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Wedding Services

Music is a huge part of what brings about the character and memories of a wedding. The harp has a dignified, elegant and joyful sound, making it an excellent choice for a wedding ceremony.

Wedding ceremonies generally have six major parts, each with their own special music selections:

Prelude: 15 to 30 minutes of music performed while your guests arrive, setting the mood for your service. In a religious setting, hymns or classical pieces may be selected. In a less formal setting, classical as well as contemporary love songs may be played to create a relaxing atmosphere.

Processional: It begins with music while the parents of the bride and groom are seated, then the wedding party (bridesmaids, groomsmen, ring bearer and flower girls) walk gracefully down the aisle, usually to a different song.

Listed below are common song selections used for the processional of the family, wedding party, or both.

  • Ave Maria, J.S.Bach

  • Dance of the Blessed Spirits, C.W. Gluck

  • Greensleeves, traditional 

  • Panis Angelicus, Cesar Franck

  • Largo from Symphony No. 9, Dvorak

  • Pavane, Faure

  • Trumpet Tune, Henry Purcell

  • Trumpet voluntary, Henry Purcell

Bridal Processional: This is the moment everyone has been waiting for, you walk down the aisle to meet your future husband, and everyone stands up to honor the bride to the beat of glorious and bright musical compositions or subtle and mysterious pieces of music.
Most popular selections are:

  • Bridal Chorus, Richard Wagner

  • Bridal March, Jonathan Cain

  • Canon in D, Johann Pachelbel

  • Arioso, J.S Bach

  • Prelude in C Major, J.S. Bach

  • Sonata in C Minor, Beethoven

  • Perfect, Ed Sheeran 

  • A Thousand Years, Christina Perri

 

During the Ceremony: It is optional, yet appropriate, to have music played by the harp as background during the lighting of the Unity Candle, Holy Communion or as a solo after a reading or prayer, music may be a great addition to this particular part of the ceremony, perhaps a piece that has special meaning to you; in any case, it should be light and romantic.

Here are some suggestions, although the possibilities are endless:

  • Ave Maria, Franz Schubert

  • Hallelujah, Leonard Cohen

  • Love Me Tender, Love Me Sweet, Elvis Presley 

  • Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Sergey Rachmaninoff

 

Recessional: Immediately following the ceremony, upbeat and cheerful music is played as the newly married couple and wedding party walk back down the aisle.

It should set a celebratory mood, and usually doesn’t need to be very long:

  • A Good Night, John Legend

  • All Of  Me, John Legend

  • Horn Pipe, G. Handel

  • Here Comes The Sun, The Beatles

  • I’m Yours, Jason Mraz 

  • Marry You, Bruno Mars

  • Ode to Joy, Ludwig Van Beethoven

 

Postlude: These are celebratory mood selections played until all the guests have left the ceremony location.

 

Reception/Cocktail Hour: A selection of romantic, classical and contemporary pieces are played after the ceremony as the bridal party and guests enjoy time socializing after the wedding.  

Please let me know if you have any questions or would like a complimentary 15- minute phone consultation. 

I’d be happy to work with you to make your Special Day stress-free,  beautiful and unforgettable.

Rachel Taylor Harpist playing harp music at a holiday party

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