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Top Wedding Ceremony Songs

When it comes to crafting the perfect wedding ceremony, music plays a pivotal role. The right selection can set the mood, evoke emotions and leave a lasting impression on both the couple and their guests. There is an array of music options to consider, each bringing its own charm to the celebration.

We spoke to Jason Jani of SCE Event Group about all of the different options and how to pick out the song that’s just right for the two of you. Are you having a formal event or is it casual in a barn? Do you prefer the classics or want to go with something more contemporary? Words or instrumental? Live musicians or prerecorded? Deejay or string quartet? Sentimental or just a beautiful tune?

There’s so many options to pick from, so Jason made the job a little easier by giving us access to his Top Wedding Ceremony Music Tracks playlist. First look through your options here, then head over to the playlist. You can listen to a lot of different options to get a feel for the possibilities, and then select the one that’s perfect for your wedding. I also included the list below.

Leaving the church at a wedding ceremony.
Elise and Richard in Manhattan. Berit Bizak Photography.

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Traditional Classics

Timeless and elegant, classical pieces like Pachelbel’s “Canon in D,” Wagner’s “Bridal Chorus” and Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” have been wedding favorites for generations. These pieces exude sophistication and are ideal for more formal ceremonies.

Contemporary Hits

For couples seeking a more modern touch, contemporary songs can add a personal and trendy vibe to the event. Whether it’s a favorite love ballad or a song that holds special meaning for the couple, these tunes can create an emotional connection with everyone present.

Instrumental Versus Vocals

Decide whether you prefer instrumental melodies or songs with vocals. Instrumental music can be emotionally powerful while allowing guests to focus on the ceremony’s significance. On the other hand, vocals can add a personal touch and showcase meaningful lyrics.

Live Performance or Pre-recorded

Consider if you want live musicians, such as a string quartet, harpist or pianist, to perform during the ceremony, or if a deejay with pre-recorded tracks will suffice. Live performances add an element of grandeur, while pre-recorded tracks provide more flexibility in song choices and budget.

Reflect Your Love Story

Select music that reflects your love story and journey as a couple. Whether it’s a song that holds sentimental value or a melody that captures the essence of your relationship, personalized choices make the ceremony more intimate.

Consider the Venue

Factor in the venue’s acoustics and size when choosing music. Some pieces may sound better in a church with its natural reverberation, while others may suit an outdoor garden wedding.

Church Restrictions

If you’re having a ceremony in a church, be mindful of any music restrictions or guidelines they may have. Some churches may only permit sacred music or have limitations on secular songs.

In the end, the key to picking the right wedding ceremony music is to choose pieces that resonate with you as a couple and align with the overall theme and atmosphere of your special day. Take the time to listen to various options, seek recommendations from musicians or wedding planners and, most importantly, trust your instincts in making this decision.

Ash and Katie’s wedding at Running Deer Golf Club. Daniel Nydick Photography

Top Wedding Ceremony Songs

Click here to listen to Top Wedding Ceremony Music Tracks by Jason Jani on Spotify.

