Wedding Song Ideas for Every Moment

Just like a film's soundtrack, the right song can create or enhance the mood of your wedding day from beginning to end. These are our picks—from totally traditional to dramatically radical, or somewhere in between

Updated 09/27/10

Pre-ceremony

"Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" by Bach

"Water Music Suite: Air" by Handel

"Seasons of Love" from Rent

"Wedding Song" by Bob Dylan

"We're Going to Be Friends" by the White Stripes

Processional

"Canon in D Major" by Pachelbel

Instrumental version of "All You Need Is Love" by the Beatles

Instrumental or vocal version of "Your Song" by Elton John

"If I Should Fall Behind" by Bruce Springsteen

"Northern Sky" by Nick Drake

Bride's Processional

"Trumpet Voluntary" by Clarke

"Romeo and Juliet Love Theme" by Nino Rota

"Maybe I'm Amazed" by Paul McCartney or played on the piano

"Storms in Africa" by Enya

"Sea of Love" by Cat Power

Ceremony

"Gymnopedie No. 1" by Satie

"Ave Maria" by Aaron Neville or sung by a local musician

"Thank You" by Led Zeppelin

"Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol

"Orange Sky" by Alexi Murdoch

Recessional

"Ode to Joy" by Beethoven

"Variations on the Kanon by Pachelbel" by George Winston

"Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours" by Stevie Wonder

"Somewhere Over the Rainbow" by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

"Hesitating Beauty" by Wilco

Cocktails

"My Baby Just Cares for Me" by Nina Simone

"Take Five" by Dave Brubeck

"That's the Way Love Goes" by Janet Jackson

"You're My Best Friend" by Queen

"La Femme D'Argent" by Air

ENTRANCE OF WEDDING PARTY

"Ain't That a Kick in the Head" by Dean Martin

"Let's Get It Started" by the Black Eyed Peas

"This Kiss" by Faith Hill

"Happy" by the Rolling Stones

"It Must Be Love" by Madness

ENTRANCE OF COUPLE

"It Had to Be You" by Frank Sinatra

"Love and Happiness" by Al Green

"Beautiful Day" by U2

"These Words (I Love You, I Love You)" by Natasha Bedingfield

"Such Great Heights" by the Postal Service

FIRST DANCE

"Unchained Melody" by the Righteous Brothers

"Crazy Love" by Van Morrison

"If I Ain't Got You" by Alicia Keys

"Heroes" by David Bowie

"Heartbeats" by Jose Gonzalez

FATHER/DAUGHTER DANCE

"My Girl" by the Temptations

"The Way You Look Tonight" by Frank Sinatra

"You Are So Beautiful" by Joe Cocker

"Daughters" by John Mayer

"Modern Girl" by Sleater Kinney

MOTHER/SON DANCE

"What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong

"In My Life" by the Beatles

"Loves Me Like a Rock" by Paul Simon

"Thank You" by Dido

"Upward Over the Mountain" by Iron & Wine

CAKE CUTTING

"When I'm Sixty-four" by the Beatles

"How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)" by James Taylor

"You Make My Dreams" by Hall & Oates

"Super Duper Love" by Joss Stone

"Center of Gravity" by Yo La Tengo

TO GET PEOPLE ON THE DANCE FLOOR

"You Shook Me All Night Long" by AC/DC

"I Want You to Want Me" by Cheap Trick

"Hey Ya!" by Outkast

"Music" by Madonna

"I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" by Artic Monkeys

Last song of the night

"Kiss" by Prince

"I Melt with You" by Modern English

"Freedom" by George Michael

"Ain't No Other Man" by Christina Aguilera

"After Hours" by the Velvet Underground

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