Wedding Ceremony Music – Wiltshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Buckinghamshire, UK

Last Updated on 24th May 2020 by eugeneportman

This page features music suitable for a ceremony, but to be quite honest, nearly any music is suitable. I find that people worry unnecessarily about music for the various parts of the ceremony. For a civil ceremony, you can choose the music as long as it doesn’t have any reference to God or religion. Please note that I am always willing to learn any requests should you require anything that isn’t on my website. What follows is some information about the various parts of the ceremony together with examples of suitable music.

The gathering of the congregation.

The gathering of the congregation speaks for itself really – I just play music while people gather and seat themselves. If a couple would like to select wedding music for this part of the proceedings, they must accept that either: I won’t be able to play the chosen piece or pieces, or more frequently I will have to play extra music of my choice.

 The Entrance of the Bride (The Procession)

The next section is the entrance of the bride and traditionally this was always carried out to Wagner’s Bridal Chorus. Although most people stick to Wagner; you can have any music you like. The one thing you must consider when looking or an alternative is that it doesn’t take long for the bride to walk down the aisle – usually 30-45 seconds. If you would like the music to be a little longer than this you can let the music start and then make the entrance partway through the piece (say after 8 bars). Also, the music has to be something that can be brought to an end easily so that I can stop playing as the bride reaches the front of the aisle.

A lot of couples go to great lengths to choose something very special for the entrance: only to find that I can only play a small snippet. I often recommend using the same music for the entrance as the signing of the register. This usually ensures that you will hear your favourite piece of music in its entirety during the signing.

Here are a few examples of music that are suitable for the entrance:

Traditional Entrance Music

Air on a G String – Bach
Arioso – Bach
Berceuse (from Dolly Suite) Fauré
The Bridal Chorus – Wagner
Canon in D – Pachelbel
1st Arabesque – Debussy
1st Gymnopedie – Satie

Popular Music for Entrance

Greatest Day – Gary Barlow
Here Comes the Sun – George Harrison
Kissing You – Des’ree

The Signing of the Register

The signing of the register usually takes from 7 – 12 minutes, so if your favourite piece of music is only two or three minutes in length then you’ll probably have to choose two or three pieces of music so that it will cover the 7 – 12 minutes. I suppose that if you did choose something that was too long there would come a point when I would have had to stop playing but the piece would have to be excessively long. Here are some examples with the duration of each piece included.

Traditional Music for Signing the Register

1st Arabesque – Debussy
18th Variation on a Theme of Paganini – Rachmaninov
Air on a G String – Bach
Arioso – Bach
Autumn Crocus – Mayerl
Berceuse from Dolly Suite – Fauré
Bella Notte – Einaudi
Chanson de Matin – Elgar
Clair De Lune – Debussy
Canon in D – Pachelbel
Evening Primrose – Mayerl
I Giorni – Einaudi
It’s Your Day – Yiruma
Le Onde – Einaudi
Morning – Greig
River Flows in You – Yiruma
Salut D’Amour – Elgar
The Towing Path – Ireland
Three Preludes – Delius
Valse Op. 70 No. 2 – Chopin

Popular Music for Signing the Register

And I Love Her – Beatles
At Last – Etta James
Can You Feel the Love Tonight – Elton John
Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You – Bob Gaudio – Sung by Andy Williams
Come Rain or Come Shine
Endless Love – Lionel Ritchie
Eternal Flame – The Bangles
Evergreen – Barbara Streisand
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Greatest Day – Gary Barlow
A Groovy Kind of Love – Phill Collins
Happy Together – The Turtles
Have I Told You l Lately – Van Morrison
Heaven – Bryan Adams
Hello – Lionel Ritchie
Hello Again -Neil Diamond
Here Comes the Sun – George Harrison
Honesty – Billy Joel
A House is Not a Home – Burt Bacharach
How Deep is Your Love – Bee Gees
If I Ain’t Got You – Alicia Keys
I Only Have Eyes For You
I’ve Never Been in Love Before – from Guys and Dolls
Just the Way You Are – Billy Joel
Kissing You – Des’ree
Make You Feel My Love – Composed and sung by Bob Dylan – recently sung by Adele
Marry You – Bruno Mars
Misty – Erroll Garner
Moon River – Henry Mancini
The I More See You
The Nearness of you – Hoagy Carmichael
Night and Day – Cole Porter
One Day Like This – Elbow
Our Love is Here to Stay – Gershwin
Rule the World (clip) – Gary Barlow
Someone to Watch Over Me – Gershwin
Something – George Harrison
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Stars – Mark Hucknall/Simply Red
Stuck On You – Lionel Richie
That Ole Devi Called Love – originally sung by Billy Holiday – later sung by Alison Moyet
This is My Lovely Day – Vivian Ellis
A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
Three Times A Lady – Lionel Ritchie
Till There Was You
Triumph in the Skies – Eason Chan
The Way You Look Tonight – Tony Bennet
We’ve Only Just Begun – The Carpenters
When You Say Nothing at All – Ronan Keating
Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
The Very Thought of You
Yesterday – The Beatles
You Are So Beautiful – Joe Cocker
You Make Me Feel Brand New – The Stylistics
Your Song – Elton John

The Recession

This is where everyone leaves the place of the wedding ceremony and traditionally this was always carried out to Mendelssohn’s Wedding March. In this day and age wedding couples seem to request everything but the Wedding March. Anything seems to be appropriate for the recession but most people seem to select something that is jubilant. The music played doesn’t have to be any particular length. Here are some suitable examples:

Traditional Music for the Recession

2nd Arabesque – Debussy
The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – Handel
Cadiz – Albeniz
Dizzy Fingers – Confrey
Golliwogs Cakewalk – Debussy
Grand March from Aida – Verdi
Marigold – Mayerl
The Prince of Denmarks March (Trumpet Voluntary) – Clarke
Wedding Day in Troldhaugen – Greig
The Wedding March – Mendelssohn

Popular Music for the Recession

Alright, OK, You Win
Better Together – Jack Johnson
Bring Me Sunshine
Build Me Up Buttercup – The Foundations
Cheek to Cheek
Come Fly With Me – Frank Sinatra
Come Rain or Come Shine
Fly Me To The Moon – Frank Sinatra
Happy Days are Here Again
Happy Together – The Turtles
Heart and Soul – Hoagy Carmichael
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You) – Marvin Gaye
I Get A Kick Out Of You – Frank Sinatra
I’m Just a Lucky So and So – Duke Ellington
I’m Singin’ in the Rain
It Had to Be You
It Must Be Love – Madness
Just in Time
Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off – George Gershwin – Yes I really have played this for a wedding ceremony!
Let’s Do It (lets Fall in Love) – Cole Porter
The More I See You
Secret Love – Doris Day
Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours – Stevie Wonder
Stepping Out With My Baby
This Can’t Be Love
Under the Moon of Love – Showaddywaddy
When You’re Smiling
You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You – Dean Martin
Wonderwall – Oasis
You’ve Got A Friend in Me – Toy Story
You Are My Sunshine

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