Processional and Recessional
The entry of the bride is a moment of great impact. The music should begin when the bride is ready to enter the church and the minister conducting the ceremony acknowledges to the musician for the entrance music to begin.
The length of time this takes will depend on the length of the aisle and is worth timing the procession beforehand. If the music is longer than the procession, then it would be better for the bridal party to wait outside at the beginning rather than waiting at the end of the procession. Consider the tempo of the music and whether or not you wish to walk in time with it.
The music chosen for the bridal party to exit should emulate the joyous celebration of the marriage which has just taken place. Some tunes may be considered for either entrance or exit which is why they have been grouped together.
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ANGELS, BALLAD POUR ADELINE, BRIDAL CHORUS, FLOWER OF SCOTLAND, GLORIA, HIGHLAND CATHEDRAL, HORNPIPE, PRELUDE TO TE DEUM, THE SKYE BOAT SONG, TRUMPET TUNE, TRUMPET VOLUNTARY, WEDDING MARCH
Depending on how many of your family circle are regular church goers, it may be best to stick to the ones that most people know.
Signing of the Register / Interlude
The Signing of the Register is your opportunity to pick almost any piece of music, classical or pop, instrumental or vocal. Most popular (and my favourite) is Robert Burns' "My Love Is Like a Red Red Rose", though if you happen to know a good singer who is willing to rehearse with me then I will be glad to accompany them. I once performed a song by Westlife "I Do" with the niece of the bride singing.
AVE MARIA, BE STILL FOR THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, BONNIE BANKS OF LOCH LOMOND, CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT, CAVATINA, GYMNOPEDIE No.1, JESU' JOY OF MAN'S DESIRING, MUSIC OF THE NIGHT, MY LOVE IS LIKE A RED RED ROSE, THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL