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  • Writer's pictureShana DeRoche

Music from the Heart - unique ceremony songs to make your heart sing

Every bride and groom want a wedding that is unique; despite trends that sort of set the tone for a wedding season or similar tastes between brides, there is always something that should set each wedding apart from another. One way to ensure that your wedding tells a story that is uniquely your own is with music selection. It seems through the years, there are songs that stand the test of time when it comes to first dances, entrance songs, etc. but what happens when everyone chooses the same songs?! You don’t want your guests to be able to place a bet on what you’re walking down the aisle to - so what do you do?! Keep reading for some diamonds in the rough I’ve discovered over the years!

Among the top things that guests tend to remember about a wedding are the food, the look, and the music. Of the three of those items, only one of them tends to elicit an actual feeling. Music has the amazing ability to set the tone of an entire event, and make people feel emotions that they may not otherwise feel without it. These days it’s tough, though, to choose something that not everyone else has already thought of. The ceremony very much serves at the introduction to the rest of your wedding; it sets the tone for the experience your guests are going to have. Do you want to convey an upbeat and playful party or a more intimate, romantic affair? Consider the below list as a starting point to get your creative juices flowing when it comes to your song selections!:


In my life - The Beatles

Hymn for the Weekend - Coldplay

Make you Feel my Love - Adele

More than Words - Instrumental by Orinoco Haven

Here Comes the Sun - Instrumental by Fred Benedetti

Somewhere Over the Rainbow - various versions

Bridal processionals

So this is Love - Cinderella Love Theme

The very Thought of you - Nat King Cole

Sunday Kind of Love - Etta James

All I ask of you - Phantom of the Opera

I love you, always forever - Donna Lewis

Registry Signing

I’m Yours - Jason Mraz

Feels Like Home - Chantal Kreviazuk

Stand by Me - Florence and the Machine

Better Together - Jack Johnson

Come Away with me - Nora Jones


Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles

You’re my Best Friend - Queen

Home - String Quartet Tribute to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Heros

Higher Love - Steve Winwood

God Only Knows - The Beach Boys

All you Need is Love - The Beatles

Do you Believe in Magic - The Lovin’ Spoonfuls

Dancing in the Moonlight - King Harvest

Can’t Take my Eyes off of you - Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

You’ll notice my list incorporates some new and some old, and that’s because I come from a large family spanning over multiple generations, with an eclectic musical palette. For my own wedding, I chose songs that would not only convey the feelings I wanted out of my younger crowd, but that would be appreciated by all of the generations of guests attending (the songs I chose are mixed into this list!).

This is definitely not an end-all, be-all list, but just serves to maybe prod another part of your noggin that is having trouble remembering the name of that beautiful tune you heard on an easy-listening station four months ago. Download the songs to a playlist, pour yourselves a glass of wine, and listen through to see how you’re feeling and what speaks to you most.


Xo, Shana


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