finding the music

I’ve had music on my mind since our second meeting with Darin of Entertainment Plus.  The second meeting, for those of you who don’t know, is when you pick out the all the music.  The songs that take you from your first step down the aisle, to the last dance of the evening.

Below, I’ve outlined all the places you’ll need music throughout the day and a few suggestions to get you started (with a few personal faves sprinkled in – for good measure).

Also, at the bottom of very bottom, I’ve embedded a playlist with all the songs mentioned in the post. For your listening pleasure.

Ceremony Music

Prelude (when guests are being seated)

Traditional – think Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and lots of violins.

Bach – Ava Maria

Beethoven – Fifth Symphony

Mozart – Greensleeves

Modern – look for soft crooners such as Nora Jones, Enya and Andrea Bocelli.

Andrea Bocelli – Amapola

Enya – Fairy Tale

Norah Jone – Those Sweet Words

Or you can go completely badass and have your amazingly, talented uncle play his guitar.

Processional (bridal party walking down the aisle)

Traditional – same as above.

Bach – Sheep May Safely Graze

Pachebel in Canon D

Trumpet Voluntary

Modern – modern in the sense of using lyrics, not necessarily modern artists. A little different. A little memorable.

Celine Dion – A New Day Has Come

Josh Grobin – You Raise Me Up

Storybook Love – Mark Knopfler

The Bride’s March (yep – we get our own song. we’re that special.)

Traditional – you know, more hymns.

Here Comes the Bride (tons of versions) – not my favorite, but a classic.

Pachebel in Canon D (assuming you don’t use it for the processional)

Bach – Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring


Chrisette Michele – Golden

Enya – Only Time

Andre Bocelli – Con Te Partiro (I hear some celebs have used it. Reason enough.)

Recessional (back up the aisle as man + wife)


Mendelessohn – Wedding March

Handel – Water Music Hornpipe

Henry Purcell – Trumpet Tune


Rascal Flatts – God Bless the Broken Road

Dashboard Confessional – Stolen

Donna Lewis – At the Beginning (for the 80s lover. totally guilty here.)

Cake Cutting

The Archies – Sugar, Sugar

U2 – The Sweetest Thing

Pat Benetar – Hit Me With Your Best Shot (if you’re into food fighting)

Father/Daughter Dance

Note: On parent dances, Darin, of Entertainment Plus warns to be careful on song length, as modern songs can be a bit lengthier compared to the older, classics. Long songs with mom/dad can get awkward if you don’t have footwork planned. Thanks for the tips, Darin!

Paul Simon – Fathers and Daughters (mine + dad’s. may need to practice a few steps with this one :))

Heartland – I Loved Her First

Bob Carlisle – Butterfly Kisses

Luther Vandross – Dance With My Father

Mother/Son Dance

Louis Armstrong – What a Wonderful World (ahh the goldens)

Rascal Flatts – My Wish

Celine Dion – Because You Loved Me

First Dance

Marc Cohn – True Companion (LOVE, love this song. It’s not our first song, but thank you  Kirk + Heather for introducing me to its beauty)

Elvis – Can’t Help Falling in Love (please don’t ruin this by using Michael Buble’s version. Stick with The King.)

Alison Krauss – When You Say Nothing At All (a long time fave)

gold mine of good first dance songs right here

Garter Toss

Elvis – A Little Less Conversation

George Thorogood & The Destroyers – Bad to the Bone

ZZ Top – Legs

Bouquet Toss

Single Ladies – it’s one of the most popular songs for the ‘toss’. I don’t care for it. These ladies are aware they’re single.

Kool & The Gang – Ladies Night

Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Madonna – Express Yourself

Last Dance

Edwin McCain – I Could Not Ask for More

Eric Clapton – Wonderful Tonight

Lifehouse – Everything (note: it’s a good six minutes – maybe not the worst way to end the night with your love though)

Rock on,

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