Classical Ceremony

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For those of you who want to have a traditional ceremony, classical music would naturally be your choice. I am a big fan of contemporary music, but traditions are around for a reason, right? Right. Below is a list of the most popular and well known classical pieces for weddings, as well as some lesser known pieces that can also be used. All of these can be used at your discretion, either during the prelude (as people are getting seated), the processional (when the wedding party comes down the aisle), the entrance of the bride (self-explanatory), the recessional (when the bridal party exits the ceremony), or the postlude (as the guests leave). They can also be used for communion, a candle lighting or sand ceremony if you choose to include these during your wedding. A few of these are meant only for particular parts of the ceremony, and I have specified them below.

Most Popular
Bridal Chorus – Richard Wagner (Specifically for bridal entrance)
Wedding March – Felix Mendelssohn (Specifically for the recessional)
Canon In D – Johann Pachelbel
Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring – Johann Sebastian Bach
Ave Maria – Johann Sebastian Bach
Air On The G String (also called Air or Aria) – Johann Sebastian Bach
Four Seasons (Spring) – Antonio Vivaldi
Greensleeves – English Folk Music
Ode To Joy – Ludwig van Beethoven
Trumpet Voluntary – Jeremiah Clarke
Flower Duet – Clement Philibert Leo Delibes
Water Music, Hornpipe – George Frideric Handel
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Danza Pastorale – Antonio Vivaldi
Amazing Grace – John Newton

Lesser Known, But No Less Lovely
Arioso – Johann Sebastian Bach
Four Seasons (Winter) – Antonio Vivaldi
Prelude In C – Johann Sebastian Bach
Largo – Johann Sebastian Bach
March In D Major – Johann Sebastian Bach
Largo – George Frideric Handel
Water Music, Air – George Frideric Handel
Andante – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
La Rejouissance – George Frideric Handel
Intermezzo – Mascagni
Trumpet Tune – Henry Purcell
March – Giuseppe Verdi
Gigue – Johann Sebastian Bach
Rondeau – Jean-Joseph Mouret
Adagio – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Nocturne – Frederic Chopin
Courante – Johann Sebastian Bach
Musetta’s Waltz – Giacomo Puccini
Piano Sonata #5 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Prelude to the Afternoon of A Faun – Claude Debussy
Sleepers Awake – Johann Sebastian Bach
Water Music, Suite In F Major – George Frideric Handel
Violin Concerto #8 – Antonio Vivaldi
Waltz (from Sleeping Beauty) – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Waltz In A Minor – Frederic Chopin
Sheep May Safely Graze – Johann Sebastian Bach
Palladio – Karl Jenkins
Allegro From Brandenburg Concerto #3 – Johann Sebastian Bach
Arrival Of The Queen of Sheba – George Friderich Handel
Moonlight Sonata – Ludwig van Beethoven
Clair de Lune – Claude Debussy

There are enumerable other classical pieces, but sometimes too many choices become overwhelming. Just like traditions are traditions for a reason, the same goes for universal favorites.

Listen to these songs and more wedding playlists on our Listen To The Music page, or go straight to our Classical playlist on Spotify here.

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