A key moment in a wedding ceremony is the wedding processional. While there are many choices of music to choose from, the following are 10 of our favorite classical wedding processional songs. Choosing the one that suits you best will truly set the tone for when you both say “I Do.”
The Minuets in G major and G minor, BWV Anh. 114 and 115, are a pair of movements from a suite for harpsichord by Christian Petzold, which, through their appearance in the 1725 Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach, used to be attributed to Johann Sebastian Bach. These Minuets are among the best known pieces of music literature. The 1965 pop song “A Lover’s Concerto”,(by the Toys) which was a huge hit, is based on the first of these Minuets.
The 1995 film Mr. Holland’s Opus has a scene in which the title character, a high school music teacher, lets his students know the connection between “A Lover’s Concerto” and the Minuet in G major. He incorrectly identifies the piece as written by Bach, which makes sense because the scene is set in 1965 when the public still believed it was written by Bach.
Suite bergamasque (L. 75) is one of the most famous piano suites by Claude Debussy. It was written by Debussy around 1890. Its name comes from Verlaine’s poem “Clair de lune”, which means “moonlight” in French. This has easily become many brides favorite classical wedding processional song.
From the 1850 Opera Lohengrin. Wagner’s piece was made popular when it was used as the processional at the wedding of Victoria the Princess Royal to Prince Frederick William of Prussia in 1858. “Bridal Chorus” could easily be the most famous out of all classical wedding processional songs.
Composed in 1866, the Beautiful Blue Danube was first written as a song for a carnival choir with comical lyrics. The piece was prominently used in Kubrick’s 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey. After a leap from the worlds pre-historic past to its space filled future, the majority of The Blue Danube are heard as a space plane approaches and lands with a space station; it finishes while another spacecraft travels from the station to the Moon. The piece is then played again over the closing credits of the film.
“How Blue” is a song based on “The Blue Danube”, by The Mills Brothers in 1954.
This is a famous duet from Léo Delibes’ opera Lakmé, originally opening in Paris in the early 1880’s. It is often used in ads and films and is a popular concert piece. It was adapted for the track “Aria” in the British Airways “face” advertisements of the 1980s . It has been featured in the films Meet the Parents and True Romance and tv shows including The Simpsons.