Alternatives to the Standard Wedding Marches

Mendelssohn's Wedding March and Wagner's Here Comes the Bride! (The Bridal March) are very popular - I play them a lot of weddings. Sometimes, I wish for other choices: here is a small selection of alternatives to those ubiquitous warhorses.

Wedding March (at the end of the service)

Bridal March (from The Birds) - C H H Parry
- there is something about this piece (or possibly the way I play it, that isn't quite serious.
It feels like an ironic comment on a wedding march to me - The Birds is a satire, after all.

Marche Triomphale - Walter Alcock
- with loads of pomp, this speaks of empire.

Sortie in B flat by Louis-James Alfred Léfébure-Wély
- many people would find this humorous today

Grand Choeur in D (alla Handel) by Alexandre Guilmant (1837 – 1911)
- in triple time!

Grand March from ‘Aida’ by Giuseppe Verdi (1813 – 1901)
- a grand operatic experience.

Hornpipe (from the Water Music) by George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1757)
- exciting and (also in triple time!)

Serenade by Derek Bourgeois (b.1941)
- in such an extravagant mixture of metres, that it is impossible to march to - very funny.

Bridal March (Entrance of the Bride)

Marcia Nuziale (Wedding March) by Pietro Bognetti
There are a large number of Trumpet Tunes, for example by Purcell, Stanley, Clarke and Boyce.
and their fellow travellers from the eighteenth century: Prelude to the Te Deum (H. 146) in D major by Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643 -1704), etc. The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)