Ceremony Music – Non-Religious Music

If you are getting married at a Registrar Office non-religious Wedding Ceremony music is permitted subject to the approval of the Registrar. Therefore, when you visit the Registrar to discuss your Ceremony, you should discuss your musical requirements and get the Registrar’s approval for the pieces you wish to have played.

It may be unlikely that you will be allowed to have live music although you will be allowed to have approved recorded music to be played on either on your own (or hired) system or the Registrar office’s system – again check with the Registrar to see what is available.

Most people decide on three pieces of music for their Civil Wedding Ceremony: one for the Entrance Procession, a second for the Signing of the Registrar and a third piece to Exit, although some Venues may also allow you to play some Prelude music for guests before the arrival of the Bride.

If you are getting married at an approved Glasgow Wedding premise, you will be permitted to have either recorded or live music. If you intend having live music, you will probably need to adapt your choice of music to suit the musicians you engage, for example, a solo harpist will play a piece of music somewhat differently to a string quartet. Discuss therefore, your choice of music with your musicians and arrange to listen to how your chosen tunes will be played. Weddings at approved premises do not have the time constraints of Registrar Office Marriages. Therefore, you have much greater freedom in deciding the number of pieces you wish played.

Wedding Prelude Music

This is music played as Wedding guests arrive at your Wedding Ceremony venue, usually for around 15 minutes. Music at this point can set the mood and relax your guests, especially if they have had a long journey! Many couples leave this choice to the musicians, but it is your day, you are welcome to have as much or as little input as you would like.

Barcarolle – Offenbach
Berceuse – Fauré
Pavane – Fauré
Berceuse from Dolly Suite – Fauré
Minuet – Boccherini
Wachet auf – Bach
Arioso – Bach
Air on a G string – Bach
Sheep May Safely Graze – Bach
‘Badinerie’ from Suite No.2 – Bach
Salut d’Amour – Elgar
Chanson de Matin – Elgar
Chanson de Nuit – Elgar
Panis Angelicus – Franck
Andante from piano concerto 21 – Mozart
Kline Nachtmusik – Mozart
Flower Duet from ‘Lakme’ – Delibes
The Dance of the Blessed Spirits – Gluck
Intermezzo – Mascagni
Softly Awakes My Heart from ‘Samson’ – Saint-Saens
Air from the Water Music – Handel
Meditation from Thais – Massanet
Morning from Peer Gynt – Greig
Suite – Grieg
1st Movement – Eine
Canon in D – Pachelbel
Spring from the Fours Seasons – Vivaldi

Bridal Processional Music

The Bride’s big moment! This is the music played for the arrival of the Bride and Bridal party and should last the duration of the walk to where the Ceremony will be conducted. The most popular classical pieces of music played during the processional are:

Trumpet Voluntary (Prince of Denmark’s March) – Clarke·
Bridal Chorus (Here comes the Bride) – Wagner ·
Wedding March from the Marriage of Figaro – Mozart·
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – Handel ·
Te Deum Prelude Charpentier· Canon – Pachelbel ·
Trumpet Tune – Purcell·
Grand March from Aida – Verdi ·
Spring from the Four Seasons – Vivaldi·
Rondeau – Mouret ·
Prelude in C – Bach·
Hornpipe from the Water Music – Handel·
Air from the Water Music – Handel·
Night’s Dream – Mendelssohn·
Salut D’amour – Elgar·
Wedding March from Lohengrin – Wagner ·
The Rejoicing from Music for the Royal Fireworks – Handel

Music during the Signing of the Register

You may wish to choose a piece of music which has a special meaning to both of you and can be either traditional or modern:

Air from the Water Music – Handel
Pavane – Fauré
Meditation from Thais – Massanet
Morning from Peer Gynt Suite – Grieg
Chanson De Matin – Elgar
Salut D’amour – Elgar
Dome Epais from Lakme – Delibes
4th Movement from Eine Kline Nachtmusik – Mozart
Canon in D – Pachelbel
Salut d’Amore – Elgar
Ave Maria – Bach/Gounod
Ave Maria – Schubert
To a wild Rose – MacDowell
Air on the G string – Bach
Pearl Fishers’ Duet – Bizet
Melody in F – Rubenstein
Jesu, joy of man’s desiring – Bach
Sheep may safely graze – Bach
Alleluja from Exultate Jubilate – Mozart

Recessional Wedding Music

As you leave the marriage room, walking arm-in-arm as husband and wife, you will want a piece of music that is triumphant, joyful and celebratory:

Wedding March (from a Midsummer Night’s Dream) – Mendelssohn
Radetsky March – Strauss
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – Handel
Trumpet Voluntary (Prince of Denmark’s March) – Clarke
Trumpet Voluntary – Stanley
Trumpet Tune – Purcell
Spring from the Four Seasons – Vivaldi
Brandenburg Concerto No 3 – Bach
The Rejoicing from Music for the Royal Fireworks – Handel
Grand March from Aida – Verdi
Overture from The Marriage of Figaro – Mozart
Hornpipe from the Water Music – Handel
3rd Movement from Sonata in D – Purcell
Toccata from Symphony No. 5 – C. M.
Widor Wedding March – Mendelssohn
Hornpipe from the Water Music – Handel
La Rejouissance from Music for the Royal Fireworks – Handel
Te Deum Prelude – Charpentier
Pictures at An Exhibition – Mussorgsky


If you have suggestions for other pieces of music to have at a Wedding Ceremony, please drop an e-mail to mail@theglasgowgirlsweddingguide.com.