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  • Writer's pictureAllenia Marcelle

Ceremony Music: Setting the Tone for Your Special Day

Updated: Feb 16

Music plays a vital role in creating the ambiance and setting the mood for your wedding ceremony. From the processional to the recessional, carefully selected songs can enhance the emotions of the moment and leave a lasting impression on your guests.


Ceremony Music


Here's a guide to help you choose the perfect music for each stage of your ceremony:


1. Prelude (Before the Ceremony):

As guests arrive and take their seats, the prelude music sets a serene and welcoming tone. Choose calming and instrumental pieces that create a sense of anticipation without overpowering the atmosphere.


Suggested Genres: Classical, Jazz, Acoustic


Examples of Songs:

  • Canon in D Major by Johann Pachelbel

  • Air on the G String by Johann Sebastian Bach

  • Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy



2. Processional (Bridal Entrance):

The processional music marks the grand entrance of the bridal party and the bride. Select a piece that is uplifting and celebratory, reflecting the joy and excitement of the moment.


Suggested Genres: Classical, Contemporary Instrumental, Popular Hits


Examples of Songs:

  • Here Comes the Bride by Richard Wagner

  • Trumpet Voluntary by Jeremiah Clarke

  • All of Me by John Legend (instrumental version)



3. Unity Ceremony (Sand Pouring, Candle Lighting, etc.):

If you're incorporating a unity ceremony into your service, choose music that complements the symbolism and significance of the ritual.


Suggested Genres: Romantic, Instrumental, New Age


Examples of Songs:

  • A Thousand Years by Christina Perri

  • Perfect by Ed Sheeran (instrumental version)

  • You Are the Sunshine of My Life by Stevie Wonder


4. Recessional (Exit of the Couple):

As the newlyweds exit the ceremony as husband and wife, the recessional music provides a celebratory and joyous send-off. Choose upbeat and lively tunes that capture the happiness of the moment.


Suggested Genres: Upbeat Instrumental, Pop, Dance


Examples of Songs:

  • All You Need Is Love by The Beatles

  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours) by Stevie Wonder

  • I Gotta Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas




5. Postlude (After the Ceremony):

As guests mingle and celebrate after the ceremony, the postlude music continues the festive mood. Choose upbeat and celebratory tunes that keep the energy alive.


Suggested Genres: Upbeat Instrumental, Jazz, Popular Hits


Examples of Songs:

  • Happy by Pharrell Williams

  • Can't Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake

  • Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars




Remember to consider the acoustics of your ceremony venue when selecting music. If you're having an outdoor ceremony, ensure the music is audible but not overpowering. If you're working with a musician or DJ, provide them with your song selections and discuss any special requests or preferences you may have.


With the perfect music choices, you can create a beautiful and memorable soundtrack to accompany your wedding ceremony, capturing the emotions and joy of this special day.



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