How to Choose Songs for Your Wedding Ceremony

Ceremony & Vows, Etiquette, Music

What's a wedding without music? Whether you go traditional or choose pop songs that speak to your story, the right music will really help your wedding day flow. And that goes for your wedding ceremony, too! So how do you pick the perfect songs to get everyone down the aisle (and back!)? Here are a few tips from our experts.

Before you start building playlists, check in with your ceremony venue. Some, particularly more strictly religious venues, have limits on what types of music you can choose. That might mean you can only choose from a set of traditional options, or you can get creative as long as it's instrumental and doesn't have any words at all. Once you've got a grasp on what's okay, it's time to proceed.

Think about the feeling you're trying to create. Of course, you want the main focus to be "love"! But do you want something calm and subdued, upbeat, or a fun surprise your guests might barely pick up on, like an instrumental version of that rap song the two of you can't help but dance to? Don't be afraid to pick an unexpected genre, especially if there's an acoustic or instrumental version that will nod to your favorite tune without busting out the hard rock on your way down the aisle.

Of course, there are three big moments to pick music for: Both of your processionals (one song each) and the recessional. Your groom's processional could also be the song the wedding party walks down the aisle to, or you could give him a tune all his own, like you'll have. You can choose the songs together, or decide to surprise one another as the first notes are played. Choose songs you love now that you'll also love playing on future anniversaries (or just as you reminisce!). For the recessional, pick something upbeat and happy, as this symbolizes the start of the party! You may also need to choose processional songs for your families or the wedding party. Keep these in a similar tone and style as the songs you've chosen for yourself so everything flows together nicely.

Really need some inspiration? Check out the BRIDES Spotify for ideas!

See more: 5 Major Wedding Music Mistakes to Avoid

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