A wedding is arguably the most important day in a person’s life. Every part of the day is carefully planned to the finest detail and this includes the music to be used for the bride’s entrance. Some people choose more traditional music, while others prefer a modern song. This custom dates back to the 1858 royal wedding and traditional songs used for this part of the ceremony are still very popular. Let’s take at the composers of the two most popular wedding marches.
Who composed the Wedding March?
The term Wedding March is used for two very distinct pieces of music. It gets even more confusing because wedding march can refer to any piece of music that is used during the bride’s entrance.
The first composition known as The Wedding March is better known as Here Comes the Bride or, more properly, The Bridal Chorus. This piece of music was composed by famous composer Richard Wagner in 1848 for his opera called Lohengrin.
The second piece of music known as The Wedding March was composed by Felix Mendelssohn in 1842 as a march written for Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Both of these compositions are the most frequently used for the bride’s entrance. These two pieces of music can also be used together. The Bridal Chorus is used for the bride’s entrance and the Wedding March is used when the newlyweds exit the church. This became popular because of the royal wedding in 1858 when these pieces of music were used in this manner.