DJ Music Helpers: Wedding Ceremony Music

The wedding ceremony music is your stamp on your wedding ceremony. For thousands of years, classical music was the norm. While this is still the case at a majority of weddings, an increasing number of brides and grooms are having wedding ceremonies outside of churches and picking contemporary music.

Below are just a few of the many song suggestions for both classical and contemporary weddings.

1. Prelude Music
This is the music that is heard 15 to 30 minutes prior to your ceremony. At this time your guests are arriving and being seated. The Prelude music normally continues through the seating of the mothers, however it is a nice touch to have a special selection for them.

This is when the atmosphere for your wedding is established. It should compliment the mood you want whether religious, elegant, contemporary, or a mixture of styles.

There are a few general rules to keep in mind:
The music should be suitable as background music for prayer and light conversation. This is not the time for Kool & The Gang or other “celebration-type music”. Discuss your music choices with your church or synagogue. Policies of many churches and synagogues will prohibit contemporary music.
Classical List

1. Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – Bach
2. The Prayer – Andrea Bocelli
3. Arioso – Bach
4. Romanza – Mozart
5. Ave Maria – Schubert
6. Sheep May Safely Graze – Bach
7. Fireworks Suite – Handel
8. Suite No. 3 in D: Air on the G String – Bach
9. Ave Maria – Gounod
10. Greensleeves

Contemporary List

1. The Rose – Bette Midler
2. Everything I Do I Do it for You – Bryan Adams
3. When I Say I Do – Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black
4. Love of My Life – Jim Brickman
5. Always – Atlantic Starr
6. For My Wedding – Don Henley
7. Don’t Know Much – Aaron Neville/Linda Ronstadt
8. Tonight, I Celebrate My Love – Peabo Bryson/Roberta Flack
9. The One – Elton John
10. My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion – Titanic Soundtrack

Processional Music
There are usually two 2 processionals; one for the bridesmaids and flower girl and one for the bride to walk down the aisle. You may also have a separate selection for the seating of parents and grandparents before the bridesmaid. However, too many selections/changing of musical selections may be confusing and may not make it easy for all to “keep time” while walking down the aisle. It is usually advisable to keep it simple..

The bride’s processional announces the bride and centers the attention on the bride. This is one of the most important and anticipated moments of the day!

Classical List

1. Canon in D – Pachelbel
2. Trumpet Voluntary – Clarke
3. Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – Handel
4. Bridal Chorus – Wagner
5. Spring from the Four Seasons – Vivaldi
6. Trumpet Tune – Purcell
7. Hornpipe from the Water Music – Handel
8. Romance from String Quartet – Mozart
9. Elvira Madigan Theme – Bach
10. Here Comes the Bride – Wagner

Contemporary List
1. Only Time – Enya
2. At Last – Etta James
3. Come Away With Me – Norah Jones
4. Unforgettable – Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole
5. Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion
6. Princess Bride Theme – Mark Knopfler
7. Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley
8. What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
9. When I’m 64 – The Beatles