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Ideas for Civil Wedding Music

Updated February 21, 2017

Civil wedding ceremonies typically take place in a judge's chambers, and do not include any religious aspects. Though not a traditional wedding, a civil ceremony can still contain elements of one, such as music to set a tone for the occasion.

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There are certain classical selections that are ideal for your civil ceremony, such as Bach's "Ava Maria" and Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" and "Ode to Joy." These instrumentals add an elegant touch to the event.


Johann Pachelbel's "Canon in D" and Felix Mendelssohn's "The Wedding March" are examples of traditional music played at wedding ceremonies. For more than a century, couples have used these songs as part of their wedding day soundtrack.


There are some songs that simply transcend time. Enduring wedding songs include Etta James' "At Last," "Unforgettable" by Nat King Cole and Elvis Presley's "It Had to Be You." Select an ageless song that conveys your feelings.


Your selection can be comprised of songs that are sentimental to you as a couple or that honour a mom or dad that cannot be present on your wedding day. Ask your parents what their song was and use it in the ceremony as a tribute to them.

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About the Author

Meredith Burgio began writing professionally in 2010. She has written for "VOX" magazine, "RELEVANT Magazine" and "Jefferson City Magazine." Burgio has a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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