1. Style
Send to a Friend via Email

Wedding Ceremony Songs Guide

Traditional, Classical, and Contemporary Music for Your Wedding Ceremony


Select wedding ceremony songs that reflect your personality or wedding theme.

Your wedding ceremony music can be traditional or contemporary tunes.

Chuck Fishman / Getty Images

It's the moment you've been waiting for - you and your bridal party making a grand entrance and walking down the aisle. But what will you choose for your wedding ceremony song?

Music has the power to set a mood, evoke emotion, and give a moment cohesiveness. Are you a traditional Wagner's "Here Comes the Bride" type of couple? Or are you more contemporary, looking for a song that captures your spirit like Norah Jones's "Come Away with Me"? Here is a list of both classic and contemporary wedding ceremony music. Many of the songs can be used for processionals and recessionals, and/or serve as prelude music (when your guests are finding seats and waiting for the ceremony to begin) or postlude music (when your guests are exiting, and/or waiting in the receiving line).

Extremely Popular Wedding Ceremony Music

But are these songs too popular? If you're looking for a more unique tune, read Four Wedding Ceremony Songs to Avoid

Other Traditional Wedding Ceremony Music

  • "Guitar Concerto in D Major", Largo, (Antonio Vivaldi)
  • "Air" (from Water Music Suite), (George Frederic Handel)
  • "The Prince of Denmark's March" (Trumpet Voluntary in D major) (Jeremiah Clarke)
  • "Procession of Joy" (Hal Hopson)
  • "Rigaudon" (Andre Campra)
  • "Wedding March" (from The Marriage of Figaro), (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
  • Prelude from "Te Deum" (Marc-Antoine Charpentier)
  • "Trumpet Tune and Air" (Henry Purcell)
  • "Trumpet Voluntary" (John Stanley)

    Other Classical Wedding Ceremony Music

    Contemporary Songs Appropriate for Wedding Ceremonies

  • Related Video
    What to Include in a Wedding Program
    How to Plan a Wedding Ceremony

    ©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.