Ceremony Music

Civil partnership and wedding ceremony music in Sussex, Essex, Kent, Surrey, Suffolk, Berkshire, London, Hertfordshire, London, and other areas of the UK.

Mike’s main pianist (Eugene Portman) can play either classical music or music of a lighter vein for your ceremony. There are four main parts to a wedding ceremony or civil partnership and these are as follows:

The gathering of the congregation – This is just background music while everyone is being seated and strictly speaking it isn’t really part of the ceremony. Any type of music is suitable for this part and it isn’t really necessary to make any music choices unless you really want to.

The Entrance or Processional – This is the entrance of the bride and the music usually only lasts between 15 and 30 seconds.

The Signing of the Register – This part lasts between 7 – 12 minutes and sometimes 2 or 3 pieces are neeeded to fill the time.

The Exit or Recessional – the music can be any length for this section and the pianist or musician usually plays until the last person is out of the room.

Here are some examples of music for the various sections of the ceremony:

The Entrance or Processional

The Bridal Chorus – Wagner

Canon in D – Pachelbel – Short version

Canon in D – 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.

1st Arabesque – Debussy

1st Gymnopedie – Satie

Air on a G String – Bach

The Signing of the Register

Clair De Lune – Debussy 4 mins 23 secs

1st Arabesque – Debussy 4 mins 13 secs

Autumn Crocus – Mayerl 3 mins 35 secs

Evening Primrose – Mayerl

The Towing Path – Ireland 4 mins 6 secs

Canon in D – Pachelbel

Air on a G String – Bach

Valse Op. 70 No. 2 – Chopin 3 mins 13 secs

18th Variation on a Theme of Paganini – Rachmaninov 2 mins 33 secs

Three Preludes – Delius 3 mins 54 secs

Bella Notte – Einaudi

Le Onde – Einaudi 4 mins 0 secs

The Exit or Recessional

The Wedding March – Mendelssohn

Wedding Day in Troldhaugen – Greig

Cadiz – Albeniz 3 mins 34 secs

Golliwogs Cakewalk – Debussy

Marigold – Mayerl 2 mins 53 secs

The Entrance of the Queen of Sheba – Handel

Trumpet Voluntary – Clarke

2nd Arabesque – Debussy

Grand March from Aida – Verdi