best instrumental songs for weddings

70 Best Instrumental Songs for Weddings

 

 
Make your wedding ceremony just a little classier with instrumental songs. It doesn’t have to be The Lawrence Welk Show your parents made you watch. You’d be surprised at some of the covers. One of the most lovely second weddings we saw was the bride walking down the aisle to “Daughters” by John Mayer. It was especially tearful because both the bride and groom had young daughters from previous marriages. What a way to begin a blended family.

Why Would I Want an Instrumental Song at My Wedding?

Instrumental songs are simply songs sung without lyrics or verbiage. Instrumental songs can be used during events in the wedding ceremony such as the processional, recessional, unity candle lighting, and more. Instrumental songs can also be played during a wedding reception including during the cocktail and dinner hours, cake cutting, grand entrance, or introductions.

Instrumental music is simple to the listener, allowing for conversation. We get distracted by lyrics. What’s more, is instrumental music is completely appropriate for small venues. With COVID-adjusted weddings, instrumental music is a fantastic choice.

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When Are Instrumental Songs Appropriate for My Wedding?

Not only can you play instrumental songs during cocktail hour and mealtime, but during the unity candle, processional, recessional, and while guests arrive at the venue. Depending on your type of event and the music you like, The Piano Guys’ version of “A Thousand Years” would make for a fantastic first dance song.

Along with The Piano Guys, another popular instrumental music artist is Vitamin String Quartet. With instrumental versions of hit songs “Stay With Me” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” Vitamin String Quartet will remain on wedding playlists for years to come. Brooklyn Duo (piano and cello) absolutely kill “All of Me” by John Legend. (I’m not crying; you’re crying.)

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Best Wedding Instrumental Songs

This curated list represents our favorite best instrumental songs for your wedding. Instrumental songs will make it just that much more special. Did we neglect to mention your favorite?

Instrumental wedding song lists curated by Matthew Campbell
Last Updated: June 28, 2021

SongAmazon Link
2cellos
I Will Wait
2015, Classical
2cellos
Moon River
2017, Classical
40 Fingers, Emanuele Grafitti, Enrico Maria Milanesi, Andrea Vittori, and Matteo Brenci
Disney Medley
2019, New Age
Alan Parsons Project
Sirius
1982, Rock
Alan Silvestri
Portals
2019, New Age
Antonio Vivaldi
Autumn
1725, Classical
Antonio Vivaldi
Spring
1725, Classical
Antonio Vivaldi
Winter
1725, Classical
Barrymoore Chamber Orchestra
Pachelbel's Canon in D
2003, Classical
Bill Conti/Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
(Gonna Fly Now) Rocky Theme
1977, Orchestral
Booker T. & The MG’s
Green Onions
1962, R&B
Brooklyn Duo
Canon in D
2019, Classical
Claude Debussy
Claire De Lune
2012, Classical
Craig Armstrong
Glasgow Love Theme
2004, Pop
Dallas String Quartet
Secrets
2011, Pop
Daniel Jang
Can’t Help Falling In Love
2018, Pop
Danny Elfman
Mission Impossible Theme
1996, Orchestral
David Grisman & Tony Rice
Banks Of The Ohio
2017, Folk
Duane Eddy
Rebel Rouser
1958, Rockabilly
Emeralds
Chicken Dance aka The Bird Dance
1982, Polka
Ennio Morricone
Gabriel’s Oboe
1986, Classical
Enya
Book Of Days
1991, New Age
Enya
Caribbean Blue
1991, New Age
Enya
Fairytale
1987, New Age
Enya
Only Time
2000, New Age
Felix Mendelssohn
Wedding March
1842, Classical
Gamers
Jeopardy Theme
1964, Classical
George F Handel
Air
1741, Classical
George F Handel
Allegro Maestoso
1741, Classical
George F Handel
Hallelujah Chorus
1741, Classical
George F Handel
Hornpipe
1741, Classical
George F Handel
Overture
1741, Classical
George F Handel
The Arrival Of The Queen Of Sheba
1741, Classical
George Winston
Joy
1982, New Age
Golden Salt
Nothing Else Matters
2019, Rock
Hauser
Air on a G String
2020, Classical
Hauser
River Flows in You
2019, Classical
Henry Mancini
Pink Panther Theme
1963, Jazz
Henry Purcell
Rondeau
Late 1600s, Classical
Henry Purcell
Trumpet Tune
1700, Classical
Instrumental Songs Music
Here Comes the Sun
2010 Soft Rock
Jeremiah Clarke
The Prince of Denmark’s March “Trumpet Voluntary”
1700, Classical
Johann Pachelbel
Canon In D Major
1680s, Classical
Johann S Bach
Air On A G String
Early 1700s, Classical
Johann S Bach
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1
Early 1700s, Classical
Johann S Bach
Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring
1716, Classical
John Williams
Jaws Theme
1975, Orchestral
John Williams
Star Wars Theme
1977, Orchestral
John Williams
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Symphonic Suite
2019, Classical
Josh Vietti
Without You
2012, Pop
Kenny G
Forever In Love
1993, Jazz
Kenny G
The Wedding Song
1993, Jazz
Lindsey Stirling
Underground
2019, Electronic
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Wedding March: Recessional
2013, Classical
Luca Stricagnoli
Feel Good Inc.
2017, Folk
Ludwig van Beethoven
Ode To Joy
1824, Classical
Mark Knopfler
Storybook Love (Princess Bride Theme)
1987, Orchestral
Massimo Nosetti
André Campra: Rigaudon
2012, Classical
O’Neill Brothers Group
All Of Me
2014, Pop
O’Neill Brothers Group
God Bless the Broken Road
2013, Pop
O’Neill Brothers Group
I Won’t Give Up
2013, Pop
O’Neill Brothers
The Prayer
2005, Pop
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Coronation March
1891, Classical
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Romeo And Juliet Love Theme
1880, Classical
Relaxation Guitar Maestro
Somewhere Over the Rainbow - What a Wonderful World
2012
Richard Wagner / Otto Sieben
Bridal Chorus
1850, Classical
Riya Jane "Arjay" Yulde
Perfect (Instrumental)
2019, New Age
Roberto Dalla Vecchia
Let It Be Me
2018, Folk
Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
Highland Cathedral
1982, International
Scott D. Davis
Nothing Else Matters
2006, Folk Rock
Section Quartet
Such Great Heights
2007, Rock
The Piano Guys
A Thousand Years
2012, Pop
The Piano Guys
Beethoven's 5 Secrets
2012, Classical
The Piano Guys
Bless the Broken Road
2020, 10
The Piano Guys
Over the Rainbow / Simple Gifts
2012, Classical
The Piano Guys
Story of My Life
2014, Classical
The Piano Guys
The Cello Song
2012, Classical
The Piano Guys
Thinking Out Loud
2020, 10
Thomas Newman
Fellowship
2019, Classical
United Guitar Players
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
2014, New Age
United Guitar Players
Marry Me
2014, New Age
Verve
Bitter Sweet Symphony (Instrumental)
2010, Classical
Vitamin String Quartet
1,2,3,4
2010, Pop
Vitamin String Quartet
Can’t Help Falling in Love
2008, Pop
Vitamin String Quartet
Stay With Me
2014, Pop
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Wedding March
Late 1700s, Classical
Yiruma
Kiss The Rain
2001, New Age
Yiruma
River Flows In You
2011, New Age

