The Top-Requested Classical Music Pieces for Weddings

When planning the music for your wedding, it can be overwhelming! We totally get it. As classically-trained professional musicians who have played for weddings for decades, we can help you out!

This list of the top-requested traditional classical music pieces used for wedding ceremonies will certainly get your creative juices flowing.

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  • Canon in D by Pachelbel - often used for the wedding party processional, but appropriate for any part of a wedding
  • Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring by Bach - often used for the wedding party processional, but appropriate for any part of a wedding. This one and Pachelbel's Canon are great for the processional because these pieces are especially easy to stop at any point, whenever the processional ends
  • Bridal Chorus from "Lohengrin" by Wagner - traditionally used for the bridal processional ("Here comes the bride")
  • Wedding March from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by Mendelssohn - often used for the recessional
  • Meditation from "Thais" by Massanet - slow, beautiful violin melody. Great as prelude or postlude, although we have used it for walking down the aisle
  • Ave Maria by Schubert - beautiful, sweet, and appropriate for any part of the ceremony
  • Ave Maria by Bach-Gounod - very lovely. We've played this often for the wedding party processional, but it's appropriate for any part of a ceremony
  • Sheep May Safely Graze by Bach - this has a sweet melody and a nice steady beat, making it great for walking down the aisle
  • Hornpipe by Handel - upbeat and celebratory. Great for a recessional or postlude
  • La Rejouissance from "Royal Fireworks" by Handel - upbeat and celebratory. Great for a recessional or postlude

A quick internet search will produce a number of recordings of these pieces for you to have a listen to, and we are happy to sample any of them for you during your Wedding Music Consultation, which is included when you book us for your wedding ceremony! We want to customize the music for your needs to make your day super special.


Contact us for a custom quote for your wedding.


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