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Best Processional Songs

Wagner's Bridal Chorus or "Here Comes the Bride"

Also referred to as the Wedding March, this piece was written by Richard Wagner in 1850 for the romantic opera Lohengrin and is probably the most popular piece for the bride's entrance (especially in the movies). Ironically, in the opera the piece comes after the wedding and not before. This piece has been banned by the Catholic church as well as many Jewish synagogues and Lutheran churches for a variety of reasons. One is because Wagner has a reputation as an anti-Semite; another is because of strong pagan elements in Wagner's opera. Jewish opposition also comes from the fact that the Nazi's were very fond of using his music and Wagner was an idol of Adolph Hitler. I would like to point out that Wagner was long dead before either the Nazis or Hitler existed and although Wagner did write several essays condemning the Jewish influence on German music, he was also known for having several Jewish friends and supporters.

Find it on:  Wedding Classics - Wedding Classics: Wedding Marches - Bridal ChorusAmazon CDAmazon mp3sRhapsodySheetmusicplus


Trumpet Voluntary in D or "Prince of Denmark's March"

This piece is by Jeremiah Clarke, but was incorrectly attributed to Henry Purcell for a number of years and is still often listed as such. They are the same piece of music, no matter how it is listed. This song has also been used for the prelude and the recessional, but is most commonly used for the processional.

Click to find it on: A Brides Guide To Wedding Music - A Bride's Guide to Wedding Music - Clarke: Trumpet VoluntaryAmazon CDAmazon mp3sRhapsodySheetmusicplus


The Wedding March

While this piece by Felix Mendelssohn seems to be at the top of everyone's list for the processional, it is what I have always heard as part of the recessional. Still, I am not an expert regarding weddings (which is why it is listed here). Mendelssohn wrote it for A Midsummer Nights Dream, a romantic comedy by William Shakespeare. Although it is typically called "The Wedding March, it's official name is A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music, Op. 61 Wedding March.

Find it on:  A Brides Guide To Wedding Music - A Bride's Guide to Wedding Music - Mendelssohn: Wedding March Amazon CD Amazon mp3s Rhapsody Sheetmusicplus


The Four Seasons

Every guest has heard this lovely but traditional song by Vivaldi. It is a splendid group of four violin concertos. Antonio Vivaldi wrote them in 1725 as part of a set of twelve. They represent the four seasons and vary greatly in style to fit the seasons. This is an excellent traditional choice for prelude songs. It is an instrumental music piece that needs no words. It is divided into four pieces: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. Of the four, "Winter" and "Spring" tend to be favorites for the processional.

Find it on:  Antonio Vivaldi, Gerard Schwarz Amazon CD Amazon mp3s Rhapsody Sheetmusicplus


Ave Maria

Two popular versions of the traditional song "Ave Maria" exist. One was composed by Charles Gounod in 1859 and is based on the harmony and texture of J.S. Bach's Prelude No.1 in C Major. It is a setting of the standard Latin Ave Maria text. Another version, written by Franz Schubert in 1825, was originally titled "Ellens ditter Gesang" (D. 839) but is more commonly referred to today as Schubert's "Ave Maria." Schubert's version was eventually adapted to fit the Roman Catholic prayer Ave Maria as well. Both versions are very beautiful and are standards during weddings and at Christmas.

Find a vocal version of Schubert's song:  Sarah Brightman - Classics - Ave MariaAmazon CDAmazon mp3sSheetmusicplus
Find an instrumental version of Schubert's song:  A Brides Guide To Wedding Music - A Bride's Guide to Wedding Music - Schubert: Ave MariaAmazon CDAmazon mp3sRhapsody

Find a vocal version of Gounod's song:  Jewel - Joy: A Holiday Collection - Ave MariaAmazon CDAmazon mp3sSheetmusicplus
Find an instrumental version of Gounod's song:  Barrymoore Chamber Orchestra - Bride's Guide to Classical Wedding Music - Ave MariaAmazon CDAmazon mp3sRhapsody


Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

"Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" is the title of a transcription by the English pianist Myra Hess of the chorale that ends each part of the cantata Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147. The piece is also a favorite for funerals, but more commonly used during weddings as either a piece for a choir or as an instrumental. This song is good for either the prelude or the bridal party's processional.

Find an instrumental version on:  A Brides Guide To Wedding Music - A Bride's Guide to Wedding Music - Bach: Jesu, Joy of Man's DesiringAmazon CDAmazon mp3sSheetmusicplus
Find a vocal version on:  Josh Groban - Josh Groban - Jesu, Joy of Man's DesiringAmazon CDAmazon mp3s



A few other songs you might consider for the processional are:

