Choosing Great Ceremony Music

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The wedding ceremony. It is the moment you have always dreamed of. You have the perfect moment planned...if only you could remember the music that was playing in your dream! Choosing great ceremony music remains one of the most difficult parts of planning your big moment. There is so much pressure to create a PERFECT ceremony that it often leaves you completely blanking. It is so important to remember that PERFECT is a loaded word, that there is truly no such thing and that your version of PERFECT could be absolute nonsense to someone else. The most important thing in this search is that you yourself are moved by the music (hopefully to the point of tears depending on your confidence in your HMUA.) And just the same way that no two Spotify Playlists are identical, so too will the songs that you personally love be totally unique to you too. We are here to help! We have performed 100s of absolutely brilliant ceremony songs over the years and want to share everything we have learned along the way. In addition to our favourite 100 Ceremony Songs listed below, we have answers to some common questions that have come up more than once:


Most modern wedding ceremonies incorporate 4 main songs: 2 Processionals, a piece for Register Signing and a Recessional. They will often sound soft and beautiful with musicians performing lovely instrumental melodies like the example of our Duo performing THINKING OUT LOUD in the example here -> Religious ceremonies are sometimes more complex than this. If no one has told you differently, then chances are your wedding officiant will ask you for these 4 pieces of music: A) PROCESSIONAL FOR ATTENDANTS - something nice, but not as nice as the bride's song B) BRIDAL PROCESSIONAL - something beautiful enough to make everyone cry C) REGISTER SIGNING - meaningful to both the bride and groom D) RECESSIONAL - upbeat and fun


It all depends how creative you would like to be! Wedding ceremonies traditionally only played "Here Come The Bride" and "The Wedding March" for music mixed with a variety of classical. Somewhere around the 1970s the tide began to turn with songs like Pachelbel's Canon in D replacing the Bridal Chorus (it sounds normal now, but it was actually quite a progressive idea at the time.) More recently popular songs have been incorporated with instrumental line-ups and even sometimes with soft vocals. . Hearing a song like "Don't Stop Believing" as a ceremony processional has now become commonplace, whereas it was once quite revolutionary. So where does that leave you? I personally like to get really creative and dive into songs that you may have loved growing up or songs that hold a meaning for you as a couple together. For example, Sarah and my ceremony music was: A) PROCESSIONAL FOR ATTENDANTS - Wildfire by John Mayer B) BRIDAL PROCESSIONAL - Rainbow Connection by The Muppets C) REGISTER SIGNING - Mint Car by The Cure D) RECESSIONAL - Move On Up by Curtis Mayfield All four of the songs meant quite a bit to us in different ways and yes, totally moved us to tears when we heard the famous Kermit the Frog lyrics from The Rainbow Connection (I'll admit it, I'm totally sappy for The Muppets!) These selections are a world away from "The Bridal Chorus", but it suited us. You might love the traditional sound. Choose the songs that you love the most!

QUESTION 3: HOW LONG SHOULD THE SONGS BE? This is fortunately a question you shouldn't have to worry about too much. Especially if you hire musicians to perform you ceremony music, we naturally shape the songs to fit your grand entrances. For example your bridesmaids might walk way faster than they promised they would, or your flower girl might start running laps up and down the aisle. As you will soon discover, your wedding is a living & breathing animal! Adapting the music to fit the moment is the key to making everything fit together like a carefully edited Hollywood production. Attentive musicians or DJs who are quick in the moment are the key. Having said that, you might have a favourite part of a song you would like to walk out to. If that is the case you can absolutely advise of the parts of the songs you prefer and a seasoned professional can always adapt the music to play it for your big moment.