Top 10 Current Classical Songs

These are popular downloads on Amazon.

  1. The Prayer – Andrea Bocelli feat. Céline Dion
  2. HER – Isaac Carree
  3. Cello Wars – The Piano Guys
  4. For Once In My Life – Il Divo
  5. A Thousand Years – The Piano Guys
  6. Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67: I. Allegro con brio – Ludwig van Beethoven
  7. Sieg Heil Viktoria – Grosses Blasorchester mit Chor
  8. Time to Say Goodbye – Il Divo
  9. Gregson: Somnia – Peter Gregson
  10. Love is blue – Paul Mauriat

When considering instrumental music for your wedding, live music during the wedding gives intimacy to your special day. For example, bagpipes can play as a grand entrance, a harpist can play during a wedding ceremony, a three-piece band (lead singer, guitarist, drummer, etc.) can perform at a wedding reception to encourage dancing.

Instrumental Covers of Hit Songs For Weddings

Wedding couples who want to have current songs on the radio incorporated into their weddings definitely can. This is where hiring a musician can help out. However, not every radio hit is perfect for every event of a wedding. This is when it is great to have pre-recorded versions. We wouldn’t recommend “Creep” by Radiohead for your wedding, maybe, but this version is amazing.

How Would You Define Instrumental Music?

You may be thinking of Bach and Beethoven. But according to the Dictionary, instrumental is music written for or performed on musical instruments and doesn’t include a song. Instrumental songs are typically written for solo instruments like the piano, violin, or guitar. But can also include trumpet, saxophone, and even string quartets (commonly two violin players, a viola player, and a cellist).

We tend to categorize this type of instrumentation as stuffy chamber music. It doesn’t have to be. If you haven’t heard a string quartet play The Beatles, you have missed out!

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What Genres are Covered in the Instrumental Category?

Covers of mainstream songs are commonplace for the jazz genre. They choose a strong melody, play it, and each instrument has a turn riffing on it. When selecting instrumental music for your wedding, consider different types of instrumental songs such as recorded music artists of the piano, guitar, sax, and harpists.

Wedding planners can also consider popular classical music composers like Mozart and Bach. In addition, you can include many big band musicians of today and yesteryear.


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2 responses to “70 Best Instrumental Songs for Weddings”

  1. Michelle Ornales says:

    Kindly include me on this group please. Thanks!

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