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Music Ideas for your Wedding Day

by Suzanne Riley Sunshine Coast Wedding Celebrant


Music really does create the mood for any occasion and whether it’s the bridal entrance, the first romantic dance or the DJ list for the party, it can make or break the moment or it can make or break the whole occasion.

We all have a song that evokes a special memory, this is what happens with songs you choose for your wedding day.
Your memory will forever be attached to the song, so… take some time to choose the music which will reflect the mood you want to create.  Music is so personal, my first piece of advice is to choose what ‘you’ love.



Music lists


Decide what style of music you would like.

Live music, there are beautiful string trio’s / quartets, harpists, Guitar soloists, singers and even drumming groups to entertain the guests and serenade you down the aisle.
Live musicians will bring their own instruments and audio equipment.
Ensure your live musician is booked to be set up for guest arrival and ask them to connect with your Celebrant to coordinate timing of bridal entrance.

If you choose to use a PA for you ceremony, I recommend that you have  with an allocated person who is responsible for bringing and playing the music.
Check with your celebrant that they have the relevant aux connector for the chosen device.
This chosen person should be cool, calm and collected on the day, arrive early and liaise with the celebrant to know exactly when to play each song. Remember, it is not your celebrants responsibility to supply or organise the music.

  • HINTS:
    The person responsible for music should download music to their own device
    The person responsible for music should be onsite to liaise with the celebrant regarding timing of songs
    The device should be placed on airplane mode
    The device should be fully charged
    All music to be fully downloaded and not streamed
    Playlists to be clearly marked as ‘walking down the aisle’, ‘signing of the register’ and ‘end of ceremony’
    Have a back up device with playlists available

Music lists:

1.  Waiting Guests
Music isn’t usually required for the waiting guests, however if you decide you’d like music, it can create a certain mood. Light, modern happy music will create a light and happy atmosphere, whereas strings will create a more formal mood.. so keep that in mind.

2. The Bridal Entrance.
You have a couple of options.

One Song for the entire bridal party.


Two songs.
One for the bridesmaids entrance. THEN once the bridesmaids are all in place, their song is ‘volumed down’ and the Bridal entrance song is started and the bridal entrance commences.
I love this as it really gives the bridesmaids a moment to get into position and enjoy every moment of the Brides entrance.

3. Signing of the Register
I suggest 2 songs for the background music – sometimes this is a longer process if the photographer decides to take extra photos etc, so it’s lovely to be prepared with special songs chosen.

4. The Recessional Song.
This is where you walk back down the aisle as a married couple

What a celebration this moment is! So choose a song that will really fit the mood, upbeat, happy and a true celebration.

5. Congratulations.

I like to have background music playing quietly to create atmosphere as your guests congratulate you, choose approximately 6 songs with an upbeat feel.


For the reception, plan your music with your DJ or Band who will be able to get the party started exactly to your ‘brief’, so make sure you communicate exactly what you expect for your celebrations. Your DJ or Band will have a music list and will most likely have some great ideas to suit your individual celebrations.

Background music for your Wedding Video

Incorporate your first dance song as part of your video or allow your videographer to surprise you.

