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Music has a unique way of affecting our minds and bodies in ways that no other art form can match. That’s why music has proven so effective in therapy, in helping us relax, and in helping us celebrate special events such as weddings.

Music has the ability to set the tone and ambiance for the day, and can underscore deep emotional meaning through lyrics, rhythm and effect.

If you’re thinking about what type of music to have at your wedding, and when to have it, you’ve come to the right place. Below is a list of likely wedding- and reception-related events where music seems right.

Wedding Songs and Bliss Staff Recommendations

  • Prelude (songs are played during the prelude while guests are being seated)
    • Air on the G String, Mark Magnuson
    • Angel Eyes, Jim Brickman
    • Canon in D Major, Jean-Francois Paillard and Orchestre de Chambre
    • Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Queen
    • Sheep May Safely Graze, Philharmonic Symphony
    • Water Music, Suite No. 2 in D Major, Handel
    • Longer, Dan Fogelberg
    • Truly, Lionel Ritchie
  • Processional and Recessional (these songs are played while you and your wedding party walk down the aisle)
    • At Last, Etta James
    • Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride), Richard Wagner
    • (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life, Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
    • Spring, London Philharmonic
    • Don’t Stop Believing, Journey
    • The Look of Love, Sergio Mendes and Brazil ‘66
    • Wedding March, Mozart
  • Wedding reception entrance
    • All You Need is Love, The Beatles
    • Best of My Love, The Emotions
    • Happy, Pharrel Williams
    • I Got You, James Brown
    • I’m Yours, Jason Mraz
    • Can You Feel the Love Tonight, Elton John
    • Signed, Sealed and Delivered, I’m Yours, Stevie Wonder
    • Hot Fun in the Summertime, Sly and the Family Stone
    • Times of Your Life, Paul Anka
    • Walkin’ on Sunshine, Katrina and the Waves
  • First Dance
    • At Last, Etta James
    • Can’t Help Falling in Love, Elvis Presley
    • Can’t Take my Eyes off You, Four Seasons
    • Come Rain or Come Shine, Ray Charles
    • Fly Me to the Moon, Frank Sinatra
    • Have I Told You Lately, Van Morrison
    • How Sweet It Is, James Taylor
    • Just My Imagination, Temptations
    • Just the Way You Are, Billy Joel
    • Longer, Dan Fogelberg
    • Maybe I’m Amazed, Paul McCartney
    • Something In The Way She Moves, James Taylor
    • Sunrise, Sunset, from Fiddler on the Roof
    • Whenever I See Your Smiling Face, James Taylor
    • You Are So Beautiful, Joe Cocker
  • Daughter/Father Dance
    • Because You Loved Me, Celine Dion
    • Isn’t She Lovely, Stevie Wonder
    • Let Your Love Flow, Bellamy Brothers
    • Power of Love, Huey Lewis
    • Put On Your Dancing Shoes, Steve Winwood
    • Something You Got, B.B. King
    • The Way You Do The Things You Do, Temptations
    • You are the Sunshine of My Life, Stevie Wonder
    • You Decorated My Life, Kenny Rodgers
    • Wonderful World, Keb Mo
  • Son/Mother Dance
    • Could I have This Dance, Anne Murray
    • Can’t Smile Without You, Barry Manilow
    • Kind and Generous, Natalie Merchant
    • Loves Me Like A Rock, Paul Simon
    • My Wish, Rascal Flatts
    • Simple Man, Lynyrd Skynyrd
    • Sweet Child O’ Mine, Sheryl Crow
    • The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, Roberta Flack
    • There You’ll Be, Faith Hill
    • You Raise Me Up, Josh Groban

Not familiar with some of the song titles above? Visit Apple’s iTunes music store and enter a song title in the search box. You’ll be able to hear a 90-second preview of that song. For full song lyrics, Google the song title and the word “lyrics”.

Like all other forms of art, music is subjective. What sounds melodious to you could be noise to someone else. The best approach is to sample, listen, and sample some more.

The options above are just part of the music plan for most weddings. The other part involves music at the reception and whether you have a live band, DJ, or build your own playlists. We’ll cover that topic in a future article.

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