Choosing your Wedding ceremony music.

Your wedding day is going to be one of the most important and spectacular days of your life. You and your partner will have carefully planned every part of your wedding day, you’ve chosen the perfect venue, the dress, flowers, food, you may have also spent a considerable time choosing the perfect first dance song as well as the music that is going to rock your dance floor at your evening reception. A question that I am often asked, usually within a few weeks of the actual wedding day, is “could you recommend any ceremony music?” 

Your ceremony is the one of the most important parts of your day. You and your partner, along with all your friends and family, will all be there to take part in and witness the ceremony, so why not spend a little time choosing the right music to help create the right emotions for your wedding ceremony.

In this post I’ve split your wedding ceremony Ceremony into 4 parts with suggestions to set the tone.

The Pre-Ceremony

Let’s set the scene – all your family and guests have taken their seats in the ceremony room, everyone is waiting for the bride to arrive, most wedding venues will either have no ceremony music playing or maybe whatever CD or playlist happens to be in the portable music player. You can take this opportunity to pick 5 or 6 songs that have real meaning to you and your partner, a selection of songs you both love, and so help create the emotions that you both want your guests to feel.

Here are a few examples of popular pre-ceremony music choices.

  • Chris Ingham – Come Away With Me
  • Chris Ingham – Over The Rainbow
  • Chris Ingham – You’ve Got A Friend
  • Piano Guys – Just The Way You Are
  • Relax A Wave – Part Of Your World

Here’s a tip – why not arrange for a favourite song of the groom’s as the last pre-ceremony track. This can help relax his nerves and subtly signal to him that the bride has arrived and is ready to make her way down the isle.

The Processional

The processional song is the music for the flower girls, the bridesmaids and the bride walk down the aisle to, you could have one piece of music for all or if time permits, a different choice of music for each member of the wedding party.

Take a look at these popular examples of processional music.

  • Bridal Chorus, Wagner
  • Canon in D, Pachelbel
  • A Thousand Years (originally Christina Perri) – A Piano Guys
  • Glasgow Love Theme, from Love Actually
  • Marry Me, Train
  • Somewhere Over The Rainbow, Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole
  • Bella’s Lullaby – Carter Burwell Dan Redfield &  Elizabeth Hedman
  • Make You Feel My Love – Adele
  • I’m Kissing You – Des’ree
  • The Secret Wedding (From Braveheart) – David Arkenstone featuring Kathleen Fisher
  • Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good) – Quindon Tarver
  • Better Together – Jack Johnson
  • The Way You Look Tonight – Tony Bennet
  • Claire De Lune – Claude DeBussy
  • From This Moment – Shania Twain
  • I knew I Loved You – Savage Garden
  • All Of Me – John Legend
  • Be Mine – David Gray
  • Just The Way – Bruno Mars
  • Rule The World – Take That
  • Let’s Get Married – The Proclaimers
  • How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding

The Signing Of The Register

After you and your partner have completed the marriage ceremony the registrars will invite you to sign the register. This can take 10-15 minutes depending on the number of photographs that are taken so you will need 2-5  songs as background music. A good idea here might be to pick some romantic songs to celebrate your wedding.

The Recessional

The recessional is when the bride and groom walk back down the aisle as husband and wife.  This song ideally needs to be more upbeat, a chance to start to celebrate your marriage.

Some great examples for the recessional music.

  • 1000 Years – Christina Perri
  • All You Need Is Love – The Beatles / Lynden David Hall (Love Actually)
  • At Last – Etta James
  • Beautiful Day – U2
  • Begin Again – The Piano Guys
  • Better Together – Jack Johnson
  • Butterfly Waltz – Brian Cann
  • Darlin Darlin Baby – The O’Jays
  • Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
  • Hakuna Matata (From The Lion King – Joseph Williams, Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella)
  • Ho Hey – The Lumineers
  • It Had To Be You – Harry Connick Jr
  • Love You More – JLS
  • Now That We’ve Found Love – Heavy D & The Boys
  • Ode To Joy from Symphony No 9 in D Minor
  • Signed Sealed Delivered (I’m Yours) – Stevie Wonder
  • Walking On Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves
  • You Make My Dreams – Hall & Oates
  • Your The First The Last My Everything – Barry White
  • You’ve Got The Love – Florence & The Machine
  • (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher – Jackie Wilson

If you would like some help with choosing your ceremony music then either message me here or call me on 01283 530792.