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Prelude Music for a Marriage Ceremony

The prelude is the segment of a marriage ceremony that provides a suspense to the upcoming event.

As the guests arrive, and last minute decorations, positions, roles and lines are finalised, music is played surreptitiously in the background. Since the music is played before the bride (and her bridal party) arrives at the ceremony, the music chosen for the Prelude should be both suspenseful, subtle, and welcoming.

Some ideas for music for your Prelude are listed below:

  • Air from Water Music (George Frederic Handel)
  • Air on the G String (Bach)
  • All the way (Frank Sinatra w/ Celine Dion)
  • Allegro from Brandenburg Concerto (Bach)
  • Always (Atlantic starr)
  • Arioso (Bach)
  • Brandenburg Concerto no.2 (Bach)Breathless (Kenny G)
  • Destiny (Jim Brickman)
  • Everything I Do (I Do it for You) (Bryan Adams)
  • Gift of Love (Bette Midler)
  • Goodnight, Sweetheart (David Kersh)
  • He Is (Brandy)
  • Hero (Enrique Iglesias)
  • I Deserve It (Madonna)
  • I Do (Cherish You)
  • If (Bread)
  • Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Bach)
  • Love of My Life (Jim Brickman)
  • My Heart Will Go On (Celine Dion - Titanic Soundtrack)
  • Sheep May Safely Graze (Bach)
  • The One (Elton John)
  • The Rose (Bette Midler)
  • The Wedding Song (Kenny G)
  • Then He Kissed Me (The Crystals)
  • This Very Moment (Kci & JoJo)
  • Tonight, I Celebrate My Love (Peabo Bryson/Roberta Flack)
  • We've Only Just Begun (The Carpenters)
  • With this ring (Sawyer Brown)
  • You and I (Stevie Wonder)
  • Your Love Amazes Me (John Berry)

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What is the Prelude?

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This is the time between the guests arriving and the bride arriving. This is a great opportunity to play music that sets the mood and tempo for the ceremony.

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See Also
Prelude When the Guests arrive
Processional Entrance of the Bride
The Signing Signing the Marriage Certificates
Recessional When the Bride and Groom depart as husband and wife
Finale When the Guests mingle after the ceremony, and congratulate the Bride and Groom

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