Instrumental Music for Your Wedding Processional

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Planning your wedding processional can be a daunting task, but choosing the right music can help set the tone for your big day. If you’re looking for some inspiration, check out our list of instrumental songs that are perfect for your wedding processional.

Music for the Entrance of the Bride

The entrance of the bride is one of the most important and anticipated moments of the wedding ceremony. The music that you choose for this moment will set the tone for the rest of the ceremony. If you’re looking for inspiration, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite pieces of instrumental music for your wedding processional.

– “Canon in D” by Johann Pachelbel
– “Air on the G String” by Johann Sebastian Bach
– “Ave Maria” by Franz Schubert
– “Clair de Lune” by Claude Debussy
– “Trumpet Voluntary” by Jeremiah Clarke
– “Water Music Suite No. 2 in D Major, HWV349: Air” by George Frideric Handel
– “Wedding March” from A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Felix Mendelssohn

Music for the Signing of the Register

After the vows have been exchanged and the rings placed on fingers, it’s time to sign the marriage register. This is usually a brief interlude in proceedings, taking no more than five minutes. It’s an ideal moment for your guests to take a breather and reflect on what they’ve just witnessed, and for you to catch your breath too!

There are no set rules about what kind of music to play during the signing of the register, but it is generally a good idea to choose something calm and reflective. It could be an instrumental version of one of your favorite songs, or something completely different that you feel captures the mood of your wedding day. If you’re not sure where to start, our collection of instrumental music for your wedding processional will give you plenty of ideas.

Music for the Exit of the Bride and Groom

Now that you’ve said your “I dos” and sealed the deal with a kiss, it’s time to celebrate! Start your wedding recessional off on the right foot with the perfect piece of music. You want something that’s celebratory and triumphant—after all, you just got married! Here are some of our favorite songs to help get the party started.

“All You Need Is Love” by The Beatles
“Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley
“Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles
“I Believe in a Thing Called Love” by The Darkness
“I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston
“Love on Top” by Beyoncé
“Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” by Stevie Wonder
“The Wanderer” by Dion

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