• Caitlin McHale

Your Perfect Ceremony Songs

Choosing the music that you want in your wedding ceremony is a big decision, and something I help brides with a lot when we’re deciding what I’ll be singing. I absolutely love this part of my job, and get so excited with the task of helping couples create their perfect ceremony set.

You want your wedding to be an unforgettable experience and feel the happiest you can be, so the soundtracks to this moments will help engrain these special memories for you.

There are several points in your ceremony to have music. These are listed below along with song suggestions and things you may like to consider at each point!

Guests Seating 

This is usually two to four songs performed whilst guests are entering and finding their seats.

This sets a nice tone for the day and uplifts the guests, as they are all excited to see the bride and groom arrive!

Popular songs chosen for this part of the ceremony are:

Better Together ~ Jack Johnson

If I Ain’t Got You   ~ Alicia Keys

At Last   ~ Etta James

Marry Me ~ Train

All Of Me ~ John Legend 

Come Away With Me ~ Norah Jones

The One ~ Kodaline

Brides entrance

This is one of the most important choices! The bride's entrance is a very personal choice, and in my opinion, should be a song that you really love and maybe feel reflects something about your personality or the way you feel on the day. Think about the mood you’d like to create, whether this be a relaxing and serene entrance, something timeless and classic, or something more dramatic!

It shouldn’t be too fast, as the Bride will be walking fairly slowly down the aisle so everyone gets a chance to see her.

One thing to consider is whether there is a certain part of the song you really want to hear. Often the song will fade out before reaching it’s end, so if there’s a certain verse or chorus you’d really like included, I always like to give the brides the option of choosing and letting me know.

How long the song lasts depends on how long you and your bridal party take to come down the isle. Some people have several bridesmaids, flower girls, etc, others have one or two, and some simply enter accompanied by a loved one. Consider the size of your bridal party, and maybe have a practise with everyone walking slowly down a stretch that's roughly the length of the isle. This should give you the answer of how long to expect your song to last!

Popular entrance songs are:

A Thousand Years ~ Christina Perri

Footprints In The Sand ~ Leona lewis

All Of Me ~ John Legend 

Song Bird ~ Eva Cassidy

How Would You Feel (Paegan) ~ Ed Sheeran 

How Long Will I love You ~ Ellie Goulding

Can’t Help Falling In Love With You ~ In the style of Haley Reinhart

From This Moment ~ Shania Twain

Stand By Me ~ In the style of The Kingdom Choir

A Million Dreams ~ The Greatest Showman

Signing of The Registers

At this point, the registers need to be signed to legalise the marriage and guests may be given the opportunity to come forward and take photo’s, or if not, an official photographer might be present to photograph the couple. This process can take around 15 minutes, and it’s nice to have 2 or 3 songs to create a nice, celebratory atmosphere during this time.

These songs might be some of your personal favourites, or again just popular love songs! I find it’s nice to have at least one slightly more upbeat song here, just to keep everyone uplifted whilst the bride and groom attend to their duties and to give a little contrast from any previous songs that will have most likely have been slower. 

I find that any of the songs listed in the ‘Guests seating’ category are good for the signing, but some further popular options are:

You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman ~ Aretha Franklin

I Say A Little Prayer ~ Aretha Franklin

Thinkin’ Outloud ~ Ed Sheeran

Isn’t She Lovely ~ Stevie Wonder

Cant Take My Eyes Off You ~ Frankie Valli

Perfect ~ Ed Sheeran

Make You Feel My Love ~ Adele

Dream A Little Dream ~ In the style of  Michael Bublé

The Bride & Groom Exit

Again, this is a very important decision! This will be the first song that the bride and groom will hear as a married couple. The atmosphere you want to create at this point is completely personal, but could be something to reflect yourselves and your relationship. You may want something romantic and classic, something more playful, a celebratory and upbeat song, or simply something that brings back a happy memory for you! The main thing is that it’s a song that makes you and your loved ones feel elated on one of the most special days you’ll have.

You could choose anything from the previous lists, but here are some further songs that have been a great success for the Bride & Groom’s exit:

Crazy In Love ~ Beyoncé

Everywhere ~ Fleetwood Mac

L.O.V.E ~ Joss Stone

This Will Be ~ Natalie Cole

Ain't No Mountain ~ Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

All You Need Is Love ~ The Beatles

Better Together ~ Jack Johnson

Happy ~ Pharrell 

Love On Top ~ Beyoncé

Let There Be Love ~ Nat King Love

I wish the absolute best for anyone planning their wedding. I know it's easier said than done, but try to enjoy your time rather than be over whelmed by stress. I hope this little list and few tips have helped take a little of the worry away and maybe even given you a hint of inspiration!

If you are a bride or groom thinking of booking me for your wedding, do get in contact with any questions whatsoever. 

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