  1. “Marry Me” by Train
  2. “A Thousand Years” by The Piano Guys
  3. “River Flows In You-Original” by Yiruma
  4. “Canon in D Major” (arranged for string quartet) by Johann Pachelbel
  5. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Kina Grannis
  6. “Stay With You” by John Legend
  7. “You’re Still the One” by Shania Twain
  8. “Bittersweet Symphony” by Vitamin String Quartet
  9. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Haley Reinhart
  10. “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)” by Stevie Wonder
  11. “Here Comest the Sun—Remastered” by The Beatles
  12. “Canon and Gigue in D Major” by Johann Pachelbel
  13. “All You Need is Love” by Dallas String Quartet
  14. “Just the Way You Are” by The Piano Guys
  15. “From This Moment On” by Shania Twain and Bryan White
  16. “Romeo and Juliet” by Dire Straits
  17. “How Sweet It Is (To Be Love by You) by James Taylor
  18. “Perfect (Instrumental Version) by The O’Neill Brothers Group
  19. “The Wedding Song (Instrumental Version)” by The O’Neill Brothers Group
  20. “Wherever You Will Go” by Charlene Soraia
  21. “At Last—Single Version” by Etta James
  22. “Canon in D” by Johann Pachelbel
  23. “Hallelujah” by Vitamin String Quartet
  24. “What a Wonderful World (Instrumental Version)”
  25. “Only Love” by Ben Howard
  26. “Symphony No. 3 in G Minor” by Louise Farrenc
  27. “Happy” by Pharrell Williams
  28. “Chasing Cars” by Simply Three
  29. “Dream A Little Dream of Me” by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
  30. “Songbird—Acoustic” by Eva Cassidy
  31. “Grow Old With You” by ortoPilot
  32. “Eternal Source of Light Divine” by George Frideric Handel
  33. “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” by Natalie Cole
  34. “A Sky Full of Stars” by Vitamin String Quartet
  35. “I Get to Love You” by Ruelle
  36. “I Choose You” by Sara Bareilles
  37. “Thinking Out Loud” by Daniel Jang
  38. “A Kiss to Build a Dream On” by Louis Armstrong
  39. “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol
  40. Marry Me” by VioDance
  41. Canon in D (Instrumental Version)” by The O’Neill Brothers Group
  42. “Pachelbel’s Canon” in D
  43. “Forrest Gump—Theme from the Motion Picture” by Alan Silvestri, Mark Northam
  44. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by The Cairn String Quartet
  45. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by the Estilo String Quartet
  46. “Ave Maria” by Johann Sebastian Bach
  47. “Never Think” by the Vitamin Piano Series
  48. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Vitamin String Quartet
  49. “Use Somebody” by Vitamin String Quartet
  50. “Canon in D Major” by Johan Pachelbel
  51. “Dragonflies, Frogs and Bumblebees” by Will McNicol
  52. “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
  53. “Wedding March “by The Ivory Humnal
  54. “Wonderful Tonight” by The O’Neill Brothers Group
  55. “Stay With Me (Instrumental Version)” by The O’Neill Brothers Group
  56. “You Make My Dreams Come True (Instrumental Version)” by The O’Neill Brothers Group
  57. “Sunny Beach” by Chillout Sound Festival
  58. “Sea of Love” by Cat Power
  59. “Always Remember Us This Way” by Acoustic Heartstrings
  60. “Bach—Minuet in G Major” by Royal Wedding Orchestra
  61. “A Thousand Years/Pachelbel’s Canon” by Paul Hankinson
  62. “Air on a G String” by Relaxing Piano Music
  63. “Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring” by Johann Sebastian Bach
  64. “Canon in D (2-minute and 20-second versions)” by The Piano Brothers
  65. “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver
  66. “Say You Don’t” by Roostz, Dylan Russell
  67. “We Can’t Stop” by Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox
  68. “Big Blue Sea” by Bob Schneider
  69. “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer
  70. “Un Jour tu Verras” by Mouloudji
  71. “You Me and Jesus”—2002 Remaster by Cliff Richard
  72. “Everywhere” by Fleetwood Mac
  73. “Wedding March” (String Quartet) by Bobby Morganstein Productions
  74. “Love” by Smooth Jazz All Stars
  75. “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton
  76. “New Moon [The Meadow]” by Aleandre Desplat
  77. “You’ll Be in My Heart” (Instrumental Version)
  78. “Kiss Me” by New Found Glory
  79. “Yellow” by Dallas String Quartet
  80. “String Quartet in F Major” by Bamberger Quartet
  81. “10,000 Hours” by Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber
  82. “My Heart is Not a Machine” by Whitley
  83. “Love Will Keep Us Alive” by The Eagles
  84. “Danza 2016” by Lucky Chops
  85. “Open My Eyes (That I May See)” by Doug Gazlay
  86. “Today” by Vitamin String Quartet
  87. “Somewhere over the Rainbow” (Hawaiian Version) by Steven Current
  88. “Love & Marriage” by Romantic Piano Music Masters
  89. “The Love We Stole” by Bear’s Den
  90. “Friday I’m In Love” by The Cure
  91. “Take Me Home Country Roads “by Country Guitar Players
  92. “A Thousand Years” by Vitamin String Quartet
  93. “Canon and Gigue in D Major” by Johann Pachelbel
  94. “Kissing You” by Des’ree

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