• Stephanie West

Classical Selections for your Wedding Ceremony

Here are some of my classical music choices for a traditional wedding ceremony.


Prelude music is typically the first half hour of music played prior to the ceremony. This music is typically instrumental with classical music being one the most traditional choices.

Prelude in C" (J.S. Bach)

Ave Maria" (F. Schubert)

Clair de Lune" (C. Debussy)

Gymnopedie" (A.E.L. Satie)

La primavera" and "L'inverno" from the Four Seasons (A.Vivaldi).

Seating of the family:

The ceremony officially begins when the special guests are seated. Traditionally, special guests are seated, then grandparents and then the seating of the mothers. Here are some suggestions if you choose special seating music.

Arioso" (J.S. Bach)

Allegro Maestoso" from Water Music (G.F. Handel)

Meditation from Tais" (J. Massenet)


As this music begins, the pastor and the groom walk to the front with the bridal party following after. Some traditional choices for the processional are:

Trumpet Voluntary" (J. Clark)

"Trumpet Tune" (H. Purcell)

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" (J.S. Bach)

March" from Occasional Oratorio (G.F. Handel)

Bride's Entrance:

Song as the bride walks down the aisle

Canon in D" (J. Pachelbel)

"The Bridal Chorus" from Lohengrin (R. Wagner)

Allegro Maestoso" from Water Music (G.F. Handel)

Rondeau" (J.J. Mouret)

Special/Interim Music (lighting of the unity candle):

O Perfect Love - J. Barnby

The Prayer- Celine Dion & Andre Bocelli.

The Lord's Prayer" - A. Malotte

Recessional: (Exit)

The Wedding March" from A Midsummer Night's Dream -F. Mendelssohn

Ode to Joy- L. Beethoven

Hornpipe- G.F. Handel