Wedding Music Selection

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Prelude: This is 15-30 min of light classical music while your guests are seated.  I usually select music from my repertoire based on your style preferences; you can let me know if there are specific songs you really love and want included.

Seating of Family: Not all ceremonies have special music here, but it can be nice to set the atmosphere while your parents, grandparents, or honored guests are seated.  It can be fun to ask your parents or grandparents what their favorites are or what was played at their wedding!

Wedding Party Processional: Usually a beautiful song that can be played while the entire wedding party, including any flower-girls or ring-bearers process down the aisle.

Bride’s Processional: Traditionally this is for the bride walking in either alone or with her father.  Some couples may decide to walk in together, or even both partners escorted by their parents.  No matter how you choose to walk down the aisle, this is always a really special moment and deserves a meaningful and beautiful song.

Special Music During the Ceremony (Unity Candle, Sand Pouring Ceremony, etc):  If your ceremony includes something like this it can be nice to have music in the background.  Sometimes couples just choose to have a quiet reflective time with beautiful music.

Recessional: You are married!  Let the celebration begin! After your officiant formally introduces you to the guests, I will play a upbeat, happy song while you, your wedding party, and your family recesses back down the aisle.

Postlude Music: I play more upbeat music from my repertoire while guests file out.

This just outlines the parts of most weddings that require music.  Your wedding will be as unique as you are!  I am happy to work with you to select the best music to fit your specific ceremony.


 

Sample Wedding Ceremony Music Selections

Traditional

  • Seating of Family: Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, Bach
  • Wedding Party Processional: Canon in D, Pachelbel
  • Bridal Processional: Wedding March, Wagner (“here comes the bride”)
  • Unity Candle/Sand Pouring: Ave Maria, Schubert
  • Recessional: Wedding March from Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mendelssohn

Classic

  • Seating of Family: To a Wild Rose
  • Wedding Party Processional: Prelude in C Major, Bach
  • Bridal Processional: Nocturne in E-flat Major, Chopin
  • Unity Candle/Sand Pouring: Clair de Lune, Debussy
  • Recessional: Spring from the Four Seasons, Vivaldi

Romantic

  • Seating of Family: What a Wonderful World
  • Wedding Party Processional: Somewhere Over the Rainbow
  • Bridal Processional: Can’t Help Falling in Love
  • Unity Candle/Sand Pouring: Somewhere in Time
  • Recessional: Unchained Melody

Modern

  • Seating of Family: Make You Feel My Love, Bob Dylan/Adele
  • Wedding Party Processional: Only Time, Enya
  • Bridal Processional: I’m Yours, Jason Mraz
  • Unity Candle/Sand Pouring: A Thousand Years, Christina Perri
  • Recessional: Clocks, Coldplay

Christian

  • Seating of Family: Sheep May Safely Graze, Bach
  • Wedding Party Processional: The King of Love My Shepherd Is, Traditional
  • Bridal Processional: Be Thou My Vision, Traditional
  • Unity Candle/Sand Pouring: The Lord’s Prayer
  • Recessional: Ode to Joy, Beethoven

Disney

  • Seating of Family: Part of Your World from The Little Mermaid
  • Wedding Party Processional: A Whole New World from Aladdin
  • Bridal Processional: Tale as Old as Time from Beauty and the Beast
  • Unity Candle/Sand Pouring: I See the Light from Tangled
  • Recessional: Waltz Theme from Up

Nostalgic

  • Seating of Family: The Way You Look Tonight, Frank Sinatra
  • Wedding Party Processional: Unforgettable, Nat King Cole
  • Bridal Processional: At Last, Etta James
  • Unity Candle/Sand Pouring: Moon River, Henry Mancini
  • Recessional: I Got Rhythm, Gershwin

Here is a more complete song list:

