Ceremony Music

Guide to Choosing the Best Wedding Songs

from an article written by Amy Ciaravino

Music can bring out many emotions and whether your taste is modern or traditional the perfect song will turn your wedding into a lasting memory for you and your beloved for years to come. The three most important parts of a wedding are the ceremony, reception and the first dance. These are the three events your guests will remember the most so why not celebrate with tunes that will leave a lasting impression?


The ceremony can be broken down into several sections with each part playing a different role in the emotion of the bride and groom as well as the guests invited. The four sections of a ceremony include the pre-ceremony, the bridal party entrance, the bride’s entrance, and the recessional.

The pre-ceremony music will set the mood for the event. This music will be playing while guests enter the ceremony site and get seated. Whether it is a church, an outdoor garden, or the foyer of an art museum, here are some suggestions to fit the theme of your ceremony.

Pre- Ceremony also known as  the Prelude:

Traditional: Water Music (Handel) or The Wedding Song (Paul Stookey)

Most Popular: Bitter Sweet Symphony (The Verve), A Day Without Rain (Enya) and By Your Side (Sade)

Modern: Clocks (cold play) or Rainbow Connection (Sarah McLachlan)

The bridal party entrance comes next and this tune is important as it will set the stage and let the guests know that the ceremony has begun.

Bridal Party Entrance:

Traditional: Canon in D (Pachelbel), Trumpet Tune (Purcell) or Autumn (Vivaldi)
Most Popular: Café del Mar (Nalin & Kane) or Clair de Lune (Debussy)
Modern: Forrest Gump Suite (theme from the film) or Now We Are Free (Zimmer and Gerard)

Bride’s Entrance:

The Bride’s Entrance is the most important part of the ceremony. All eyes will be on the Bride and this song can either be more up beat and spirited or remain low key and whimsical.

Traditional: Wedding March (Mendelssohn) or Hymne (Vangelis)
Most Popular: Flora’s Secret (Enya), Trumpet Tune & Air (Purcell), or Greensleeves (English Folk)
Modern: You Raise Me Up (Josh Groban) or The Prayer (Bocelli and Dion)


The Recessional music should be very upbeat and celebratory for the moment that you are finally married! There are no limits and the recessional music can be as fun as you’d like it to be.

Traditional: La Rejouissance (Handel), Allegro Maestoso ( Handel), Spring (Vivaldi)
Most Popular: Is This Love (Bob Marley) or Ode to Joy (Beethoven)
Modern: Beautiful Day (U2), All You Need Is Love (The Beatles)

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