Wedding Ceremony Music Guide

ceremony music guide

Ceremony Music Ideas

Prelude (Traditional):
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – Bach
The Four Seasons (Spring) – Vivaldi
Claire de Lune – Debussy

Prelude (Modern):
A Thousand Years – The Piano Guys
Can’t Help Falling in Love – Alan Ng
Lover – Paul Hankinson Covers
Bittersweet Symphony – VSQ
Perfect – Paul Hankinson Covers

Groom Processional:
On My Way To You – Cody Johnson
Marry You – The Moon Loungers
Beyond – Leon Bridges

Processional (Traditional):
Canon In D – Pachelbel
Prince of Denmark’s March – Clarke
Coronation March – Tchaikovsky

Processional (Modern):
Wildest Dreams – DSQ
Turning Page (Inst) – Sleeping At Last
Game of Thrones Theme – Djawadi
Songbird – R. Wilson, J. Groban
Bride Processional (Traditional):
Bridal Chorus – Wagner
Wedding March – Mendelssohn
Ave Maria – Bach

Bride Processional (Modern):
I Get To Love You – Ruelle
Look At Me – Carrie Underwood
I See the Light – Taylor Davis
Never Til Now – Ashley Cooke
I Choose You – Amanda Jordan

Unity Ceremony:
Air on a G String – Hauser
Take My Hand – Emily Hackett
Hand in Hand – David Arkenstone

Recessional (Traditional):
Allegro Maestoso – Handel
The Marriage of Figaro – Mozart
Trumpet Tune – Purcell

Recessional (Modern):
Thank God – Kane & Katelyn Brown
I’m In Love With You – The 1975
Evermore – Hollow Coves
Higher Love – Whitney Houston, Kygo
Next Thing You Know – Jordan Davis
Sky Full of Stars – O’Neill Brothers
Married Life – Giacchino
Black and White – Niall Horan

Ceremony Music Guide

Prelude music is played as guests arrive and are seated, usually 10 – 20 minutes before the ceremony.

  • Will there be any live musicians? (yes/no)
  • Desired type of prelude music:
    • Traditional Classical
    • Instrumental: Strings, Brass, Harp, Piano, Violin, Guitar
    • Contemporary Acoustic

Processional for VIPs (Parents, Grandparents, etc.):

  • (Song/Artist)

Groom (First marrier):

  • (Song/Artist)

Groomsmen: (yes/no)

  • Enter with the officiant and groom
  • Enter by escorting the bridesmaids

Bridesmaids: (yes/no)

  • (Song/Artist)

Bride’s Processional (Second marrier):

  • (Song/Artist)

Singing or readings

  • Is someone singing or reading during the ceremony?

Unity Ceremony (yes/no)

  • (Song/Artist)

Recessional (Exit):

  • (Song/Artist)

Marriage License Signing (yes/no)

  • (Song/Artist)

When selecting songs, consider the flow of the event. Having individual songs for every moment and each participant may lack cohesiveness.


The above ceremony guide is included in my book “The Wedding Music Toolkit” (available on Amazon).

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