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20 Beautiful Classical Pieces For Your Wedding Ceremony

Last Updated: 17th January 2022

There are so many reasons why you should considering featuring classical wedding music in your ceremony. Whether you like the fact it’s traditional or you want the most memorable moment in your life to have an elegant musical backdrop, classical wedding music is timeless and will always add beauty and emotion to the most romantic day of your life. These pieces have stood the test of time (over 300 years in some cases!) so you’ll always be able to look back on your day, knowing that you chose one of the most beautiful or iconic pieces of music ever written.

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The time has come! This is the moment you’ve been waiting for – you’re going to walk down the aisle! And what better accompaniment than one of these exquisite classical pieces?


Canon in D Major – Pachelbel

Yes, lots of couples choose it, but there’s a good reason why. The soft sound of the violins and the building of the melody is just stunning. It’s the epitome of traditional wedding music.


Trumpet Voluntary In D Major – Jeremiah Clarke

The solo trumpet announcing your arrival will make you feel like a queen arriving for your ceremony – and if there’s one day you deserve to feel like royalty, it’s your wedding day!


Air On the G String, Suite No. 3 in D Major – J.S. Bach

The warm tones of the cello are enough to give you goosebumps. A simply beautiful piece of music to accompany your walk down the aisle.


Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – Handel

If it’s good enough for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, it will surely make for a regal bridal entrance to your wedding too!


Water Music Suite No 1 – Air – Handel

One of the most famous pieces of music ever written – your guests will jump to attention when that trumpet fanfare starts. Bride incoming!

 

Bridal Chorus – Wagner

When you dreamed of walking down the aisle as a child, you probably hummed this to yourself. It’s the most iconic wedding march ever written. Make your dreams come true and choose it for real this time.

 

Largo from Winter (The Four Seasons) – Vivaldi

Simple and elegant, you won’t find a more exquisite piece of music. It would sound sublime played by a live string quartet.

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – J.S. Bach

The rich harmonies from the choir and the gorgeous yet simple string melody is enough to bring a tear to anyone’s eye. If you have a choir available this would be incredible to walk down the aisle to.


Largo from Xerxes – Handel

Handel has done it again with this serene and celestial piece of music. It’s just divine, and perfectly fitting as processional music for your wedding ceremony.


Ave Maria – Schubert

This piece is simple and elegant and would sound spine-tingling sung live. You could hire an amazing classical singer, for an intimate and unique performance!


Prelude in C Major – J.S. Bach

Bach seems to be the ultimate wedding music composer and this piece’s lilting melody would be such a great complement to your walk down the aisle. Why not hire a pianist to play it for you?


Recessional Classical Music

Once you’ve tied the knot, your first steps as a married couple will need a fitting musical backdrop. Check out these stunning pieces for some inspiration.


Toccata From Organ Symphony No. 5 – Widor

Princess Margaret walked back up the aisle to this stunning piece of organ music. If your organist can play it, it’s a traditional and celebratory piece, fitting for your first walk together as a married couple.


Prelude From Cello Suite No. 1 – J.S. Bach

A unaccompanied solo cello is all that’s needed to create a mesmerising and graceful piece that sounds like it’s sent straight from heaven.


Crown Imperial: A Coronation March – William Walton

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took their first steps as man and wife to this rousing and regal piece. You can too – it’s enough to make anyone feel like royalty!


Wedding March – Felix Mendelssohn

Probably the most instantly recognisable wedding recessional piece, this is full-on traditional. It’s highly likely that any organist will be able to play this, so it’s ideal if you want live music at your ceremony.


Allegro Maestoso – Handel

Handel is the master of writing an invigorating trumpet fanfare. This piece would also work really well as a processional song.


“Allegro” from Brandenburg Concerto no. 4 in G – J.S.Bach


Guess who’s Bach… He’s here again with this fast-paced masterpiece. Who knew recorders could sound so good?


Trumpet Tune and Air – Henry Purcell

If a more grand and majestic piece exists, we’d love to hear it. Imagine walking up the aisle with your partner to this bright and striking trumpet tune!


Hallelujah Chorus” from The Messiah – Handel

We’ll just let Handel speak for himself about this piece: “Whether I was in my body or out of my body as I wrote it I know not. God knows.”

Rejouissance from the Royal Fireworks – Handel

If ever there were a reason for fireworks, it’s your wedding. Handel and those trumpets are at it again, in one of his most celebratory pieces, making this music the perfect choice to walk back up the aisle to.


If you’ve been inspired by any of these masterpieces and would love a live musician to play during your wedding ceremony – check out the huge range of classical musicians available at Entertainment Nation. It’s your wedding day and you’re worth it!

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