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The information below is intended to help clients select their ceremony music. It provides guidance for what pieces are appropriate for a given ceremony or location.

But keep in mind that it is your wedding. You can have whatever music you like, so long as it is allowed.

Usage Columns

Each table has the following columns representing different parts of a ceremony:

  • Fam - Family Entrance (grandparents and parents seated)
  • Attd. Attendants' Processional (groom, officiant, groomsmen, bridesmaids)
  • Bride - Bride's Processional
  • Int. - Interlude (middle of ceremony)
  • Reces. - Recessional (end of ceremony)

For a detailed description of each of the above ceremony parts, see the Selecting Music page.


Recommended Usage

The following symbols may appear for the listed piece:
- Recommended
- Not recommended

A blank cell indicates neutral preference.


Church Approved

Some churches may only allow sacred music. Music that is church appropriate is marked with a check mark in the Church Appr column.

 

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Marches (faster pieces)

Slower / Smooth Pieces

Contemporary (includes popular songs and movie themes)

Vocal Accompaniment


Need more ideas? Click on the menu options in the gold bar at the left to see and hear more music.

Faster tempo or "march" pieces that can be used for processionals and recessional.

Please note: These samples are provided for reference only. They are not necessarily recordings of the After Five String Quartet.

Composer Title Recommended for: Church
Appr.
Fam Attd Bride Int Reces
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 3  
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 5      
Beethoven Ode to Joy (from Symphony No. 9) Check Mark
Campra Rigaudon Check Mark Check Mark Check Mark Check Mark
Charpentier Te Deum Check Mark Check Mark Check Mark Check Mark Check Mark
Clarke
Trumpet Voluntary (a.k.a. Prince of Denmark)
  Check Mark Check Mark Check Mark  
Handel Coro Minuet (from Water Music Suite in D)   Check Mark Check Mark    
Handel Entrance of the Queen of Sheba       Check Mark  
Handel Hornpipe (from Water Music Suite in D)     Check Mark Check Mark Check Mark
Handel La Rejoussance (from Royal Fireworks Music) Check Mark     Check Mark Check Mark
Handel Overture from Royal Fireworks (#1) Slower march portion     Check Mark Check Mark
Handel Overture from Royal Fireworks (#2) Fast portion       Check Mark
Mendelssohn Wedding March Check Mark  
Mouret Rondeau Check Mark     Check Mark Check Mark
Mozart Eine Kleine Nachtmusik       Check Mark
Purcell Trumpet Tune Check Mark Check Mark Check Mark Check Mark Check Mark
Tchaikovsky Waltz from Sleeping Beauty       Check Mark  
Vivaldi Gloria       Check Mark   
Vivaldi Spring Concerto: Allegro (1st movement)   Check Mark Check Mark Check Mark
Vivaldi Spring Concerto: 3rd movement Check Mark   Check Mark Check Mark
Wagner Bridal Chorus ("Here comes the bride") Check Mark  

Slow Smooth Music

Slow to medium tempo (speed) pieces that are good for processionals or an interlude (e.g. unity candle lighting).

Please note: These samples are provided for reference only. They are not necessarily recordings of the After Five String Quartet.

Composer Title Recommended for: Church
Appr.
Fam Attd Bride Int Reces
Bach, J.S. Air (from Suite No. 3) Check Mark Check Mark Check Mark Check Mark Check Mark
Bach, J.S. Arioso Check Mark   Check Mark Check Mark
Bach, J.S. Bist du bei mir ("You are with me") Check Mark     Check Mark Check Mark
Bach, J.S. Concerto for Two Violins: Largo Check Mark Check Mark   Check Mark Check Mark
Bach, J.S. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring Check Mark Check Mark Check Mark Check Mark   Check Mark
Bach, J.S. Sheep May Safely Graze Check Mark     Check Mark
Bach, J.S. Sleepers, Awake Check Mark   Check Mark   Check Mark
Bach-Gounod Ave Maria Check Mark Check Mark Check Mark Check Mark
Barry, John Somewhere in Time
(from film Somewhere in Time)
Check Mark      
Beethoven Grande Sonata Pathetique: Adagio Check Mark Check Mark   Check Mark
Bernstein One Hand, One Heart (from West Side Story)        
Boardman Gigue ("Celtic Baroque" style) Check Mark Check Mark     Check Mark
Corelli Pastorale (from Concerto Grosso No. 8) Check Mark Check Mark   Check Mark   Check Mark
Debussy Claire de Lune Check Mark Check Mark   Check Mark   Check Mark
Enya Only Time
  Check Mark   Check Mark  
Foster For Just a Moment (Love theme from St. Elmo's Fire)    
Foster / Sager The Prayer (from Quest for Camelot)       Check Mark Check Mark
Handel Air (from Water Music Suite in F) Check Mark Check Mark Check Mark     Check Mark
Handel Largo from Xerxes       Check Mark
Handel Pastoral Symphony (from The Messiah)       Check Mark Check Mark
Horner The Ludlows(from film Legends of the Fall)
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Check Mark Check Mark Check Mark Check Mark    
Horner The Wedding (from Legends of the Fall)
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Check Mark Check Mark  
Malotte The Lord's Prayer       Check Mark Check Mark
Massenet Meditation from Thais Check Mark     Check Mark
O'Connor Appalachia Waltz Check Mark        
Pachelbel Canon in D major Check Mark Check Mark Check Mark Check Mark Check Mark
Padrón, Daniel Nocturne No. 5   Check Mark     Check Mark
Puccini Musetta's Waltz (from La Boheme)      
Puccini O mio babbino caro (from Gianni Schicci) Check Mark Check Mark Check Mark Check Mark    
Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini - Variation 18   Check Mark Check Mark      
Raff Cavatina       Check Mark   Check Mark
Rota A Time for Us
(Love theme from Romeo & Juliet 1968)
     
