Wedding Ceremony Music Makes Your Big Day Memorable for Years!

Nothing sets the mood or evokes emotion quite like music. Wedding ceremony music is quite possible the biggest element of your special day. Wedding music sets the tone for your Raleigh wedding and act as landmarks for the special events that take place during the big day!

The processional music is often the first wedding ceremony music that plans with real meaning. Processional songs are usually sentimental to the couple's relationship, Religious beliefs, or family memories. It's also the music that proves to be the most difficult to choose. Below, you'll find a run-down of all the songs that are needed during the processional.


The musician usually plays a half hour prelude while people are gathering for the ceremony. This is usually classical music. The music should create a reverent mood to prepare for this sacred time. Some popular prelude selections include:

  • "Prelude in C"
  • "Ave Maria"
  • "Clair de Lune"
  • "Gymnopedie"
  • "La primavera"
  • "L'inverno" from the Four Seasons

Seating of Family

The ceremony actually begins with the seating of special guests, such as grandparents or special friends, followed by the seating of the mothers. A few wedding music selections for this moment:

  • "Arioso"
  • "Allegro Maestoso" from Water Music
  • "Meditation from Tais"


Now you are ready for the processional of the attendants. Just as that music begins, the pastor and the groom usually proceed to the front. Some music for the entrance of bridesmaids and groomsmen could include:

  • "Trumpet Voluntary"
  • "Trumpet Tune"
  • "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring"
  • "March" from Occasional Oratorio

Bride’s Entrance

And now for the grand entrance! Some standard wedding music selections for the bride’s entrance include:

  • "Canon in D"
  • "The Bridal Chorus"
  • "Allegro Maestoso"
  • "Rondeau"

After the processional, you'll need to choose a few more songs for the following:

Special/Interim Music

During the ceremony there are a couple of good places for special music (background music during the lighting of the unity candle, a sacred solo after the prayer, etc.). Two great pieces for this time are:

  • "The Lord's Prayer"
  • "The Prayer"
  • "O Perfect Love"

Recession (postlude)

Now it’s time to run down the aisle in total joy and exuberance! Some arrangements for the end of service include:

  • "The Wedding March" from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • "Ode to Joy"
  • "Hornpipe"

If you're having trouble deciding what wedding ceremony music might work for your big day, have no fear! Our Raleigh DJ can help you strike the right note as you walk down the aisle with our top picks for the bride's processional. You and the DJ can work together, to come up with memorable songs for your entire wedding ceremony. There's nothing sweeter than having meaningful, sentimental music playing during your big day! Save the Date can help you choose the best music available for your wedding day! Just give our wedding music planner a call for more information!

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