I am getting married in 3 weeks (ahhh ) and I need to figure out the song I am walking down the aisle to. We are having a catholic ceremony, so it must be “Church Approved” music. I however, am not all that Catholic, and feel a bit lost in this. And I do not want Canon in D… please help me! Any suggestions?
Traditionally it is Wagner’s Wedding March… but you could do Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, “Trumpet Voluntary” by John Stanley, or “Trumpet Tune and Air” by Henry Purcell. Generally classical options are okay at churches. 🙂
EDIT: Check out Jeremiah Clark’s “Prince of Denmark’s march,” or “Promenade” from Pictures at an exhibition by Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky’s Coronation march for Tsar Alexander III.
SECOND EDIT: Also William Walton’s “Crown Imperial” march may work, or any of Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance” (just not #1, since it is used at graduations), or Elgar’s Coronation march.
They also MIGHT allow the wedding march from “The Sound of Music.” There are versions without the “How do you solve a problem like Maria?” part. 🙂
I don’t know if its appropriate for a catholic church. You can always choose your favorite love song and have someone play it on the violin or acoustic guitar. No song lyrics so it it has some words that shouldnt be said in church you don’t have to worry
Classical options are generally good picks for Catholic church weddings, butWagner’s wedding march is often not permitted (because of the context of the opera in which it appears, and because Wagner was a notorious anti-Semite.) The other pieces that @cubicalmouse: suggested are good ones for either the processional or recessional. Handel’s “Water Music Suite” and “Royal Fireworks Music” are also good, as well as anything by Bach (“Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” is often used for weddings). Another good option is Thaxted, the melody from “Jupiter” in Holsts’ Planets suite. “Highland Cathedral” is another nice one, especially if either you or your Fiance has any Scottish ancestry.