->''"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''', ''Theatre/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 Music/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 ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'' from Music/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, the marriage wasn't consummated, 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 and his association with Nazism (Mendelssohn was a Lutheran with Jewish ancestry, by the way - and disliked by Wagner).

If it's not one of these pieces of ClassicalMusic being played at the wedding, odds are pretty good it's either ''Music/PachelbelsCanon'', the ''Prince of Denmark's March'' by Jeremiah Clarke (sometimes incorrectly called the ''Trumpet Voluntary''[[note]]which is the composition's ''type'', like a symphony, concerto, or sonata[[/note]], and notable for being used at [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfWindsor Princess Diana's]] wedding), or "Sheep May Safely Graze" from Music/JohannSebastianBach's "Hunting Cantata".



* Lohengrin is played in a distorted, nightmarish fashion when Stanley is having his comedic CatapultNightmare in ''[[Film/FatherOfTheBride1950 Father of the Bride]]''.
* Both Mendelssohn and Lohengrin are used for the polyandrous wedding at the end of ''Film/HorseFeathers'' 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 ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride''.
* Lohengrin is played in ''Film/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}'' at [[spoiler:Ming and Dale's wedding]], for some reason...
* It seems like ''Film/TheGraduate'' was an unintentional pioneer in making Mendelssohn work wonders for powerful dramatic wedding moments.
--> '''[[Film/TheGraduate Ben Braddock]]''': ELAINE!!!
--> '''[[Film/BackToTheFuturePartII Marty McFly]]''': NOOOOOOOOO!!
--> '''[[Film/WaynesWorld Wayne Campbell]]''': CASSANDRAAA!!!
* In ''WesternAnimation/MrBugGoesToTown'', the two ladybug children perform Lohengrin at Honey and Mr. Beetle's wedding, one blowing on a giant harmonica and the other singing a cappella. Later, when Smack and Swat crash the wedding to warn their boss of the approaching humans, Smack hijacks the harmonica to snap up the pace, while Swat whispers a warning to the tune...
-->''We've gotta scram! We've gotta scram! Trouble's a-comin' and we've gotta scram!''
* In an AnachronismStew example, Gaston hires a band to play the Lohengrin 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.
* Unsurpisingly this is motif throughout ''Film/TheWeddingMarch''. It plays over the opening title card, during the wedding at the end, in a distorted minor key when Cecilia is told she's being married off to a man she's never met...

* An {{aver|tedTrope}}sion from Creator/DorothyLSayers' ''Busman's Honeymoon'': "Literature/{{Lord Peter|Wimsey}} set his foot down resolutely on ''Lohengrin'' and Mendelssohn, and we were played out with Bach."
* [[PlayingWithATrope Discussed]] in ''Literature/IWillFearNoEvil'' by Creator/RobertHeinlein, when Johann/Eunice is planning the wedding to Jake. The Eunice personality is adamant that the Mendelssohn ''not'' be used, because, she says, it always sounded to her like the triumphant clucking of a hen that's just laid an egg.

* Used in the ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' episode "Holy Matrimony, Murdoch!", for Murdoch and Julia Ogden's weddng. Including Mrs Brakenreid insisting that everyone ''hum'' Lohengrin during the rehearsal.
* The classic ''Series/SesameStreet'' episode of Maria and Luis's wedding used Lohengrin at the beginning of the ceremony and Mendelssohn at the end.
* Used in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Course: Oblivion" during the wedding of Tom Paris and B'Elanna Torres, which during the latter song when the rice gets tossed during the newlywed couple's departure we see the rice sink into the floor and fall down into the Jeffries tube below, cuing us in to what the crew will discover in the episode.

* "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.

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

* The IrrelevantActOpener "Bride and Groom" from the musical ''Oh, Kay!'' begins with a longer version of the punny Ira Gershwin lyric quoted above; Music/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.
* ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'': Lohengrin plays at the end of ''Helpless'' to signify Alexander and Eliza's wedding. This is a case where the song is used for a time period far before it was actually composed (1780), but ''Hamilton'' in general is a very, very deliberate AnachronismStew (the rest of the song is R&B, after all) so it's not too jarring.

* 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, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kL8t8HnaqP4 a remix of Lohengrin plays when she appears]], and [[https://youtu.be/kL8t8HnaqP4?t=38 a remix of Mendelssohn]] plays for the 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 [[DamselInDistress whisks her away]].
* One of the late-game quests in ''Anime/{{Hamtaro}}: Ham-Ham Heartbreak'' involves convincing Jingle to play Lohengrin for a wedding.
* ''VideoGame/CastleCrashers'', a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjwVHrn_CoU dark, twisted rendition of "Here comes the bride"]] is used as the boss theme of the Conehead Groom.
* ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'' uses Mendelssohn in Ken's ending as he marries Eliza.

* 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.
* In the Disney propaganda short ''Disney/EducationForDeath'' plays over a BookBurning.
* 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 in a cheap chapel, and as they walk to the chapel, one man is seen playing Lohengrin on a Casio electronic keyboard.
** In "Thursdays with Abie", an aspiring author plans on murdering Grampa to [[DeathByNewberyMedal end his book about him with a sad death]], and he makes up his own sinister lyrics to Lohengrin as he advances toward a sleeping Grampa with a VorpalPillow.
--->''Here comes the prize''
--->''[[WellDoneSonGuy I'll finally be successful in my mother's eyes]]''
* In "WesternAnimation/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''.
* The wedding in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' episode "Let Them Eat Cake" uses Mendelssohn for [[RunawayBride what should have been]] the bride's walk down the aisle. The use of Mendelsshon instead of Lohengrin is a double case of {{Fridge Brilliance}}: (a) the couple's names are [[Film/TheGraduate Ben and Elaine]], and (b) Ben is Jewish, being [[AlterKocker Boris and Minka's]] son, so it makes sense that they wouldn't use the Wagner piece.