Okay, I’ll admit it – perhaps one of the reasons we offer so much classical wedding music is that classical music is close to my heart. It would be unusual to have a wedding music site with only contemporary music, I think, since there as so many timeless music creations that have been part and parcel of wedding ceremonies for as long as I (we) can remember.
That’s not to say I don’t enjoy some of the great pop love songs that our culture (and others) have produced over the decades!! – I enjoy many “classic” (as opposed to classical) love songs – many of which we feature on our site - old standbys like Unforgettable, Unchained Melody, Longer Than, and Love Me Tender, as well as some more recent offerings from more contemporary artists – From This Moment, Bless The Broken Road, or You and Me by Lifehouse.
But there is something timeless and poignantly beautiful about some of the classical wedding music that has endured through the decades and centuries, and is often chosen for the bride or bridesmaids to walk to -
- Pachelbel’s Canon in D,
- Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, or
- Meditation by Thais. And I love classical numbers for the prelude as well -
- Debussy’s Clair De Lune is an enchanting and enduring piano solo; the
- Moonlight Sonata is transcendent, and there are a number of simple but elegant compositions often heard during the prelude, but perhaps not as recognizable by title -
- To A Wild Rose, or
- The Swan, among dozens of others.
I started this post with an admission, and I’ll end it with another – my piano teacher from the 9th-12th grade, a somewhat eccentric but brilliant man, and an incredible teacher, scoffed at any music except classical. I remember entering a contest to see if I could win a year’s free tuition to college. It happened to be sponsored by a religious institution, so I was required to play one classical number, and one sacred.
My teacher refused to help me with the sacred number! Not in a nasty way mind you, but he just didn’t want to go there. So I think my love of classical music (and by extension classical wedding music) and the tendency to be almost a bit snooty about it (I’m working on that) can be somewhat attributed to Mr. Mlynarski, my old piano teacher. That is to say, it’s not my fault. Seriously. My Teacher made me do it…