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Music for weddings is often celebratory and therefore tends to be in a major key with lots of bright sounds. Music featuring the trumpet, a very bright sounding instrument, is often used for this reason. As much of the music used at weddings accompanies entrances and exits, it is often stately or march-like to allow an easy walking pace. Often, however, the personal taste of the happy couple is more important for wedding music than functional considerations.

 

Playlist Top ten classical tracks for weddings 

Mendelssohn Wedding March from A Midsummer Night's Dream 

Wagner  Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin  

Jeremiah Clarke Prince of Denmark's March 

Handel Soloman: Arrival of the Queen Sheba 

J S Bach 'Sheep May Safely Graze' from Cantata No. 208 

Handel Fireworks Concerto in D HWV335a

Widor Toccata from Organ Symphony No. 5

Charpentier Te Deum Prelude

J S Bach Prelude No. 1 in C major from 'The Well-Tempered Clavier'

Purcell Trumpet Tune