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 some music for the 10 to 15 minutes after the wedding ceremony while guests are leaving the ceremony site (Postlude).  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.  

If you want to more traditional aesthetic of orchestral music but want to keep the mood a little lighter, you can modernize the orchestral vibe by using instrumental covers of modern songs. Artists like Vitamin String Quartet and The Piano Guys are great examples of more traditional sounding strings covers of modern songs.  

Wanting to keep things fun and more reflective of your own style?  Then know that you don't have to use string 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. Modern and Indie love songs make great wedding music and the lyrics can convey so much emotion!

 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- Mel Torme
Water Music- Handel
Ave Maria- Schubert
Arioso- Bach
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, indie, or pop artists.  Instrumental and acoustic covers of modern pop songs work well for prelude.

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" rel="noopener" target="_blank">
Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)- Wagner
March of the Priests- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (from The Magic Flute)”
Water Music- Handel

What A Wonderful World- Louis Armstrong
Unforgettable- Nat King Cole
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
Hoppipolla (Instrumental)- Sigur Ros

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

Interlude Music (optional)

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

Ave Maria- Schubert
La Traviata- Verdi
Sheep May Safely Graze- Bach
And I Love Her- The Beatles
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
The Long And Winding Road- The Beatles
I Got You (I Feel Good)- James Brown
How Sweet It Is- Marvin Gaye

Then He Kissed Me- The Crystals
Feel So Close-Calvin Harris

You Are The Best Thing- Ray LaMontagne

All Of Me- John Legend
The Light- Common
Dog Days Are Over- Florence and the Machine 

You’re My Best Friend- Queen
Lovely Day- Bill Withers
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.

Feelin' Alright- Joe Cocker
Ain't No Mountain High Enough-Diana Ross and the Supremes
Eine Kleine Nachtsmusik- Mozart
Beautiful Day-U2
Love and Marriage-Frank Sinatra

Best Day of Your Life- American Authors