On the incredible journey of holy matrimony, a heartwarming moment has the most profound significance — the wedding ceremony. And what accentuates this enchanting moment to a cascade of emotions is the right music choice.
These emotions stem from neatly woven lyrics well articulated by musical maestros, from timeless classics woven through the fabrics of history to the contemporary tunes that resonate with today’s romance.
The right music playlist for your wedding ceremony adds a unique touch to your wedding; it can be a comforting journey.
This article, therefore, uncovers the best wedding ceremony songs of all time that will bring the perfect harmony on your big day. So pick your headphones and get ready to be mesmerized by beautiful lyrics encapsulated by mind-blowing beats and melodies that transcend time and genre.
Choosing the Right Wedding Ceremony Songs
Let’s take a deep dive into the world of ultimate wedding ceremony songs, from classic to contemporary, where every beat and lyric tells a story of love and a promise of forever.
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1. “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
Memorable Lyrics: “So honey, now, take me into your loving arms, kiss me under the light of a thousand stars, place your head on my beating heart, I’m thinking out loud. Maybe we found love right where we are.”
Thinking Out Loud is a timeless piece from Ed Sheeran about a forever promise of love. It tells an evergreen love story that conveys a commitment to growing old together.
The melodic work resonates with the wedding ceremony that involves the exchange of vows and finding love in unpredictable places. It is suitable for both bride and groom.
2. “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
Memorable Lyrics: “I see skies of blue, and clouds of white, the bright blessed day, the dark sacred night, and I think to myself, what a wonderful world.”
This uplifting and optimistic piece by Louis Armstrong is often the go-to choice for most Wedding ceremonies. Its lyrics closely align with the hopeful and joyful wedding atmosphere.
Louis Armstrong’s soulful voice provides a soothing melody that creates the perfect romantic ambiance to crown it all. It is suitable for the bride, groom, or flower girl.
3. “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri
Memorable Lyrics: “And all along I believed I would find you, time has brought your heart to me, I have loved you for a thousand years, I’ll love you for a thousand more.”
Christina Perri outdid herself with this beautiful, timeless piece. It speaks about a timeless love affair that only gets better each day. It will be suitable for a recessional song at the wedding ceremony.
4. “The One” by Gary Allan
Memorable Lyrics: “I’ll fill those canyons in your soul like a river lead you home, and I’ll walk a step behind, In the shadows so you shine, Just ask it will be done, and I will prove my love until you’re sure that I’m the one.”
Set the perfect romantic ambiance as you walk down the aisle with this fantastic piece by Gary Allan. It’s a song to reassure your spouse, suitable for both the groom and bride.
5. “Can’t Help Falling In Love” By Haley Reinhart
Memorable Lyrics: “Like a river flows, surely to the sea, darling so it goes, some things are meant to be, take my hand, take my whole life too, Oh, for I can’t help fallin’ in love with you.”
Haley’s modern interpretation of the timeless love song by Elvis Presley showcases the enduring appeal of this soulful romantic piece. It can be played at any point of the wedding ceremony, from walking down the aisle to signing.
6. “Your Everything” by Keith Urban
Memorable Lyrics: “I want to give back what you’ve given to me, and I want to witness all of your dreams; now that you’ve shown me who I really am, I want to be more than just your man.”
Your Everything is a lovely song with lyrics that align with the marriage vows to be shared at the wedding ceremony. It is best suited for the bride.
7. “Salted Wound” by Sia
Memorable Lyrics: “Tell her all of how you feel, give her everything she needs to hear, give your heart a second chance, and she will see that you’re a good man.”
Sia’s mind-blowing vocals and this melodious original motion picture soundtrack for the movie Fifty Shades of Grey is just the right song to create an emotional atmosphere on your big day.
8. “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran
Memorable Lyrics: “Well, I found a woman, stronger than anyone I know, she shares my dreams, I hope that someday I’ll share her home, I found a lover, to carry more than just my secrets, to carry love, to carry children of our own.”
As the name implies, this song is just “perfect” for any wedding ceremony moment. It describes lovers made for each other, even from childhood. You should have it on your playlist.
9. “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton
Memorable Lyrics: “And then she asks me, “Do you feel alright?” And I say, “Yes, I feel wonderful tonight.” I feel wonderful because I see the love light in your eyes, and the wonder of it all is that you just don’t realize how much I love you.”
Eric Clapton’s Wonderful Tonight is a lovely song that appreciates your spouse. Everybody loves being told they look good; this song is a perfect way to sing it.
10. “Love Someone” by Jason Mraz
Memorable Lyrics: When you love someone, your heartbeat beats so loud; when you love someone, your feet can’t feel the ground; hoo, shining stars all seem to congregate around your face; when you love someone, it comes back to you.
