Wedding Ceremony Music : Classical and Opera 101

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While many couples may be well versed in classical and opera music, we know there are plenty of folks who might be familiar with the melodies, but might not know the titles.  For a quick reference, we present a few favorite classical and opera songs for wedding ceremonies.

PRELUDE (while guests are arriving)

and PROCESSIONAL (bridal party and bride entrance)

"Air on a G String" - Bach

"Canon in D" - Pachelbel

"Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" - Bach

"Clair de Lune" - Debussy

 "The Prince of Denmark's March" - Jeremiah Clarke


MID-CEREMONY (prayers, after readings, musical interlude, etc.)

"Panis Angelicus" (Bread of Angels) - traditional Gregorian Chant

"Ave Maria" - Bach version

"Ave Maria" - Schubert version

"Arabesque" - Debussy

"O Mio Babbino Caro" - Puccini


RECESSIONAL (the bridal party exit)

"Ode to Joy" - Beethoven

"Spring" from Four Seasons - Vivaldi

"Watermusic / Wasermusik" alla hornpipe - Händel

"Wedding March" from Midsummer Night's Dream - Mendelssohn