BestTraditional Wedding Songs

wedding songsMusically, your wedding is divided into at least four sections. The wedding music begins with the Prelude. During this time, guests are arriving and being ushered into their seats.
When the Processional music begins, this bridal party will make their entrance. Ceremony music is played as the bride and groom are married. The Recessional music is played as the newlyweds are departing the wedding site. Hopefully these lists help you plan the perfect play list for you perfect wedding day.

Traditional Wedding Songs


Antoine Fransicque Courante (from Three Lute Dances)

Camille Saint-Saena The Swan

Claude Debussy Clair de Lune

Claude Debussy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

Franz Schubert Ave Maria

Frederic Chopin Nocturne in E flat (Opus 9, No. 2)

George F. Handel Vida cor Meum

Henry Purcell Trumpet Tune in Air

Johann S. Bach Arioso

Johann S. Bach Cantata No. 29 (We Thank the Lord)

Johann Pachelbel Canon in D

Marc- Antoine Charpentier Te Deum Hymn 146: Prelude

Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky Waltz (from Sleeping Beauty, Act 1)

Ralph Vaughan Williams Greensleeves

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Adagio

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Minuet (from Don Giovanni)


Andre Campra Rigaudon

Claudio Monteverde Toccata (from L’Orfeo)

Felix Mendelssohn Wedding March (from A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

Gabriel Faure Sanctus

Georg Philipp Telemann Heroic Marches

George F. Handel Let the Bright Seraphim

Giuseppe Verdi Triumphal March (from Aida)

Jeremiah Clarke Trumpet Voluntary (Prince of Denmark’s March)

Johann S. Bach Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

Leo Delibes Flower Duet (from Lakme)

Leon Boellmann Toccata Opus no. 25

Modest Mussorgsky Promenade (from Pictures at an Exhibition)

Richard Wagner Bridal March (Here Comes the Bride)

Samuel Sebastian Wesley Magnificent

Wolfgang Amedeus Mozart Romance for String Quartet


Traditional weddings don’t usually feature music during the ceremony. However, feel free to make selections from the Processional or Prelude list for this portion of your wedding.


Antonio Vivaldi “Spring” Allegro (from The Four Seasons)

Antonio Vivaldi “Winter” Largo (from The Four Seasons)

Cesar Franck Andantino

Christoph W. Gluck Minuet, Melody (from Orfeo ed Euriduce)

Claude Debussy Reverie

Edward Elgar Salut D’Amour

Enrique Granados Lento con Tenerezza

Frederic Chopin Cantabile in B-flat Major

George F. Handel Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

George F. Handel Hornpipe (from Watermusic)

George F. Handel La Rejouissance (from The Royal Fireworks)

Leon Boellmann Verset

Ludwig von Beethovan Ode to Joy

Ludwig von Beethovan Romanza

Thomas Dewey Whiter Thou Goest

Contemporary Wedding Songs


Andrea Bocelli Prayer

Carpenters We’ve Only Just Begun

Celine Dion Ave Maria

Clay Aiken The Way

Dean Martin Memories are Made of This

Dire Straits Romeo & Juliet

Eva Cassidy Over the Rainbow

Katie Melua Call off the Search

Kenny G The Wedding Song

Linda Ronstadt Don’t Know Much

Mariah Carey When I Saw You

Mary Chapin Carpenter Grow Old With Me

Stevie Wonder These Three Words

Sting Fields of Gold

Tim McGraw My Best Friend

Processional :

98 Degrees I Do (Cherish You)

Aerosmith I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing

Alicia Keyes If I Ain’t Got You

Blessed Union of Souls When She Comes

Celine Dion When I Fall in Love

Lionel Ritchie Truly

Luther Vandross Here and Now

Martina McBride There You Are

Richard Marx Now and Forever

Richard Marx Right Here Waiting

Tracy Byrd Keeper of the Stars


Beatles When I’m Sixty-Four

Elvis Presley Can’t Help Falling In Love

Enya Only Time

Etta James At Last

Louis Armstrong What A Wonderful World

Norah Jones Come Away With Me

John Michael Montgomery I Swear

Platters With This Ring

Nat King Cole Unforgettable

Nick Lachey This I Swear


Al Green Love is a Beautiful Thing

Barry White My First, My Last, My Everything

Case Happily Ever After

Coors Breathless

Dixie Chicks Cowboy, Take Me Away

Faith Hill This Kiss

Harry Connick Jr. It Had to Be You

James Taylor How Sweet it is (to Be Loved by You)

Johnny Cash If I Were a Carpenter

Kelly Clarkson A Moment Like This

Nina Simone Here Comes the Sun

Ray Charles Hallelujah, I Love Her So

Shania Twain From This Moment

U2 Beautiful Day

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