Most Popular Wedding Ceremony Songs

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One of the hardest wedding planning decisions for any bride and groom with a love for music is to select wedding ceremony songs. This is even more so the case if you are planning a civil or humanist ceremony where a certain flexibility lends itself to which songs you can play. For most music lovers selecting top favourite songs that mean most to them as a couple is a very hard task, sometimes even more so than your first dance song!

When deciding which songs to play, it’s a good idea to firstly plan your processional and recessional songs and then all your other favourite songs tend to fall into place easily enough in the decision making process. A processional song is the music that you and your wedding party will walk down the aisle to. Some brides chose to walk down the aisle with their bridal party to the one processional song whereas a newer popular trend is to have a separate song for the bride’s entrance, to create a “grand entrance”!

Wedding Ceremony Songs for Humanist and Civil CeremoniesAt the end of the ceremony, you and your new husband leave the venue to your recessional music. Here is where you can go wild with an upbeat fun song to get everyone in the mood for the party ahead!

Walking up the aisle, lighting unity candles, taking your vows, signing of the register and walking down the aisle as the happiest couple in the world; these special moments can be made all the more memorable and personal with the songs that best reflect you as a couple.

The structure of a humanist or civil ceremony is outlined below and the points where music might be played are highlighted. However one of the main benefits of having a civil or humanist ceremony is that there is flexibility with regards to how many and which songs you wish to play during your ceremony. Therefore the below structure varies from couple to couple and you may chose to play a lot more songs during your ceremony. Some couples nowadays even opt to include a taster of their wedding songs on their wedding website prior the wedding so guests will know what to expect!

Processional (with music)
Opening Words
Lighting of the Individual Candles (with music)
The Giving in Marriage (Optional)
Opening Prayer/Reading
Music (Optional)
Definition of Marriage
Music (Optional)
Second Reading
Exchange of Rings
Music or a Reading (Option or Both)
Lighting of Unity Candle (with music)
Declaration of Marriage
Signing of Certificate (with music)
Introduction of Newlyweds


Hoppipola- Sigur Ros
Falling Slowly- Glen Hansard
Canon in D- Pachelbel
She Moved Through the Fair- Sinead O’ Connor
Bridal Chorus- Wagner
A Thousand Years- Christina Perri
Nothing Else Matters- Metallica
Can’t Help Falling in Love With You- Elvis
Theme Tune to Game of Thrones
Wherever You Will Go-  Charlene Soraia
The Promise- Tracy Chapman
Gabriel’s oboe (from The Mission)- Ennio Morricone

Lighting of Marriage Candle:

Forest Gump – Piano Theme Tune
Glasgow Love Song- Love Actually
Air On A G String- Bach
Inis Oirr
Yiruma- River flows in you

After Readings:

Into the Mystic- Van Morrison
Come Away With Me- Norah Jones
Songbird- Fleetwood Mac/ Eva Cassidy
Secret Wedding- Braveheart

Unity Candles:

How Long Will I Love you- Ellie Goulding
And the Winner is- Little Miss Sunshine
Eve, Apple Of My Eye-  Bell X1
Galileo- Declan O Rourke
Heartbeats – Jose Gonzalez
Pure Imagination – from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory               

Signing the Register:   

One Day Like This – Elbow
Don’t Stop Believing- Journey
All Of Me- John Legend
You’ve Got The Love- Florence And The Machine
Somewhere Over The Rainbow- Israel Kamakawiwoʻole
Nella Fantasia- Il Divo
Pie Jesu
Make You Feel My Love- Adele
You Belong to Me- Jason Wade
Come What May- Il Divo
You Make it Real – James Morrison)
Moon River- Audrey Hepburn
Higher Love – James Vincent McMorrow


All You Need is Love- Beatles
Bridal Chorus- Wagner (Instrumental)
Wedding March- Mendelssohn (Instrumental)
For Once in My Life- Stevie Wonder
Here Comes the Sun- The Beatles
Wouldn’t It Be Nice- Beachboys
I’m Yours- Jason Mraz
Greatest Day- Take That
Oh Happy Day- Edwin Hawkin
Concerning Hobbits from Lord of the Rings
It Must Be Love- Madness
Signed Sealed Delivered- Stevie Wonder
Happy- Pharrell
For Once in My Life- Stevie Wonder
Higher and Higher- Jackie Wilson
Thank You – Dido
The Greatest day – Take That
I’m Yours- Jason Miraz
One Day Like This – Elbow
Perfect Day- Lou Reed
Hey Day- Mic Christopher
Love is All Around Us- Wet Wet Wet



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