Music Ideas for Christmas Weddings

by dave

Music for Christmas WeddingsIn an earlier article, I gave you some tips for incorporating a Christmas-time “flavor” to your wedding music. The point of the article was that it is definitely possible, but you want to make sure your wedding is actually close to Christmas and that you don’t go overboard.

You can check out that Christmas wedding music tips article here.

Now I have actual music ideas for you. These ideas below will work fine. They’re not too “Christmas-y” (some aren’t Christmas music at all—but they’ll fit in perfectly).

As I mentioned in the other article, I suggest keeping the Christmas “flavor” to the prelude (or pre-service) music and maybe the processional or recessional.

My Guide to Selecting Memorable Church Wedding Music includes links for every piece of music I could find a recording for. If these links are helpful to you, please check out the guide. I think you’ll find it extremely beneficial to you. I’ll also include links for most of these pieces in my next email newsletter.

Christmas-time wedding music ideas

  • Brahms: Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen (or Lo, How a Rose E’er Bloometh)
  • Franck: Pastorale
  • Franck: Prelude, Fugue and Variation
  • Sowerby: Carillon
  • D’Aquin: Swiss Noel
  • D’Aquin: Noel Grand Jeu Et Duo
  • Vierne: Pastorale, from Organ Symphony #1
  • Vierne: Berceuse
  • Widor: Adagio from Organ Symphony #5
  • Widor: Adagio from Organ Symphony #6
  • Zipoli: Pastorale
  • Domenico Scarlatti: Pastorale
  • Eugene Thayer: Alla Pastorale

Processionals & recessionals

Here are a few processional and recessional pieces that aren’t Christmas music, but will work well close to Christmas. If you need more processional and recessional ideas, Wedding Music Unveiled has other articles with even more suggestions.


  • Brahms: Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen (or Lo, How a Rose E’er Bloometh)
  • Telemann: Grazioso (full name is la Grace from Heroic Marches)
  • Handel: Air from Water Music Suite No. 1 in F
  • Vaughan Williams: Rhosymedre


  • Purcell: Festival Rondeau from “Abdelazer”
  • Handel: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

Anything else?

Know any other pieces that would be good for a Christmas-time wedding? Leave a comment and share with fellow readers. Your comments are always welcome and appreciated!

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