The Entrance – The Processional

The first part of the actual ceremony is the entrance of the bride and traditionally this was always carried out to Wagner’s Bridal Chorus. Although most people stick to the Wagner; you can have any music you like. The one thing you must consider when looking an alternative is that it doesn’t take long for the bride to walk down the aisle – usually 30-45 seconds . If you would like the music to be a little longer than this you can let the music start and then make the entrance part way through the piece (say after 8 bars). Also, the music has to be something that can be brought to an end easily so that I can stop playing as the bride reaches the front of the aisle.

A lot of couples go to great lengths to choose something very special for the entrance: only to find that I can only play a small snippet. I often recommend using the same music for the entrance as the signing of the register. This usually ensures that you will hear your favourite piece of music in it’s entirity during the signing.

Here are a few examples of music that are suitable for the entrance:

      1st Arabesque by Debussy
      The Bridal Chorus by Wagner
      Canon in D by Pachelbel - Short version
      Canon in D by Pachelbel - Longer version.

A longer version of the canon is sometimes used. In this case the bride would usually wait for either 8 or 12 counts before the entrance.

Here are some more examples without audio files attached.

Clair De Lune by Debussy

1st Gymnopedie – Satie

Air on a G String – Bach

Arioso – Bach

Berceuse (from Dolly Suite) – Fauré

Here are some more examples without audio files attached.

Greatest Day – Gary Barlow

Here Comes the Sun – George Harrison

Kissing You – Des’ree

Something – George Harrison

Little Dancer – Elton John

Your Song – Elton John

At Last – Etta James

Make You feel My Love (Adele)

The Signing (of the Register)

The Recession (or Recessional)

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