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Wedding Ceremony Music Ideas

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Don’t worry if “Here Comes the Bride” (Wagner’s “Bridal Chorus”) isn’t your speed for your wedding processional song — you have plenty of alternatives. Here are 35 wedding processional ideas to accompany you, and everyone else in your party, as you walk down the aisle:
Traditional/Classic
 
1. “Air” (from Water Music Suite), (George F. Handel)
2. “Bridal Chorus” (from Lohengrin), (Richard Wagner)
3. “Canon in D” (Johann Pachelbel)
4. “Procession of Joy” (Hal Hopson)
5. “Rigaudon” (Andre Campra)
6. “Spring” (from The Four Seasons), (Antonio Vivaldi)
7. “Te Deum” (Marc-Antoine Charpentier)
8. “The Prince of Denmark’s March” (Jeremiah Clarke)
9. “Trumpet Tune” (Henry Purcell)
10. “Trumpet Voluntary” (Jeremiah Clarke)
11. “Trumpet Voluntary” (John Stanley)
12. “Wedding March” (from The Marriage of Figaro), (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
Traditional Alternatives
13. “Canzon V” (Giovanni Gabrieli)
14. “Coronation March for Czar Alexander III” (Peter I. Tchaikovsky)
15. “Overture” (from Royal Fireworks Music), (George Frederic Handel)
16. “Promenade” (from Pictures at an Exhibition), (Modest Mussorgsky)
17. “Romeo and Juliet Love Theme” (Tchaikovsky)
18. “Sinfonia” (from Cantata No. 156), (Johann S. Bach)
19. “Toccata” (from L’Orfeo), (Claudio Monteverdi)
20. “Trumpet Tune in A-Major” (David N. Johnson)
21. “Sonatas for Organ, Op. 65, No. 3 (con moto maestoso),” (Felix Mendelssohn)
22. “Winter,” Largo, (from The Four Seasons), (Antonio Vivaldi)
Contemporary
23. “Appalachia Waltz” (Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Mark O’Connor)
24. “Sunrise, Sunset” (from Fiddler on the Roof), (Sheldon Harnick & Jerry Bock)
25. “The Look of Love” (Dionne Warwick/Burt Bacharach)
26. “The Vow” (Jeremy Lubbock)
27. “To A Wild Rose” (Edward MacDowell)
28. “Flatbush Waltz” (Andy Statman)
29. “Wedding Processional” (from The Sound of Music), (Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein)
Religious/Sacred
30. “All People That On Earth Do Dwell” (“Old 100th” hymn)
31. “Dona Nobis Pacem” (16th century hymn)
32. “Hanava Babanot” (A Love Song), (Neeman)
33. “St. Anthony’s Chorale” (Franz Joseph Haydn)
34. “Hymn Fanfare from The Triumphant” (Francois Couperin)
35. “Scalero de Oro” (traditional Sephardic)
 
After your officiant pronounces you husband and wife, you’ll want to follow up with a triumphant fanfare. Your wedding ceremony recessional music should inspire your wedding guests to stand up and cheer you on as you make your way down the aisle. Here are 35 favorites:
Traditional/Classic Recessional Wedding Music
 
1. “Allegro Maestoso” (from Water Music Suite), (George F. Handel)
2. “Brandenburg Concerto No. 1,” Allegro, (Johann S. Bach)
3. “Brandenburg Concerto No. 4,” Allegro, (Johann S. Bach)
4. “Coronation March” (from Crown imperial), (Sir William Walton)
5. “Fugue in E-Flat Major” (from St. Anne), (Johann S. Bach)
6. “Hallelujah Chorus” (from The Messiah), (George F. Handel)
7. “Hornpipe” (from Water Music Suite), (George F. Handel)
8. “Ode to Joy” (Ludwig van Beethoven)
9. “Spring,” Allegro, (from The Four Seasons), (Antonio Vivaldi)
10. “The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba” (George F. Handel)
11. “Toccata” (from Symphonie 5, opus 42), (Charles-Marie Widor)
12. “Trumpet Tune and Bell Symphony,” (Henry Purcell)
13. “Tuba Tune in D” (Craig Sellar Lang)
14. “Wedding March” (from A Midsummer Night’s Dream), (Felix Mendelssohn)
Traditional Alternative Recessional Wedding Music
15. “Badinerie” (from Orchestral Suite No. 2), (Johann S. Bach)
16. “Concerto grosso in D Minor,” Op. 2, No. 3 (Presto), (Francesco Geminiani)
17. “Rondeau” (from Abdelezar), (Henry Purcell)
18. “Rondeau” (theme from Masterpiece Theater), (Jean Joseph Mouret)
19. “Sonata in G Major” (Giuseppe Tartini)
20. “Triumphal March” (Edvard Grieg)
21. “Variations on the Kanon by Pachelbel” (George Winston)
Contemporary Recessional Wedding Music
22. “Anthem” (Suzanne Ciani)
23. “Beautiful Day” (U2)
24. “From This Moment On” (Cole Porter)
25. “Linus & Lucy” (Peanuts Theme), (Vince Guaraldi)
26. “Little Martha” (Allman Brothers Band)
27. “Oh! You Pretty Things” (David Bowie)
28. “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” (Stevie Wonder)
29. “Sunshine of My Life” (Stevie Wonder)
30. “The Long and Winding Road” (The Beatles)
Religious/Sacred Recessional Wedding Music
31. “Exultate, Jubilate” (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
32. “Joy” (George Winston)
33. “Now Thank We All Our God” (Johann S. Bach)
34. “Now Thank We All Our God” (Sigfried Karg-Elert)
35. “Psalm 19” (Benedetto Marcello)


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