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Music for a Civil Ceremony

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Music can play a part in civil ceremonies, whether one is getting married in a reception hall, on a sandy beach or in city hall itself. Here are several processional and recessional pieces. This list is neither exhaustive nor exclusive, but includes many popular selections.


Pachelbel - Canon in D

Bach – Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

Marc-Antoine Charpentier - Prelude from Te Deum

Bernstein - Make Our Garden Grow

Handel - "Ombra Mai Fu" from Xerxe

Mendelssohn - Wedding March from A Midsummer Night's Dream

Mascagni - Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana



Delibes - Flower Duet

Verdi - Drinking Song (Libiamo nelieti calici (Brindisi)) from La Traviata

Verdi – March from Aida

Handel – Hornpipe from Water Music Suite