The Best Instrumental Wedding Ceremony Music

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Here are the best instrumental wedding ceremony music to make your special day even more memorable. Find the perfect song for your walk down the aisle.


Your wedding ceremony is one of the most important and memorable moments of your life. The music you choose will set the tone for the entire event, so it’s important to choose wisely.

If you’re looking for something classic and elegant, you can’t go wrong with instrumental wedding ceremony music. From processional songs to recessional songs, there are plenty of beautiful pieces to choose from.

To help you pick the perfect music for your big day, we’ve rounded up the best instrumental wedding ceremony songs. Whether you’re looking for a traditional piece or something modern, you’re sure to find a song you love on this list.


The processional is the moment when the bride makes her grand entrance at the beginning of the wedding ceremony. All eyes are on her as she walks down the aisle with her father, so it’s important to choose a piece of music that is both elegant and appropriate for such a momentous occasion.

There are many beautiful instrumental pieces that would be perfect for a processional, but we’ve compiled a list of our top 10 favorites to help you narrow down your selection.

1. “Canon in D” by Johann Pachelbel
2. “Air on the G String” by Johann Sebastian Bach
3. “Ave Maria” by Franz Schubert
4. “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by Johann Sebastian Bach
5. “Clair de Lune” by Claude Debussy
6. “The four Seasons: Spring” by Antonio Vivaldi
7. “Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
8. “Rondeau” by Jean-Joseph Mouret
9. “Wedding March” from Wagner’s Opera ‘Lohengrin’
10.” Canon in D Major” by Johann Pachelbel

Unity Candle

The lighting of the unity candle is a symbolic gesture during which the bride and groom each take a lit candle and, together, use them to light a third larger candle. This act is usually done after they exchange their vows. The unity candle signifies the joining of two individuals into one unit. It is also representative of the couples’ families coming together as one.

First Dance

Your “first dance” as a married couple is an incredibly special moment that you will remember forever. The best way to make sure that this moment is everything that you dreamed it would be is to choose the perfect song to accompany it.

If you are looking for some beautiful and romantic instrumental music to play during your first dance, we have put together a list of our top 10 favorite songs. These tracks are guaranteed to put you and your partner in the mood for love and will make your first dance as husband and wife an unforgettable experience.

1. “A Thousand Years” by The Piano Guys
2. “Canon in D” by Johann Pachelbel
3. “Clair de Lune” by Claude Debussy
4. “Everything” by Michael Bublé
5. “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston
6. “La Vie en Rose” by Louis Armstrong
7. “Made for Loving You” by Tori Kelly
8. “Marry Me” by Train
9. “Shape of My Heart” by Sting
10. “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole


As the name suggests, recessional songs are played during the recessional portion of the wedding ceremony, when the bride and groom walk back up the aisle together as a newly married couple. While your guests are exiting, you’ll want to pick a celebratory tune that sets the tone for the rest of your wedding day. Below are some of our favorite recessional songs to get you started.

“All You Need Is Love” by The Beatles
“Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)” by Stevie Wonder
“Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles
“Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and The Waves
“I Believe in a Thing Called Love” by The Darkness


We hope you’ve enjoyed our guide to the best instrumental wedding ceremony music. Remember, the most important thing is to choose music that you and your partner love. Congratulations and best of luck with your wedding planning!

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