  1. "Adagio" from Water Music Suite by George Friedrich Handel
     Find it on:  Georg Friedrich Handel, Gerard Schwarz - Handel the Water Music In Three Suites Complete, Musically SpeakingAmazon CDAmazon mp3sRhapsodySheetmusicplus
  2. "Air" from Water Music by George Friedrich Handel
    Traditional, classical piece that can be used for the prelude or the bridal party's processional
     Find it on:  A Brides Guide To Wedding Music - A Bride's Guide to Wedding Music - Handel: Water Music, AirAmazon CDAmazon mp3sRhapsodySheetmusicplus
  3. "Air on the G String" from Orchestral Suite No.3 by Johann Sebastian Bach
    Good for any part of the ceremony.
     Find it on:  National Philharmonic Baroque Ensemble - Favorite's from the Classics, Vol. 2: Bach's Greatest Hits - Air On The G StringAmazon CDAmazon mp3sRhapsodySheetmusicplus
  4. "Allegro Maestoso" from Water Music by George Friedrich Handel
     Find it on:  Georg Friedrich Handel, Gerard Schwarz - Handel the Water Music In Three Suites Complete, Musically SpeakingAmazon CDAmazon mp3sRhapsodySheetmusicplus
  5. "Arioso" by Johann Sebastian Bach
     Find it on:  The Complete Wedding Music Resource - Traditional - The Complete Wedding Music Resource - Traditional - AriosoAmazon CDAmazon mp3sRhapsodySheetmusicplus
  6. "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
     Find it on:  A Brides Guide To Wedding Music - A Bride's Guide to Wedding Music - Schubert: Ave MariaAmazon CDAmazon mp3sRhapsodySheetmusicplus
  7. Ave Verum Corpus, K. 618 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Often used for the bridal party's entrance, it is available as both instrumental and a choral piece.
     Find an instrumental version on:  Malcolm Sim - The Organised Bride - Ave Verum CorpusAmazon CDAmazon mp3sRhapsodySheetmusicplus
     Find a vocal version on:  Andrea Bocelli - Sacred Arias - Ave Verum Corpus, K.618Amazon CDAmazon mp3sRhapsody
  8. "Because You Loved Me" performed by Celine Dion
     Find it on:  Céline Dion - Falling Into You - Because You Loved MeAmazon CDAmazon mp3sRhapsodySheetmusicplus
  9. "Beethoven's Fifth Symphony" by Ludwig Van Beethoven
     Find it on:  Walter Murphy - A Fifth of Beethoven - A Fifth of Beethoven (Beethoven's Fifth Symphony)Amazon CDAmazon mp3sRhapsodySheetmusicplus
  10. "Can't Help Falling in Love" performed by Elvis Presley
     Find it on:  Elvis Presley - Elvis 30 #1 HitsAmazon CDAmazon mp3sRhapsodySheetmusicplus
  11. "Canon in D" by Johann Pachelbel
    One of the most played pieces, it can work almost anywhere but most commonly during the prelude and processional.
     Find it on:  Barrymoore Chamber Orchestra - Bride's Guide to Classical Wedding Music - Pachelbel's Canon in DAmazon CDAmazon mp3sRhapsodySheetmusicplus
  12. "Canon in D" by Johann Pachelbel
     Find it on:  Barrymoore Chamber Orchestra - Bride's Guide to Classical Wedding Music - Pachelbel's Canon in DAmazon CDAmazon mp3sRhapsodySheetmusicplus
  13. Divertimento in D major, Andante, K. 136, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Good for bridal party entrance or when seating the parents.
     Find it on:  David Shifrin & The Chamber Music Society Of Lincoln Center - Mozart: Quintet K. 407 / Divertimento, K. 136 / Divertimento, K. 254 / Serenade, K. 388 - Divertimento for String Quartet In D Major, K. 136: II. AndanteAmazon CDAmazon mp3sRhapsodySheetmusicplus
  14. "Endless Love" performed by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross or Luther Vandross and Mariah Carey
     Find it on:  Diana Ross & Lionel Richie - To Love Again - Endless LoveAmazon CDAmazon mp3sRhapsodySheetmusicplus
  15. "Flower Duet" from Lakme by
    Well known, but not often used. Good for any portion of the processional. Almost always sung.
     Find it on:  Charlotte Church, London Philharmonia Orchestra & Sian Edwards - Charlotte Church: Enchantment - Lakmé, opera The Flower DuetAmazon CDAmazon mp3sRhapsodySheetmusicplus
  16. "From This Moment On" performed by Shania Twain
     Find it on:  Shania Twain & Bryan White - Come on Over - From This Moment OnAmazon CDAmazon mp3sRhapsodySheetmusicplus
  17. "Grow Old With Me" performed by Mary Chapin Carpenter
     Find it on:  Mary Chapin Carpenter - Party Doll and Other Favorites - Grow Old With MeAmazon CDAmazon mp3sRhapsodySheetmusicplus
  18. "Hornpipe" from Water Music Suite by Georg Friedrich Handel
    Also known as Concerto Grosso, Op. 6, No. 7; it is a very nice choice for the bride's processional or the recessional.
     Find it on:  Georg Friedrich Handel, Gerard Schwarz - Handel the Water Music In Three Suites Complete, Musically SpeakingAmazon CDAmazon mp3sRhapsodySheetmusicplus
