This page is dedicated to helping decide which music might be played duing your Civil
Wedding Ceremony. Just about any choice of music is permissable during Civil and
Civil Partnership Ceremonies other than music of a religious nature. It's sometimes
difficult to define where 'religious music' and certain pieces of 'classical' and 'popular'
music have their boundaries, suffice to say that Registrars will not allow pieces which
refer to words such as 'God' or 'Jesus' in their titles or lyric. A piece, therefore, such as
'Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring' would certainly not be considered acceptable by law. It
was recently reported that 'Angels' by Robbie Williams was turned down for use during
a Civil Ceremony but, questionable as that decision appears, it's usually the case that
Registrars are fairly relaxed these days as to what can be played. Outlined below
are the four aspects of the Civil Ceremony for which you might want to choose music.
Playing for the arrival of the bride, The Vale Hotel near Cardiff, Saturday 2nd March, 2013
1. Music as your guests arrive
2. The Processional
probably true to say that the choice of music the bride makes to walk
in to the Ceremony
Room, traditionally called 'the Processional', causes her the most worry. It's important to
remember, however, that there is usually only thirty seconds or so for the bride to move from
the back of the room to the Registrar's table at the front. The music must be brought to a succinct
conclusion after that so some pieces are more appropriate than others. Pieces such as Pachelbel's
'Canon in D', which is stately and serene and can easily be brought to a conclusion, make ideal choices.
Couples generally find it much easier to settle upon a choice of music to be played during the signing of the Register. Either favourite songs, or songs with a special 'significance' tend to be chosen. The song list on this site (click here ) often proves helpful to couples, very often the bride and groom have a very definite idea of what they'd like to be played. Within reason, any songs can be chosen for this part of the proceedings so long as it's considered that the song will sound appropriate when played on a solo piano. There's usually time to play two, sometimes three pieces during the Register signing and subsequent photographs. Popular choices would be pieces such as 'Have I Told You Lately' by Van Morrison and The Carpenters 'We've Only Just Begun' as well as romantic instrumental pieces such as 'Cavatina' by John Williams.
final choice of music needed to be made is that
of the Recessional piece, played as the
bride and groom leave the Ceremony Room. Whilst some couples prefer to choose more
traditional options to walk out to such as 'Spring' by Vivaldi , others often settle for lighter
choices in recognition of the fact that the 'serious' part of the ceremony is over! At a recent
wedding the bride and groom, both Liverpool fans, chose to walk out of the room to ''You'll
Never Walk Alone'. The important thing to remember is that, within reason, couples can
have played almost anything they like to reflect their personal taste. Included below are some
suggestions for the Recessional, all are orchestral recordings but are adaptable to be
played on a solo piano.