Two Classic Pieces
of Wedding Music
Almost everyone is familiar with The Wedding March, and The Bridal Chorus,
two pieces of music that have become associated with weddings the world
over. These two musical selections were written by different composers
and are from different operas but have become so interchangeable that
many people confuse them. The Wedding March was written for a ballet
based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Felix Mendelssohn
in about 1826 and The Bridal Chorus from Richard Wagner’s opera Lohengrin,
written in approximately 1850.
In wedding ceremonies all around the world, The Bridal Chorus is traditionally
played as the bride enters the chapel/church/synagogue, the opening
chords of the piece serving as an alert for the guests to stand and
turn to see the bride walk down the aisle in all her radiant beauty.
Mendelssohn’s Wedding March is most often used as the recessional at
the end of the wedding ceremony.
As traditional as these pieces are, many musicians that play at weddings
despise having to play them. The reasoning is one of repetitiveness.
Hear any piece of music as many times as wedding musicians hear The
Wedding March and The Bridal Chorus and you’ll probably be screaming
It’s interesting that these pieces of music became associated with weddings
at all. Certainly both the Wagner opera and the Shakespeare play deal
with the concepts of love and marriage, but in a rather twisted and
bizarre way. Lohengrin features the wedding of Lohengrin and Elsa, but
it is a marriage arranged as a threat (Elsa must agree to marry the
knight Lohengrin if she wants him to save her life) and under a condition
that may be the Arts’ first reference to a prenuptial agreement. Elsa
is forced to promise that she will not ask her husband’s name or where
he came from. Elsa, of course, breaks the deal and winds up dead. Quite
a happy ending, eh? From this we get The Bridal Chorus. .
A Midsummer Night’s Dream may be worse on some levels. It does feature
two marriages that wind up happy, but also has the Amazon queen Hippolyta
caged like an animal and dragged to the palace of Theseus, and the fairy
queen Titania being drugged and thereby tricked into loving Bottom.
If The Bridal Chorus comes from the opera with the first artistic allusion
to the prenup, then The Wedding March comes from the ballet with the
first artistic allusion to date rape.
The music, however, transcends the sources and most people that hear
The Wedding March and The Bridal Chorus today associate the tunes with
weddings in general, many having no idea where the selections came from
or the stories behind them. It’s interesting, however, to know the stories
behind the music and the next time you hear either selection you can
smile knowingly to yourself.
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