The Soundtrack to Your Wedding

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The soundtrack to your wedding is one of the most important factors other than the wording and presentation of the ceremony, that creates a mood, evokes emotion and memories and excites the soul. Music speaks to everyone and can say a lot about the couple getting married, how they feel about each other and sometimes tell a story about the relationship and the unique journey the couple are on together.

Shakespeare wrote, “If music be the food of love, play on”.

The right choice of soundtrack can add so much to your special day as it creates the feeling and atmosphere for your ceremony and celebration. The same goes with having the wrong music at your wedding. I once went to a wedding where some of the music was really inappropriate with themes about breaking up and having affairs…. eeeeek it was awkward!

There’s so much music out there so Cherish Ceremonies have prepared this handy list of wedding appropriate songs and music to inspire you. We have arranged them by genre or type to make your choices easier for you. There is music listed from Classical to Jazz, Modern Pop Songs, Old School Love Ballads, Rock and R&B, Boy Bands to Alternative. Sometimes people choose ‘their” song, but if you don’t have one, or it’s not appropriate for your wedding song, here is a magnificent list to suit all tastes. Most are available to listen to on You Tube.


So here’s what you are looking for:

For a standard wedding, commitment or renewal of vows you will generally need to have about 4 special songs. One song  for the walking in (Bridal Processional), two songs for the signing of the certificates and one song for walking out (Bridal Recessional) or the end of the ceremony. You will also want to think about pre-ceremony music (usually about 30-45minutes) and music for the reception or celebration after the ceremony.Happy-Joyous-Recessional-Songs-Confetti-Toss-Newlyweds-Walk-Up-The-Aisle-0

We recommend couples create a playlist (iTunes or similar) or multiple playlists. Of course you may choose to hire professional musicians to perform your special wedding songs. Cherish Ceremonies celebrants Lynette and Tamzin both have portable PA systems with internal rechargeable batteries that will play your music for you. Making it so easy for you to make your wedding playlist of songs that you would like to be the soundtrack to your wedding day!
Some couples will plan their music like this:

1. Pre Ceremony Music: 30-45 minutes of music that is subtle and enjoyable

2. Ceremony Music: Processional: 1 song – A beautiful love song or piece of music, Signing: 2 Songs – about love or just that you love, Recessional: 1 song – celebration happy song about love.

3. Reception music. Some people break this down into: Drinks music/ Bridal party entering the room or venue/ Pre meal music/ eating music/ fun dancing music/ bridal waltz

So we hope this helps you plan the soundtrack to your wedding day and all the best for the most amazing day of your life!wedding fingers piano

BTW – if you have any suggestions for songs we have missed we would love to hear from you, just email: [email protected] or comment below 🙂

Have fun listening, we did.

