Wedding Ceremony Music Guide

While I no longer play for weddings, I am providing my Wedding Ceremony Music Guide, which I used to provide to my wedding clients, to assist you in planning your ceremony music as you listen through the audio on this page. If you find this helpful, please share my website with others.

Please note that the audio tracks provided here include samples of songs as well as wedding tips and recommendations based on my many years of experience playing for weddings. 

My hope is that this effort helps simplify some of the many decisions that couples face as they plan their weddings, and helps couples plan ceremonies that flow seamlessly and beautifully.

Ceremony Prelude

Wedding Prelude

Eric Redmond

I play a beautiful, non-stop tapestry of music that will wonderfully set the mood for your guests. Blending a pleasing variety of songs that transition from one to another well is more complicated than it may seem. I carefully select a mix of songs from different styles and eras that will have something that all your guests will recognize/enjoy. This background music will allow comfortable conversation as people meet/reconnect.

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Prelude & Seating of the Family

The Prelude usually begins 30 minutes before the start of the ceremony as your guests arrive. I am always prepared with extra music as there are often last-minute details that take longer than anticipated. 

*I recorded this sample a few years ago. I regularly update/rotate the songs I use for the Prelude, so the songs you'll hear on this sample will likely be different from what I play during your Prelude. No two preludes are exactly alike, but this sample will give you a good taste of the style to expect.

Entrance of the Wedding Party

Bride's Entrance

Brides's Entrance

Eric Redmond

1) "Bridal Chorus" from Lohengrin by Wagner (traditional) 

2) Prince of Denmark's March (also known as Trumpet Voluntary) by Clarke

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Bridal Chorus ~ Softer Version

Some brides want a more subtle, romantic entrance than the traditional grand processional. This is my version.

Recessional

Recessional

Eric Redmond

1) "Wedding March" from Midsummer Night's Dream by Mendelssohn (traditional) 2) "Ode to Joy" from the Ninth Symphony by Beethoven (my favorite)

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Review of the Whole Ceremony