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Music for weddings and receptions

Processional Music

"Friendship Theme" from the movie "Beaches"
"Kanon in D" by Pachabel
"Maid Marion" from Robin Hood
"Fanfare for the Common Man" by Aaron Copeland
"Wedding March" from The Sound of Music
"Carolan's Draught" by Turlough O'Carolan
"Prince Of Denmark's March" by Clarke (sometimes incorrectly called "Trumpet Voluntary" and attributed to Purcell)
"Music for the Royal Fireworks" by Handel
"Here Comes the Bride" (Wagner's Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin)
"Pomp and Circumstance", Elgar
"The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba", Handel
"March" (from Scipio), Handel
"Trumpet Tune and Air", Purcell
"Trumpet Voluntary", Clarke
"Wedding March" (from The Marriage of Figaro), Mozart
"Wedding March" (from A Midsummer Night's Dream), Mendelssohn
"Carillion", Murril
"Coronation March", Walton
"Crown Imperial", Walton
"Orb & Sceptre", Walton
"Fantasia in G" (middle only), Bach
"Adagio in A Minor", Bach
"Toccata and "Fugue in D Minor", Bach
"Sinfonia" (from Wedding Cantata), Bach
"Te Deum" (Opening Fanfare only, March and Rondeau), Charpentier
"Waltz in A Flat", Brahms
"Majesty", Telemann
"Grace", Telemann


"The King of Love my Shepherd Is"
"Love Divine, all Loves Excelling"
"Come, Holy Ghost"
"Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken"
"Lead Us, Heavenly Father, Lead Us"
"Christ is Made the Sure Foundation"
"Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise"
"Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven"
"Dear Lord and Father of Mankind"
"Friends" by Michael W. Smith, on 'Project' and 'Go West Young Man' albums


"Trumpet Tune" by Henry Purcell (also used as processional)
"Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" by Bach (also a processional)
"Le Rondeau" (Masterpiece Theatre theme) by Mouret
"Allegro" (Water Music suite) by Handel
"Morgan Megan" by Turlough O'Carolan
"Grande Choeur Dialogue", Gigout
"Toccata in B Minor", Gigout
"Triumphal (Homage) March" (Opus 53, No. 3), Grieg
"Transports de Joie", (No.3 from L'Ascension), Messiaen
"Music for the Royal Fireworks", Mendelssohn
"Trumpet Voluntary", Stanley
"Grand March" (from Aida), Verdi
"Tuba Tune", Lang
"Prelude and Fugue in A", Bach
"Processional", Mathias
"Sonata in A major", (first movement), Mendelssohn
"Tuba Tune", Cocker
"Trumpet Overture" (from the Indian Ocean), Purcell
"Marche Heroique", Brewer
"The Ride of the Valkyrie", Wagner
"Toccata" (from Symphony No.5), Widor
"Rejoicing", Telemann

First Dance songs

"Babe" by Styx
"When I'm With You" (?) by Sheriff
"A Whole New World" from the Alladin soundtrack
"With you I'm Born Again" by Billy Preston and Syreeta
"Wild is the Wind" by David Bowie
"Have I Told You Lately" by Rod Stewart
"Vision of Love" by Mariah Carey
"True Companion" by Mark Cohen
"I Cross My Heart" by George Strait from the movie "Pure Country"
"Colour My World" by Chicago
"You're The Inspiration" by Chicago
"Just The Way You Are" by Billy Joel
"I'll be There" (Live) by Mariah Carey
"Endless Love" by Lionel Richie
"Baby, I Do" by Natalie Cole
"Sunshine on Leith" by Scottish band called The Proclaimers.
"At Last" by Etta James
"Isn't it Romantic" by Frank Sinatra
"Is this Love" by Bob Marley
"All I Want is You" by U2
"Fairy Tale Love" from Princess Bride soundtrack
"Always" by Atlantic Starr
"Someone Like You" by Van Morrison
"Kiss the Girl" from Disney's Little Mermaid
"When I Fall In Love" by Nat King Cole
"Unforgettable" by Natalie Cole
"Everything I Do (I Do It For You)" by Bryan Adams
"Do I Have To Say The Words" by Bryan Adams
"All I Have" by Beth Nielsen Chapman
"Try A Little Tenderness" by The Commitments
Lots of possibilities by Air Supply.
"Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bette Midler (from "Beaches" soundtrack)
"Hero" by David Crosby / Phil Collins
"Wedding Song (There Is Love)" by Stookey; great version done by The Lettermen

Special Dances

Sunrise, Sunset from "Fiddler on the Roof" for bride & groom with parents
"Save the Best for Last" by Vanessa Williams for a last dance

Reception Music

"We've Only Just Begun"
"I love You Just the Way You Are"
"You Light Up My Life"
"Somewhere" (West Side Story)
"Just In Time"
"People Will Say We're In Love"
"Younger Than Springtime"
"You Are the Sunshine of My Life"
"Kiss the Bride"
"Endless Love"
"And I Love You So"

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