Glossary Term:Bridal Chorus

A popular selection of music by Richard Wagner played during the bride's entrance for a wedding

Wagner’s Bridal Chorus is a popular selection of music played during the bride’s entrance for a wedding and is also popularly known as ‘Here Comes the Bride’ or the ‘Wedding March’ (not to be confused with Mendelssohn’s Wedding March).

Created by German composer Richard Wagner for the 1850 opera Lohengin, this piece became fashionable for weddings after Queen Victoria selected it as the wedding processional of her eldest daughter Vicky to Prince Frederick of Prussia in 1858.

By the way…

It’s important to keep in mind that neither the Roman Catholic church, Eastern Orthodox church or Lutheran church allow the Bridal Chorus to be played for weddings taking place in their house of worship since the song is not considered to be  religious at all.

Additionally, any music by Wagner is taboo for a Jewish event because of Wagner’s unapologetic hostility to and prejudice against Jews.

 

Synonyms:
Here Comes the Bride
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