Traditional Ceremony Selections

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If you’d like your ceremony to have a timeless, traditional feel, there are several musical pieces that will help you set the tone!  For the most part, this means classical music (no words) or hymns (can be sung or played without vocal accompaniment).

Some of the selections we hear fairly often are also church appropriate (depending on the specific rules of your venue).  Additionally, most of these songs are fairly versatile and can be played on a variety of instruments.  Be sure to find a sample that uses your instrument of choice to ensure you love the sound – a single piano sounds very different than an organ and a choir, for example.  We’ve labeled our samples below by instrument, so that you can keep track.


Canon in D, Pachelbel – Harp

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Bach – String Quartet

Air on a G String, Bach – String Quartet

Ode to Joy, Beethoven – Organ

Hornpipe from Water Music, Handel – String Quartet

Trumpet Voluntary, Clarke – Organ

The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Handel – String Quartet

Spring: Allegro from Four Seasons, Vivaldi – Piano

Bridal Chorus, Wagner (Here Comes the Bride) – String Trio

Wedding March, Mendelssohn – Piano


Photo courtesy of Joy Neville Photography


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