Are you looking for the perfect wedding music to walk down the aisle to – something that creates a sense of occasion and reflects you as a couple? Grab a cuppa or, sit down and relax and listen to these suggestions. They have been compiled from years of experience playing at weddings and we offer you both a classical and a pop list to browse. All of the suggestions can be played by live wedding musicians and arranged for many different combinations of instruments to great effect. Let’s go!
The Classical List
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – Handel This is a great choice for an upbeat atmosphere. This piece is lively and celebratory to make an entrance with impact.
Adagio Cantabile from Piano Sonata no.8 – Beethoven An emotional slower choice and a real tear jerker! Just one of the most beautiful piano pieces ever written.
Nimrod from Enigma Variations – Elgar This is a slow paced piece which builds in intensity. Predominantly played by string instruments so full of feeling.
Divertimento in F K.138, Andante – Mozart A stunning string quartet piece with an almost innocent feel to it and simply beautiful.
I Giorni – Ludovico Einaudi A gorgeous piece if you have booked a piano or keyboard player. Simple and exquisite with a feeling of something magical coming..
Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana – Mascagni Very romantic but not sad – listen beyond the introduction and it becomes more joyful as it progresses.
The Balcony Scene from Romeo & Juliet – Craig Armstrong One of our favourites – words can’t describe how beautiful this is. Just listen and have tissues to hand!
Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G major, Allegro – J.S. Bach An upbeat choice that is evocative of the Baroque era with it’s highly ornate architecture and grandeur.
Canon in D – Pachelbel Probably one of the most popular choices for weddings. It’s stately pace is perfect for the processional and it builds as the instruments are added.
Trumpet Voluntary – Jeremiah Clarke This can be played very effectively by a string quartet if you don’t have a trumpeter. It’s a Last Night of the Proms number and a favourite for Royal weddings.
If Ye Love Me – Thomas Tallis A great choice if you have a small choir. It’s a heavenly piece of wedding music and works brilliantly for winter weddings.
Ave Maria – Schubert A musical prayer that works very well with an instrument taking the vocal melody too.
Gymnopedie No.1 – Erik Satie One you’ll definitely recognise and it works best on piano or keyboard. This is another simple yet extremely atmospheric choice for the processional music.
Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin – Wagner Last but not least and perhaps the most obvious – Here comes the bride – a clear signal to everyone as to what’s about to happen!
The Pop List
What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong This doesn’t need any introduction, just a wonderful vintage choice.
Moon River – Audrey Hepburn Dreamy and atmospheric, this works beautifully with an instrument taking the vocal line instead of voice too.
To Build a Home – The Cinematic Orchestra One of our absolute favourites! Be sure to listen beyond the slow introduction to the build. It’ll give everyone the shivers!
Stand By Me – Florence & the Machine We love this modern cover of a classic song originally written by Ben E King.
How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding This is a good pace for your walk down the aisle and the lyrics create the perfect sentiment.
When I Fall in Love – Nat King Cole A vintage classic that everyone loves for a truly romantic vibe.
How Can I Tell You – Cat Stevens If you’ve booked a solo guitar this is a unique and beautiful choice.
Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley This is a firm favourite as a processional song. Watch our singer Claire singing it in a church with a guitarist on our reels – it’s stunning!
Bitter Sweet Symphony – The Verve Perfect if you and yours like an Indie vibe and there is a great arrangement for string quartet.