Classical and Instrumental
Air On G String Bach
And Then I Kissed Him Pearl Harbor Soundtrack
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba Handel
Ave Maria Beyonce
Ave Maria Schubert  or Bach
Minuet for String Quartet Boccherini
Moon River Henry Mancini
Nimrod from Enigma Variations Elgar
Ode to Joy Beethoven
Pachabel’s Canon in D Johaan Pachabel
Sheep may Safely Graze Bach
Sleepers Awake Bach
Sleeping Beauty Tchaikovsky
Symphony No 6 – Pastorale Beethoven
The Four Seasons – Spring Vivaldi
The Music of the Night from Phantom of the Opera
The Way You Look Tonight Jerome Kern
Voi Che Sapete from Marriage of Figaro Mozart
Water Music in D Handel
Wedding March Mendlessohn
Wedding Song Kenny G
Yellow The Vitamin String Quartet
Jazz Ballads
Come Away with Me Nora Jones
Everything Michael Buble
Fly Me to the Moon Frank Sinatra
I Get a Kick Out of You Frank Sinatra
I Love You Baby (Can’t Take My Eye’s Off You) Frankie Valli
I Promise Ce Ce Winans
It Had to be You Frank Sinatra
Sway Dean Martin or Michael Buble
Unforgettable Nat King Cole
Your Love is King Sade
Old School and Beautiful Love Ballads
Answer Sarah McLachlan
Cherish Madonna
Close to You Maxi Priest
Endless Love Lionel Ritchie Diana Ross
Eternal Flame Bangles
Even When I’m Sleeping Leonardo’s Bride
Everything I Do Bryan Adams
Everything She Does is Magic The Police
Friday I’m In Love The Cure
From this Moment On Shania Twain
Groovy Kind of Love Phil Collins
Happy Together The Turtles
How Deep is Your Love The Bee Gees
How Do I Live Trisha Yearwood
How Long Will I Love You Ellie Goulding
I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You Elvis
I Just Can’t Stop Loving You Michael Jackson
Just the Way You Are Billy Joel
Kiss the Bride Elton John
Lean on Me Bill Withers
Love is All Around Wet Wet Wet
Love Me Tender Elvis
Love Song The Cure
My Love Paul McCartney
Nothing Compares 2U Sinead O’Connor
Power of Love Trisha Yearwood
Stand by Me The Rembrandts
To Build a Home Cinematic Orchestra
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face Roberta Flack
The Most Beautiful Girl in the World Prince
This Year’s Love David Gray
Thought I’d Died and Gone to Heaven Bryan Adams
Tonight I Celebrate My Love for You Roberta Flack and Peabo Bryson
Tonight’s the Night Rod Stewart
True. Spandau Ballet
Truly Madly Deeply Savage Garden
Two Strong Hearts John Farnham
When Tomorrow Comes The Eurythmics
Wonderful Tonight Eric Clapton
You Are so Beautiful Joe Cocker
You’ve Got It Roy Orbison
You Make It Real James Morrison
Modern and Pop Songs
A Thousand Years Christina Perri
Amazed Lonestar
Amazing Alex Lloyd
Are You With Me The Potbelleez
At Last Beyonce
Better Together Jack Johnson
Bridal Train The Waifs
Bubbly Colbie Caillat
Catch My Disease Ben Lee
Celebration Kool and the Gang /or Dragon /or Kylie
Gamble Everything for Love Ben Lee
Good Feeling Flo Rida
Halo Beyonce
I Do Colbie Caillat
I Don’t Want This Night to End Luke Bryan
I Won’t Give Up Jason Mraz
I’ll Be Around for a While Empire of the Sun
I’m Yours Jason Mraz
Just a Kiss Lady Antebellum
Just a Kiss Lady Antebellum
Just the Way You Are Bruno Mars
Kiss Me Sixpence None the Richer
Kissing You Desiree
Love Lost The Temper Trap
Lucky Jason Mraz
Make You Feel My Love Adele
Marry Me Train
Marry You Bruno Mars
Mine Taylor Swift
Paradise Coldplay
Paradise Coldplay
Perfect Moment Martine Macutcheon
Praise You Fatboy Slim
Pure Shores All Saints
Put You in a Song Keith Urban
Rhythm of Love Plain White T’s
Say Hey (I love you) Michael Franti & Spearhead
Smile Uncle Kracker
Thinking Out Loud Ed Sheeran
This I Promise You Ronan Keating
This Old Love Lior
Touched By Love Eran James
Walking on a Dream Empire of the Sun
We Come One Faithless
We Found Love Rhianna ft Calvin Harris
We Will Know What it Is Seeker lover Keeper
You’ve Got the Love Florence and the Machine
Rock, Country and R & B
All Day and All of the Night The Kinks
Babylon David Gray
Beautiful Day U2
Bliss Muse
Everywhere Fleetwood Mac
From This Moment Shania Twain
Feeling Good Muse
I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing Aerosmith
In Love With The Girl Luke Bryan
I Want That Man Blondie
I Want Your Love Transvision Vamp
Let’s Get It On Jack Black
Let’s Stay Together Al Green
Let’s Stick Together Bryan Ferry
Life Is Better With You Eskimo Joe
Like Wow Wipeout Hoodoo Gurus
Love Shack B52’s
Never Tear Us Apart INXS
Somebody Like You Keith Urban
Talladega Eric Church
Tenerife Sea Ed Sheeran
Tonight Tonight The Smashing Pumpkins
Two Strong Hearts John Farnham
Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher Jimmy Barnes
Boy Bands
As Love is my Witness Westlife
Beautiful in White Westlife
Little Things One Direction
She Will be Loved Maroon 5
Us Against the World Westlife
When You Say Nothing at All Ronan Keating
You Raise me Up Westlife
Alternative and Modern Music
5 Years Time Noah and The whale
Always Love Nada Surf
Another Sunny Day Belle and Sebastian
As Lovers Go Dashboard Confessional
Better Together Jack Johnson
Breathless Nick Cave
Bubble Toes Jack Johnson
Catch My Disease Ben Lee
Daydreamin’ Lupe Fiasco feat. Jill Scott
Do You Love Me Nick Cave
Flowers in Your Hair The Lumineers
Fresh Feeling The Eels
Follow the Sun Xavier Rudd
Gamble Everything for Love Ben Lee
Hey Girl Hey Boy The Chemical Brothers
Higher Love James Vincent McMorrow
Home Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Home Sweet Home Lady of the Sunshine
Hysteric Yeah Yeah Yeah’s
I Will Follow You Into the Dark Death Cab for Cutie
I Would Do Anything for You Foster the People
I’m Into You Chet Faker
In Your Light Gotye
Into My Arms Nick Cave
Islands The XX
Just the Way You Are Milky
Kiss Me Sixpence None The Richer
Love Like a Sunset Part 2 Phoenix
Love Lost The Temper Trap
Love They Say Tegan and Sara
Mango Tree Angus and Julia Stone
Never Gonna Give You Up The Black Keys
No one’s Gonna Love You Band of Horses
Rise Eddie Vedder
Sea of Love Cat Power
Smile Pete Murray
Smile Uncle Kracker
The First Day of My Life Bright Eyes
The Luckiest Ben Folds
This Old Love Lior
Tonight Tonight The Smashing Pumpkins
Toothpaste Kisses The Maccabees
Two Hearts are Better Than One Katie Herzig
Two Lovers The Rural Alberta Advantage
Unison Bjork
Us Regina Spektor
Walking on a Dream Empire of the Sun
We Come One Faithless
We Will Know What it Is Seeker Lover Keeper
You’ve Got the Love Florence and the Machine


Phew! So these’s our list of #wedding #music ideas to inspire you! We hope you found some music you love.

We would love to hear any suggestions you have to add to our list! Please comment below or email us at [email protected] or contact us

Happy wedding to you and enjoy getting into your groove with the one you love! 😉

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