Classical and contemporary musicians for wedding ceremonies

  • Wedding ceremony music performed by experienced professional musicians
  • Comfortable in a huge range of genres including classical, jazz, contemporary and pop
  • A wedding pianist or organist can be joined by additional musicians – such as a vocalist, trumpeter or cellist
  • Music provided for the entrance and exit of the bride, signing of the register, and any hymns or songs

Down for the Count provide top-quality wedding ceremony music for your church service or civil ceremony. Whether you want wedding music with a classical or contemporary theme (or even a mix of the two), having live musicians enhances the ceremony and creates a memorable atmosphere that your guests will remember for years.

On this page you can find an overview of our wedding ceremony music options – you can use this for inspiration, but the best thing to do is get in touch with us to go through your ideas and see what we can make happen.

Wedding pianist or church organist

When you book our ceremony music, you will start with a wedding pianist (or organist, if you are having a church wedding). Our band manager Mike Paul-Smith is a classically trained pianist and organist, and since the age of 13 has worked with brides and grooms to create music for well over 500 wedding ceremonies.

At most weddings, Mike will play on a digital piano – but it’s also possible to arrange for hire of a grand piano, which adds a unique look and sound. If you're interested in grand piano hire for your wedding ceremony, just get in touch for a quote.

What’s included

When you book wedding ceremony music with Down for the Count, we will provide the following:

  • Background music for 20 minutes before the start of the ceremony
  • Music for the entrance of the bride (processional music)
  • Music for the signing of the register
  • Music for the exit of the bride and groom (recessional music)

We will also play your choice of hymns for church services, or if you want your audience to sing a modern song together, that’s no problem at all!

What music to go for?

Deciding what music to have for your ceremony is a very personal choice. There are so many options and we’re incredibly flexible to suit your needs, working with you to create the perfect music for your day.

Here are some suggestions of the broad styles you can go for, along with the additional musicians we’d suggest you add for each style of music. You can hear samples below, and scroll further down to see some suggested songs.

Classical: classical music is still incredibly popular for wedding receptions, and our musicians have a huge repertoire of traditional wedding music. To make the most of classical music at your wedding ceremony, consider adding a cello or trumpet to give the music more presence.

Jazz: we often provide jazz music for wedding ceremonies, which give them a really special feel. We once provided a Dixieland quintet for a wedding ceremony – and whilst that isn’t perfect for everyone, a smaller duo of piano and saxophone adds a sophisticated atmosphere to the ceremony.             

Contemporary music: if you want modern pop songs at your wedding ceremony, that’s no problem – let us know your favourite songs, and we’ll suggest either a male or female vocalist.

Any questions?

Click here to e-mail us, fill out our booking enquiry form, or give us a call on 07855 488 462.



Wedding Ceremony Music

Here are some examples of the classical music we can perform at wedding ceremonies. We can play a huge range of classical and contemporary music, so please get in touch with your ideas - we'd love to hear from you.

We've suggested pieces that work well for the procession, recession and signing of the register - but there are no rules. If you'd like one of the pieces we've suggested for the signing of the register as your entrance music, that's no problem - just let us know.

Processional music
(entrance of the bride)

The Bridal March ("Here Comes the Bride")
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Handel)
Trumpet Tune (Purcell)
Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke)
Canon in D (Pachelbel)

Signing of the register

Nimrod from Enigma Variations (Elgar)
Salut d'Amour (Elgar)
Clair de Lune (Debussy)
Nocturne in Eb (Chopin)
Moonlight Sonata (Beethoven)
Ave Maria (Bach/Gounod)
Largo (Handel)
Air for the G String (Bach)
Air from Water Music (Handel)
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Bach)
Theme from 'Jupiter' (Holst)
Toccata from Symphony No. 5 (Widor)

All pieces suggested for the signing of the register also work perfectly for pre-ceremony music.

Recessional music 
(exit of the bridal party)

Wedding March (Mendelsohn)
La Rejouissance (Handel)
Grand March from Aida (Verdi)
Ode to Joy (Beethoven)


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