Wedding Music 101

Wedding Recessional Music

Wedding Songs for the Bride
  • Bridal March - R. Wagner
  • Trumpet Voluntary - J. Clarke
  • Royal Procession
  • Te Deum - A. Charpentier
  • Trumpet Tune - H. Purcell
  • Gloria - A. Vivaldi
  • I Vow to Thee - G. Holst

Hornpipe from Water Music - George Frederic Handel
Another piece from the Water Music Suite, this is a very popular recessional.
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba - George Frederic Handel
This is from one of Handel's operas, Solomon. If not used as a recessional, this song would be a good up tempo song for prelude music.
Rondeau - Jean Joseph Mouret
Signature tune of the PBS program Masterpiece.
Allegro from Trumpet Suite in D - George Frederic Handel
This is not frequently heard, but very nice. If we don't use it for a recessional, we always use it during the prelude music.
Wedding March from A Midsummer's Night Dream - Felix Mendelssohn
This is a traditional wedding recessional, not to be confused with Wagner's Bridal March.
Ode to Joy - Ludwig van Beethoven
Beethoven used this in the last movement of his Ninth Symphony. The main theme, heard here, is used as a recessional.
Rejouissance from the Royal Fireworks - George Frederic Handel
Rejoice! Aptly put for a happy occasion.
Allegro from Spring Concerto, Opus 8, No. 1 - Antonio Vivaldi
One of Vivaldi's Seasons concertos for violin which has become a very popular recessional.
Allegro, Concerto in C for Two Trumpets - Antonio Vivaldi
Some pieces for trumpet actually do not need trumpet. This is NOT one of them. It is a virtuoso recessional.
Church Sonata #3 in D - Mozart
For organ, violins and cello, Mozart wrote this when he was sixteen; sort of a recessional in puberty.