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Ideas For Modern Music

Posted on May 12, 2019 at 2:45 PM

During a Civil Ceremony you are not permitted to have any music that is overtly religious. Even though today these rules are somewhat more relaxed than in the past, your Registrar will advise and vet your choices. There are many pieces of modern wedding music to choose from that doesn't have any religious association. You can choose classical music for your ceremony and have lighter pop music options during your cocktail hour and reception. Consider choosing two contrasting pieces of music that are a moderate length. The first should be contemplative while the guests enter and the second could hint at the celebrations to follow the ceremony. Choose something celebratory, when your guests leave, that can be heard alongside the happy throng. If your budget will allow it then choose live wedding music. It will feel much more personal and special. The most popular choices are harps, string quartets and pianists. You can also book them to stay during your reception and for your wedding photographs, drinks and hors d' oeuvre. Listed below are a few examples of popular classical music pieces played at wedding ceremonies and receptions.



Bridal March from ‘Lohengrin’ (Here comes the Bride) – Wagner

Canon in D – Pachelbel 

Trumpet Voluntary – Jeremiah Clarke

Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – G F Handel

Ave Maria – J S Bach/C Gounod

Adagio – Albinoni arr. Giazotto

Panis Angelicus – C Franck

Wedding March – ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ – Mendelssohn

Toccata from Organ Symphony no 5- C M Widor

Alla Danza / Hornpipe from ‘Water Music’ – G F Handel



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