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The dos and don’ts of choosing wedding ceremony music

The build up to your walk down the aisle is enormous. For many brides, the moment they step down the aisle is the moment their wedding really starts, it’s what everything has been building towards, and so it’s only natural that you want it to be nothing short of perfect. Getting your wedding ceremony music right will play a big part in this, so here are the dos and don’ts you need to get it just right.


DO set the mood

You don’t need us to tell you that your wedding day will be emotional and romantic. Just as you’ll likely choose a song that is filled with these emotions for your first dance, do the same for your wedding ceremony music. It can be instrumental, but it does need to enhance all those magical things you’ll be feeling as you walk down the aisle to your future husband or wife!

DON’T feel like you have to stay traditional

While a pianist or organist might be tradition (and very beautiful), they aren’t your only options. Other live musicians to consider are harpists, soul choirs or even a live band. Don’t discount recorded music, either, just make sure the songs you choose are appropriate in lyrics and length – here are some of our modern wedding music picks to get you started.


DO make it ambient

Whatever wedding ceremony music you choose, make sure it’s ambient and comfortable for listeners. Consider the volume – you don’t want anything too loud – and make sure the pace is slow and calming. This will help keep your groom relaxed and give you a natural rhythm to match as you walk down the aisle towards him.


DON’T make a last minute decision

The song you just absolutely fell for on the radio last week might seem like the perfect choice, but stop and really think about it before you choose it for your wedding day. How often do trendy songs come and go? How often do you listen to them so many times you fall out of love with them? You don’t want this to be how you remember your wedding ceremony, so approach the latest tunes with care and try not to make a last minute decision if you can help it.


DO make it appropriate

Not only for your venue and personal tastes, but for your wedding ceremony type, too. If you’re having a civil ceremony, for example, you’ll be asked to steer clear of overly religious music, and if you’re having a religious wedding, there might be limits on what you can play, too. Check well beforehand so you have time to find the perfect wedding ceremony music that still gets the go ahead.

DON’T forget to pick a song for your walk out, too

So far, all we’ve been thinking about is what music you will walk down the aisle to, but what about when you exit the church as newlyweds, otherwise known as your recessional music? Make sure you choose a musical accompaniment for this too, it’ll be the first walk you take as a married couple so you want it to be atmospheric and memorable. These 12 songs for walking in and walking out will make sure all bases are covered.


Have you chosen your wedding ceremony music yet? Share your ideas with other brides and grooms-to-be in the comments below!