Top 5 Instrumental Wedding Ceremony Songs

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If you’re looking for the perfect songs to walk down the aisle to, look no further! Here are our top 5 picks for instrumental wedding ceremony songs.

“A Thousand Years” by The Piano Guys

“A Thousand Years” by The Piano Guys is a beautiful, heartwarming ballad that is perfect for a wedding ceremony. The lyrics are incredibly romantic, and the piano and cello accompaniment give the song an elegant feeling. This song has become one of the most popular instrumental wedding ceremony songs in recent years, and it’s easy to see why.

“Canon in D” by Johann Pachelbel

“Canon in D” is one of the most popular and well-known wedding ceremony songs of all time. This timeless piece by Johann Pachelbel is the perfect choice for couples who are looking for a classic, romantic song to walk down the aisle to.

“Clair de Lune” by Claude Debussy

This song is a classic choice for a wedding ceremony, and for good reason. “Clair de Lune” is absolutely beautiful, and its romantic, dreamy quality makes it perfect for a wedding. It’s also a great choice if you’re looking for an instrumental that isn’t too long – at just over three minutes, it won’t monopolize your ceremony.

“Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles

“Here Comes the Sun” is a song written by George Harrison and first released on the 1969 album Abbey Road by the English rock band the Beatles. The song was also included as a track on many of the group’s greatest hits compilations, including 1967–1970, 20 Greatest Hits, Past Masters, and 1. Along with “Something” and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, it is one of Harrison’s best-known compositions from his time with the Beatles.

Harrison wrote the song in early 1968 at his rented home in Esher, Surrey. At the time, he had been recovering from a severe cold and allotted himself convalescent time that he spent gardening and exploring the countryside around Esher. The song reflects Harrison’s relief at having recovered from an illness, as well as his joy at being able to work on new songs after a temporary lull in songwriting for the Beatles. In particular, he took inspiration from seeing children playing in sun-drenched gardens near his home.

One of several new songs written by Harrison during this period, “Here Comes the Sun” was selected as part of Abbey Road’s side two medley—a continuous sequence of several unrelated tracks that ran for over eighteen minutes—alongside “Because”, “You Never Give Me Your Money”, “Sun King”, “Mean Mr Mustard”, and Polythene Pam”. After completing work on Abbey Road in early September 1969, Harrison amplified his original demo version for use during concerts on the band’s subsequent North American tour (which began less than a week later), which culminated in their final live performance at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park on 29 August 1966.

“Wedding March” by Felix Mendelssohn

The “Wedding March” is perhaps the most iconic and popular wedding ceremony song of all time. Composed by Felix Mendelssohn in 1842, it has been used in countless wedding ceremonies ever since. While it is often associated with traditional church weddings, it can really be used in any type of ceremony.

“Canon in D” by Johann Pachelbel
Another extremely popular choice for a wedding ceremony song, “Canon in D” by Johann Pachelbel is a timeless classic that is sure to add a touch of elegance to your nuptials. This piece is often used for the processional, but can also be played during the signing of the register or as a recessional.

“Ave Maria” by Franz Schubert
This beautiful piece by Franz Schubert is based on a poem by Walter Scott andadapted from the Hail Mary prayer. “Ave Maria” is often used as a processional or recessional song, but can also be played during other parts of the ceremony such as during communion or while the bride and groom are lighting their unity candle.

“Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by Johann Sebastian Bach
Originally written as a cantata for Easter Sunday, this piece by Johann Sebastian Bach has become one of the most popular wedding ceremony songs in recent years. “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” is perfect for Processional or Prelude and can set the tone for a religious or spiritual ceremony.

“Air on the G String” by Johann Sebastian Bach
Another beautiful piece by Johann Sebastian Bach, “Air on the G String” is often used as Prelude music or during the Processional. This piece has a very calm and serene feeling that is perfect for setting the mood on your wedding day.

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