100 songs for Wedding Ceremonies

Picking songs for your wedding ceremony is not an easy task. With so much to think about and organise in the lead up to the big day, ceremony music can be one of those things that gets left to the last minute. If you don’t know where to start with your song choices, fear not. Even as a wedding musician, it took me ages to decide what songs to have at my own wedding!

How many songs do I need to choose for the ceremony?

For most wedding ceremonies you’ll need to make music choices for the processional (entrance) and the recessional (exit) – but there’s also usually a space for two or three songs during the signing of the register. So that’s up to five songs that you’ll need to have lined up.

Why have live music at the ceremony?

As a singer and guitarist, part of my service is having your bespoke songs played live and acoustic at the wedding ceremony. It’s a great way of giving your ceremony a personal, unique touch – and is a lot more elegant than having to arrange someone to play songs from a phone or iPod! The big advantage of having a live musician like myself is that I can adapt your chosen song so that it matches the walk down the aisle. So that might be cutting out verses or even changing lyrics – anything is possible so you can truly make your wedding music unique to your big day!

To read more about my live music services click here. To see my full repertoire click here.

 

100 Songs that I’ve played at weddings…

Following on from my previous blog posts Top 10 Wedding Ceremony and First Dance songs and Top 10 Unusual Wedding Songs, I thought it would be useful to put together a more comprehensive list. Some of these are slow and romantic, some are upbeat and fun – so these should suit most types of ceremony, depending on the ambience you want to set. Many of these would also make a good first dance song.

So here goes! Starting with a couple of instrumentals, otherwise in no particular order…

  1. The Traditional Bridal March/Bridal Chorus
  2. Pachelbel’s Canon In D
  3. Ben E. King – Stand By Me
  4. Jackie Wilson – (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher
  5. Sam Cooke – Wonderful World
  6. Christina Perri – A Thousand Years
  7. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
  8. Ed Sheeran – Perfect
  9. Ed Sheeran – Tenerife Sea
  10. Ed Sheeran – Lego House
  11. Ed Sheeran – How Would You Feel
  12. Al Green – Let’s Stay Together
  13. Etta James – At Last
  14. Ray LaMontagne – You Are The Best Thing
  15. Paul Weller – You Do Something To Me
  16. Elbow – One Day Like This
  17. Ellie Goulding – How Long Will I Love You
  18. Elton John – Your Song (also sung by Ellie Goulding)
  19. The Beatles – Here Comes The Sun
  20. The Beatles – All You Need Is Love
  21. Stevie Wonder – For Once In My Life
  22. Stevie Wonder – Signed, Sealed, Delivered
  23. Stevie Wonder – Isn’t She Lovely
  24. Elvis Presley – Can’t Help Falling In Love
  25. Elvis Presley – Love Me Tender
  26. Eric Clapton – Wonderful Tonight
  27. Jason Mraz – I’m Yours
  28. Jason Mraz – I Won’t Give Up
  29. Joshua Radin – I’d Rather Be With You
  30. Keb ‘Mo – Closer
  31. Jack Johnson – Better Together
  32. Jack Johnson – Angel
  33. Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole – Somewhere Over The Rainbow
  34. John Legend – All Of Me
  35. John Legend – Stay With You
  36. Samm Henshaw – Only Wanna Be With You
  37. Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars
  38. Snow Patrol – Run
  39. Adele – Make You Feel My Love
  40. Passenger – Let Her Go
  41. Oasis – Wonderwall
  42. Oasis – Let There Be Love
  43. The Verve – Lucky Man
  44. Damien Rice – Cannonball
  45. Coldplay – Yellow
  46. Coldplay – Magic
  47. Coldplay – Sky Full of Stars
  48. Take That – Greatest Day
  49. Kodaline – The One
  50. McFly – It’s All About You
  51. American Authors – Best Day Of My Life
  52. Ben Howard – Only Love
  53. George Ezra – Listen To The Man
  54. Birdy – Wings
  55. Bright Eyes – First Day Of My Life
  56. Chantal Kreviazuk – Feels Like Home
  57. Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are
  58. Bruno Mars – Marry You
  59. Savage Garden – Truly Madly Deeply
  60. Savage Garden – I Knew I Loved You
  61. Paolo Nutini – Last Request
  62. Paolo Nutini – Better Man
  63. Counting Crows – Accidentally In Love
  64. David Gray – This Years Love
  65. Derek Gust – I Do
  66. Lumineers – Ho Hey
  67. Frank Sinatra – Fly Me To The Moon
  68. Otis Redding – (Sitting On) The Dock Of The Bay
  69. Tom Odell – Grow Old With Me
  70. Tom Odell – Real Love
  71. Michael Buble – Everything
  72. Van Morrisson – Crazy Love (also sung by Michael Buble)
  73. Van Morrisson – Brown Eyed Girl
  74. Train – Marry Me
  75. Foo Fighters – Everlong (acoustic)
  76. Plain White T’s – Hey There Delilah
  77. Lifehouse – You and Me
  78. Hall & Oates – You Make My Dreams Come True
  79. Newton Faulkener – Dream Catch Me
  80. The Kooks – She Moves In Her Own Way
  81. James Arthur – Say You Won’t Let Go
  82. James Morrison – I Won’t Let You Go
  83. Robbie Williams – She’s The One
  84. Roberta Flack – First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
  85. K Ci & Jojo – All My Life
  86. Percy Sledge – When A Man Loves A Woman
  87. Sixpence None The Richer – Kiss Me
  88. The Ramones – Baby I Love You
  89. Sting & The Police – Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
  90. Keane – Somewhere Only We Know
  91. Queen – Crazy Little Thing Called Love
  92. Queen – Best Friend
  93. Dusty Springfield – I Only Wanna Be With You
  94. Blue Swede – Hooked On A Feeling
  95. Bob Marley – Is This Love
  96. Stephen Fretwell – Run
  97. Jamie Lawson – I Wasn’t Expecting That
  98. The Calling – Wherever You Will Go
  99. Bryan Adams – (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
  100. The Beach Boys – God Only Knows

For some acoustic inspiration, check out my Acoustic Wedding albums on iTunes/Amazon/Spotify etc! The Acoustic Wedding Album volume 1 is available here and The Acoustic Wedding Album volume 2 is coming very soon…