Traditional Classical Wedding Music Ideas and Suggestions

Traditional wedding with bride in classical long dress
People from all walks of life including scientists and psychologists agree that there is something uniquely special about music.  It can bring joy or healing, and can take us to a place that transcends the mundaneness of normal life.

At your wedding it is therefore important that the backdrop of music is appropriate and will reflect the jubilance of the event as well as portray the solemity of the occasion of the bride and groom pledging themselves to each other for the rest of their lives. Here we present some wedding music ideas which we hope you'll find useful or inspirational in your choice of audio accompaniement for the bride and groom on your special day.

Music for Entrance to the church

The Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn, performed by the church organ is one of the most traditional wedding music pieces for the bride to enter the church and begin her procession down the aisle.  This is a tradition that comes from the wedding of princess Victoria of England with prince Friedrich Wilhelm of Prussia on 25th January 1858. Princess Victoria chose for herself the two marches: Mendelssohn's Wedding March  for her  entrance to the church and Richard Wagner's Lohengrin opera to accompany her as she left the church.

As a good alternative to the Wedding March, Ludwig van Beethoven's Ode to Joy from his 9th Symphony is a good popular choice.

Witnesses' signatures

As the witnesses sign the wedding register, Tomaso Albinoni's Adagio in G minor is a nice accompaniment to the ongoing ceremony.

Music As the Bride and Groom Leave the Church.

For the exit of the happy newly married couple from the church, Mendelsohn's Wedding March can again be employed, like Queen Victoria used in her 1858 wedding.  Wagner's Lohengrin or George Frideric Handel's Hallelujah Chorus are very good alternatives.

Personal Choice

It should always be remembered that the selection of music that will be heard during the ceremony is the bride and groom's personal choice. If you decide on classical wedding music you have an ample repertoire to choose from. If you decide on more regional music or,maybe in cases of marriages of couples from different countries,music from their homeland, you may  wish to choose traditional music from your original country.  As far as possible, try to use live instruments like the church organ to give an authentic touch to the proceedings

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