Songs to Play Before Your Wedding Ceremony Starts

Wedding ceremony prelude music songs

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Music defines so many of the most important parts of a weddingthe bride's entrance song, the first dance song, the last dance song — that it only makes sense that there should be some good tunes before the festivities even begin! Most wedding guests (the good ones, at least) arrive about 10 to 15 minutes before the ceremony begins, and though you're not required to provide any entertainment for this period, it's not a bad idea to have some music playing to fill the time.

This is called prelude music, and when used, it's played for about 30 minutes before the ceremony start time, and consists of mellow songs that set the mood for a meaningful moment. Whether they're played on a speaker or by the string quartet or band, it's important that they create the ambiance you desire. With that in mind, we curated a Spotify playlist of some of our favorites for you to choose from!

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Classical music is a great choice if you have live musicians. We particularly like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Moonlight Sonata," George Frederic Handl's "Water Music Suite," and Claude Debussy's "Claire de Lune." More modern instrumental tunes like Dave Matthews Band's "#34" are also perfect.

If classical isn't your thing, no problem! A nice alternative is romantic oldies songs. We're fans of The Association's "Cherish," Bob Dylan's "Make You Feel My Love," and Van Morrison's "Crazy Love." Newer picks like Ingrid Michaelson's cover of "Can't Help Falling in Love With You," Michael Buble's "Everything," and The Lumineers' "Ho Hey" are among our other favorites.

Generally, five or six songs are the right amount to pick, so take a listen to our playlist and have fun making your selections!

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