Rhode Island Wedding Guide

Wedding Planning

Wedding Ceremony Music

Rhode Island ceremony music
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Ceremony music plays an important role in the ceremony. Be sure to select ceremony music that corresponds to the type of ceremony you are having. Check with your officiant to ensure that your selections are appropriate.

Prelude
This music is played while guests arrive and are seated.

  • Courante from Three Lute Dances (Francisque)
  • Adagio from Sonata in E-Flat (Mozart)
  • Allegro from Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G (J.S. Bach)
  • Air from Water Music (Handel)

Processional
This music begins when the mother of the bride is seated and continues while the bridesmaids and bride walk down the aisle.

  • Wedding March from Lohengrin (Wagner) "Here Comes the Bride"
  • Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke)
  • Prelude to Te Deum (Marc-Antoine Charpentier)
  • Canon in D (Pachelbel)
  • Trumpet Tune (Stanley)

During the Ceremony
You may include music during the ceremony, this may be a favorite hymn, instrumental or even a contemporary love song.

  • Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (J.S. Bach)
  • Allegro from Spring (Vilvadi)
  • Ave Maria (Schubert)
  • The Call from Five Mystical Songs (Vaughan Williams)
  • Sheep May Safely Graze (J.S. Bach)

Recessional
This is played while the bride and groom make their exit. This should be uplifting to reflect the celebration to follow.

  • Wedding March from A Midsummer Night's Dream (Mendelssohn)
  • First movement from Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F (J.S. Bach)
  • Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Handel)

Tip: Consider hiring a wedding musician to perform at your ceremony.

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