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Phoenix Wedding Ceremony Music – Most Popular Songs

With all the decisions brides have to make when planning their wedding ceremonies, selecting the songs for their ceremony can be one of the most difficult but also the most fun. Couples get to decide:

  • Live ensemble or recorded music
  • What style of music
  • What exact songswedding ceremony music Phoenix

Once a couple selects who will play the music and what style, they get to decide on music for the wedding party, the bride’s processional and the recessional.

Below are some of the most common songs for each of these portions of the wedding, both classical style and contemporary.


A Thousand Years, Christina Perri

Autumn, Vivaldi

Ave Maria, Schubert

Bitter Sweet Symphony, The Verve

Canon in D, Pachelbel

Clair de Lune, Debussy

I’ll Be There, Jackson 5

Make You Feel My Love, Adele

Marry Me, Train

Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

Of these songs, we have had requests for A Thousand Years, Canon in D and Somewhere Over the rainbow. While this music is often used for the wedding party, they are also great choices for other parts of the ceremony.

The music for the bride’s entrance is perhaps the most important choice. This is the moment that everyone is waiting for, so it must be the most memorable! Below are the top choices of brides around the country.



And I Love Her, The Beatles

Can You Feel the Love Tonight?, Elton John

Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop, Landon Pigg

Glasgow Love Theme, from Love Actually

Hoppipola, Sigur Ros

The Luckiest, Ben Folds

Landslide, Fleetwood Mac

Water Suite, No. 2 in D Major, Handel

Wedding March, Mendelssohn

What a Wonderful World, Louis Armstrong

Of these songs, our brides have selected What a Wonderful World and the Wedding March. We also have had requests for A Thousand Years, Canon in D, Bridal Chorus (“Here Comes the Bride”) and Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran.

Recessional music is generally lively music with a celebratory message. Below are some top choices.



Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Marvin Gaye

All You Need is Love, The Beatles

Home, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Hymne, Vangelis

Love on Top, Beyonce

Lucky, Jason Mraz & Colbie Callait

Signed, Sealed, Delivered, Stevie Wonder

Spring, Vivaldi

You Are the Best Thing, Ray LaMontagne

You Make My Dreams Come True, Hall & Oates

While these may be popular songs in some areas of the nation, here in Phoenix, we’ve never gotten a request for any of these songs for recessional music. The most popular recessional songs we have are  You’ve Got a Friend in Me from Toy StoryRondeau, Jean-Joseph Mouret (this is by far the most frequent request we’ve gotten from couples), and the Wedding March by Mendelssohn.

While there is a reason these songs are so popular, and it’s because they are such classics, we also encourage our couples to choose songs that are most meaningful to them. For a complete list of our wedding music repertoire, click here. We have had some unusual requests but are always happy to make arrangements for flute and guitar so couples will have just what they want to hear on their wedding day.

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Booking Custom Wedding Ceremony Music is Easier Than You Think

When it comes to decisions facing a couple planning a wedding, deciding on live music for your ceremony and/or cocktail hour versus recorded music is one of the most Custom wedding music phoneixbasic but also most important decisions you will make. Luckily, there is no right or wrong decision. Both have their pros and cons, but the decision is often made based on simplicity, in addition to taste and budget.

Parts of a Wedding that Use Live Music – Ceremony Music and Cocktail Hour Music

Whether you go with live music or a DJ, you can expect that the music will begin about 15 minutes before the ceremony with “prelude” music, include music for the bride’s processional, the bridesmaids’ entrance, the unity ceremony and the recessional. After the ceremony, there is usually “postlude” music that is played as your guests leave their seats and head to the cocktail hour. Music also is played for the cocktail hour to help set the mood and keep your guests entertained. And for the reception, there is often a live band or DJ.

Hiring Live Musicians is Easy

With the technology available today, hiring live musicians is not as time-consuming as you may think. Thanks to websites, email and YouTube, you can do most of your shopping for live music without even having to go hear their performances in person. We suggest that you start by reviewing several musicians’ websites. Having a well-designed site with active links is a must, as it shows the ensemble is professional and pays attention to detail. While on the website, listen to as many demo recordings as they have available. Be sure to listen to music from all the styles the group offers, especially the styles you are interested in having played at your wedding ceremony or cocktail hour. Do they have the cocktail hour songs you’d like to hear at your wedding?

Live Traditional Wedding Music

If you’re looking for traditional wedding music, listen to those samples and make sure they sound like what you have in mind. Also, take the time to watch the groups’ videos as they will give you an idea of how the ensemble presents themselves during performances. As you listen and watch, imagine how the ensembles will sound at your wedding ceremony and cocktail hour. Will they help set the mood you want to have at your wedding?

Is it Worth Hiring Live Musicians for Your Wedding Ceremony and Cocktail Hour?

Having live wedding ceremony music or cocktail hour music gives you the dynamics of a live performance that you just can’t get with a DJ. Having live music brings your wedding both a distinctive and traditional feel. If you book a small ensemble, rather than a string quartet (4 musicians) or larger band, it can give your wedding a much more personalized and intimate feeling, no matter the number of guests you have attending. And contrary to what you may think, musicians these days tend to be very versatile, so you can choose from a wide array of styles and songs. Most musicians will even arrange your favorite song for their instrumentation, so you can get a unique, memorable performance.

Instead of just having the same DJ for your ceremony, cocktail hour and reception, make your wedding a truly memorable event by hiring live musicians for part of your day!