Choosing Music For Your Williamsburg Wedding

Sometimes choosing the right wedding music can seem harder than finding the perfect mate! No matter what your tastes are as a couple, you have the option to go completely traditional or incorporate some more contemporary tunes for your ceremony and reception. Listed below are some of the most popular songs chosen by brides and grooms, from the processional music to the bride and groom’s first dance, to the
father-daughter dance, and more!

Find the wedding music that suits your taste, then contact a Williamsburg DJ to arrange the music for your wedding day.

Processional Music

As the bridal party, family members and the bride herself walk down the aisle, there are many popular song choices to choose from. You will likely need to decide on at least 2 or 3 selections for processional music.

  • Bridal Chorus (Here Comes The Bride) from “Lohengrin” (Wagner)
  • Canon in D (Pachelbel)
  • I Can’t Help Falling In Love (Elvis Presley)
  • In My Life (The Beatles)
  • March From Lohengrin (Wagner)
  • The Four Seasons (Handel)
  • Trumpet Voluntary in D (The Prince of Denmark’s March) (Clarke or Purcell)
  • Unforgettable (Nat King Cole)
  • Water Music (Handel)
  • What A Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)white chairs lining a rose petal aisle on a green lawn

Ceremony Music

The candle-lighting ceremony and other popular wedding traditions are often accompanied by mood music. You may need to choose a different song for each ceremony.

  • Amazing Grace (Traditional)
  • And I Love Her (The Beatles)
  • Ave Maria (Schubert)
  • Fur Elise (Beethoven)
  • Have I Told You Lately (Van Morrison)
  • La Traviata (Verdi)
  • Love Me Tender (Elvis Presley)
  • Primavera: First Movement, Allegro (Vivaldi)
  • Sheep May Safely Graze (Bach)
  • We’ve Only Just Begun (The Carpenters)

Recessional Music

As a married couple, you will walk up the aisle together to recessional music, which continues as your bridal party exits. Choosing upbeat wedding songs for your recessional music ends the ceremony on a joyful note.

  • Hallelujah Chorus (from “The Messiah”) (Handel)
  • How Sweet It Is (James Taylor)
  • I Got You (I Feel Good) (James Brown)
  • I Got You Babe (Sonny and Cher)
  • Magnificat In D (Bach)
  • Ode To Joy (from The Ninth Symphony) (Beethoven)
  • The Long And Winding Road (The Beatles)
  • Then He Kissed Me (The Crystals)
  • Trumpet Tune (Purcell)
  • Wedding March (from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”) (Mendelssohn)

bride and groom entering reception hall

First Dance Songs

Many couples are looking for the perfect first dance song to make a new memory on their wedding day. Whether you want a slow or more upbeat tempo, below is a list of some of the most popular wedding music chosen by couples for their first dance as newlyweds.

  • A Whole New World (Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle)
  • All My Life (Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville)
  • As Time Goes By (A Kiss Is Just A Kiss) (Michael Feinstein)
  • At Last (Etta James)
  • Can I Have This Dance? (Ann Murray)
  • Can’t Help Falling In Love (Elvis Presley)
  • Don’t Know Much (Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville)
  • Endless Love (Diana Ross and Lionel Richie)
  • Everything I Do (I Do For You) (Bryan Adams)
  • Faithfully (Journey)
  • From This Moment On (Shania Twain)
  • Have I Told You Lately (Rod Stewart / Van Morrison)
  • Here And Now (Luther Vandross)
  • I Can Love you Like That (John M. Montgomery)
  • I Cross My Heart (George Strait)
  • I Swear (John Michael Montgomery / All 4 One)
  • I’ll Be There (Mariah Carey)
  • It Had To Be You (Harry Connick, Jr.)
  • No Ordinary Love (Sade)
  • Our Love Is Here To Stay (Harry Connick, Jr.)
  • Power Of Love (Celine Dion)
  • The Way You Look Tonight (Frank Sinatra)
  • Tonight I Celebrate My Love (Roberta Flack & Peabo Bryson)
  • Unchained Melody (The Righteous Brothers / Leann Rimes)
  • Unforgettable (Nat King Cole)
  • What A Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)
  • When A Man Loves A Woman (Percy Sledge or Michael Bolton)
  • When You Say Nothing At All (Allison Krauss)

bride and groom dancing as confetti falls around them

Father-Daughter Dance

The father-daughter dance is a very special moment for dads and their daughters. Choosing the right music that brings meaning to this dance is key. Below are some recommendations for popular wedding songs chosen for the father-daughter dance.

  • A Song For My Daughter (Steve Moser, Mikki Viereck, Ray Allaire)
  • Because You Loved Me (Celine Dion)
  • Butterfly Kisses (Bob Carlisle)
  • Can You Feel The Love Tonight (Elton John)
  • Daddy’s Hand (Holly Dunn)
  • Daddy’s little Girl (Kippi Brannon)
  • Daddy’s Girl (Peter Cetera)
  • Father’s Eyes (Amy Grant)
  • Find Your Wings (Mark Harris)
  • Forever Young (Rod Stewart)
  • Friends (Elton John)
  • Have I Told You Lately (Rod Stewart / Van Morrison)
  • Hero (Mariah Carey)
  • How Do You Fall In Love (Alabama)
  • I Loved Her First (Heartland)
  • In Your Eyes (Peter Gabriel)
  • Isn’t She Lovely (Stevie Wonder)
  • Just The Way You Are (Billy Joel)
  • Lullabye (Billy Joel)
  • My Dad (Paul Petersen)
  • My Girl (The Temptations)
  • My Little Girl (Tim McGraw)
  • Sunrise, Sunset (Fiddler On The Roof – Sndtrk)
  • Thank Heaven For Little Girls (Gigi)
  • The Way You Look Tonight (Frank Sinatra)
  • The Wind Beneath My Wings (Bette Midler)
  • Through The Years (Kenny Rogers)
  • Times of Your Life (Paul Anka)
  • Tiny Dancer (Elton John)
  • What A Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)

Mother-Son Dance

Choosing wedding music for the special mother-son dance is a way to honor that relationship. Many couples struggle to find the right song for this dance, so here we have listed some of the most popular wedding songs for the mother-son dance to make it easier.

  • A Song For My Son (Steve Moser, Mikki Viereck, Ray Allaire)
  • Blessed (Elton John)
  • Friends (Elton John)
  • Greatest Love Of All (Whitney Houston)
  • Have I Told You Lately (Van Morrison / Rod Stewart)
  • Hero (Mariah Carey)
  • In My Arms (Plumb)
  • In My Life (The Beatles)
  • In This Life (Bette Midler)
  • In Your Eyes (Peter Gabriel)
  • I.O.U (Jimmy Dean)
  • I Wish You Love (Natalie Cole)
  • Just The Way You Are (Billy Joel)
  • Moon River (Andy Williams)
  • Moon Dance (Van Morrison)
  • Stand By Me (Ben E. King)
  • Sunrise, Sunset (Fiddler On The Roof – soundtrack)
  • Thanks Again (Ricky Skaggs)
  • Through The Years (Kenny Rogers)
  • ‘Til The End Of Time (Perry Como)
  • What A Wonderful World (Louis Armstong)
  • Wind Beneath My Wings (Bette Midler)
  • Wishing Tree (Sonia Dada)
  • You’re The Inspiration (Chicago)

Still can’t decide on a music choice? Sometimes even the most popular wedding songs just don’t cut it for you as a couple. To get individual recommendations and expert advice, contact a wedding consultant in the area who can help you with much more than just choosing wedding music!

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