Traditional

  • Canon in D- Pachelbel
  • Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring- Bach
  • Sheep May Safely Graze- Bach
  • Prelude in C Major – Bach
  • Arioso – Bach
  • Air on the G String – Bach
  • Ode to Joy – Beethoven
  • Fur Elise – Beethoven
  • Nocturne in E-Flat – Chopin
  • Maid with the Flaxen Hair – Debussy
  • Clair de Lune – Debussy
  • Hornpipe – Handel
  • The Nightingale – Deborah Henson-Conant
  • To a Wild Rose – MacDowell
  • The Lord’s Prayer – Malotte
  • Plaisir d’amour (The Joy of Love) – Martini
  • Meditation from Thais – Massenet
  • Wedding March from a Midsummer’s Nights Dream – Mendelssohn
  • Sonata in D Major – John Parry
  • Trumpet Tune – Purcell
  • Trumpet Voluntary – Purcell
  • Gymnopedie No. 1 – Satie
  • Ave Maria – Schubert
  • Hymne – Vangelis
  • Spring from The Four Seasons – Vivaldi
  • Winter from The Four Seasons – Vivaldi
  • Bridal March – Wagner
  • Greensleeves – Traditional
  • As the Deer – Traditional Christian
  • The King of Love my Shepherd Is- Traditional Irish Tune
  • She Moved through the Fair – Traditional Irish
  • My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose – Traditional Scottish
  • Wild Mountain Thyme (Will Ye Go Lassie Go) – Traditional Scottish
  • Be Thou My Vision – Traditional Irish Tune
  • Down By the Salley Gardens – Traditional Irish Tune
  • When Irish Eyes are Smiling – Traditional Irish Tune
  • Amazing Grace – Traditional American
  • Shenendoah – Traditional American
  • Simple Gifts – Traditional American

 Broadway and the Movies

  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow –  from Wizard of Oz
  • Music of the Night – from Phantom of the Opera
  • Memory – from Cats
  • All I Ask of You – from Phantom of the Opera
  • Think of Me – from Phantom of the Opera
  • Edelwiess – from The Sound of Music
  • Moon River – Henry Manchini
  • Embraceable You – Gershwin
  • Our Love is Here to Stay – Gershwin
  • But not for Me – Gershwin
  • I Got Rhythm – Gershwin
  • S’Wonderful – Gershwin
  • Someone to Watch Over Me – Gershwin
  • Into the West- Annie Lennox (Lord of the Rings)
  • What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
  • My Funny Valentine – From Babes in Arms
  • Where or When – From Babes in Arms
  • Love Walked In – Gershwin
  • Look to the Rainbow – from Finian’s Rainbow
  • How are Things in Glocca Morra – from Finian’s Rainbow
  • They Were You – from the Fantasticks
  • Try to Remember – from the Fantasticks
  • If I loved You – from Carousel
  • You’ll Never Walk Alone – from Carousel
  • Some Enchanted Evening – from South Pacific
  • A Wonderful Guy – from South Pacific
  • Somewhere in Time – from “Somewhere in Time”
  • My Heart will Go On – from the “Titanic”
  • Theme from “Beauty and the Beast”
  • Theme from “Up”
  • Can You Feel the Love Tonight – Lion King
  • Theme from “Legends of the Fall”
  • Ashokan Farewell – from PBS Civil War Series
  • A Whole New World – from Aladdin
  • Part of Your World – from The Little Mermaid
  • Colors of the Wind – from Pocahontas
  • Waltz – from Cinderella
  • I See the Light – from Tangled

Standards and Modern

  • The Way you Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra
  • La Vie en Rose – Edith Piaf
  • Fly Me to the Moon – Bart Howard
  • I’ll Be Seeing You – Irving Kahal and Sammy Fain
  • Imagine – John Lennon
  • Let it Be- The Beatles
  • Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles
  • Across the Universe – The Beatles
  • With a Little Help from My Friends – The Beatles
  • Hey Jude – The Beatles
  • In My Life – The Beatles
  • Rain – The Beatles
  • Your Song – Elton John
  • Candle in the Wind – Elton John
  • The Wind Beneath My Wings – Whittaker
  • Angel – Sarah McClaughlin
  • Lucky – Jason Mraz
  • Everything I Do, I Do it for You – Bryan Adams
  • Halo –  Beyonce
  • Unchained Melody – Rightous Brothers
  • From this Moment On – Shania Twain
  • Only Time – Enya
  • Clocks – Coldplay
  • I will Follow You into the Dark – Death Cab for Cutie
  • Tears In Heaven – Eric Clapton
  • Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis
  • God Bless the Broken Road – Rascal Flatts
  • You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban
  • Butterfly – Wheezer
  • A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
  • Make You Feel My Love – Bob Dylan/Adele
  • Bittersweet Symphony – The Verve
  • Young and Beautiful – Lana del Rey
  • At Last – Etta James
  • I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
  • Unforgettable – Nat King Cole
  • This will be – Natalie Cole
  • Marry You – Bruno Mars
  • Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
  • I Will Be Here – Steven Curtis Chapman
  • Fall for You – Leela James

I am constantly adding music to my repertoire so if you don’t see a song you really love, please ask me about it! It might just not be listed yet, or I would be happy to look into finding it.