Inside Wedding Ceremony Music

Inside Wedding Ceremony Music: Everything You Need To Know

It happens every minute.
Every 60 seconds that goes by, someone makes a new song. Maybe that's why there are over 79 million songs in the world.

Having a wealth of music options is wonderful, yet it can also be overwhelming when you’re a bride or groom to be. Luckily, we’re here to help you find the perfect wedding ceremony music.

When the right songs are playing, everything else at your wedding will be able to fall into place. The energy will be flowing, guests will be smiling, and everyone will feel the love in their hearts. Read on to learn a few tips for finding music that can make all of your wedding dreams come true.

Wedding Ceremony Music

First, it can help to have an idea of the different categories the music will fall under. Here’s a short list of the different type of songs you’ll need at your wedding.

Wedding Ceremony Music

  • Music
    Preludes
  • Processionals (Bride and wedding party)
  • Interludes
  • Ceremony
  • Celebratory recessional
  • Post ceremony
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First, you’ll need prelude music to play as guests begin arriving at the location.

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Top 10 Songs For The Prelude:

  1. Ave Maria – 1853, JS Bach/Gounod
  2. Air on the G String – Early 18th century, JS Bach 
  3. Minuet in G – MId-Late 18th century, Mozart
  4. Someone To Watch Over Me – 1928, Gershwin/Gershwin
  5. Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony – Early 19th century, Ludwig Von Beethoven
  6. Prelude in C – Early 18th century, JS Bach
  7. A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes – 1950, Disney’s Cinderella
  8. The Wedding Song (There is Love) – 1971, Paul Stookey
  9. Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – Early 18th Century, JS Bach
  10. Arioso – Early 18th Century, JS Bach

Top 10 Songs For The Processional:

  1. Marry Me – 2009, Train
  2. I Was Married – 2005, Tegan & Sara
  3. Home – 2013, Phillip Phillips
  4. Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony – Early 19th century, Ludwig Von Beethoven
  5. Love – 2007, Matt White
  6. Arioso – Early 18th Century, JS Bach
  7. You and Me – 2009, Dave Matthews Band
  8. Bridal Chorus (Here Comes The Bride) – 1850, Wagner
  9. Ave Maria – 1853, JS Bach/Gounod
  10. What A Wonderful World – 1967, Louis Armstrong

Top 10 Songs For The Ceremony:

  1. Minuet in G – MId-Late 18th century, Mozart
  2. Make You Feel My Love – 1998, Billy Joel
  3. Can You Feel The Love Tonight – 1994, Elton John
  4. The Flower Duet – 19th century, Leo Delibes
  5. Bella’s Lullaby – 2008, Carter Burwell
  6. Bitter Sweet Symphony – 1997, Verve
  7. Clocks – 2002, Coldplay
  8. Forrest Gump Suite – 1994, Alan Silvestri
  9. Floral’s Secret – 2000, Enya
  10. By Your Side – 2000, Sade

Top 10 Songs For The Celebratory recessional

  1. For Always – 2003, BeBe and CeCe Winans
  2. Inseparable – 1975, Natalie Cole
  3. Longer – 1979, Dan Fogelberg
  4. When You Say Nothing At All – 2002, Alison Krauss
  5. True Companion – 1991, Marc Cohn
  6. You Light Up My Life – 1997, LeAnn Rimes
  7. You Are The Best Thing – 2008, Ray LaMontagne
  8. Amazing Grace – 2008, Celtic Thunder
  9. Clair de Lune – 1890s, Debussy
  10. From This Moment On – 1997, Shania Twain
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Picking Perfect Preludes

As you choose the prelude music that will welcome your guests, consider where it'll play from. Do you want to have the music playing over speakers or performed live? Sometimes, a Bride will choose to have gentle live music, like a harpist or violin player.

Remember, this is your special day, so don’t be afraid to include fun songs that aren’t traditional. Songs that represent your personality, or romance, are always great for preludes.

Celebratory Recessionals

Your recessional music is the very first opportunity to celebrate as husband and wife. Make sure you pick upbeat songs that are full of energy. Here’s a short list of the types of songs you can consider including.

  • Pop music
  • Rock songs
  • Ballads
  • Top 10 Songs For The Celebratory recessional

    1. Crazy in Love – 2003, Beyoncé & Jay Z
    2. Beautiful Day – 2000, U2
    3. Treasure – 2012, Bruno Mars
    4. Rhythm of Love – 2010, Plain White T’s
    5. Is This Love – 1978, Bob Marley 
    6. For Once In My Life – 1968, Stevie Wonder
    7. Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of Your – 1967, Frankie Valli
    8. Everything – 2007, Michael Buble
    9. Home – 2013, Phillip Phillips
    10. Sugar – 2014, Maroon 5

    As you’re planning your recessional songs, you can also start picking songs for the reception. Grammy award-winning song, “Get Lucky”, by Daft Punk, is a cute way to foreshadow the night to come.

    If you want to add a little heat to your reception pick songs that will make people want to dance. Salsa, Cuban, and Reggaeton songs, are always great for making people happy.

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    Songs That Bring Smiles

    Choosing your wedding ceremony music is an exciting time. Here at Calle Habana, we understand just how important your special day is. Our musical group is proud to be able to liven up all kinds of weddings.

    The unexpected could happen on your wedding day. Your preferred wedding band may fail to turn up, and you might struggle to get a suitable replacement in the last minute. This is something you should consider when hiring the wedding band.

    Take a moment to see what other couples are saying about their experience with our music. You’ll be able to tell from the smiles on their faces that we love making people happy.

    If you want to learn more about how you can be smiling too, reach out to us today. Just use our contact us page, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.


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