Instrumental Versions of Popular Wedding Songs


A song's lyrics tell you its meaning, but often, the stripped-down instrumentals can make your favorite tune even more meaningful. There are many moments during a wedding day when the background music is just that — pretty noise to have on during the cocktail hour or dinner. Other times, such as during the processional and recessional, you want beautiful songs, but ones without words that'll distract from the moment. For these times, and all others on your wedding day where you want something a little different, we made a special Spotify playlist of instrumental versions of popular songs.

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Vitamin String Quartet is known for its gorgeous acoustic renditions of hit tunes. We love their cover of Sam Smith's "Stay with Me," Weezer's "Island in the Sun," and Daft Punk's "Get Lucky." These would be great for a first dance, processional, and reception, respectively. Other artists do an equally good job at turning pop music into lovely instrumentals. 2Cellos's rendition of U2's "With Or Without You" is heartwarmingly pretty, as is Scott D. Davis's all-piano version of Journey's "Open Arms." All of these, and the others on the playlist, are worth considering for at least some point in your wedding day.

How great will it be if, say, you can get the string quartet for your ceremony to play a song that you and your groom love? Listen to our entire playlist, and you might just be able to do that. Sit back, relax, hit play, and enjoy!

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