QUESTION 4: DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEAS? I AM SERIOUSLY BLANKING! You bet we do! To take the pressure off, we have included a HUGE list of of over 100 songs ranging from new to old and arranged them by decade. Don't fret if the answers don't come to you right away, pretty much everyone blanks on song ideas at first (myself included!) After reading through this whole list, while you might be closer you still might not have found your absolute favourites. If you are wanting for a few more suggestions EMAIL ME with anything you like on this list and I will send you back 10 more songs that are similar to it, but not listed here. Seriously! There is so much music out there and I am happy to help you find the songs that will make your ceremony a truly original masterpiece - BM

2010s MUSIC A Thousand Years - Christina Perri Lover - Taylor Swift

Perfect - Ed Sheeran All Of Me - John Legend Make You Feel My Love - Adele City Of Stars - LaLa Land Marry Me - Train Sky Full of Stars - Coldplay Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran

Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars Love Me Like You Do - Ellie Goulding Marry You - Bruno Mars 2000s MUSIC

Yellow Coldplay Hey There Delialah - Plain White T's Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol How To Save A Life - The Fray I Will Follow You Into The Dark - Death Cab For Cutie Do You Remember - Jack Johnson Better Together - Jack Johnson Steal My Kisses - Ben Harper Gravity - John Mayer I'm Yours - Jason Mraz Lucky - Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat I Do - Colbie Caillat Everything - Michael Buble The Girl - City and Colour A Thousand Miles - Vanessa Carlton The Way I Am - Ingrid Michaelson 1990s MUSIC

All My Life - KC & Jojo Always Be My Baby - Mariah Carey Truly, Madly Deeply - Savage Garden I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston Got You Where I Want You - The Flys Time Of Your Life - Green Day Everything I Do (I Do It For You) - Bryan Adams My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion Don't Want To Miss A Thing - Aerosmith Crash - Dave Matthew's Wishin and Hopin - Ani Difranco I Want It That Way - Backstreet Boys

1980s MUSIC All I Want Is You - U2 Never Tear Us Apart - Inxs Diamond's On The Soles Of Her Shoes - Paul Simon Uptown Girl - Billy Joel In Your Eyes - Peter Gabriel Romeo & Juliet - Dire Straits Endless Love - Lionel Richie & Diana Ross Time After Time - Cindi Lauper Lady In Red - Chris de Burgh Have I Told You Lately - Rod Stewart

1970s MUSIC Cecilia - Simon & Garfunkel Into The Mystic - Van Morrison Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton Your Song - Elton John Tiny Dancer - Elton John Signed Sealed Delivered - Stevie Wonder I'll Be There - Jackson 5 Let's Stay Together - Al Green Sunshine of My Life - Stevie Wonder Maybe I'm Amazed - Paul McCartney We've Only Just Begun - The Carpenters Just The Way You Are - Billy Joel 1960s MUSIC All You Need Is Love - The Beatles Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles Stand By Me - Ben E. King Can't Help Falling In Love With You - Elvis Presley Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong or Sam Cooke When A Man Loves A Woman - Percy Sledge Reach Out (I'll Be There) - Four Tops Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye Daydream Believer - The Monkees God Only Knows - The Beach Boys 1950s MUSIC

At Last - Etta James Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino Earth Angel - The Penguins Dream Lover - Bobby Derrin Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - The Platters The Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra That's Amore - Dean Martin You Send Me - Sam Cooke Wonderful World - Same Cooke All I Have To Do Is Dream - Everly Brothers Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley


A Thousand Years - Christina Perri Rainbow Connection - The Muppets Grow Old With You - Adam Sandler Romeo & Juliet - Mark Knopfler All You Need Is Love - The Beatles God Only Knows - Beach Boys Forever - Uncle Jesse + The Rippers Chapel Of Love - Dixie Cups I Say A Little Prayer - Aretha Franklin Hold On - Wilson Phillips Kiss The Girl - The Little Mermaid Beauty & The Beast - Celine Dion Can You Feel The Love Tonight - Lion King


Canon In D - Pachelbel Air On a G String - Bach Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring - Bach Ode To Joy - Beethoven Ave Maria - Schubert Summer by Joe Hisaishi Hornpipe from Water Music - Handel Spring (4 Seasons) - Vivaldi Wedding March - Wagner Bridal Chorus - Wagner Need more ideas? Feel free to EMAIL ME with your favourite songs you see here and we will gladly send back more ideas!