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By Martin Steinberg, The Associated Press

For the Procession Down the Aisle

  • “Air on the G String,” Bach: contemplative, passionate
  • “Allegro” from The Water Music, Handel: jaunty, uplifting ditty
  • “Andante” from String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 29, Schubert: tender theme from the opera Rosamunde
  • “Andante” from Piano Concerto No.21 K.467, Mozart: used in the movie Elvira Madigan
  • “Arioso” from Cantata 156, Bach: nice, less-used substitute for “Air on the G String”
  • “Bridal Chorus” from Act Ⅲ of Lohengrin, Wagner: “Here Comes the Bride.”
  • “Canon in D,” Pachelbel: melodious round that keeps growing and growing
  • “The Four Seasons,” Vivaldi: various movements that provide uplifting, classic touch
  • “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” Bach: simple, swirling and sentimental
  • “Largo” from the opera Xerxes, Handel: slow, moving melody that builds to majestic climax
  • “Nocturne” from String Quartet No. 2, Borodin: passionate tune in the show Kismet
  • “Romanza” from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Mozart: nothing more beautiful than this stately melody
  • “See, The Conquering Hero Comes” from the oratorio Judas Maccabeus. Handel: bold tune. Perfect for the unabashed bride who idolizes her groom
  • “Sheep May Safely Graze,” Bach: a heart tugger
  • “Traumerie” from Kinderscene, Schumann: dreamy
  • “Trumpet Tune,” Purcell, “Trumpet Voluntary in D,” Jeremiah Clarke: regal Baroque fanfares
  • “Vocaluse,” Rachmaninoff: gorgeous love song with a hint of tragedy

For the Recessional

  • “Hornpipe” from The Water Music, Handel: noble Baroque tune
  • “Ode to Joy,” Beethoven: solemnity meets hope
  • “Rondeau,” Jean Joseph Mouret: theme from PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre
  • “Wedding March” from Midsummernight’s Dream, Mendelssohn: a joyous conclusion to start the rest of your lives together
  • “Hallelujah Chorus,” by Handel: if you really want to make a statement

Information from Tuscaloosa Bridal Directory

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