When you close your eyes and imagine a bride walking down the aisle, what do you hear? Most likely, it's strains of Mendelssohn's "The Wedding March" or Pachelbel's "Canon in D." Classical wedding music provides an elegance unlike any other, and it's no wonder so many brides are opting to include these instrumental processional melodies as a part of their big day.
Though we're all about updating and personalizing every part of a ceremony and reception to your liking, there's something about classical wedding music that strikes up the most sentimental feelings. Most brides assume they should include at least one classical tune in their wedding playlist, but after listening to these, we have a feeling that more than one will be making the cut.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy these 65 songs that are sure to have your wedding guests swooning.
Why We Love It: "The sound of soft, elegant violins will make for a graceful wedding processional."
"A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61: IX. Wedding March," by Felix Mendelssohn, London Symphony Orchestra, and Peter Maag
Why We Love It: "The wedding processional we’ve heard in all the Hollywood film weddings. Still a classic."
Why We Love It: "A violin-heavy version of the traditional wedding processional we all know and love."
"Suite Bergamasque: III. Clair de Lune (arr. A. Reed): Clair de Lune," by Claude Debussy, Alfred Reed, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Keith Clark
Why We Love It: "The soft, classical tone of this song makes it perfect for background music during multiple parts of your wedding."
"Bridal Chorus" "Treulich Geführt", Dgg , Lohengrin, Act 3," by Andrew Grossman, Anna Moor, and Lana Ross
Why We Love It: "With a focus on the harp, this version of the wedding march is simply delightful."
Why We Love It: "You'll find this classical instrumental duet soothing to the soul."
Why We Love It: "The violins and classical pace will make you feel as though you’ve walked into British masterpiece theater."
Why We Love It: "Not too much, not too little, the warm, uplifting pace of this song will be cherished by many."
"Lakmé: El Dúo de la Flor," by Mado Robin, Libero De Luca, Agnes Disney, Jean Borthayre, Claudine Collart, Simeon LeMaitre, and Léo Delibes
Why We Love It: "The bespoke bride will appreciate the soft opera voices that sound downright majestic."
"Concerto No. 1 in E major, Op. 8, RV 269, "La Primavera" (Spring): I. Allegro," by Antonio Vivaldi, Alberto Lizzio, and Musici di San Marco
Why We Love It: "A song of merriment: The faster pace with violins makes this an uplifting choice."
"Lohengrin, WWV 75, Act 2: "Gesegnet soll sie schreiten" (Attacca)," by Leonore Kirschstein, Heinz Imdahl, Hans Helm, Walter Kreppel, Herbert Schachtschneider, and Ruth Hesse
Why We Love It: "The various horns give this song a dreamlike quality. Get ready to float down the aisle with this angelic tune humming softly in the background."
Why We Love It: "The serenading trumpets make this a great background song for the bridal party as they enter the wedding."
Why We Love It: "Don't underestimate the power of a terrific piano serenade. Simply breathtaking."
"Serenade,"Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K 525: II. Romanza - Andante," by the Latvian Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
Why We Love It: "Set the tone for your entire wedding with a classic Mozart melody."
"The 4 Seasons: Violin Concerto in F minor, Op. 8, No. 4, RV 297, "L'inverno" (Winter): II. Largo," by Karoly Botvay
Why We Love It: "Make a dramatic entrance (or exit) with this fast tune featuring a heavy violin."
Why We Love It: "A warm melody that's suitable for the first dance."
Why We Love It: "Three words: soft, inviting, and contemplative. This relaxing melody is perfect for church nuptials."
Why We Love It: "The piano pacing fits a processional to a T."
Why We Love It: "Be prepared to turn your wedding into the Viennese Opera House with this waltz-worthy piece."
Why We Love It: "Unleash festivities with this well-known classical tune deserving of a standing ovation."
Why We Love It: "The soft piano channels pure elegance and sophistication."
