Modern wedding music experts Wessex Entertainment give us their top tips on getting the perfect tunes for your ceremony and reception.

modern-wedding-music-jimhunterphotographyCeremony music tips

You are not permitted to have any music during a Civil Ceremony that is overtly religious. Though rules are somewhat more relaxed than in the past, your Registrar will advise and vet your choices.

There are literally millions of pieces of modern wedding music that don’t have any religious association. Choose classical music for your ceremony and have lighter pop music during your drinks reception.

Consider choosing two contrasting pieces of music that are moderate length. The first should be contemplative while the guests enter and the second could hint at the celebrations to follow the ceremony.

Choose something celebratory, when your guests leave, that can be heard alongside the happy throng.

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If you have the budget then live wedding music will feel much more personal and special. Harps, string quartets and pianists are the most popular choices. They can also stay at your reception afterwards during your wedding photographs, drinks and canapés.

If you find a title you like on a modern wedding music CD or a website then make sure you check the title and composer with another couple of similar sources to make sure it is correct.

Modern wedding music for your ceremony

  • Bridal March from ‘Lohengrin’ (Here comes the Bride) – Wagner
  • Canon in D – Pachelbel
  • Trumpet Voluntary – Jeremiah Clarke
  • Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – G F Handel
  • Ave Maria – J S Bach/C Gounod
  • Adagio – Albinoni arr. Giazotto
  • Panis Angelicus – C Franck
  • Wedding March – ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ – Mendelssohn
  • Toccata from Organ Symphony no 5- C M Widor
  • Alla Danza / Hornpipe from ‘Water Music’ – G F Handel

What music are you walking down the aisle to?

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Words – Wessex Entertainments