A wedding ceremony is such a special event in the lives of every couple. Carefully selected songs for each part of the ceremony can really help to elevate the emotions and create beautiful memories. I have performed for over 200 ceremonies and have performed a range of styles of music. I always encourage couples to choose songs that they resonate with but there are also some practical things to consider for the big day. I've compiled below a list of some traditional and popular choices that work well for each moment:
Bridal Party Processional
This is the first song your guests will hear and it will set the stage. It is a good idea to pick a longer piece especially if you have a large bridal party. It is also good to consider pieces that are slow and easy to walk to i.e. have a regular rhythm.
Traditional Pick: Canon in D
Popular Choice: A Thousand Years by Christina Perri
This is what the bride has been envisioning! I always encourage a special song that means a lot to the couple. You will want to consider a shorter piece, or a verse and chorus that you really want to hear of a longer piece. A slow, easy to walk to piece will help the bride take her time and enjoy the moment.
Traditional Pick: Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
I Can't Help Falling in Love with You by Elvis
Perfect by Ed Sheeran
Signing of the Marriage License
During the signing, the couple is eager to finalize things by putting pen to paper. This is a good time to have an uplifting, beautiful piece for your guests to listen to. Pick a 3-4 minute long song that has a message of lifelong love to boost the wedding feels.
All of Me by John Legend
Marry Me by Train
Say You Won't Let Go by James Arthur
Please welcome Mr. & Mrs. ______! This is most exciting part of the ceremony - the couple and guests have been waiting for this since the engagement. Pick an upbeat song with a catchy tune that gets everyone in the mood to celebrate!
Traditional Pick: Wedding March by Mendelssohn
All You Need is Love by the Beatles
This Will Be an Everlasting Love by Natalie Cole
Happy by Pharrell Williams
Marry You by Bruno Mars
Signed, Sealed, Delivered - I'm Yours! by Stevie Wonder
At Last by Etta James
Happy Wedding Planning! :)
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