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Wedding Music Guide, Gibraltar

'If music be the food of love, play on...'


Your wedding is probably the biggest & most important party you'll ever plan and music is the key to a successful party as it will set the mood and tone of your wedding and reception.

You stand in the foyer in your wedding dress watching the regal procession of your wedding party walking down the aisle. Now it's your turn to begin the most important walk of your life. Your guests stand facing you, eagerly awaiting your big entrance. You take the first step but WAIT! Where's the music?!

Could you imagine walking down the aisle to nothing but the sound of your own heart beating?
No other single element of your wedding has the power to move your guests and engage the emotions of all in attendance the way beautiful music does. The choice of appropriate wedding ceremony music is entirely up to you and you may use vocal or instrumental music to create it. A string ensemble playing violin concertos by Vivaldi will create an elegant mood. An organist playing liturgical selections will create a religious mood symbolizing the importance of the day. A vocalist singing contemporary love ballads will create a romantic mood. Whatever you choose, the music should not be dance oriented and should be played at a volume that creates suitable background for reflection and light conversation. Each selection needs to be approved by the registrar, Minister of officiant.

We offer the following musicians for your Gibraltar wedding & reception:
  • Violinist
  • Harpist
  • Classical & flamenco guitarists
  • String quartet
  • Soprano singer
  • Jazz band
  • Pop or Rock band
  • Organist or pianist
  • DJ

Your ceremony begins with the entrance of the wedding party. Normally, the ushers lead the procession, followed by the bridesmaids, maid of honour, the ring bearer, and the flower girl. The music should have a clearly audible cadence so that it is easy for you and your attendants to keep time while walking. The music begins softly and gradually increases in volume until it's time for the bride's entrance. If the same selection is also used for the bride's entrance, there must be a noticeable increase in volume when she is ready to enter.

The haunting melody and driving rhythm (cello combined with violin playing pizzicato) of Pachelbel's Canon have made it a very popular Processional piece.

  • Canon in D Major (Pachelbel)
  • Air on a G String (Bach)

The bride's entrance is the most important moment of the wedding day. The music that is played greatly contributes to this lifelong memory. Its role is to announce the bride and focus all attention on her. The volume must be significantly louder than the music played for the attendants. With each step, the bride is assisted by the accompanying rhythm of the music.

Synonymous with the wedding ceremony, the Bridal Chorus will instantly proclaim your entrance. Or if you prefer, the breathtaking violin arpeggios of the Arrival of the Queen of Sheba are sure to create a lasting impression.

  • Bridal Chorus (from Lohengrin - Wagner)
  • Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Handel)
  • Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke)

If desired, a selection or two may be played during your ceremony. Music can provide a short interlude before a reading, or ambience during the lighting of the unity candle. The selection should have a slow tempo and be played softly. Liturgical works and vocal selections are very suitable.

  • Panis Angelicas (Franck)
  • Ave Maria (Bach/Gounod)

The end of the ceremony is usually marked by the bridal kiss or the announcement of the newly married couple. The bride and groom exit arm in arm, followed by the flower girl and ring bearer, the maid of honour and best man and bridesmaid/usher pairs. The music should be majestic and played with a quick tempo. The regal melody and powerful orchestration of Ode to Joy will proclaim your union to your guests.

  • Ode to Joy (from 9th Symphony - Beethoven)
  • Wedding March (from A Midsummer Night's Dream - Mendelssohn)

The Postlude begins after the Recessional. Since the music expresses your joy, it should be fast and triumphant. If you form a receiving line after your ceremony, music should be played until all guests have been greeted.

  • Overture (from Music for the Royal Fireworks - Handel)
  • Rondeau (Mouret)
  • Le Rejouissance (from Music for the Royal Fireworks - Handel)
  • Trumpet Tune and Air (Purcell)
  • Suite in F Major (Handel)
Congratulations and best wishes for a beautiful, musical wedding day!