Wedding Music

Classical Guitar Music for Weddings

I love providing beautiful guitar music for weddings, hand fastings, functions, parties and all manner of special occasions.

It is a pleasure and an honor to take part in peoples celebrations and special days. I  provide a unique musical accompaniment and atmosphere on the Classical Guitar and have been doing since 2004. The Classical Guitar is so versatile and its repertoire that it allows me to provide music in contrasting styles for any or all parts of your wedding

Wedding Ceremony

Live  music enhances the Wedding Ceremony and creates a special atmosphere and helping people to relax into the occasion.

I play as guests arrive and settle, as the Bride walks down the isle, during to signing of the register and as the couple and guests exit the venue.

Often couples have special pieces that they would like to hear and I am happy to arrange music and adapt my program to your their requirements.

Music as guests arrive and settle into seats.

Here I suggest some light, gentle Classical Music. This helps create a ceremonial atmosphere while allowing the guests and  Groom to relax. Music by Bach, Handel and Scarlatti are great favourites as well as classics by Sor, Carulli, Carcassi and others.

Music for the Bridal entry.

The Bridal March by Richard Wagner is the original Here Comes the Bride music and I am happy to provide this. Other couples choose pieces that are much more unconventional. For example I was recently asked to play “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” for a bride as she walked down the isle and have had other requests ranging from the Beatles and The Pogues to Van Morrison and Eva Cassidy.

A favourite with many  is Pachelbel’s Cannon in D.  To hear my recording of this click the play button below :

Music for the signing of the register.

Couples often have a special piece of music, something personal and meaningful to them that they would like to hear as they sign the register. I like to arrange this for guitar on their behalf  to personalise this important moment. If you are unsure what music you would like for the signing of the register I have a wide range of pieces available for you to choose from.

To hear my recording of Bach’s Air on a G String please click the play button below.

Music for Wedding Photographs, Wedding Meals, Drinks Receptions etc

I can provide delightful, light, background music for Wedding Photographs, Wedding Meals and Drinks Receptions.

Once the Wedding Ceremony is complete and the champagne starts to flow I like to move into a more relaxed popular style. I have a wide range of light, fun, Classical Music including Spanish pieces by great composers such as Albinez, Granados and Tarrega. I also enjoy lifting the atmosphere with Jazz standards such as All Blues, Summertime, Lullaby of Birdland, Don’t Get Around Much Any More,  Song for My Father and many others as well as some traditional Spanish Flamenco forms and popular arrangements by bands such as The Beatles and Van Morrison.

Phone and Skype Consultations

I am happy to discuss your booking and your musical choices over the phone.

Phone consultations allow clients to discuss their personal selections with me and I can play pieces of music to them to ensure we select the best music. You can contact me to book a consultation on:

Mobile: 07934 386701


James Rippingale playing for John and Suzy Whurr, St Mary's, Derby.
James Rippingale playing for John and Suzy Whurr, St Mary’s, Derby.

Client Testimonials

sharon-and-tim-wedding-for-website“James made our wedding day special with his classical guitar talents. He played beautiful, soothing music during our ceremony. He also personalized a tango that we chose for our first dance. He worked with us every step of the way to ensure everything was perfect for our wedding. Thank you James! Love Sharon & Tim Doughty”

Sharon and Tim Doughty married June 25th 2016





“Your Music made our evening really special and lots of our guests commented on how much they had enjoyed listening to you play. A big thank you from both of us”

Bob and Judith, Derbyshire

Thank you so much for playing at our wedding. Lots of people commented on how much they enjoyed your music. You really helped make our day. Your playing was wonderful. Thank you.” 

Sue and John Whurr, May 2015 

“Dear James, I just wanted to say thank you very much for playing so beautifully at our wedding service in Tissington on the 18th of May. I have received several comments from people who thoroughly enjoyed your music! I very mush enjoyed listening to you play during the signing of the register.” 

Georgina Matthews,  June 2013

“Dear James, A quick note to thank you for the wonderful music you performed at our wedding reception – it was the perfect accompaniment for welcoming our guests. We received many compliments on the quality of your playing.”

James and Claire Cazalet. June 2013

Bookings and Enquiries

If you would like to book me for your wedding or special occasion I’d love to hear from you. Contact me on.



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