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Wedding Music


Why choose live music for your wedding?

Why do you want live music for your wedding? Because live musicians can make sure that everything works just right on the day, such as timing the music to perfectly match your procession up the aisle. Live music also creates a wonderful atmosphere and sense of occasion. You can consult with your professional musicians to create your own unique day, customised to your own musical tastes.
Playing organ

Music You'll Need

• Processional - the bridal party walking into the church
• Hymns - optional - for the congregation to sing
• Signing of the register - usually something quiet
• Recessional - walking back out of the church, usually more triumphant than the processional

Some General Tips

• Your recessional music (walking out) should be more triumphant than your processional music (walking in), so depending on your choices, several pieces can be used for either walking in or out
• Gentler pieces can work well for either walking in or the signing of the register
• Hymns, if you have any, should be well-known ones, without too many verses, and they'll need the words (don't assume the church will provide them)
• Your organist will usually play some quiet background music before the ceremony starts
• Don't forget to tell any musicians you hire which other musicians they will be working with
• Your musicians will need at least a month's notice of the music required, and at least a month's notice of cancellation

Gentle music: for the Processional or Signing the Register

Pachelbel: Canon in D
Wagner: Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin
Bach: Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
Delibes: The Flower Duet from Lakme
Bach: Air on the G String (also known as Air from Orchestral Suite No. 3)
Handel: Largo from Xerxes
Handel: Air from Water Music

Gentle music: some contemporary options

Christina Perri: A Thousand Years
John Legend: All of Me
Ed Sheeran: Thinking Out Loud
Nat King Cole: When I Fall in Love
Van Morrison: Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
Louis Armstrong: What a Wonderful World

Triumphant music: for the Processional or Recessional

Mendelssohn: Wedding March
Beethoven: Ode to Joy (or Song of Joy, theme from Choral Symphony No. 9)
Clarke: Trumpet Voluntary (sometimes called 'Prince of Denmark')
Charpentier: Prelude from Te Deum
Handel: La Rejouissance from Fireworks Music
Purcell: Trumpet Tune

Mouret: Rondo
Handel: Hornpipe from Water Music


Amazing Grace
The Lord's My Shepherd
Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee
Praise My Soul the King of Heaven
Love Divine All Loves Excelling
Morning Has Broken
Be Thou My Vision
How Great Thou Art