Choosing songs for your ceremony can be a sticking point for some couples. Let me help! 😎
More or less any piece of music ranging from Pachelbel’s Canon to AC/DC can be performed to some degree on the classical guitar. Some pieces work better than others of course, but within reason I can tailor the song to suit the different parts of a wedding ceremony and/or reception as appropriate. I hope this short guide will offer some inspiration and help you choose music for your day.
Typically a slower piece is best suited to the aisle walk and register signing, with something more upbeat for the recessional. Having performed all sorts from Foo Fighters to Nessun Dorma I welcome requests – these are merely a selection of my tried and tested recommendations.
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Slow and atmospheric, this will be a short section of a song usually lasting 2mins or less depending on size of bridal party/length of aisle walk. My advice is to use a short section of a piece that people will recognise more or less straight away, with these pieces being ideal:
Bridal March (Mendellsohn) resonates very nicely on the guitar and is a popular choice
Canon (Pachelbel) another oft requested traditional piece, instantly recognisable
Can’t Help Falling in Love (Elvis) bit of a cliché perhaps but always hits the spot
Your Love (Keeps Lifting Me Higher) (Jackie Wilson) really nice simple uplifting song, great as a slow version
God Only Knows (Beach Boys) another one of my personal favourites
Slow again, but with more time to flesh out a piece over 8-10 minutes.
Thinking Out Loud (Ed Sheeran)
Life on Mars (David Bowie)
Is This Love? (Bob Marley)
All of Me (John Legend)
Let’s Stay Together (Al Green)
Upbeat, straight into a chorus for couple and guest exit.
Your Love (Keeps Lifting Me Higher) (Jackie Wilson)
I’m Yours (Jason Mraz)
Happy (Pharrell Williams)
Move On Up (Curtis Mayfield)
All You Need is Love (Beatles)
Fly Me to the Moon (Frank Sinatra)
Highway to Hell (AC/DC) if you’re feeling brave and ironic then I’m up for it!
I hope this has offered some inspiration in terms of choosing your ceremony music – please feel free to direct any more questions via email and very best of luck with the rest of your wedding planning!