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Wedding Performances

Being very experienced in performing for weddings, this is Musica Grazioso's usual routine for wedding performances. Every wedding is unique, and this ensemble will accommodate to all kinds of wedding setting and music program to make it extra special. This ensemble will gladly meet their potential clients in person as requested for musical consultation or suggestion, feel free to contact us. Please check our booking page for more booking information.

There are three parts to most weddings with music performance:
church or outdoor wedding -
there is a ceremony, which includes Prelude, Procession, Ceremony, Recessional, and Postlude.

drink/snack/cocktail pre-reception -
right after the ceremony/service, where usually photos are being taken, guests mingle, and signing of register.

wedding reception -
food and drink being served, followed by speeches and wedding cake.

Signing the certification of marriage and taking photos happen either right before or right after the ceremony. If it takes place before the ceremony, the Prelude of the wedding is longer and there would not be a drink/snack pre-reception. If it takes place after the ceremony, there is usually a drink/snack pre-reception for guests to wait before everyone head over to the actual wedding reception. It is also common to sign the register during the Ceremony part of the ceremony, in that case, the ceremony would be longer.

During the reception, the ensemble usually perform before and during meal until coffee is served, then they would pack and leave discreetly before speeches start.

Common order of wedding ceremony:
  1. Prelude
    1. when guests are arriving
  2. Processional
    1. special people being seated and arrival of groomsmen, groom, bridesmaids, flowergirls, ringbearer, bride
  3. Ceremony
    1. readings, candle lighting, exchange vows, signing of certificate, slide show, reflection, communion, etc.
  4. Recessional
    1. exit for bride and groom as husband and wife, follow by the wedding attendants
  5. Postlude
    1. exit for guests
We perform for these moments in an ordinary wedding:

  • About 10 to 30 mins of Prelude music as guests are arriving and seating
  • Seating of mothers and grandmothers at the beginning of Processional
  • Processional of wedding attendants
  • The Bridal Processional
  • Communion, Reflection, Unity Candle, and etc. during the Ceremony
  • Exit music for the couple as husband and wife at the Recessional follow by wedding attendants
  • Postlude music for the guests to exit the Ceremony
  • Pre-reception cocktail hour
  • Reception

Again, Musica Grazioso always aim to arrive 20 to 35 minutes prior to start time for set up and warm up. In wedding performances, the start of ceremony and meal time are usually fixed, but timings do not always go according to plan due to the nature of having a big party. Therefore, the ensemble will make allowances for this and will always try to be as flexible as possible.

Below is the most common music selections for wedding ceremonies from our experiences. Any of the pieces below can be use during any part of the ceremony.

For the Prelude, usually 2 to 8 pieces or more depending on the desire length:

  • Air on the G String (from Suite 3 D Major) by JS Bach
  • Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (from Cantata 147) by JS Bach
  • Sheep May Safely Graze (from Cantata 68) by JS Bach
  • Air (from Water Music Suite) by GF Handel
  • Arioso (from Cantata 156) by JS Bach
  • Trumpet Voluntary or Prince of Denmark's March by J Clarke
  • Largo / Winter (from The Four Seasons) by A Vivaldi
  • Trumpet Tune by H Purcell
  • Traumerei (from Kinderscenen Op 15 #7) by R Schumann
  • Ode to Joy (from Symphony 9) by LV Beethoven
  • Panis Angelicus (from Messe Solonnelle Op 12) by C Franck
  • Ave Maria by F Schubert
  • Hornpipe (from Water Music Suite) by GF Handel
  • Rondeau (from Sinfonies de Fanfares) by JJ Mouret
  • La Rejouissance (from The Fireworks Music) by GF Handel
  • and any formal concert repertoires

For the Processional (seatings of parents and wedding attendants), usually 1 to 2 pieces:

  • Air (from Water Music Suite) by GF Handel
  • Arioso (from Cantata 156) by JS Bach
  • Air on the G String (from Suite 3 D Major) by JS Bach
  • Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (from Cantata 147) by JS Bach
  • Sheep May Safely Graze (from Cantata 68) by JS Bach
  • Ode to Joy (from Symphony 9) by LV Beethoven
  • Canon in D by J Pachelbel
  • Trumpet Voluntary or Prince of Denmark's March by J Clarke
  • La Rejouissance (from The Fireworks Music) by GF Handel
  • Trumpet Tune by H Purcell
  • Rondeau (from Sinfonies de Fanfares) by JJ Mouret
  • Largo / Winter (from The Four Seasons) by A Vivaldi
  • Hornpipe (from Water Music Suite) by GF Handel
  • Ave Maria by F Schubert

For the Bridal Entrance, usually just 1 piece:

  • Canon (in D) by J Pachelbel
  • Air on the G String (from Suite 3 in D Major) by JS Bach
  • Bridal Chorus (from Act 3 of Lohengrin "Here Comes the Bride") by Wagner
  • Arioso (from Cantata 156) by JS Bach
  • Trumpet Voluntary or Prince of Denmark's March by J Clarke
  • Trumpet Tune by H Purcell
  • Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (from Cantata 147) by JS Bach
  • Air (from Water Music Suite) by GF Handel

During the Ceremony, for Unity Candle, Reflection, Communion, and etc., usually just 1 piece per section:

  • Air on the G String (from Suite 3 in D Major) by JS Bach
  • Arioso (from Cantata 156) by JS Bach
  • Ave Verum Corpus (from K618) by WA Mozart
  • Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (from Cantata 147) by JS Bach
  • Ave Maria by JS Bach / C Gounod
  • Ave Maria by F Schubert
  • My Heart Ever Faithful (an Aria from Cantata 68) by JS Bach
  • Amazing Grace (an early American melody)

For the Recessional, usually just 1 piece:

  • Trumpet Voluntary or Prince of Denmark's March by J Clarke
  • Trumpet Tune by H Purcell
  • Wedding March (from A Midsummer Night's Dream) by F Mendelssohn
  • Hornpipe (from Water Music Suite) by GF Handel
  • La Rejouissance (from The Royal Fireworks Music) by GF Handel
  • Rondeau (from Sinfonies de Fanfares) by JJ Mouret

For the Postlude, usually 2 to 8 pieces or more depending on the desire length:

  • Trumpet Tune by H Purcell
  • Trumpet Voluntary or Prince of Denmark's March by J Clarke
  • La Rejouissance (from The Fireworks Music) by GF Handel
  • Trumpet Tune by H Purcell
  • Rondeau (from Sinfonies de Fanfares) by JJ Mouret
  • Hornpipe (from Water Music Suite) by GF Handel
  • and any formal concert repertoires

The above music choices are suggested by Musica Grazioso based on what most of their clients requested for their wedding ceremonies, and they have more selections in their repertoire. However, each wedding is unique and it is a very special day for the couple, so the couple is free to choose anything from our repertoire to create their own wedding ceremony music program. Or the couple can simply special request pieces that are not already on our list. Special request pieces include our arranged accompaniments to perform with your performer. It is not necessary to follow what is suggested above. If you are still not sure what to choose, we offer consultation to suggest and discuss pieces that will fit your musical taste and will assist you to customize your special ceremony music program.