You have heard this piece many times! The "Wedding March" is one of the most frequently played wedding ceremony recessionals. It is frequently teamed with Richard Wagner's "Here Comes The Bride."
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) wrote this piece in 1843 as part of his suite of incidental music for a production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Felix Mendelssohn always liked this play and was commissioned to write music for it by the King of Prussia in 1843. The piece is used as the backdrop for the climactic wedding scene in the play. The “Wedding March” didn’t become popular until 1858 when it was played during the royal wedding of Princess Victoria of England and the Crown Prince of Prussia. Mendelssohn used to perform for the royal family when he would visit Britain.
“Jubilation” from “A Wedding By The Lake” is similar to the “Wedding March” as it provides a joyous, grandiose atmosphere for the new bride and groom, bridal party and guests to exit the wedding ceremony area. “Jubilation” is available on CD, instant mp3 download and sheet music for a variety of instrumentations for live performance. The piano solo sheet music of “Jubilation” is a top seller.
Which piece is better, “Jubilation” or “Wedding March” for a wedding recessional? The answer is that they are both good! The bride and groom should listen to them and decide which one they like better. “Wedding March” has been used for 150 years by millions of couples while “Jubilation” is very new.
If you would like something different than all the other wedding ceremonies that you have attended, “Jubilation” is an excellent choice. Also consider “White Lace” or “Rose Petals” for your processional.