Music for a wedding

Music sets the mood for any occasion and through it you can make your special day shine with your character. The music you choose for the ceremony, whether religious or civil, will help you create your unique occasion from a ceremony based on procedure, tradition and law. For the wedding breakfast and evening, you have more flexibility to give your guests a special thank-you for being there to support you.

For the wedding ceremony

There are set parts of a ceremony where music is appropriate, which can be discussed with the officials at the outset. These tend to be:

Before the ceremony and signing of the register

As guests arrive, live or recorded music may be allowed (check with the officials for permission and practicalities) and could be chosen from the favourite pieces of brides and grooms, for example.

The 3 British Tenors recommend background music that will encourage guests to chat to each other for this part of the day and we suggest various pieces such as:

Ombra Mai Fu from Handel’s opera Xerxes (often known as Handel’s Largo)

One Hand, One Heart from West Side Story by Bernstein

Ave Maria (Schubert)

On the Street Where You Live from My Fair Lady

Shine Through My Dreams by Ivor Novello

Entrance of the bride

If the ceremony involves the entrance of the bride, you have the option of recorded or live music. Some people choose the famous Bridal Chorus from Wagner’s opera Lohengrin, one of the two most famous wedding pieces, while others opt for a special song or a beautiful piece of classical music such as:

Pachelbel Canon

Trumpet Voluntary in D Major (Vivace)

Air on the G String by J S Bach

For a unique experience, The 3 British Tenors can welcome the bride or couple withTreulich Geführt – Wagner‘s famous Bridal Chorus mentioed above.

The happy couple

After the ceremony, you need something special and uplifting, for example:

Wedding March from Midsummer Night’s Dream by Mendelssohn

Alla Hornpipe from Water Music by Handel

The 3 British Tenors sing: Love Changes Everything from Aspects of Love by Lloyd Webber

Wedding Breakfast

The wedding breakfast is a social event following the formal ceremony, where guests mingle and celebrate your wedding with you. We suggest background piano music to set the guests at ease as they arrive.

As the happy couple enters, The 3 British Tenors often sing either a spectacular piece (such as Be My Love) or a reflective piece such as One Hand, One Heart.

“The old Mario Lanza number ‘Be My Love’ is a great tenor song and incredibly romantic. It’s ideal for toasting the happy couple!”

Barry Clark, The 3 British Tenors

A nice idea is to have 15 minutes of music between courses. For this The 3 British Tenors would perform classic tenor love songs and spectacular trios.

Our wedding repertoire includes:

Love Changes Everything (Lloyd Webber)

Dies Bildnis (Mozart)

Quanto e’ Bello (Donizetti)

Recondita Armonia (Puccini)

Nessun Dorma (Puccini)

O Sole Mio (di Capua)

Take a Pair of Sparkling Eyes (Sullivan)

Marry me a Little (Sondheim)

La Donna é Mobile (Verdi)

Brindisi (Verdi)


These are just some ideas from The 3 British Tenors to help you craft your unique and special day. There are so many ways you could use music to shape your day and the best way to plan is to decide a theme for your music (classical, popular, traditional etc) and then talk to those who regularly provide what you’re looking for.

If you would like to talk to us about your options and for help creating your day, please contact us.

We also have lots of great contacts in all the different areas of making your day – design, catering, event design and management, venues – so ask us for some ideas!

Barry Clark

m: +44 (0)7771 888131

David Heathcote

m: +44 (0)7909 526072


Dmitri Hvorostovsky

22 November 2017

We are incredibly sad to hear of the loss of the great Russian baritone, Dmitri Hvorostovsky.

Our tenor, David Heathcote, said: "Maestro Hvorostovsky was an important influence in my early singing years. His wonderful sound and artistry were spellbinding for me. I remember fondly his performance of Mussorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death at The Proms in 1993 and many great evenings at The Royal Opera House."

Here is an excerpt from his obituary on the Classic FM website. Rest in peace, Dmitri:

"Born in Siberia on 16 October 1962, Hvorostovsky sang in a heavy metal before making his debut at the Krasnoyarsk Opera House, in Verdi’s Rigoletto. He went on to win First Prize at both the Russian Glinka Competition in 1987 and the Toulouse Singing Competition in 1988.

"Hvorostovsky came to international prominence in 1989 when he won the Cardiff Singer of the World competition, controversially beating local favorite Bryn Terfel in the final round.  Hvorostovsky’s performance included Handel's ‘Ombra mai fu’ and an extrat from Verdi's Don Carlos. “I was sure I was going to win until I heard Bryn Terfel sing Wagner - then I was not so sure,” he said at the time.

"His operatic debut in the West was also in 1989 at the Nice Opera in The Queen of Spades (1989). He debuted at La Fenice, Venice, as Eugene Onegin, a success that sealed his reputation, and made his American operatic debut with the Lyric Opera of Chicago in La traviata in 1993.

"The baritone went on to sing at virtually every major opera house, including the Met, the Royal Opera House and La Scala Milan. He became especially renowned for his portrayal of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, a role which The New York Times said he was “born to play.” In recent years his stage repertoire consisted almost entirely of Verdi operas such as Un ballo in maschera, La traviata and Simon Boccanegra."