Wedding Music Form
Recorded excerpts of each of the following processionals are available to help you make your choices on the form at the bottom of this webpage.
The Entrance Procession
For weddings in the Cathedral nave with a bride processing, you may choose one piece for the wedding party and a second piece for the bride alone. If you wish, you may select the same piece for the entire wedding processional (wedding party and the bride), which is not inappropriate for any wedding and may actually be preferable if you do not plan to have a large number of attendants. If you select this option, the organist will heighten the organ’s grandeur at the end of the piece, using yet fuller tonal resources of our magnificent Aeolian-Skinner organ for the entrance of the bride.
For services in Mikell Chapel, where the aisle is short and the number of attendants usually fewer, choose only one piece for the entire entering procession.
Trumpet Tune in D — Henry Purcell
Trumpet Voluntary in D — Jeremiah Clarke
Prelude to Te Deum — Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Marche Royale — Michel Delalande
Psalm XIX (The heavens declare the glory of God) — Benedetto Marcello
Rigaudon — Andre Campra
Air, from Water Music — George Friderich Handel
Crown Imperial — William Walton (for Cathedral nave weddings only)
Trumpet Voluntary in D — John Stanley
The Retiring Procession
Select one. You may select from any work listed above in the "Entrance Procession" or any of the following works:
Alla Hornpipe, from Water Music Suite No. 2 in D Major (HWV 349) — George Friderich Handel
Chorale Prelude on "In thee is gladness" (In dir ist Freude, BWV 615) — Johann Sebastian Bach
Toccata, from Symphonie V — Charles-Marie Widor (for Cathedral nave weddings only)
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