Music Planning

The perfect sequence of beautiful music.

1. Prelude begins 20 minutes before the processional, before the bride arrives for the ceremony. We can make appropriate selections and also perform any particular music you want played during this time.

Suggestions:

  • Brandenburg Concerto No 2, 3, 5 – Bach
  • Meditaion from Thaiis – Massenet
  • Aria Xerxes – Handel
  • Minuet in G – Beethoven
  • Air on G String – Bach
  • Eine Kleine Nachtmusic – Mozart
  • Rondeau – Purcell
  • Four Seasons – Vivaldi
  • Water Music Suites – Handel
  • Gigue – Bach
  • Ode to Joy – Beethoven
  • Londonderry Air
  • Nocturne (from String Quartet #2) – Borodin

2. Family Entrance Seating of grandparents and parents. If there is a unity candle, the mothers light the side candles before sitting down.

  • Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – Bach
  • Largo from Winter – Vivaldi
  • 1st Symphony Theme – Brahms
  • Air on G String – Bach

3. Attendants’ Processional Officiant, groom, and groomsmen enter from the side (or aisle, if no side entrance) and walk to the front. Bridesmaids, flower girl, ring bearer walk down the aisle.

  • Hornpipe from Watermusic – Handel
  • Trumpet Voluntary – Clarke
  • Trumpet Tune – Purcell
  • Canon in D – Pachelbel
  • March in D – Bach

TIP: For very small weddings with only one or two attendants and one or two family members to seat, you can use one piece for the Family Entrance and Attendants’ Processional.

4. Bride’s Processional A separate piece to highlight your moment!

  • Bridal Chorus – Wagner
  • Canon in D – Pachelbel
  • Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – Bach

5. Lighting of Unity Candle / Sand Ceremony If you are lighting a unity candle or doing a sand ceremony,we can fill in the silence with a short, quiet piece. This is also a good place to put a vocal solo if you’re having one.

  • Air – Handel
  • Andante (from String Quartet in a minor)- Schubert
  • Panis Angelicus – Franck
  • Traumerei – Schumann
  • Arioso – Bach
  • Scheherazade Theme – Rimsky-Korsakov
  • Minuet & Dance of the Blessed Spirits – Gluck


If you have a singer performing, we will gladly accompany them whenever possible.


Presentation of Gifts / Offertory – A short, quiet piece is good for this.

Communion – Music while guests are taking communion. This is the best place to put a vocal solo or full-length (3 – 4 min.) piece you really like.

  • Ave Maria – Schubert
  • Panis Angelicus – Franck
  • Ave Verum Corpus – Mozart
  • Amazing Grace


6. Recessional Wedding party exits.

  • Wedding March – Mendelssohn
  • Marriage of Figaro Overture – Mozart
  • Ode to Joy – Beethoven
  • Rondeau – Mouret
  • La Rejouissance – Handel

7. Postlude Music begins immediately after the recessional and continues until your guests have left the ceremony site.