Best Wedding Ceremony Songs for a Traditional Wedding • Highline String Quartet

Best Wedding Ceremony Songs for a Traditional Wedding

 

We get asked this question all the time. You’ve always known you wanted a string quartet to play for your wedding ceremony, but what songs should you pick? First let’s talk about the different moments of the ceremony that you’d typically want music for.

Prelude

Highline plays prelude music at Bryant Park rooftop wedding in New York City

Highline Quartet plays prelude music at Bryant Park rooftop wedding in New York City

This is the 15-30 minutes before your ceremony starts, and the time that’s on your wedding invitations.  During this time your guests will be arriving and finding their seats. The quartet will arrive 45 minutes in advance to tune and set up so we’re ready to go by the time the first person arrives.

It’s best to pick music that elevates the mood, and blends into the background. Friends and family will be mingling and catching up before the ceremony starts.  We recommend a blend of classical and modern tunes that your guests will enjoy when they recognize the tune.

Here’s a sample playlist:

 

  • Mozart Divertimento D Major
  • A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
  • Cant Help Falling in Love – Elvis
  • Falling Slowly – Once
  • Mascagni – Cavalleria Rusticana
  • Moon River – Mancini
  • O Sole Mio
  • Sibelius Andante
  • Schumann – Traumerei
  • Stand By Me – Ben E King
  • Air on a G String
  • Vivaldi – Winter
  • Meditation – Thais

Family Entrance

Flower girl walks down the aisle

Flower girl walks down the aisle

Also called the Wedding Processional, this is the part of the ceremony where everyone takes their places before the bride gets ready to walk down the aisle.  Depending on how you decide to set things up you could have lots of people involved, but it’s usually the bride’s mother, the groomsmen, the officiant, and the flower girls at the end.

Here are some songs we recommend for a traditional wedding:

Bach – Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desire
Bach – Arioso
Schubert – Ave Maria

Bridal Procession

The big moment!  The most traditional and timeless song for this is of course, Pachelbel – Canon in D, but here are some alternatives that you might not have heard of:

Pachelbel – Canon in D
Mascagni – Cavalleria Rusticana
Massanet – Meditation

 

Recessional

Recessional songsYou’ve tied the knot, you’ve been announced as a newly married couple… time to celebrate!  These songs are upbeat and fit the occassion:

Handel – Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Brandenburg 3

 

 

Other Requests

On a few occasions either the bride or a family member/close friend have wanted to play a song with us.  We love playing with members of the wedding!  Depending on how professional this person is, it’s often a good idea to have a rehearsal with us before the big day 😉

Highline Quartet accompanies a bride singing to her husband

Highline Quartet accompanies a bride singing to her husband