Music for a Civil Ceremony

Sunday, April 17, 2011

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


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Comments [4]

Ferenc from Queens

Indeed I have. I like Mr. Meltzer suggestion!

Apr. 19 2011 08:20 PM
Michael Meltzer

Sounds like Ferenc has been there before!
Occasionally, someone is left at the altar, in that case a good recessional is Charles Ives' "The Unanswered Question."

Apr. 19 2011 06:24 PM
Ferenc from Queens

How about for a processional "March to the Scaffold" from Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique , and for the recessional Liszt's "Csardas Macabre" .

Apr. 19 2011 10:29 AM
Michael Meltzer

The Mendelssohn Wedding March is almost always a recessional, when performed at its correct tempo. It is much too up-tempo for a processional, it would have to be done at half-speed or slower.

Apr. 18 2011 09:51 AM

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