There are 3 parts (sometimes 4) that can be a part of your wedding when it comes to ceremony music. FIRST: We have the PRELUDE: This can be a light, cheery music (often times jazz or other instrumental of your choice) to set the mood for the ceremony. It's usually played when guests are sitting down and usually begins as much as 45 minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony, but sometimes later, such as 20 minutes before the start of the ceremony. SECOND: We have the PROCESSIONAL: The music for your prelude can be gently faded into processional music as your bridal party is approaching the ceremony area. The same music may be used for the bridal party as well as the bride, but sometimes the fading into another as the bride is approaching can be done. THIRD: This is where a different song could be used for the bride. FOURTH: This is called the RECESSIONAL: This music is played at the conclusion of the wedding ceremony and is usually a very jubilant and cheerful celebratory song as we begin the celebration of the newly joined couple in matrimony.
Common choices for traditional wedding ceremony music "Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin" (Richard Wagner) (also known as "Here Comes the Bride") "Canon in D" (Johann Pachelbel) (also known as "Pachelbel's Canon" and frequently misspelled as "Pachabel's Canon") "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" (Johann Sebastian Bach) "A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61 Wedding March" (Felix Mendelssohn) Primarily Used For Processionals. Coronation March for Czar Alexander III" (Peter I. Tchaikovsky) "Overture" (from Royal Fireworks Music), (George Frederic Handel) "Promenade" (from Pictures at an Exhibition), (Modest Mussorgsky) "Sinfonia" (from Cantata No. 156), (Johann Sebastian. Bach) "Cantata No.29" (Johann Sebastian Bach) "Prelude and Fugue in C" (Johann Sebastian Bach) "Toccata" (from L'Orfeo), (Claudio Monteverdi) "Romance from String Quartet" (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) "Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major" ("Elvira Madigan") (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) "Trumpet Tune in A-Major" (David N. Johnson) "Winter," Largo or "Spring" Allegro (from The Four Seasons), (Antonio Vivaldi Contemporary Choices for Wedding Ceremony Music "At Last" (Etta James) "Only Time" (Enya) "Come Away With Me" (Norah Jones) "Appalachia Waltz" (Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Mark O'Connor) "Unforgettable" (Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole) "It's Only Time" (Magnetic Fields) "The Look of Love" (Dionne Warwick/Burt Bacharach) "The Vow" (Jeremy Lubbock) "Come What May" (Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor) "Storybook Love" from the movie "The Princess Bride" (Willy DeVille) "Wedding Processional" (from The Sound of Music) (Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein) "Can't help falling in love" (Elvis Presley) "What A Wonderful World" (Louis Armstrong) "When I'm Sixty-Four" (The Beatles) "Love Me Tender" - Norah Jones "Marry Me" - Train These lists are just to give you a general idea on what's been done in the past but there is no limit to how creative you can be when it comes to ceremony music.