Classical Wedding Music


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Classical wedding music is the most traditional type of music chosen for weddings, perfect for setting an elegant mood for the ceremony. There are so many titles that evoke the image of "wedding" when you hear them. How many people can hear Pachelbel's Canon and NOT think of being at a wedding ceremony?

The truth is, the sky's the limit when it comes to choosing classical music for your wedding. I've included some of the more common ones, but also a few that you may not have thought of. And I'll keep adding to this list as more song titles come my way.

One benefit to choosing classical wedding music is that it is adaptable for many different instruments you may have at your disposal for the ceremony -- organ, piano, violin, harp, acoustic guitar, or flute.

Another benefit is that with the wide variety of music within the classical style, you will find something appropriate for each portion of the ceremony - prelude, processional, flower girl, unity candle, and recessional.

Song Title Composer
Air on the G String Bach
Air, from Water Music Handel
Allegro Maestoso/With Trumpets and Horns, from Water Music Handel
Alleluia, from Exsultate Jubilate Mozart
Andante Grazioso Mozart
Arioso Bach
Ave Maria Bach/Gounod
Ave Maria Schubert
Bist Du Bei Mir Bach
Bourrée Handel
Canon in D Pachelbel
Claire de Lune Debussy
Gabriel's Oboe, from The Mission Morricone
Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring Bach
Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee Beethoven
Largo/Ombra Mai Fu Handel
Let the Bright Seraphim Handel
Liebestraum Liszt
Loure Bach
Meditation from Thais Massenet
Minuet in G Major Bach/Petzold
Minuet in G Major Mozart
Morning Prayer Tchaikovsky
On Wings of Song Mendelssohn
Panis Angelicus/O Lord Most Holy Franck
Petite Litanies de Jesus Grovlez
Presto from Organ Concerto Op 4, No 5 in F major Handel
Prince of Denmark's March (Trumpet Voluntary) Clarke
Reverie Debussy
Rondeau (Masterpiece Theatre theme) Jean-Joseph Mouret
Sheep May Safely Graze Bach
Stranger in Paradise/Polovtsian Dances Borodin/Wright
The Swan/Le Cygne Saint-Saens
Te Deum Prelude Charpentier
Toccata Widor
Traumerei Schumann
Trumpet Tune Clarke
Trumpet Voluntary Clarke
Wedding March Mendelssohn
Where E'er You Walk, from Semele Handel
Widmung ("Devotion") Schumann

What other classical titles do you think should be added to the list?

I've included some of my favorite classical pieces for weddings here. But I know there are SO many more classical choices out there. What did YOU want to walk down the aisle to? Have your say and watch this list grow.

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