Some people say that the use of the march at the beginning of a wedding ceremony is not highly appropriate, given its place in the structure of the opera. The chorus is sung in Lohengrin by the women of the wedding party after the ceremony, as they accompany the heroine Elsa to the bridal chamber. Furthermore, the marriage between Elsa and Lohengrin is an almost immediate failure. However, given the fact that the Bridal Chorus portrays no malice, nor anything else negative, and the fact that it has no impact on what actually happens in the rest of the opera, its placement in the opera is irrelevant to whether or not it should be used in a wedding ceremony, hence that position does not seem to have any sound support.
The "Bridal Chorus" is opposed by many pastors of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod because of pre-First World War Lutheran opposition to the theater and to the pagan elements of Wagner's operas. The Roman Catholic Church generally does not use the "Bridal Chorus"; one diocese's guidelines regarding the piece states that the chorus is a secular piece of music, that it is not a processional to the altar in the opera, and especially that its frequent use in film and television associate it with sentimentality rather than worship.