Music for a church ceremony

Whether you’re arranging your own wedding, or helping a friend arrange theirs, allow our quick guide to help you choose the music for every stage of your big day.

If you are getting married in a church you can listen to some of the most popular wedding entrance music and hymns below.

 

Arrival of the bride

Lady Radnor's Suite (1) artwork

Lady Radnor's Suite (1) Hubert Parry (1848-1918 : England) Conductor: Patrick Hawes Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra Record label: Classic FM Catalogue ID: CFM D16

The Prince of Denmark's March artwork

The Prince of Denmark's March Jeremiah Clarke (c.1674-1707 : England) Soloists: Hakan Hardenberger; Simon Preston Record label: Philips Catalogue ID: 4340742

Bridal chorus artwork

Bridal chorus Wagner

Hymns

Cesar Franck (1822-1890 : Belgium) Conductor: Edward Higginbottom Ensemble: Choir and Musicians of New College, Oxford Record label: Decca (UMO) Catalogue ID: 275 8053

The Lord is my Shepherd artwork

The Lord is my Shepherd Howard Goodall Conductor: Stephen Darlington Ensemble: London Musici; Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford Soloists: Theo Armon-Jones Record label: EMI Classics Catalogue ID: 50999 21504723

Hubert Parry (1848-1918 : England) Conductor: Joseph Cullen Ensemble: Huddersfield Choral Society Record label: Classic FM Catalogue ID: CFMCD 53

Signing of the register

Gabriel Faure Conductor: Paavo Jarvi Ensemble: Orchestre de Paris; Choeur de l'Orchestre de Paris Record label: Warner Classics Catalogue ID: 50999 08847027

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750 : Germany) Conductor: Jose Serebrier Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Record label: Naxos Catalogue ID: 8572050

Pie Jesu artwork

Pie Jesu Lloyd Webber

Ludwig Van Beethoven Conductor: Kurt Masur Ensemble: New York Philharmonic Orchestra Soloists: Anne-Sophie Mutter Record label: Deutsche Grammophon Catalogue ID: 4713492

String Quintet in E major Opus 13 No.5 - Minuet artwork

String Quintet in E major Opus 13 No.5 - Minuet Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805 : Italy) Ensemble: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Record label: Deutsche Grammophon Catalogue ID: CFMFW 100

The bride and groom depart

Charles Marie Widor (1844-1937 : France) Soloists: Peter Hurford Record label: Classic FM Catalogue ID: CFMFW 100

Hallelujah Chorus artwork

Hallelujah Chorus George Frideric Handel Conductor: Neville Marriner Ensemble: Academy of St Martin in the Fields Record label: Duo Catalogue ID: 470 044-2

Trumpet Tune artwork

Trumpet Tune Jeremiah Clarke / Henry Purcell Ensemble: Philip Jones Brass Ensemble Record label: Classic FM Catalogue ID: CFMFW 105

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791 : Austria) Conductor: Colin Davis Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra Soloists: Kiri te Kanawa Record label: Philips Classics Catalogue ID: 4347252