Wedding Ceremony Music

You've been looking forward to this moment for a long time. It's here! You and the father of the bride start to walk down the isle and make an impressive entrance. But have you thought what your string quartet is going to choose for your wedding ceremony music?
Instrumental ensemble music, more than anything else, has the ability to set the scene, evoke emotion, and give a situation presence. Are you a conventional Wagner's "Here Comes the Bride" or "Canon in D" by Pachelbel, type of couple? Or maybe you're more contemporary, looking for a song that's more personal and romantic, perhaps Norah Jones', "Come Away with Me" ?

We've provided a brief list of classical and contemporary wedding ceremony music. Indeed many of these instrumentals can be used for either processionals and recessionals, and will even serve as prelude music. Prelude music is played when your guests are getting seated and waiting for the proceedings to start. What about post ceremony music, when your guests are leaving the venue, or maybe standing in the receiving line?

Classical Wedding Music:

  • 'Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin' - (also known as "Here Comes the Bride", By Richard Wagner)
  • 'Canon in D' - (By Johann Pachelbel)
  • 'Guitar Concerto in D Major', Largo, - (Antonio Vivaldi)
  • 'Air' - (from Water Music Suite, By George F. Handel)
  • 'Prince of Denmark's March' - (Trumpet Voluntary in D major, By Jeremiah Clarke)
  • 'Procession of Joy' - (By Hal Hopson)
  • 'Rigaudon' - (By Andre Campra)
  • 'Wedding March' - (taken from Marriage of Figaro, by W.A. Mozart)
  • Prelude from 'Te Deum' - (By Marc Antoine Charpentier)
  • 'Trumpet Tune and Air' - (By Henry Purcell)
  • 'Trumpet Voluntary' - (By John Stanley)


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More Classical Music for Weddings:

  • 'Coronation March for Czar Alexander III' - (By P. I. Tchaikovsky)
  • 'Overture' - (From 'Royal Fireworks Music', By George F. Handel)
  • 'Promenade' - (From 'Pictures at an Exhibition'), (Modest Mussorgsky)
  • 'Sinfonia' - (From 'Cantata No 156' - By Johann S. Bach)
  • 'Cantata No 29' - (By Johann S. Bach)
  • 'Prelude and Fugue in C.' - (By Johann S. Bach)
  • 'Toccata' - (From L'Orfeo, By Claudio Monteverdi)
  • 'Romance from String Quartet' - (By W. A. Mozart)
  • 'Piano Concerto No 21 in C. major' - (Known as 'Elvira Madigan' - By W. A. Mozart)
  • 'Trumpet Tune in A. Major' -  (By David N Johnson)
  • 'A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, 'Op 61 Wedding March' - (By F. Mendelssohn)
  • 'Winter', Largo or 'Spring' Allegro - (From 'The Four Seasons' - By Antonio Vivaldi)

Popular Songs Suited for Wedding Ceremony Music:

  • 'At Last' - (By Etta James)
  • 'Only Time' - (By Enya)
  • 'Come Away With Me' - (By Norah Jones)
  • 'Appalachia Waltz' - ('Yo-Yo Ma', By Edgar Meyer & Mark O'Connor)
  • 'Unforgettable' -  (By Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole)
  • 'It's Only Time' - (By Magnetic Fields)
  • 'The Look of Love' - (By Dionne Warwick & Burt Bacharach)
  • 'The Vow' - (By Jeremy Lubbock)
  • 'Come What May' - (By Nicole Kidman & Ewan McGregor)
  • 'Storybook Love' - (From the movie, 'The Princess Bride', By Willy De.Ville)
  • 'Wedding Processional' - (From The Sound of Music, By Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein)
  • 'Can't Help Falling in Love' - (By Elvis Presley)
  • 'What A Wonderful World' - (By Louis Armstrong)
  • 'When I'm Sixty Four' - (By The Beatles)

It's worth checking out and search for any of these titles. Amazon have an MP3 excerpt for most songs - allowing you to get a feel for the music before you purchase it. Of course if you like it, you can then purchase a c.d. of the music from either an online or a local book or music shop, or find sheet music on a popular site, such as If you are short of time, or lack experience in organising music, String Quartets Live will be happy to do the job for you.



"Our company event wouldn't have been the same without your quartet. Your musical choices were perfect and really did add to the atmosphere." D. Cosgrove, London

"All our guests were extremely moved by your music and thoroughly enjoyed the performance." S. Shepherd, Leeds

"....they all commented on your performance and said it was a lovely change to hear nice music and still be able to chat without shouting .... your choices on the day were piece perfect. Hope to hear you again soon. P. Barrett, Cardiff

"Thanks for playing at my daughter's wedding! Your personal presentation was immaculate and stylish, your repetoire extensive and musicianship - excellent. You greatly contributed to the elegant ambience of our special day. Thanks!" W. Smith, Glasgow

"I heard nothing but rave comments! The timing of the music and the seamless switching between pieces was perfect. All in all, your music was exquisitely performed and brilliantly played." J. Harding, Edinburgh