
8. Reverie (Debussy)
9. Sheherazade (Theme from Part 3) Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov
10. Sleeping Beauty’s Pavane (Ravel)
11. The Swan from Carnival of the Animals (Saint-Saens)
12. Theme from New World Symphony 2nd Movement (Dvorak)
13. Theme from Polovetzian Dance from Prince Igor (Borodin)
14. Symphony No 5 2nd Movement theme (Tchaikovsky)
15. Theme from Lakme (Flower Duet) (Delibes)
16. Theme from Romeo & Juliet Ballet (Tchaikovsky)

TRADITIONAL PROCESSIONALS
(in order of popularity)
1. Canon in D “Pachelbel’s Canon” (Pachelbel)
2. Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin “Here Comes the Bride” (Wagner)
3. Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke)
4. Spring from the Four Seasons—Allegro 1 (Vivaldi)
5. Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach)
6. Trumpet Tune (Purcell)
7. Sheep May Safely Graze (Bach)
8. Wachet Auf (Bach)

STATELY ELEGANT PROCESSIONAL
1. Air from Water Music (Handel)
2. Air on the G String (Bach)
3. Airioso (Bach)
4. Appalachian Spring “Simple Gifts” Theme (Copland)
5. Andante Cantabile from String Quartet No. 1 Op 11 (Tchaikovsky)
6. Ave Verum Corpus (Mozart)
7. Bist Du Bei Mir (Bach)
8. Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin “Here Comes the Bride” (Wagner)
9. Canon in D (Pachelbel)
10. Evening Prayer from Hansel and Gretel (Umperdinck)
11. Finlandia Theme (Sibelius)
12. Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach)
13. Jupiter Choral Theme from The Planets (Holst)
14. Lascia Chio PIanga from Rinaldo (Handel)
15. Pictures at an Exhibition Promenade (Musorgsky)
16. Trumpet Tune (Purcell)
17. Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke)

RECESSIONALS
1. 1812 Overture (Tchaikovsky)
2. Brandenburg Concerto No 3 Mvmt 1 (Bach)
3. Gloria in Excelsis Deo (Vivaldi)
4. Hallelujah Chorus (Handel)
5. Hornpipe from Water Music (Handel)
6. Hopak (Mussorgsky)
7. Kiss Waltz (Strauss)
8. March from the Nutcracker (Tchaikovsky)
9. Minuet (Boccherini)
10. Ode to Joy (Beethoven)
11. Peter and the Wolf Opening Theme (Prokofiev)
12. Spring from the Four Seasons—Allegro movement 1 (Vivaldi)
13. Spring from the Four Seasons—Allegro movement 3 (Vivaldi)
14. Sonata for Violin and Piano 4th Movement Theme (Franck)
15. Wedding March from Midsummer Night’s Dream (Mendelssohn)

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