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Select Repertoire List: Popular Choices for Wedding Ceremonies

Below are some popular and time honoured pieces for wedding ceremonies along with some advice about the type of music that is appropriate for each part of the ceremony. You are also welcome to pick anything you like from the full repertoire list, or to request a piece that does not appear. When choosing music, do remember that religious music of any kind is not permitted during civil ceremonies. If in doubt, check with your registrar.

Prelude
Processional
Signing of the Register
Recessional

Prelude
The best choices here are relaxing and not too demanding on the ear - your guests will be arriving and this will help settle them before the ceremony begins. Typically, you will need to choose around six pieces of music. Ideally, the last piece needs to be in the same key as the processional piece - this makes for a smooth transition as the bride enters.
Flower Duet (Delibes)
Gymnopedie No 1 (Satie)
Clair De Lune (Debussy)
 
Braes of Locheil (Traditional Scottish)
Eilean Aigais (The Isle of Aigas) (Scotland)
Fagail Liasmore (Traditional Scottish)
My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose (Burns, Scotland)
 
Fields of Gold (Sting)
Lady (Lionel Richie)
Unchained Melody
 
Processional
The most important thing is that the bride should feel comfortable walking to the pace of the processional piece. Choose tunes with a steady rhythm or stately marching pace. Unless you are absolutely set upon it, I wouldn't recommend choosing something modern - pop music goes out of fashion quickly and it's better to choose a piece that will stand the test of time in your memory.
Bridal Chorus (Wagner - the traditional wedding march)
Canon in D (Pachelbel)
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring* (Bach)
Chaconne (Clarke)
Prelude in C (Bach)
 
Cainc Dafydd Broffwyd (Traditional Welsh)
Star of the County Down (Traditional Irish)
St Kilda Wedding March (Traditional Scottish)
Signing of the Register
It's good to pick something gentle but cheerful here to keep your guests entertained and upbeat. You will usually need two or three pieces. There are usually only a few seconds in between the ending of the register signing and the recessional. This means that ideally, the final piece I play here needs to be in the same key as the recessional piece.
Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Gluck)
Sheep May Safely Graze (Bach)
St Anthony Chorale (Haydn)*
 
Inis Siar (McNulty, Scotland)
Loch Tay Boat Song (Traditional Scottish)
Sheebeg and Sheemore (Carolan, Ireland)
 
Wind Beneath my Wings
May it Be (Enya)
Endless Love (Lionel Ritchie)
Recessional
The final part of the ceremony and the most joyous. Choose something upbeat and dramatic to celebrate your first steps together as a married couple.
A Leita Vita (Gastoldi)
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Handel)
Finale from 'Music for Royal Fireworks (Handel)
Trumpet Tune (Purcell)
 
Guilderoy (Scotland)
Margaret's Waltz (Traditional Scottish)
Miss Margaret Graham of Gartmore's Favourite (Marshall, Scotland)
Peacock's Feather (Ireland)
Wild Ducks Nest (Traditional Scottish/English)
Y Dydd (Traditional Welsh)
 
* Not suitable for civil wedding ceremonies
** Best to double check with the registrar regarding civil ceremonies, as this is also used as a hymn tune