I just celebrated my 11th wedding anniversary and holy wow, it feels weird to type that. Anyways, it got me thinking back to my wedding day. I didn’t hire a pianist or quartet since I recorded the wedding ceremony music myself. It was so much fun picking out my all time favorite wedding music and walking down the aisle to beautiful piano songs. If you are getting married soon or know of a friend needing music for their wedding, I want to share my favorite Classical wedding ceremony music with you.
1. “Air on the G String” by Johann Sebastian Bach
“Air on the G String” is a great song to use while the ushers are seating your guests. It is very peaceful and gets your guests in the mood for a wedding ceremony. This song allows the perfect amount of time to get all guests seated and if necessary can be put on repeat.
2. “Ave Maria” by Franz Schubert
“Ave Maria” is the song the bridesmaids walked down the aisle to. This song created emotion in the room before “Pachelbel’s Canon” started playing for the bride. It is the perfect length for all the bridesmaids to slowly walk to their spots and can be slowly faded out before starting the bride’s processional song.
3. “Canon in D” by Johann Pachelbel
“Canon in D” otherwise known as “Pachelbel’s Canon” is the song I walked down the aisle to. The traditional “Bridal Chorus” by Richard Wagner is still the most widely used processional song. But when I got married, I wanted to use a song that was still as beautiful but also a little different from the norm. Of course I had tears walking down the aisle, and it probably had something to do with this song playing which stirred up all kinds of emotions.
4. “Clair de lune” by Claude Debussy
“Clair de lune” is such a beautiful song. We did our unity candle lighting and the awkward stare at each other portion of our ceremony to this song. It can be faded out if you don’t need the full length of the song and can be used for any portion of the wedding ceremony.
5. Recessional-“For Once in My Life” by Stevie Wonder
For the recessional, we walked out to “For Once in My Life” by Stevie Wonder. I am a Classically trained pianist, but I also love many different genres of music. Walking out to a song with fun lyrics and a peppy rhythm got everyone smiling and ready for the reception.
What music did you use in your wedding ceremony? Do you know someone who is about to get married who can use some wedding ceremony music suggestions?