Links to wedding music 

Click this link to see  Top 80 most romantic songs for you wedding 



As suggested by One of my FAVOURITE venues GABBINBAR HOMESTEAD

  1. At Last – Etta James
  2. Over The Rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
  3. Songbird – Fleetwood Mac
  4. Harry Styles – Adore You
  5. The Joker & The Queen – Ed Sheeran feat. Taylor Swift
  6. Lucky – Jason Mraz ft. Colbie Caillat
  7. A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
  8. Canon in D – Pachelbel
  9. Your Song – Elton John
  10. I’m Kissing You – Des’ree
  11. Hold My Hand
  12. Leave the door open
  13. Make You Feel My Love – Adele
  14. Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars
  15. I’ll never not love you – Michael Buble
  16. Glasgow Love Theme – Craig Armstrong
  17. Butterfly Waltz – Brian Crain
  18. From This Moment On – Shania Twain & Bryan White
  19. What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
  20. Higher Love – James Vincent McMorrow
  21. The Secret Wedding (From “Braveheart”) – David Arkenstone featuring Kathleen Fisher
  22. Marry You – Bruno Mars
  23. Best Part – Daniel Caesaer featuring H.E.R
  24. Green Eyes – Coldplay
  25. Ave Maria – Schubert
  26. Air On the G String, from Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068 – J.S. Bach Orchestra
  27. Love Never Fails – Brandon Heath
  28. Iris – The Goo Goo Dolls
  29. Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
  30. Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from “Solomon” – Bela Banafalvi & Budapest Strings
  31. Paradise – Coldplay
  32. Tale As Old As Time (Instrumental) – Beauty and the Beast
  33. How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding
  34. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – Roberta Flack
  35. The Dream of the Dolphin – Enigma
  36. All Of Me – John Legend
  37. This I Promise You – Ronan Keating
  38. Air – Handel’s Water Music
  39. Kiss from a Rose – Seal
  40. Amazing Day – Coldplay
  41. Turning Page – Sleeping At Last
  42. Feels Like Home – Edwina Hayes
  43. This I Swear – Nick Lachey
  44. Halo – Beyoncé
  45. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
  46. Highland Cathedral – The Regimental Band of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
  47. No One – Alicia Keys
  48. The Rose – Bette Midler
  49. I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
  50. Chapel of Love – The Dixie Cups
  51. Romeo & Juliet : Act I, Scene XVIII, Gavotte – Valery Gergiev & London Symphony Orchestra
  52. Songbird – Oasis
  53. Superman Theme (”Superman” the Movie Theme) – Toners
  54. You Had Me From Hello – Bon Jovi
  55. Come Away With Me – Norah Jones
  56. A Whiter Shade of Pale – Procol Harum
  57. A Fifth Of Beethoven – Walter Murphy
  58. Falling In Love With You Again – Imelda May
  59. I’ll Be There – Jackson 5
  60. Rigaudon – Empire Brass & Michael Murray
  61. The One – Kodaline
  62. Time After Time – Eva Cassidy
  63. Us Against the World – Coldplay
  64. All My Life – K-Ci & JoJo
  65. I Love the Way You Love Me – John Michael Montgomery
  66. La Vie En Rose – Edith Piaf
  67. Rhapsody On a Theme By Paganini, Op. 43: Introduction – Lang Lang, Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre & Valery Gergiev
  68. River Flows In You – Yiruma
  69. A Million Love Songs – Take That
  70. Can You Feel the Love Tonight – Elton John
  71. Celebration – Kool & the Gang
  72. Could I Have This Dance – Anne Murray
  73. Heaven – DJ Sammy & Yanou featuring Do
  74. On This Day – David Pomeranz
  75. (Everything I Do) I Do It For You – Bryan Adams
  76. Crystal – Fleetwood Mac
  77. Gabriel’s Oboe – Ennio Morricone
  78. Giving Myself – Jennifer Hudson
  79. I Fall Apart – Rory Gallagher
  80. If I Fall to Your Heart – Derwent Hannon
  81. (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life – Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
  82. Hallelujah – Pentatonix
  83. Better Together – Jack Johnson
  84. Hero – Enrique Iglesias
  85. Nothing’s Going to Stop Us Now – Starship
  86. Endless Love – Lionel Richie & Diana Ross
  87. It Must Be Love – Madness
  88. Somewhere Only We Know – Lily Allen
  89. The Wonder of You – Elvis Presley
  90. You’ve Got the Love – Florence + the Machine
  91. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Andy Williams
  92. Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles
  93. The Reason – Hoobastank
  94. Marry Me – Train
  95. If I Ain’t Got You – Alicia Keys
  96. I Get the Sweetest Feeling – Jackie Wilson
  97. When You Say Nothing At All – Ronan Keating
  98. Lover – Taylor Swift
  99. I Found You – Alabama Shakes
  100. Everything – Michael Bublé
  101. We Have All The Time In The World – Louis Armstrong
  102. Everything – Mary J. Blige
  103. You’re All I Need to Get By – Aretha Franklin
  104. Angels – Robbie Williams
  105. I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston
  106. Romeo and Juliet – The Killers
  107. Islands In the Stream – Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers
  108. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) – Marvin Gaye
  109. You’re Beautiful – James Blunt
  110. Moon River – Frank Sinatra
  111. She’s The One – Robbie Williams
  112. You Give Me Something – James Morrison
  113. The Look of Love – Dusty Springfield
  114. Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers
  115. Tenerife Sea – Ed Sheeran
  116. Truly Madly Deeply – Savage Garden
  117. This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) – Natalie Cole
  118. I’m Kissing You – Des’ree
  119. Run – Leona Lewis
  120. You Make It Real – James Morrison
  121. Love You ‘Till the End – The Pogues
  122. You’re Still the One – Shania Twain
  123. Grow Old With You – Adam Sandler
  124. Rich Man – Heart & Colours
  125. Songbird – Eva Cassidy
  126. Let There Be Love – Nat “King” Cole
  127. You Do Something to Me – Paul Weller
  128. Somewhere Over The Rainbow– Israel Kamakawiwo?ole
  129. Come What May – Ewan McGregor & Nicole Kidman
  130. You Are the Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne
  131. One Day Like This – Elbow
  132. All You Need Is Love – The Beatles
  133. You’re the First, the Last, My Everything – Barry White
  134. A Moment Like This – Kelly Clarkson
  135. I Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley
  136. The Luckiest – Ben Folds
  137. Perfect – Ed Sheeran
  138. Something – The Beatles
  139. Don’t Want To Miss A Thing – Aerosmith
  140. Stand By Me – Ben E. King
  141. Kiss Me – Sixpence None The Richer
  142. Alone With Me – Vance Joy
  143. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Diana Ross & The Supremes
  144. Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
  145. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
  146. Daydream Believer – The Monkees
  147. Walking On Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves
  148. This Kind of Love – Sister Hazel
  149. Champagne Supernova – Oasis
  150. God Only Knows – The Beach Boys


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