Are you getting married? Looking for songs for your wedding ceremony? We know that this time of year is exceptionally busy for you the bride-to-be’s out there, because you’re probably in the middle of planning for your summer wedding. You’re probably planning everything from the wedding ceremony sheet music to the color of your napkins to get ready for your special day. We’d like to help!
- Musicnotes Tip: Try to choose wedding ceremony music that can either be played acoustically or through a sound system. Even if you have a band or a musician playing at your wedding, it can’t hurt to have a backup of the music for your wedding ceremony handy just in case there’s a technical issue with equipment.
Here are some wedding sheet music ideas for your ceremony, broken down by events in the wedding. Even if you don’t like these popular songs, these are some key moments in the ceremony that you might want to find music for.
Prelude to your Wedding Ceremony – While your guests are being seating at your ceremony, consider choosing a classical song to welcome them. One of the more popular songs used for this part of a wedding ceremony is: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.
Wedding Party Processional – A year-round favorite for the bridal party processional is the song Canon in D composed by Pachelbel. This song is so popular there’s been quite a few variations of this theme for piano, organ, strings, choirs and more!
Bride’s Entrance – As soon as you hear the opening notes of the Bridal Chorus composed by Wagner, we know you’ll recognize it. Did you know that one of the most infamous wedding songs was actually composed for an opera? The Bridal Chorus was originally composed for a romantic German opera named Lohengrin.
Unity Candle Ceremony – The unity candle ceremony is one that transcends all wedding themes. From spiritual weddings to romantic beach weddings, many brides have chosen the song Panis Angelicus by Franck for this event.
Interlude – An interlude may be a wedding song that you choose to commemorate a meaningful moment in the ceremony with music. Although some brides choose popular music for a specific event in their ceremony, many have picked the song Ave Maria for a more classic theme.
Recessional – While you and your new husband are walking down the aisle, you might want to pick the second most popular wedding song, the Wedding March composed by Felix Mendelssohn for Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
Postlude for End of Ceremony – After your wedding party leaves, you might want to pick a song to end the ceremony. If you want to continue with your classical theme, you could opt for Handel’s Overture, which is a popular arrangement for the organ.
Do you have any wedding songs to recommend? Are you in the middle of planning your ceremony and need wedding sheet music? Let us know and we’ll feature your comments in an upcoming post. Thanks for reading!