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Tips on Choosing the Music for your Wedding Ceremony!

There are four main selections that you’ll need to pick to cover off your wedding ceremony. They are:

  • Prelude
  • Processional
  • Signing of the marriage licencepuppy 2
  • Recessional

The prelude is a mix of songs played for anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes before your ceremony starts. This goes a long way in creating an atmosphere that makes your guests feel comfortable as they are arriving and finding their seats. This is also an opportunity for your and your fiance to color the ceremony with your unique taste in music. It’s not actually mandatory to have prelude music but we HIGHLY recommend it. It’s always awkward when you are a guest and you are strolling into a big vacuum which is what happens when your space is silent. We’ve experimented by observing guests voices and body language and the differences in both from when they enter a silent space and when they enter a space with ambient music and it really is a HUGE difference. A vacuous space seems to strip many people of their confidence and leaves them self-conscious with a feeling that they are somehow on display. By far the most popular prelude music with our clients is the music of the Piano Brothers (the O’Neill Brothers – you can listen free at: (  followed closely by The Piano Guys ( If you are looking for another creature comfort for your guests it is also a nice touch to provide a water station. (Or perhaps water with some fruit in the decanter if you’d like to elevate things a bit)

Next is the processional and we highly recommend that you have a separate song that your bridesmaids will enter on and then a song to follow that will be only used for you and your father or whoever will accompany you. (As a song plays it tends to lose it’s power so using the same song as your underlings lol won’t give you the same dramatic flourish that having a brief pause and then having your own processional song will accomplish. Remember there is NO wrong choice in song … if you and your fiance like it then it’s appropriate … end of story. We’ve had everything from Pachabel (the most popular processional song of all time and STILL very popular) The Turtle’s – Happy Together with the bride and her father dancing down the aisle.braun 3download

The signing of the marriage licence occurs close to the end of the ceremony and can take anywhere from 3 to 8 minutes though it’s usually in the 3 to 5 minute range. This is another great opportunity to color your proceedings with music that means something to you as a couple or is at least music that you love. A very common mistake is not having enough music to cover the entire signing so we recommend have not one but TWO songs. If you don’t need the second song that’s okay but having the music end in the middle of this procedure feels jarring and odd. Likewise not having any music sounds awkward and uncomfortable. Plus there really isn’t a lot of visual appeal to this element in the ceremony. NOTE: you DO have the option to eschew the signing entirely during the ceremony and do it after the ceremony. (Not a bad idea if you are really trying to streamline the process although we find that most ceremonies are so quick anyway that there really isn’t a need for this)

At the end of the signing your officiant will lead you back to your original position in front of your assembled guests and will usually perform a very brief speech, perhaps informing the guests of what is going to happen immediately after the ceremony and what the expectations are. (Remain in place for a group family photo, repair to the deck for cocktails while the bridal party goes for photos etc. and then … it is time for the recessional. (You “proceeded” up the aisle at the start of the ceremony to the music of your “processional” and now yopuppyu will “receed” back to the music of the “recessional.” This is the finale of the ceremony, a triumphant moment and usually a big relief for the couple as they have now completed a nerve-wracking period of time where you have been scrutinized by anywhere from 50 to a thousand or more eye-balls and have been expected to speak in public! (“Public speaking” is, believe it or not the world’s greatest fear, followed by “death by fire,” meaning that when given the choice most people would prefer to be the ashes in the urn rather than the person giving the eulogy to the aforementioned ashes in the urn lol)

Your officiant will have told you what his final words for the ceremony will be … usually something like: Ladies and Gentleman please join me in welcoming our newest married couple, So-and-so & so-and-so! This is also the cue for your DJ to play your pre-picked recessional song. We find that the best recessional song is a selection that is energized and anthemic. It doesn’t matter whether it’s country, punk, rock or EDM as long as it’s fun, uptempo and cranked up with a bit of volume. We like to consider this song as a bridge or seque between the only reverent part of most weddings, the ceremony, and the debauchery and fun to come at the reception.

Grab the hand of your brand-new husband or wife and dance down the aisle and into your life together!! Oh and a big CONGRATULATIONS to you both!

Here are the top ceremony songs as compiled throughout 2016!

Top 30 Ceremony Processional Songs

This list is compiled based on over 2 million song requests made using the DJ Event Planner song request system.

Rank Song Song Title
1 Pachelbel Canon In D
2 Christina Perri A Thousand Years
3 Train Marry Me
4 Richard Wagner Bridal Chorus (Here Comes The Bride)
5 Elvis Presley Can’t Help Falling In Love
6 Israel Kamakawiwo’ole Somewhere Over The Rainbow / What A Wonderful World
7 John Legend All Of Me
8 Ed Sheeran Thinking Out Loud
9 Sara Bareilles I Choose You
10 Adele / Garth Brooks Make You Feel My Love
11 Rascal Flatts Bless The Broken Road
12 Bruno Mars / Billy Joel Just The Way You Are
13 Beatles Here Comes The Sun
14 Ellie Goulding How Long Will I Love You
15 Sleeping At Last Turning Page
16 Judy Garland / Eva Cassidy Over The Rainbow
17 Etta James At Last
18 Shania Twain From This Moment On
19 Yiruma River Flows In You
20 Miguel All I Want Is You
21 Bruno Mars Marry You
22 Jason Mraz I’m Yours
23 Jason Mraz I Won’t Give Up
24 Various Artists Hallelujah
25 Johann Sebastian Bach Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring
26 Johann Sebastian Bach Air On A G String
27 Beatles All You Need Is Love
28 Beatles In My Life
29 Eric Clapton Wonderful Tonight
30 Ben Folds The Luckiest

Top 30 Most Requested Songs For Ceremony Recessional

This list is compiled based on over 2 million song requests made using the DJ Event Planner song request system.

Rank Song Song Title
1 Bruno Mars Marry You
2 American Authors Best Day Of My Life
3 Stevie Wonder Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)
4 Mendelssohn Wedding March
5 Daryl Hall & John Oates You Make My Dreams
6 Ray LaMontagne You Are The Best Thing
7 Various Artists I Do
8 Blake Shelton / Michael Buble Home
9 U2 Beautiful Day
10 Imagine Dragons On Top Of The World
11 Pharrell Williams Happy
12 Natalie Cole This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)
13 Beatles All You Need Is Love
14 Jason Mraz I’m Yours
15 Lumineers Ho Hey
16 Journey Don’t Stop Believin’
17 Israel Kamakawiwo’ole Somewhere Over The Rainbow / What A Wonderful World
18 Queen You’re My Best Friend
19 Michael Buble Everything
20 Calvin Harris Feel So Close
21 Black Eyed Peas I Gotta Feeling
22 Sara Bareilles I Choose You
23 Christina Perri A Thousand Years
24 Chris Brown Forever
25 Darkness I Believe In A Thing Called Love
26 OneRepublic Good Life
27 Gloria Estefan Everlasting Love
28 Maroon 5 Sugar
29 Beyonce Love On Top
30 Smash Mouth I’m A Believer