Wedding Songs: Advice from a Wedding Venue Owner, Pre-Processional Advice and Choices

Woodrow Hall hosts plenty of wedding ceremonies. In fact, about 60-70% of brides and grooms who choose Woodrow Hall for their reception also have the wedding ceremony at our facility. We consider it a privilege to host the wedding ceremony! Holding the wedding and the reception makes the entire selection of music much simpler as the same people (DJ or Band) who provide the music for the reception can provide the music for the wedding. Obviously the type of music is dramatically different! Here is how to start choosing the wedding ceremony music.

The time prior to the ceremony is called the prelude or pre-processional part of the wedding ceremony. It ends with the entrance or “procession” of the bridal party. This time calls for special music as it is the invitation to your invited guests to relax and start to enjoy the moment. Some couples have a general type of music for the entire time, but others have special songs for the entrance of the minister and groom as well as the parents and grandparents. Although most brides choose the classical or traditional music choices, there is no rule except that the music should all flow together.

Remember that this is often a time of reunion for your guests. It is also a time of reflection. Many will find themselves thinking about their special day years or even lifetimes before. This time can be quite long, as many people will arrive early. Many of them come early just to hear the music! Think about the last time you were at a wedding. Think about how this time will feel for your guests as they listen to such favorites as those listed below.

Adagio from Sonata in E-Flat – Mozart
Air (From Water Music) – Handel
Air on the G String – JS Bach
Allegro from Brandenburg Concerto #4 in G – Bach
Arioso – JS Bach
Ave Maria – JS Bach
Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony – Andante Con Molto – Ludwig Von Beethoven
Canon in D – Pachbels –
Caribbean Blue – Enya
Emperor’s Hymn – Haydn Canzon V – Giovanni Gabrieli
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – Bach –
Lasia Ch’io Pianga – Handel
Minuet in G – Mozart
Nocturne In E Flat, Op. 9 No. 2 – Chopin
Prelude in C – Bach
Prelude To The Afternoon Of A Faun – Debussy
Romanza – Andrea Bocelli
So This Is Love (Instrumental “Cinderella”) – David, Hoffman, Livingston
Son. No 3 Detta Del Niccolini – Girolamo Fantini
Sunrise, Sunset – Sheldon Harnick & Jerry Bock (Fiddler on the Roof)
The Wedding Song (There is Love)
Trumpet Voluntary – Jeremiah Clark
Waiting on a Woman – Brad Paisley
Waltz (From Sleeping Beauty Act 1) – Tchaikovsky
Winter” Largo, Four Seasons – Vivaldi

Woodrow Hall would be pleased to assist you with this planning!

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