Civil weddings

All you need to know about civil ceremony music

Since their introduction in 1995, civil marriages in approved premises have become increasingly popular: the most recent statistics indicate that an amazing 67% of marriages are now non-religious!

At church weddings, you’d normally have a choir or soloist and an organist. However few civil ceremony venues have an organ (there are notable exceptions such as Blenheim Palace), so you’ll need to choose other musicians to perform for you.

In this section you can find recommendations for music for different parts of the ceremony. Our list of the most popular music for civil ceremonies might also be helpful to you.

The law about civil weddings

The law

Find out about the law and the legal requirements for music at civil weddings.
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Entrance music


Music to maximise the 'wow factor' as the bride makes her grand entrance.
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Bridal couple signing the register


Keep your guests entertained while you sign the marriage register.
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Exit of the bride


Choose the right piece of music to round off your ceremony in style.
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Congrgational singing


Congregational singing at a civil wedding.
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As civil wedding specialists, we can help you not only with wonderful musicians countrywide - from a string quartet in Stranraer to a pianist in Plymouth – but can advise on what music you might like them to play (and which won’t upset the Registrar…).

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Contact us

To book musicians, call 020 8293 3392 (London) or 0131 624 4005 (Edinburgh), or use our online enquiry form. We’ll send you full details, demo recordings and a personalised quotation.