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Wedding Repertoire List & Advice

Select Repertoire List – Popular Choices for Wedding Ceremonies

You are welcome to pick any pieces you like from my full repertoire list, or to request a piece that does not appear. The pieces below are some popular and time honoured pieces for wedding ceremonies. When choosing music, do remember that religious music of any kind is not permitted during civil ceremonies.

Prelude

The best choices here are relaxing and not too demanding on the ear – your guests will be arriving and this will help settle them before the ceremony begins. Typically, you will need to choose around six pieces of music. Ideally, the last piece needs to be in the same key as the processional piece.

Bonny Sweet Robin (Anon, 15th century)

Braes of Locheil (Traditional Scottish)

Eilean Aigais (The Isle of Aigas) (Scotland)

Fagail Liosmore (Traditional Scottish)

Fields of Gold (Sting, Modern)

Gymnopedie No 1 (Satie)

Jamie Come Try Me (Burns, Scotland)

Lady (Lionel Richie, Modern)

Laoidh An Iasgair (Fisherman’s Prayer) (Scotland)

My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose (Burns, Scotland)

Titanic Theme (Modern)

Unchained Melody (Modern)

Processional

The most important thing is that the bride should feel comfortable walking to the pace of the processional piece. Choose tunes with a steady rhythm or stately marching pace.

An Honest Man (Traditional Scottish/Irish)

Bridal Chorus (Wagner – the traditional wedding march)

Canon in D (Pachelbel)

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring* (Bach)

Jupiter Theme (Holst, The Planets)**

St Kilda Wedding March (Traditional Scottish)

Signing of the Register

It’s good to pick something gentle but cheerful here to keep your guests entertained and upbeat. You will usually need two or three pieces here.

There are usually only a few seconds in between the ending of the register signing and the recessional. This means that ideally, the final piece I play here needs to be in the same key as the recessional piece.

Closest Thing to Crazy (Katie Melua, Modern)

Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Gluck)

Inis Siar (McNulty, Scotland)

Loch Tay Boat Song (Traditional Scottish)

St Anthony Chorale (Haydn)*

Sheebeg and Sheemore (Carolan, Ireland)

Sheep May Safely Graze (Bach)

Sweetness of Mary (Traditional, Cape Breton)

Wind Beneath my Wings (Modern)

Recessional

The final part of the ceremony and the most joyous. The music here is a celebration of your first steps together as a married couple.

A Leita Vita (Gastoldi)

Finale from ‘Music for Royal Fireworks (Handel)

Guilderoy (Scotland)

Margaret’s Waltz (Traditional Scottish)

Miss Margaret Graham of Gartmore’s Favourite (Marshall, Scotland)

Morrison’s Gig (Traditional Irish)

Peacock’s Feather (Ireland)

Trumpet Tune (Purcell)

Wild Ducks Nest (Traditional Scottish)

Y Dydd (Traditional Welsh)

*           Not suitable for civil wedding ceremonies

**         Best to double check with the registrar regarding civil ceremonies, as this is also used as a hymn tune

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