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How to Choose Your Wedding Ceremony Music + 100 Romantic Song Ideas

Selecting the perfect wedding ceremony music is an essential part of planning your big day. It sets the tone, reflects your personality, and makes your wedding uniquely yours. If you're asking yourself, "How to choose your wedding ceremony music?" you've come to the right place. Here's a comprehensive guide to finding the best wedding ceremony music that resonates with your love story.

Understanding the Ceremony Structure

The typical wedding ceremony consists of several key moments, each requiring specific music:

  1. Prelude: Background music as guests arrive.

  2. Processional: Music for the entrance of the bridal party.

  3. Bridal Entrance: A special song for the bride's entrance.

  4. Interlude: Optional music during a significant moment (e.g., candle lighting).

  5. Recessional: Upbeat music as the couple and bridal party exit.

Understanding these parts will guide your choices.

Tips on How to Choose Your Wedding Ceremony Music

Reflect Your Personal Style

Pick songs that resonate with both of you. Your favourite romantic tune or a song with special memories can be perfect.

Consider the Venue

Choose music that complements your wedding venue. A classical piece might suit a traditional church wedding, while a beach wedding may call for something more laid-back.

Talk to Your Musicians

If you have a live band or a wedding pianist like Joanne Naughton Music, consult with them for suggestions and guidance. They can offer professional insights into what works best.

Think About Your Guests

Consider your guests' tastes and cultural backgrounds. It can help in selecting music that's enjoyable for everyone.

100 Ideas for Best Wedding Ceremony Music

Here's a list of 100 timeless and popular wedding ceremony music ideas to inspire your choices:


  1. Air on the G String - J.S. Bach

  2. Clair de Lune - Debussy

  3. Ave Maria - Schubert

  4. Nocturne in E-flat Major - Chopin

  5. Morning Mood - Grieg

  6. Romance - Shostakovich

  7. Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol

  8. The Look of Love - Burt Bacharach

  9. Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

  10. I'm Yours - Jason Mraz


  1. Canon in D - Pachelbel

  2. Bridal Chorus - Wagner

  3. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - Bach

  4. Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen

  5. A Midsummer Night's Dream - Mendelssohn

  6. Ode to Joy - Beethoven

  7. Marry You - Bruno Mars

  8. All You Need Is Love - The Beatles

  9. What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong

  10. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Roberta Flack

Bridal Entrance

  1. A Thousand Years - Christina Perri

  2. All of Me - John Legend

  3. Make You Feel My Love - Adele

  4. Perfect - Ed Sheeran

  5. Can't Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley

  6. Marry Me - Train

  7. At Last - Etta James

  8. Just the Way You Are - Bruno Mars

  9. Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley

  10. Everything - Michael Bublé


  1. Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers

  2. The Rose - Bette Midler

  3. Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Frankie Valli

  4. Truly, Madly, Deeply - Savage Garden

  5. You Are the Best Thing - Ray LaMontagne

  6. I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston

  7. Your Song - Elton John

  8. When I Fall in Love - Nat King Cole

  9. Halo - Beyoncé

  10. You Are So Beautiful - Joe Cocker


  1. Wedding March - Mendelssohn

  2. Happy - Pharrell Williams

  3. Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours) - Stevie Wonder

  4. Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

  5. You Make My Dreams - Hall & Oates

  6. Dancing Queen - ABBA

  7. Best Day of My Life - American Authors

  8. Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

  9. Don't Stop Believin' - Journey

  10. All Night Long - Lionel Richie

First Dance

  1. Amazed - Lonestar

  2. Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton

  3. Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran

  4. Let's Stay Together - Al Green

  5. Come Away with Me - Norah Jones

  6. Fly Me to the Moon - Frank Sinatra

  7. Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye

  8. Endless Love - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie

  9. By Your Side - Sade

  10. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You) - James Taylor

Cocktail Hour / Reception

  1. My Cherie Amour - Stevie Wonder

  2. L-O-V-E - Nat King Cole

  3. Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder

  4. Sugar - Maroon 5

  5. Kiss Me - Sixpence None the Richer

  6. Put Your Records On - Corinne Bailey Rae

  7. Ho Hey - The Lumineers

  8. Beyond - Leon Bridges

  9. You and Me - Lifehouse

  10. Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison

Mother/Son & Father/Daughter Dance

  1. In My Life - The Beatles

  2. Stand by Me - Ben E. King

  3. Have I Told You Lately - Rod Stewart

  4. I'll Be There - Jackson 5

  5. Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses

  6. My Girl - The Temptations

  7. Unforgettable - Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole

  8. You'll Be in My Heart - Phil Collins

  9. Landslide - Fleetwood Mac

  10. What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong

Last Dance

  1. Save the Last Dance for Me - Michael Bublé

  2. Closing Time - Semisonic

  3. Last Dance - Donna Summer

  4. I Don't Want to Miss a Thing - Aerosmith

  5. Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond

  6. Time of My Life - Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes

  7. New York, New York - Frank Sinatra

  8. Take Me Home, Country Roads - John Denver

  9. Hey Jude - The Beatles

  10. I've Had the Time of My Life - Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes

Bonus: Miscellaneous Moments

  1. Celebration - Kool & The Gang

  2. We Are Family - Sister Sledge

  3. September - Earth, Wind & Fire

  4. Get the Party Started - P!nk

  5. Twist and Shout - The Beatles

  6. Shout - The Isley Brothers

  7. I Wanna Dance with Somebody - Whitney Houston

  8. Dancing in the Moonlight - Toploader

  9. Shake It Off - Taylor Swift

  10. Footloose - Kenny Loggins

Crafting Your Perfect Soundtrack

Choosing the best wedding ceremony music is a delightful journey that adds personal touches to your special day. Whether it's a timeless classic or a modern love song, your choices will echo the joy and love you share.

For more personalised guidance and professional performance, don't hesitate to reach out to Joanne Naughton Music. From a skilled piano teacher to an accomplished wedding pianist, Joanne has the expertise to make your ceremony truly memorable.

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