Music for your wedding Ceremony


Wedding Ceremony Music

When planning the music for your wedding ceremony there are a lot of things to consider.  What is the feeling you envision?  Are you wanting a more traditional sound, or do you want a more modern feel for your ceremony.  Often brides have a specific song already picked out that they want to walk down the aisle to.  It helps to pick the rest of the music for the ceremony so that it coordinates or compliments the bridal processional.  If the processional is an orchestral piece, then typically you will want to use orchestral music for the rest of the ceremony.  Other songs and music you will need  include, music that will be played for the 30 minutes while guests arrive (Prelude), songs for parents and bridesmaids to walk into, as well as a song for the married couple to march out to (the Recessional), and finally music for the 10 to 15 minutes after the wedding ceremony (Postlude) while guests are leaving.  Below, we have compiled a list of some common wedding songs and music typically used for different parts of the ceremony, as well as some nontraditional song ideas.  Remember there is no right or wrong music.  If you want a more traditional feel, orchestral music would be appropriate.  

You can certainly modernize the orchestral vibe by using instrumental covers of modern songs. Artists like Vitamin String Quartet and The Cello Guys are great examples of more traditional sounding orchestral covers of modern songs.  You also don't have to use orchestral music at all.  You can use Jazz, folk, R&B, or even modern pop music for your wedding ceremony.  Decide the tone you are trying to set, and then work around that.  In our online planning system, there is a custom ceremony planner to assist you with planning your ceremony.

Prelude Music

Prelude is the music played prior to the wedding ceremony, while guests are arriving and finding their seats.  Prelude music is usually played for the 30 minutes before the ceremony.  We will ask you to pick out 45 minutes of prelude music so that if the ceremony starts late, we will have some extra songs to fill in the gap.  Some traditional prelude songs include:

Moonlight Sonata- Beethoven
Isn't It Romantic- Glenn Miller
Water Music- Handel
Ave Maria- Schubert
The Four Seasons- Vivaldi
Arioso- Bach
Ode To Joy- Beethoven
Brandenburg Concerto #2- Bach
Gloria- Vivaldi
Thais Meditation
Panis Angelicus

If orchestral music is not your style, you could also opt for modern love songs from some of your favorite singer-songwriters or pop artists.  

Processional & Bridal Processional

Music played during the time the family, wedding party, and the bride walk down the aisle.  Usually one song is selected for the family and bridesmaids, and then a separate song is selected for the bride.

Canon in D- Johann Pachelbel,
Air on the G String-Johann Sebastian Bach
Andante- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Clair de Lune- Claude Debussy
Sleepers Awake-Johann Sebastian Bach
Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
Arioso- Johann Sebastian Bach
March of the Priests- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (from The Magic Flute)”
The Four Seasons- Handel
Water Music- Handel

What A Wonderful World- Louis Armstrong
Unforgettable- Nat King Cole
I Can't Help Falling In Love- Elvis Presley
When A Man Loves A Woman- Percy Sledge
In My Life-The Beatles
The Winner Is- Devotchka

Air à Danser Penguin Cafe Orchestra
Us- Regina Spektor
Lion’s Man- Iron and Wine
Sea of Love- Cat Power

With A Girl Like You- The Troggs
You’ve Got The Love- Florence and the Machine

Everlasting Love-The Love Affair
Stand By Me (Cover)- Tracy Chapman
Sky Cloud Winter Breeze- Orba Square
Hoppipolla (Instrumental)- Sigur Ros

I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)- Sleeping At Last 

A Thousand Years- Boyce Avenue

Interlude Music (optional)

Songs played during the ceremony, usually during a sand ceremony, unity candle lighting, etc.

Ave Maria- Schubert
Amazing Grace- Traditional
La Traviata- Verdi
Sheep May Safely Graze- Bach
And I Love Her- The Beatles
Primavera: First Movement, Allegro Vivaldi
Love Me Tender- Elvis Presley
Für Elise- Beethoven
We've Only Just Begun- The Carpenters
Have I Told You Lately- Van Morrison


Music played as the new husband and wife walk back up the aisle together

Wedding March- Mendelssohn
Ode To Joy- Beethoven
Hallelujah Chorus- Handel
Trumpet Tune- Purcell
Magnificat In D- Bach
The Long And Winding Road- The Beatles
I Got You (I Feel Good)- James Brown
How Sweet It Is- James Taylor
Then He Kissed Me- The Crystals
Feel So Close-Calvin Harris
You're The First, The Last, My Everything- Barry White

You Are The Best Thing- Ray LaMontagne

All Of Me- John Legend

5 Years Time- Noah and the Whale
The Light- Common
Dog Days Are Over- Florence and the Machine 

You’re My Best Friend- Queen
Lovely Day- Bill Withers
Mirrors- Justin Timberlake
Emotion- Mariah Carey
Signed, Sealed, Delivered- Stevie Wonder
Best Day Ever- Sly and the family Stallone


Music played after the wedding ceremony while guests are leaving for the reception.

Ode To Joy- Beethoven
Feelin' Alright- Joe Cocker
Ain't No Mountain High Enough-Diana Ross and the Supremes
Eine Kleine Nachtsmusik
Signed, Sealed, Delivered-Stevie Wonder
Beautiful Day-U2
Love and Marriage-Frank Sinatra

Best Day of Your Life- American Authors