Saint-Saens The Swan     Check Mark
Schubert Ave Maria Check Mark Check Mark   Check Mark Check Mark
Silvestri Feather Theme (main title theme from Forrest Gump)    
traditional
arr. Carla Boardman
Amazing Grace (with variations)       Check Mark   Check Mark
Vangelis Hymne Check Mark Check Mark Check Mark Check Mark   Check Mark
Vivaldi Winter Concerto: Largo Check Mark Check Mark   Check Mark Check Mark
Wine / Sager Groovy Kind of Love        

For clients who want to add a modern or more casual flavor to their ceremony. These may also be performed during the prelude (while guests are being seated).

Please note: These samples are provided for reference only. They are not necessarily recordings of the After Five String Quartet. 

Title Composer / Artist Recommended for: Church
Appr.
Fam Attd Bride Int Reces
All I Ask of You
(from Phantom of the Opera)
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Andrew Lloyd Webber Check Mark Check Mark      
All You Need The Beatles         Check Mark  
Appalachia Waltz Mark O'Connor Check Mark Check Mark   Check Mark    
Can't Help Falling in Love
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Elvis Presley   Check Mark Check Mark   Red X  
Come What May (from Moulin Rouge) Ewan McGregor & Nicole Kidman          
Feather Theme Forrest Gump) Alan Silvestri    
For Just a Moment (Love St. Elmo's Fire) David Foster    
From This Moment Shania Twain        
Gone (main title theme) Max Steiner        
Groovy Phil Collins        
Grow Old with Me
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John Lennon   Check Mark   Check Mark   Check Mark
Here Comes the Sun
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The Beatles       Check Mark  
Hymne Vangelis Check Mark Check Mark   Check Mark
It (jazz standard) Frank Sinatra / Tony Bennett       Check Mark  
La Bamba Richie Valens       Check Mark
The Ludlows (from Legends of the Fall)
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James Horner Check Mark Check Mark Check Mark Check Mark    
Moon River (from Breakfast at Tiffany's) Henry Mancini Check Mark      
Norwegian Wood The Beatles     Check Mark
Notre Dame Victory March
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written by Michael Shea       Check Mark Check Mark
One Hand, One Heart (from West Side Story) Leonard Bernstein            
Only Time
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Enya   Check Mark   Check Mark Red X
Over the Rainbow Judy Garland      
The Prayer (from Quest for Camelot)
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Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli       Check Mark Red X
The Rose Bette Midler     Red X
Someone to Watch George Gershwin            
Somewhere in Time
Somewhere in Time)
John Barry Check Mark      
A Time for Us
Romeo & Juliet 1968)
Nino Rota      
Unchained Melody (from film Ghost) Righteous Brothers   Check Mark      
The Wedding (from Legends of the Fall)
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James Horner Check Mark Check Mark Red X
When I'm 64 The Beatles       Check Mark
Yea Alabama! (UA fight song) Sykes       Check Mark  
You Raise Me Up Secret Garden / Josh Groban      

Title Composer / Artist Church
Appr
All I Ask of You
(from Phantom of the Opera)
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Andrew Lloyd Webber  
Ave Maria Bach-Gounod Check Mark
Ave Maria
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Schubert Check Mark
Amazing Grace traditional Check Mark
Be Thou My Vision Irish hymn Check Mark
Can't Help Falling in Love
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Elvis Presley  
Come What May (from Moulin Rouge) Ewan McGregor & Nicole Kidman  
From this Moment Shania Twain  
Grow Old with Me
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John Lennon Check Mark
Here in My Heart
Cannot be played as instrumental
John Berry  
I Will Be Here Steven Curtis Chapman Check Mark
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring J. S. Bach / Josh Groban Check Mark
The Lord's Prayer Malotte Check Mark
O mio babino caro Puccini  
One Hand, One Heart (from West Side Story) Bernstein  
Panis Angelicus Cesar Franck Check Mark
Parent's Prayer Steven Curtis Chapman Check Mark
The Prayer (from Quest for Camelot)
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Celine Dion & Andrea Bocelli Check Mark
Prayer for Home Fernando Ortega Check Mark
The Rose Bette Midler  
Someone to Watch Over Me George Gershwin  
Surely the Presence of the Lord is In This Place Wolfe Check Mark
Wedding Song
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Cannot be played as instrumental
Noel Paul Stookey Check Mark
When You Say You Love Me
Cannot be played as instrumental
Josh Groban  
You Raise Me Up Secret Garden / Josh Groban