Why We Love It: "If you learned to play the piano, then you'll recognize this one. The classic, yet soft melody is music to our ears."
Why We Love It: "As the title hints, this upbeat song was practically made for the processional."
Why We Love It: "This soft, slow tune would be perfect for the first dance or a poignant entrance."
Why We Love It: "Cue the pomp and circumstance: You'll feel like royalty with this entrance-making instrumental number playing in the backdrop."
Why We Love It: "Here comes the bride: You'll achieve a certain elegance with the German lyrics."
Why We Love It: "This soft, angelic melody is soothing for the soul."
Why We Love It: "This piece from Mozart will make you feel as though you’re transcending to the altar."
Why We Love It: "You can practically feel the romance coming alive. This magnificent melody would work in nicely for a slow dance tune."
Why We Love It: "Behold, the cello in all its glory."
Why We Love It: "A little Irish flair to mix up the classical vibes."
Why We Love It: "Outdoor nuptials? Get ready to fall in la-la-love with this upbeat melody evoking the spring-countryside."
Why We Love It: "A truly magnificent composition to play during your wedding recital and reception."
Why We Love It: "Have your wedding party make a grand, memorable entrance with this special melody."
Why We Love It: "A beautiful, regal arrangement suitable as the wedding party enters the room."
Why We Love It: "A BOLD introduction for the new married couple."
Why We Love It: "Another of Vivaldi’s 'Seasons' strikes a nice balance of optimism and melancholy."
Why We Love It: "Yet another striking entry for the wedding party."
Why We Love It: "The Royals have great intros—enough said. We'd hire an orchestra to play this any day."
Why We Love It: "Practically plucked out of 'Masterpiece Theatre,' this trumpet melody was made for the Viennese Waltz."
Why We Love It: "An extremely moving and soulful violin solo to commemorate your first dance as newlyweds."
Why We Love It: "A heavenly melody to inspire as you walk down the aisle."
Why We Love It: "Bravo! This lengthy composition from Handel could last a majority of your ceremony."
Why We Love It: "Cue the waterworks: There's something so endearing about a great piano piece."
Why We Love It: "An upbeat, spirited melody beautifully sung by an opera singer."
Why We Love It: "Spiritual yet intense organ music for a traditional church wedding."
Why We Love It: "This composition is somber at times, but also quite calming and captivating."
Why We Love It: "Keep wedding guests on the edge of their seats with a faster-paced Beethoven classic."
Why We Love It: "Transform your venue into a concert hall with this lovely processional song."
Why We Love It: "A beautiful flute overture from Mozart for some imperial ambience."
Why We Love It: "Play this soothing masterpiece for a long family processional."
Why We Love It: "Bring on the suspense with a Mozart piece that will leave guests scrambling to snag the bouquet."
Why We Love It: "Who better to tap than French composer, Georges Bizet, for an epic tango wedding dance song?"
Why We Love It: "Hire a pianist to play this sweet tune live for either the processional or a slow dance."
Why We Love It: "A fast European-flavored wedding dance for all."
Why We Love It: "An airy, light song for your processional entry."
Why We Love It: "The build-up is maybe a bit intense but that's what makes it perfect for the garter toss."
Why We Love It: "A momentous occasion calls for a momentous composition. Play this calming piece for a slow dance or during your processional."
Why We Love It: "Simply beautiful. Set the scene with some background music for your grand wedding exit."
Why We Love It: "An epic wedding song to include in your processional or bouquet toss."
Why We Love It: "Nothing says 'just got hitched' like a melodic piece to welcome the new couple."
Why We Love It: "If you're looking for something sentimental and deep, then this is it."
Why We Love It: "This uplifting background music will leave wedding guests feeling inspired."
Why We Love It: "No one does it better than Strauss. This bold piece was made to be played during your bridal party's entrance."
Why We Love It: "This dramatic and tense piece (note the harmonic chants) would be perfect for a bouquet or garter toss."