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Music for Your Wedding Processional

When most of us think of music for the bride’s processional, we might think of the serene Pachelbel’s Canon in D (which my friend jokingly calls “The Taco Bell Canon”) or Richard Wagner’s “Wedding March” from his opera, Lohengrin.

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Since we know the familiar tune of “da dum de dum,” we  might mumble to ourselves the lyrics we sang in childhood:


“Here comes the bride!       Where is the groom?         Down on Second Street     in a saloon!”  

We promise not to do that! 🙂 Let’s get a little more serious…                                                                                                               

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Ainsworth House & Gardens Wedding Venue is here to help you! 


As the premier venue for Metro Portland and Pacific Northwest (PNW) destination weddings, we’re here to give you all the musical options you need!


Music has so many genres or types. After this list of classical music pieces, we will have additional posts on whimsical, unique, and even a few borderline nerdy musical selections.

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Most of these melodies can be found on websites such as:


·        Classical Web Cast

·        Chosic Classical Music Free Download

·        Free Music Archive Classical

·        iHeart Radio Classical Stations


·        Online Radio Box

·        TuneIn Classical Radio.


When all else fails, try YouTube. 😊.

Here, without further ado, is a list of classical music pieces which you could select for your wedding!




Johan Sebastien Bach, “Concerto in E Major”

Johan Sebastien Bach, “Minuets in G Major”

Beethoven, “Ode to Joy” (from the Ninth Symphony)

Johannes Brahms, “Es ist ein Ros entsprungen”

“Cavatina” (Spanish classical guitar)

Claude Debussy, “Clair de Lune”

Georg Frederick Handel, “Air” from “Water Music”

Georg Frederick Handel, “Largo” from the opera, Xerxes

Gustav Holst, “Jupiter, The Bringer of Jollity” (from The Planets)

Gustav Holst, “Venus” (from The Planets)

Modest Mussorgsky, “Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade”

Pachelbel, “Canon in D”

Piano Guys, “Secrets” and Beethoven’s 5th. Symphony

“Prelude in D” (classical guitar)

Josquin des Prez, “Ave Maria Virgo Serena”

Camille Saint-Saens, “Symphony #3”

Erik Satie, “Gynopédie, No. 1”

Giuseppi Verdi, Triumphal March from Aida

Antonio Vivaldi, “Spring” Allegro from “Four Seasons”

Richard Wagner, “Bridal Chorus” (classical guitar)

Yo-Yo Ma, “Appalachia Waltz”


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