So you’re planning a wedding, but you’re not sure what music to choose for the service? You’ve come to the right place! At a typical wedding, you hear music before, during and after the service. Specifically, you generally hear:
- instrumental (piano, organ, etc.) music before the service (prelude),
- instrumental music while the wedding party enters,
- instrumental music when the bride enters (processional),
- occasionally a featured vocal solo after the homily,
- a vocal solo during the lighting of the unity candle,
- instrumental music while the wedding party exits (recessional),
- instrumental music after the service (postlude).
Let’s pick this apart and look at the music I’ve used in the past for each segment. I’ve included links to YouTube videos for your listening convenience. The links feature piano, because that is my preferred instrument, but these pieces can also be played on the organ. I am also glad to learn new music upon request.
- Prelude: Normally, those who plan weddings don’t ask me about what I’m playing while the guests arrive. However, I will say that I use some Ludovico Einaudi, some Lorie Line, some Yiruma, some Bach, and others.
- Wedding Party Enters: In the past, I have used “Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring” or “Canon in D“, which changes depending on what you choose for the processional (when the bride enters).
- Bride Enters: I’ve used “Canon in D” or “Bridal Chorus“.
- Vocal Solos: Upon request, I’ve sung (and played for myself) the following for weddings: When You Say Nothing At All, Love Can Build A Bridge, Marry Me, God Gave Me You, From This Moment On, The Keeper of the Stars, and I Cross My Heart. My personal favorites to sing at weddings include: This Day, Here We Stand, Love Never Fails, and When I Say I Do. There are more songs out there that are very appropriate for weddings. Check out these two lists for further ideas: projectwedding.com and myweddingmusical.com.
- Wedding Party Exits: I’ve used “Wedding March“, “La Rejouissance” by Handel, “Hornpipe” by Handel, or “Spring (Allegro)” by Vivaldi.
- Postlude: Here I tend to use more up-tempo classical music, similar to the recessional (when the wedding party exists) music. In fact, whatever you don’t choose for the recessional, I use here, while the guests exit. I may also include some more Lorie Line.
I hope this very basic tutorial regarding wedding music was helpful for you. If you want me to play for your wedding service, please know first that I charge $100 plus mileage (if outside the Win-E-Mac area) for piano only before, during, and after the service, or $125 if you want me to play and sing for the service. This rate includes the rehearsal and the service.
If this sounds okay to you, please contact me. Thanks!