When you love someone, your heart truly beats so hard. This is a lovely song if you’re looking for some upbeat tunes for the wedding ceremony.
11. “Easy” by Camila Cabello
Memorable Lyrics: “Always thought I was hard to love, ‘Til you made it seem so easy, seem so easy.”
Camila Cabello’s “Easy” is a melodious song about finding the perfect person who understands you and makes love easy.
12. “Black and White” by Niall Horan
Memorable Lyrics: “I promise that I’ll love you for the rest of my life, see you standin’ in your dress, swear in front of all our friends, there’ll never be another, I promise that I’ll love you for the rest of my life.”
This is another upbeat tune for those who would love to make some moves as they take the grand exit. The lyrics are reassuring to your spouse and promise an endless love story.
13. “Best Part” by H.E.R. ft. Daniel Caesar
Memorable Lyrics: “You’re the coffee that I need in the morning, you’re my sunshine in the rain when it’s pouring, won’t you give yourself to me, give it all, oh.”
“Best part” by H.E.R. featuring Daniel Caesar is a beautiful song about giving it all for your lover. It has become one of the top choices for wedding ceremonies, and you should add it to your playlist, maybe for the signing.
14. “Here Comes the Sun” by Colbie Caillat
Memorable Lyrics: “Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces, little darling, it seems like years since it’s been here, here comes the sun, here comes the sun, and I say it’s all right.”
This beautiful cover of the classic Beatles song is suited for either the processional or recessional part of the ceremony. Its lyrics convey optimism and a new beginning as the bride ties the knot with her partner.
15. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Memorable Lyrics: “Oh, somewhere over the rainbow, bluebirds fly, and the dreams that you dreamed of, dreams do come true, ooh-ooh.”
This song has become popular for wedding ceremonies due to its timeless and evocative quality. It is uplifting, warm, joyful, and best suited for the recessional part of the ceremony.
16. “From This Moment” by Shania Twain and Bryan White
Memorable Lyrics: “I’d give anything and everything, and I will always care, through weakness and strength, happiness and sorrow, for better, for worse, I will love you with every beat of my heart.”
This song is most have on your wedding ceremony songs playlist. The lyrics are like a marriage vows prepared for you and your partner. It can be played as a processional, recessional, or signing song.
17. “God Gave Me You” by Blake Shelton
Memorable Lyrics: “Cause God gave me you for the ups and downs, God gave me you for the days of doubt, and for when I think I lost my way, there are no words here left to say, it’s true God gave me you.”
This piece is for country music lovers. Its lyrics speak of a lover that will be there for you through thicks and thins, just like the wedding vow says, for better or worse.
18. “Ain’t that Love” by Ray Charles
Memorable Lyrics: If you ever (if you ever), Ever need a friend, I’ll be with you (be with you), Yes, until the end
Ray Charles adds depth to this piece with his soulful vocals, which resonate with the emotional settings of the ceremony. It can be a celebratory addition to the recessional of the ceremony.
19. “All of Me” by John Legend
Memorable Lyrics: “Cause all of me loves all of you, love your curves and all your edge, all your perfect imperfections.”
This emotional and melodic song can be played during the vow exchange or signing. Its passionate lyrics and John Legend’s soulful voice create a heartfelt atmosphere that expresses deep love and commitment for the couples.
20. “Take My Hand” By Emily Jacket
Memorable Lyrics: “Forever seems like a long time, but nothing seems like a long time when I’m with you. I feel like I’m walking on waters since the day that I asked your father to let go of his daughter.”
You can play this song during the processional as the bride walks down the aisle. Its heartfelt lyrics convey an emotional tone that sets the romantic atmosphere for the ceremony.
The wedding ceremony has two major parts: the walking in and the walking. Different intending couples have a specific way they want this moment to be, but it can only be complete with the right tunes.
From the above list, you will surely find something that speaks the language you intend to and helps you sing the words you can’t say, whether some classic piece that has stood the test of time or some contemporary melodies that speak today’s love language.
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Do you still have some questions on your mind? Well, here are some of the questions that pop up the most.
What Is the Most Famous Classical Wedding Song?
While opinion may vary regarding the most famous song, one has stood out as almost everyone’s favorite: the bridal chorus from Wagner’s 1850 opera Lohengrin. The song is popularly known as “Here Comes the Bride.“
How Do I Find the Perfect Wedding Song?
Finding the perfect song for a wedding depends on the type of wedding you are planning and your type of guest. You can also achieve that by looking through playlists like the one above.
Who Is the King of Classical Wedding Songs?
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is regarded as the king of classical wedding songs.
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