MICHAEL DIMUCCI
Selecting Your Wedding Music
​Prelude
The prelude is the half hour of music played while people are gathering for the ceremony. Choose classical music or instrumental music to create a reverent mood – these are usually at the discretion of the organist.
 
Seating of Family
The ceremony begins with the seating of special guests and grandparents, followed by the seating of the mothers. The finest selections for this moment are:
"Arioso" (J.S. Bach)
"Meditation from Thais" (J. Massenet)
“Flower Duet” by Leo Delibes
“Clair de Lune” by Claude Debussy
“Prelude in C” by J.S. Bach, performed by Brian Bradley
“Air” (Water Music Suite)- G.F. Handel
 
 Bridal Party Processional
As this music begins, the pastor and the groom usually proceed to the front and bridesmaids begin their procession down the aisle. Some traditional choices for the processional are:
"Trumpet Voluntary" (J. Clark)
"Trumpet Tune" (H. Purcell)
"Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" (J.S. Bach)
"March" from Occasional Oratorio (G.F. Handel)
“Canon in D” by Pachelbel
“Air” (Water Music Suite) -Handel
“Air On the G String”, from Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068 by Johann Sebastian Bach
“Sheep May Safely Graze” (Cantata No. 208) (G.F. Handel)
 
Bride’s Entrance
It’s time for the grand entrance! Familiar songs that stir your guests to stand and await your appearance are:
"Canon in D" (J. Pachelbel)
"The Bridal Chorus" from Lohengrin (R. Wagner)
"Trumpet Voluntary" (J. Clark)
"Trumpet Tune" (H. Purcell)
“Wedding Processional” (Sound of Music) (Rodgers & Hammerstein)
“Prelude to the Te Deum” (M. Charpentier)
 
Responsorial Song/Reading Meditation:
“Wherever you Go” (D. Haas)
“The Summons” (J. Bell)
“When Love Is Found (B. Wren)
“Like A River” (T. Kendzia)
“The Wedding Song” (P. Stookey)
“Someone Like You” (F. Wildhorn)
 
Offertory:
Ave Maria- Schubert
Ave Maria- Bach/Gounod
Bread of Angels
Panis Angelicus- Franck
 
Communion:
Panis Angelicus- Franck
Lamb of God- Paris
One Bread, One Body
This Bread That We Share
Take and Eat
 
Meditation Music/Candle Lighting
“The Prayer” (Foster/Bayer Sager)
“Hallelujah” (L. Cohen)
“This Is The Moment (F. Wildhorn)
“You Raise Me Up (Lovland/Graham)
Two exceptional pieces for this time are "The Lord's Prayer" by A. Malotte, or "The Prayer", as sung by Celine Dion and Andre Bocelli
 
Recessional
At this point, you’re beaming with total joy after marrying your partner! Consider these exuberant pieces for a grand exit:
"The Wedding March" from A Midsummer Night's Dream (F. Mendelssohn)
"Ode to Joy" (L. Beethoven)
"Hornpipe" (G.F. Handel)
"Allegro Maestoso" from Water Music (G.F. Handel)
"Rondeau" (J.J. Mouret)
“Psalm 118” (B. Marcello)
“Rejouissance” (G.F. Handel)
“Bourree”( Water Music Suite) (G.F Handel)