  19. "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" performed by Aerosmith
     Find it on:  Aerosmith - Armageddon - The Album - I Don't Want to Miss a ThingAmazon CDAmazon mp3sRhapsodySheetmusicplus
  20. "In My Life" performed by The Beatles
     Find it on:  Bette Midler - Experience The Divine: Greatest Hits - In My Life (LP Version)Amazon CDAmazon mp3sRhapsodySheetmusicplus
  21. Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni
    A popular selection for the bride's entrance.
     Find it on:  André Rieu - Tuscany - Intermezzo from Cavalleria RusticanaAmazon CDAmazon mp3sRhapsodySheetmusicplus
  22. "La Rejouissance" from Royal Fireworks Music by George Frideric Handel
    A nice piece that is too short to use except for the bride's processional or the recessional.
     Find it on:  Michael Murray - Ceremonial Music for Trumpet & Organ - La RejouissanceAmazon CDAmazon mp3sRhapsodySheetmusicplus
  23. "Largo" from Xerxes by Georg Friedrich Handel
    Another elegant piece that is good for the prelude or the processional.
     Find it on:  The O'Neill Brothers - A Day To Remember Vol. II: Instrumental Wedding Music - Prelude - Largo (Handel)Amazon CDAmazon mp3sRhapsodySheetmusicplus
  24. "Longer" performed by Dan Fogelberg
     Find it on:  Dan Fogelberg - The Very Best of Dan Fogelberg - LongerAmazon CDAmazon mp3sRhapsodySheetmusicplus
  25. "Ode To Joy" from The Ninth Symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven
    Classic song, especially for the Bride's entrance or the recessional.
     Find it on:  The Complete Wedding Music Resource - Traditional - The Complete Wedding Music Resource - TraditionalAmazon CDAmazon mp3sRhapsodySheetmusicplus
  26. "Overture from Music for the Royal Fireworks HWV 351 by George Frideric Handel
    Lengthy song good for processional or the recesssional.
     Find it on:  Jordi Savall & Le Concert Des Nations - Handel: Water Music, Music for the Royal Fireworks - Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351: I. OvertureAmazon CDAmazon mp3sRhapsodySheetmusicplus
  27. "Prelude To Te Deum" by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
     Find it on:  Giannini Brass - Baroque Banquet - Prelude to Te DeumAmazon CDAmazon mp3sRhapsodySheetmusicplus
  28. "Processional" from Royal Fireworks Music by Georg Friedrich Handel
     Find it on:  Capella Istropolitana - Perfect Autumn Wedding - Processional: Overture (Music for the Royal Fireworks)Amazon CDAmazon mp3sRhapsodySheetmusicplus
  29. "Processional" from St. Anthony Chorale by Franz Joseph Haydn
     Find it on:  Malcolm Sim - The Organised Bride - St. Anthony ChoraleAmazon CDAmazon mp3sSheetmusicplus
  30. "Processional" from the Water Music by Georg Friedrich Handel
     Find it on:  Georg Friedrich Handel, Gerard Schwarz - Handel the Water Music In Three Suites Complete, Musically SpeakingAmazon CDAmazon mp3sRhapsodySheetmusicplus
  31. "Sheep May Safely Graze" ("Was mir behagt"), Cantata No. 208, by Johann Sebastian Bach
    Perfect for the bridesmaids entrance.
     Find it on:  Lumiere String Quartet - Classical Wedding Music - Sheep May Safely GrazeAmazon CDAmazon mp3sRhapsodySheetmusicplus
  32. "Sleeper's Awake" (Wachet Auf) by Johann Sebastian Bach
    Classical processional music that has a nice beat for walking.
     Find it on:  Lumiere String Quartet - Classical Wedding Music - Sleepers AwakeAmazon CDAmazon mp3sRhapsodySheetmusicplus
  33. "Trumpet Tune" by Henry Purcell
     Find it on:  A Brides Guide To Wedding Music - A Bride's Guide to Wedding Music - Purcell: Trumpet TuneAmazon CDAmazon mp3sRhapsodySheetmusicplus
  34. "Wedding Processional" from The Sound of Music
     Find it on:  The Complete Wedding Music Resource - Contemporary - The Complete Wedding Music Resource - Contemporary - Wedding Processional (From "The Sound of Music")Amazon CDAmazon mp3sRhapsodySheetmusicplus
  35. "What a Wonderful World" performed by Louis Armstrong
     Find it on:  Louis Armstrong - What a Wonderful World - What a Wonderful WorldAmazon CDAmazon mp3sRhapsodySheetmusicplus
  36. "When You Say Nothing At All" by Keith Whitley, Ronan Keating, or Alison Krauss
     Find Keith Whitley's version on:  Keith Whitley - Don't Close Your Eyes - When You Say Nothing at AllAmazon CDAmazon mp3sRhapsodySheetmusicplus
     Find Ronan Keating's version on:  Ronan Keating - 10 Years of Hits - When You Say Nothing At AllAmazon CDAmazon mp3sRhapsody
     Find Alison Krauss's version on:  Alison Krauss & Union Station - Alison Krauss & Union Station: Live - When You Say Nothing at AllAmazon CDAmazon mp3sRhapsody
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