Wedding Background Music: The Best Instrumentals for Your Big Day

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Wedding planning can be stressful, but picking the right background music doesn’t have to be! Check out our picks for the best wedding instrumentals to set the tone for your big day.


On your big day, the last thing you want to worry about is what music to play. You want your guests to feel the love and joy that surrounds you, and the best way to do that is with the perfect background music.

Whether you’re looking for something traditional or modern, there are a variety of instrumental tracks that will set the tone for your wedding. Here are some of our favorites:

“Canon in D” by Johann Pachelbel
This classic piece has been used at weddings for centuries, and for good reason. Its simple, yet beautiful melody is perfect for any type of ceremony.

“A Thousand Years” by The Piano Guys
This modern track was originally written for the Twilight: Breaking Dawn movie, but has since become a popular choice for couples tying the knot. It’s perfect for a bride who wants to make a grand entrance or for a moment during the reception when all eyes are on the newlyweds.

“Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles
If you’re looking for something a little more upbeat, this classic Beatles song is sure to put a smile on your guests’ faces. It also has special meaning as it was written by George Harrison during a time when he was going through a difficult period in his life.

No matter what type of music you choose, remember that it should be reflective of your relationship and represent the joy you feel on this special day.

The Best Instrumentals for Your Wedding Background Music

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. The music you choose for your wedding should reflect the joy and happiness of the occasion. While you may have a specific song in mind for your first dance, you’ll also need to choose music for the background. This is where instrumental music can be a perfect choice. Instrumental music can provide a beautiful and romantic ambiance for your wedding. It can also be a great way to fill any awkward pauses during the reception. In this article, we’ll share some of the best instrumental songs for your wedding background music.

“A Thousand Years” by The Piano Guys

Best known for their inventive and beautiful takes on popular songs, The Piano Guys are the perfect choice for couples looking for unique wedding background music. “A Thousand Years” is a gorgeous instrumental rendition of the popular ballad originally performed by Christina Perri. The Piano Guys’ version features Moana star Auli’i Cravalho on vocals, and her performance is absolutely breathtaking. Paired with the group’s soaring piano and cello arrangement, “A Thousand Years” is sure to give your wedding guests all the feels.

“Canon in D” by Johann Pachelbel

“Canon in D” is one of the most popular wedding songs for a reason: It’s simple, elegant, and timeless. Pachelbel’s classic composition has been used in countless weddings over the years, and it always seems to make the perfect background music for any wedding scene.

“Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles

One of the most popular wedding background songs of all time, “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles is a perfect choice for your big day. The song’s optimistic lyrics and positive message are sure to add an extra touch of happiness to your event.

“Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

This enduring classic from “The Wizard of Oz” is a guaranteed tear-jerker, and its ukulele-led arrangement by Hawaiian musician Israel Kamakawiwo’ole is downright gorgeous. It’s perfect for a ceremony exit, especially if you and your spouse are fans of the movie (or just big fans of love).

“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Judy Garland

One of the most classic songs of all time, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Judy Garland is a perfect choice for your wedding background music. This beloved tune will inject a touch of whimsy and nostalgia into your big day, making it all the more special.


In conclusion, when choosing the best instrumentals for your wedding background music, it is important to consider the overall tone of your event. Do you want something that is lively and upbeat, or something that is more romantic and reflective? There is no wrong answer, as long as the music you choose fits the overall mood and feel of your wedding day.

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