Traditional weddings take place in churches and a variety of other venues, and a traditional wedding ceremony needs a traditional wedding processional. Here, I will walk you through some choices as you choose the music to accompany you on your walk down the aisle.
A wedding is a thing steeped in tradition. While today's modern bride has choices that brides did not have even ten years ago, many brides still choose to follow a more conservative and traditional route when it comes to their wedding ceremony. Whether your wedding is going to be in a church or in the garden behind your house, a traditional wedding processional can add a touch of class and tradition as you make your way down the aisle.
First, look to the masters of traditional music. Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Handel, Haydn, Vivaldi. Any name you recognize from classical style music is a gold mine of traditional wedding music potential. Almost all of the music from Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" works well as a wedding processional... and the same is true for Handel's "Water Music". Search online for these popular composers and spend some time just listening to their music. Maybe something unique will pop out at you.
Traditional wedding processionals are all about matching the mood of the music to the style of the wedding. Even though you are thinking of tradition, that does not mean you have to choose slow and boring music. Lighter and slightly faster music is perfect for a joyous outdoor summer wedding, while a slower, regal tune works well for a formal evening wedding in a large cathedral. Listen to the music you are considering and picture the atmosphere, time of day, and the decor of your wedding to see if the music matches the ceremony you are trying to create.