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Wedding Ceremony Music - To Soothe, To Excite, To Inspire

Updated: Dec 15, 2020

The music you choose for your wedding can have a powerful impact on your ceremony, on you and on your guests. Often the first impression your guests get of your wedding is the music they hear. Music can soothe you, inspire your and excite you and will create a wonderful atmosphere for the entire day.

There is a vast collection of music to choose from and your choice will create a unique and personal wedding ceremony for you. The music you choose can range from popular to classical, modern to traditional, religious to secular.

Choosing the right music for your wedding ceremony and where to have your music within the ceremony can be a daunting task. Here are some hints and tips to help.

When considering your music think about your personalities, your passions, your beliefs and your common interests.

Are there religious aspects to your ceremony which could be complimented by religious music?

Is there a piece of music that inspires you both, that has a special meaning for you, or that represents your journey together?

Think about the season you are. Summer classics. Festive songs and carols at Christmas time.

Also think about where in the ceremony you would like to have music. Here is a suggested placement of music in your ceremony.

Processional – as the Bride enters

After or between the readings

During the Unity Candle ceremony

After your Vows and Ring Exchange

Signing of the Register


Some Suggestions


Ave Maria – Schubert – Listen Here

Ave Maria – Bach/Gounod – Listen Here

Panis Angelicus – Franc – Listen Here

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – Bach – Listen Here

Cloud’s Veil – Lawton – Listen Here

Pie Jesu – Requiem – Lloyd Weber – Listen Here


Nella Fantasia – Ennio Morricone – Listen Here

A Thousand Year – Christine Perri – Listen Here

Fields of Gold – Eva Cassidy – Listen Here

Songbird – Eva Cassidy – Listen Here

The Prayer – Listen Here

Perfect – Ed Sheeran – Listen Here

The Rose – Bette Midler – Listen Here

Can’t Help Falling in Love with You – Elvis Presley – Listen Here

You Raise me Up – Listen Here

Your Song – Elton John – Listen Here

Somewhere over the Rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwo – Listen Here

All I Ask of You – Lloyd Weber – Listen Here

Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen – Listen Here

Dreams – Cranberries – Listen Here

Warm – The Coronas – Listen Here

How Long will I Love You – Ellie Golding – Listen Here


Cavallleria Rusticana – Mascagni – Listen Here

Canon in D – Pachelbel – Listen Here

The Balcony Scene – Romeo & Juliet – Listen Here

Gabriel’s Oboe – Ennio Morricone – Listen Here

Air on a G String – Bach – Listen Here

River Flows in You – Yiruma – Listen Here

Trumpet Voluntary – Jeremiah Clarke – Listen Here

The Bridal Chorus – Wagner – Listen Here

The Flower Duet from Lakme – Delibes – Listen Here

Nella Fantasia – Morricone – Listen Here

Irish Twist to your Wedding Music

Ireland is a land rich with traditions, culture, literature and music. Ireland has a long history in music both in the instruments that are used and the songs that are sung. Music is the perfect way to blend Irish traditions into your wedding ceremony.

Traditional Irish instruments include the Harp, the Uilleann Pipes, the Tin Whistle and the Fiddle. All of these instruments, whether together or on their own, bring a true sense of Irish culture to your wedding ceremony.

There is a wide variety of Irish music for your wedding ceremony. I have included some of my favourites here.

Ag Criost An Siol – Sean O’Rioda – Listen Here

Ashokan Farewell – Jay Unger – Listen Here

Amazing Grace – Listen Here

She Moves Through the Fair – Listen Here

The Voyage – Christy Moore – Listen Here

The Parting Glass – Listen Here

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