Modern Wedding Ceremony Music

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Modern wedding ceremony music is at its best selected to mirror the many emotions coming to the surface throughout the marriage ritual.


What would you like to hear and share with your guests to reflect those emotions?


What melodies are most natural in the setting you have chosen?


Think of your selections as if you were scoring a movie.


Watch the movies Sweet Home Alabama and Serendipity to get a feel for how audio enhances a moment.


Then match the audio to the mood you want to create with modern wedding ceremony music.

Modern wedding ceremony music can be edgy, indie, romantic, retro or anything that means something to you and your partner.

Frequent performers for many weddings are happy to give advice and recommendations on songs and music to compliment your big day.


If you're having a wedding breakfast, performers understand how to create a warm atmosphere.


They have a repertoire and the experience to offer suggestions in keeping with the tone and style of your wedding.


Contemporary Mood Setting

These contemporary suggestions can help you start the narrowing process and get you thinking about the atmosphere you want to create for the marriage service.

  • Prelude: Welcome loved ones and guests with 30 to 40 minutes of music. Weaving in romantic and meaningful choices help set the mood for your ceremony and wedding day: Angel Eyes, and The Gift by Jim Brickman; Welcome Irish traditional Carolan's; Longer by Dan Fogelberg; Ode to Joy T. Carter; Evergreen by Barbra Streisand; Now That We Found Love by Heavy D & the Boyz; 'Till There Was You by Meredith Wilson La Femme d'Argent by Air; I'm in Love with a Girl by Big Star; In Space by Royksopp; Northern Sky by Nick Drake; Don't Be Shy by Cat Stevens; Minuet T. Carter; Radio Ballet by Eluvium; There's Too Much Love by Belle and Sebastian; Love and Some Verses by Iron & Wine; Waterloo Sunset by The Kinks; Pink Moon by Nick Drake; Falling Slowly from the "Once" soundtrack, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova; Wachet Auf / Cantata No. 140 Dan Libertino; Meditation from "Thais" by Jules Massenet; Knuddelmaus by Ulrich Schnauss; Belle by Jack Johnson; The Glory of Love by Big Bill Broonzy; Fire in the Middle by Nightmares on Wax; Body and Soul by Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse; The Luckiest by Ben Folds


  • Processional Bridal Party: Pick one song of at least 4 minutes in length with a sincere tone to accompany your bridal party: Maybe I'm Amazed by Paul McCartney; Celebrated Air (on a G string) by John Sebastian Bach, T. Carter; Air from the "Water Music" by George Frideric Handel; Winter Concerto #4 in F minor by Antonio Vivaldi; Bist Du Bei Mir by Johann Sebastian Bach; Claire de Lune by Claude Debussy; Intermezzo for piano in A major Opus 11 by Johannes Brahms; Greensleeves T. Carter; Raising the Titanic (Big Drum Mix); Unforgettable by Nat "King" Cole; The Way You Look Tonight by Tony Bennett and Faith Hill; You and I by Ingrid Michaelson

  • Processionnal Bride: Wedding March (Here Comes the Bride) by Lohengrin, T. Carter; You and Me by Dave Matthews Band; Without You by Eddie Vedder; I'll Be Your Mirror by The Velvet Underground & Nico; When You Say Nothing At All by Alison Krauss; I'm Glad There Is You (In This World Of Ordinary People) by Jamie Cullum and Jimmy Dorsey; Canon in D by Johann Pachelbel, T. Carter ; Wild Thing by Tone-Loc; Yellow by Coldplay; Crazy Love by Michael Buble; Little Trip to Heaven by Tom Waits; Make You Feel My Love by Adele; Ave Maria by Beyonce, T. Carter; Bless the Broken Road Rascal Flatts; Appalachia Waltz by Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Mark O'Connor; Procession from "The Sweet Hereafter"; The View by Jeremy Lubbock; Here Comes The Sun Beatles, Dan Libertino, T. Carter; Love Walked In by Frank Sinatra; Gabriel's Oboe from "The Mission" by Ennio Morricone; Flatbush Waltz by Andy Statman; Doe Eyes love theme from "The Bridges of Madison County"; The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face lyrics written by Ewan MacColl; Overjoyed by Matchbox 20; Somewhere Over The Rainbow by Isreal Kamakawiwo'ole


  • Interlude: During the ceremony you may use music to accompany rituals such as the ring exchange, signing of papers, lighting of candles. Here is a sampling of Wedding Ceremony Songs for Rituals, as well as ... You Take My Breath Away by Tuck and Patti; My Love Is by Diana Krall; Here We Stand T. Carter; All I Ask of You from "Phantom of the Opera; Unconditional by Will Ackerman; Because of You by Tony Bennett; This Ring-The Wedding Song T. Carter; Benedictus by Simon and Garfunkel; How Deep Is The Ocean Irving Berlin, by Dinah Washington

  • Recessional: From This Moment On by Cole Porter; Trumpet Voluntary Dan Libertino, T. Carter; Oh! You Pretty Things by David Bowie; Linus & Lucy (Peanuts Theme) by Vince Guaraldi; Rondeau (theme from Masterpiece Theater) by Jean Joseph Mouret; Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Stevie Wonder; Oh Happy Day Gospel choir classic, Sister Act II soundtrack; Exultate, Jubiliate by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Wedding March (from A Midsummer Night's Dream) by Felix Mendelssohn, T. Carter; A Kiss To Build A Dream On by Oscar Hammerstein; Joy by George Winston; Our Love Is Here To Stay by George Gershwin; I Finally Found Someone by Bryan Adams and Barbra Streisand; It Had to Be You by Tony Bennett and Carrie Underwood; I Feel Good! by James Brown; Simple Song by The Shins; White Daisy Passing by Rocky Votolato

  • Postlude and Reception Entrance: As guests begin to file out, choose modern wedding ceremony music to continue the mood, prepare the crowd for the receiving line (if you have one) and the reception ... Fit To Be Tied by T. Carter.


It's a good idea to check with the venue, musicians, DJ, and so on to insure the modern wedding ceremony music you select is known to them and available to you.

Also, the musicians, venue, DJ, and so on can offer suggestions on timing of the various modern wedding ceremony music selections, and ask if you prefer lyrics and music, or instrumentals without lyrics for any number of pieces.

When you make your modern wedding ceremony music choices from love they will enhance your marriage service and the joy of your family and guests.


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