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.
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!
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.
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.
Top 10 Current Classical Songs
These are popular downloads on Amazon.
- Mute City – Alina Smolina
- Make Ice – Alina Smolina
- Work – Alina Smolina
- These Are The Special Times (Momenti Splendidi) – Jonathan Antoine and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
- The Prayer – Andrea Bocelli feat. Céline Dion
- Over the Rainbow – Yo-Yo Ma & Kathryn Stott
- Song Without Words, Op. 109 – Yo-Yo Ma & Kathryn Stott
- Hail to the Chief – US Marine Band
- Moon – George Winston
- Fall On Me – Andrea Bocelli & Matteo Bocelli
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 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.
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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- A Thousand Years – The Piano Guys
- Bless the Broken Road – The Piano Guys
- Stay With Me – Vitamin String Quartet
- Can’t Help Falling in Love – Vitamin String Quartet
- Such Great Heights – The Section Quartet
- Secrets – Dallas String Quartet
- I Will Wait – 2Cellos
- Nothing Else Matters – Scott D. Davis
- Without You – Josh Vietti
- Have I Told You Lately That I Love You – United Guitar Players
- Marry Me – United Guitar Players
- Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World – Relaxation Guitar Maestro
- All Of Me – O’Neill Brothers Group
- I Won’t Give Up – O’Neill Brothers Group
- Here Comes the Sun – Instrumental Songs Music
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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: February 1, 2021
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