The music you choose for your wedding ceremony will have a great influence on the atmosphere of your wedding and it will be something that triggers memories for many years to come. Here are some wedding ceremony music ideas to help you choose the right music for your big day.
Guest Arrival - Whatever you decide on for your wedding music you should arrange for it to start at least half an hour or so before the ceremony begins so that your guests don't arrive to, or have to sit in silence. Perfect choices are Bach's Air on a G String, Vivaldi's Violin Concerto No. 8 or Concerto N,o. 1 (from The Four Seasons, Spring).
Entrance of the Bridesmaids -Typically you will choose pre-processional music for the entrance of the bridesmaids. Your selection's tempo should provide a natural rhythm for them to step, and be an appropriate length for all of the bridesmaids to reach their destination. Music ideas include Pachelbel's Canon in D Major, Wagner's Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin, Clarke's Trumpet Voluntary or Handel's Arrival of the Queen of Sheba.
The Bride's Entrance - Once the attendents are all in place there should be a brief pause in the music, bringing the congregation to their feet for the bride's grand entrance. Perfect wedding ceremony music ideas for the bride's entrance include Mendelssohn's Wedding March or Vivaldi's Spring from the Four Seasons.
After the Marriage - As you and your new husband walk back down the aisle, your recessional music reflects the joy of the moment. Adding to that moment might be Handel's Hallelujah Chorus, Beethoven's Ode to Joy or Vivaldi's Sonata Prima.
Music for the postlude is an especially nice touch if the couple will be greeting each pew or having a receiving line at the church. Handel's Postlude Overture (from Music for the Royal Fireworks), Purcell's Trumpet Tune and Air or Handel's Suite in F Major are possible choices.
As well as music for the wedding ceremony, don't forget that the music at your reception is important to set the tone, as well.
The First Dance - The most romantic moment of your reception is sure to be your first dance with your new husband. Why not choose "your" song, the song you fell in love to, or a song that conveys your feelings for each other?
Be sure to ask your DJ or the band in advance for a list of their music collection. Let them know which songs you definitely want (and don't want) played at your reception, and any special choices for father/daughter and mother/son dances.
Hopefully this gave you a few wedding ceremony music ideas!