->''It's never too late to Mendelssohn,\\
Two hearts are at Journey's Endelssohn,\\
Whate'er their future they must share it.\\
I trust they Lohengrin and bear it.''
-->-- '''Charley Johnson''', ''LadyInTheDark'' ([[DreamSequence Wedding Dream]])

The two essential StandardSnippet wedding marches derive their music from:
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8J7Jhx93s9w The bridal chorus]] that opens Act III of Creator/RichardWagner's opera ''Theatre/{{Lohengrin}}''. The German words begin "Treulich geführt ziehet dahin," but most English speakers know it as "Here comes the bride."
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tDYMayp6Dk The prelude]] to Act V of ''AMidsummerNightsDream'' from FelixMendelssohn's incidental music to Creator/WilliamShakespeare's play (Op. 61). Generally used as a recessional.

These two pieces, commonly referred to as "Lohengrin" and "Mendelssohn," are often played at RealLife and fictional weddings, even if those [[AnachronismStew weddings are in films set before the pieces were actually composed.]] The combination may have been popularized by its use at the wedding of Princess Victoria and Crown Prince Friedrich of Prussia (later Kaiser Friedrich III) in 1858. Some churches discourage the use of this and other [[http://www.perkinschapelweddingmusic.com/faq.htm secular music]] at weddings held in their facilities. Some churches and musicians also discourage their use because of the context: Elsa's wedding in ''Lohengrin'' is anything but happy, and by the end her beloved departs and her brother has been turned into a swan; and ''A Midsummer Night's Dream'' is not the most... shall we say "monogamous" of Shakespeare's plays. And some organists are just bloody sick of them. The former is also generally not used at Jewish weddings, due to Wagner's anti-Semitism (Mendelssohn was a Jewish Lutheran, by the way).
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* Both Mendelssohn and Lohengrin are used for the polyandrous wedding at the end of ''Horse Feathers'' where all the Creator/MarxBrothers ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg except Zeppo]]) marry Thelma Todd.
* Creator/LaurelAndHardy movies often used a swing-tempo version of Mendelssohn's tune in the background to underscore the woe of married life.
* In ''My Dearly Beloved Detective'' (a Soviet movie about a DistaffCounterpart to SherlockHolmes), Holmes and Watson go to a bachelor club disguised as men. The club's anthem, sung throughout the scene, is set to Mendessohn's music, but the words are... [[HeManWomanHater not exactly wedding promoting]].
* The opening notes of Lohengrin are sampled in the Wedding Song in ''CorpseBride''.
* Lohengrin is played in ''Film/FlashGordon'' at [[spoiler: Ming and Dale's wedding]], for some reason...
* It seems like TheGraduate was an unintentional pioneer in making Mendelssohn work wonders for powerful dramatic wedding moments.
--> '''[[TheGraduate Ben Braddock]]''': ELAINE!!!
--> '''[[Film/BackToTheFuture Marty McFly]]''': NOOOOOOOOO!!
--> '''[[WaynesWorld Wayne Campbell]]''': CASSANDRAAA!!!

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* An {{aver|tedTrope}}sion from DorothyLSayers' ''Busman's Honeymoon'': "{{Lord Peter|Wimsey}} set his foot down resolutely on ''Lohengrin'' and Mendelssohn, and we were played out with Bach."

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* "Here Comes the Broad", a track from the Brian Setzer Orchestra's ''Wolfgang's Big Night Out'' (an album of swing arrangements of classical compositions) combines elements of both Lohengrin and Mendelssohn.

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* ''Pinball/MonsterBash'' * uses a rock version of "Bridal Chorus" during the Film/BrideOfFrankenstein's mode, "Ball & Chain".

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* The IrrelevantActOpener "Bride and Groom" from the musical ''Oh, Kay!'' begins with a longer version of the punny Ira Gershwin lyric quoted above; GeorgeGershwin set the first line to a variation on Mendelssohn's tune.
* ''Theatre/OurTown'' plays this entirely straight for the wedding scene, though it's implied that these two pieces, along with Handel's ''Largo'' and a few hymns, are all the town organist may know, since "there isn't much culture" in Grover's Corners.
* In ''Gentlemen Prefer Blondes'', Lorelei's wedding song, "Button Up with Esmond," begins with the Mendelssohn snippet.

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* In ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIHeirTodayGoneTomorrow'', a minor-key variation of Lohengrin plays for the [[EvilChancellor evil vizier's]] wedding to the fake Cassima ("Oh no, it's wedding music!"). When Alexander weds the real Cassima, the normal version of Lohengrin and Mendelssohn is played as usual.
* In ''Matrimelee'', the last ''VideoGame/PowerInstinct'' game to be released in English, the reward for defeating [[SNKBoss Princess Sissy]] and winning the tournament is to marry her. Appropriately enough, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QkA5E8DwTo a remix of Mendelssohn]] is played for this fight.
* At the start of ''VideoGame/HauntedCastle'', Mendelssohn plays over [[Franchise/{{Castlevania}} Simon Belmont]] heading out with his newly-married wife — only to veer off key when {{Dracula}} flies in and [[DistressedDamsel whisks her away]].
* One of the late-game quests in ''{{Hamtaro}}: Ham-Ham Heartbreak'' involves convincing Jingle to play Lohengrin for a wedding.

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* In an AnachronismStew example, Gaston hires a band to play the bridal march in ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' when he's about to propose (unsuccessfully) to Belle. The film takes place in the mid to late 18th century, the bridal march was composed in 1850.
* A vintage Fleischer {{Popeye}} cartoon had Bluto and Olive marching down the aisle behind Justice Wimpy to an appropriately broad and graceless version of the Lohengrin tune.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode where Leela is getting married to another cyclops, Hermes does a rasta version of Lohengrin.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' which parodies ''Film/TheGraduate'' ends with Grandpa Simpson and Mrs. Bouvier running out of her wedding to Mr. Burns while Mendelssohn plays in the background.
** And in another episode ("I Married Marge"), in the flashback story, Homer has a wedding with the pregnant Marge, and as they walk to the chapel, one man is seen playing Lohengrin on a Casio electronic keyboard.
* In "RabbitOfSeville", after a mutual escalation where each side points bigger and bigger guns at the other, Bugs instead offers Elmer flowers and chocolates, which causes him to reappear wearing a wedding dress. After Bugs rushes through a ceremony with himself as Justice of the Peace, Bugs carries his new "bride" to the threshold to the tune of the Mendelssohn Recessional. (Whereupon he drops Elmer off a very high ledge into a prop wedding cake reading "Theatre/TheMarriageOfFigaro".)
* Being an episode about a royal wedding, "Lohengrin" appears all over the place in the season 2 finale of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''.

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