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Find the Perfect Wedding Ceremony Music for Your Big Day

Updated: Mar 1, 2023

Spend your weekend listening to modern-day love songs and classic choices to make the most of your wedding ceremony entrance. The hall at home is now your runway!

When it comes to choosing your wedding day playlist, the music you select will set the tone, cement the ambiance, and guide your guests' emotions throughout your day. Traditionally, wedding ceremony music marks the first time guests will lay their eyes on the couple together. You may have hosted a welcome cocktail upon arrival, but your walk down the aisle marks the true beginning of your event. So set the mood, by picking a song that feels personal and special to you as a couple, while also fitting the vibe of your venue.

Find the Perfect Wedding Ceremony Music for Your Big Day

Having a range of classical music played during a ceremony, and then make more personal song selections for the reception and after party, is the typical way couples tend to plan their music. But there's no reason why you can't have more modern music playing as you glide down the aisle, and throughout the ceremony. Maybe go for a choir, and have live artists giving their version of your favourite songs in a more classical style. You could end up creating the next viral wedding ceremony song!

Find the Perfect Wedding Ceremony Music for Your Big Day

In our list below, we have put together some traditional wedding ceremony music choices that are ideal as entrance songs, while also offering a couple of more modern options for you to consider.

Bridal Chorus, Wagner

Often known as Here Comes The Bride, this piece of classical music is the traditional choice for the procession of the bride, and is often played on an organ. We’ve chosen a slightly more modern arrangement by Vicente Avella played on classical piano – that way you can keep the element of tradition without the drama!

Canon in D, Pachelbel

Another very popular choice, this gorgeous piece of music sounds beautiful when played by a traditional quartet, but we also love this version by Per-Olov Kindgren performed on the classical guitar.

“Trumpet Voluntary” by Clarke

Recognise this tune? Odds are you heard it when watching one of the royal weddings. We'd recommend opting for "Trumpet Voluntary" if your ceremony is taking place in a church, and especially if you're planning to walk down the aisle in a grand cathedral. This horn and organ combination is wonderfully traditional with a dramatic flare.

A Thousand Years, The Piano Guys (originally Christina Perri)

Couples often can’t decide between having a classic, instrumental performance, or a more modern love song with vocals for their wedding ceremony music. But why not have the best of both worlds and opt for an instrumental cover of one of your favourite songs?

We seriously love this piano and cello cover of Christina Perri – check out The Piano Guys for more classical covers.

“Air on the G String” by Johann Sebastian Bach

Don't be fooled by the naughty title of this song, it is a classical string orchestra favourite and a beautiful ceremony choice.

Somewhere Over The Rainbow, Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole

For something a little bit different, you can’t beat this gorgeous ukulele cover – it’s certain to get everyone smiling!

First Day Of My Life, Bright Eyes

This adorable acoustic song is a great choice for couples seeking a quirky alternative to traditional wedding ceremony music, and we think it’s a lovely way to start the first day of your married life!

“Can’t Help Falling in Love With You” by Elvis Presley

Opt for this Elvis classic, or enlist your own vocalist for a more modern rendition. A guaranteed hit with dad and sure to bring on a few happy tears in the pews!

“Rather Be” by Vitamin String Quartet

Try an instrumental version of Clean Bandit's "Rather Be" featuring Jess Glynne for an upbeat and playful option.

“Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles

For the free spirit or the Beatles-obsessed, "Here Comes the Sun" is an ethereal and a chill choice for the ceremony, be it for the processional or the recessional.


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