Wedding music played as a background to various wedding interludes should provide the right ambience without overshadowing the actual event. You will not need music for the entire wedding ceremony. Some moments are better served by silence, which allows your guests time for quiet reflection. Appropriate background music can help add emphasis to a particular reading. For example, if someone is reading an Irish poem, having an instrumental version of “When Irish Eyes are Smiling” will help add emphasis to the reading. If you are looking for music to use during unity ceremonies, check out the Best Unity Ritual Songs.
When choosing music, you will want to consider what mood you are looking to set. Keep in mind that mood is not always determined by the songs you choose. Sometimes it is a matter of what type of instruments are used or how the song is arranged. For example, take the classic love song “Because You Love Me.” – in our playlist we have three different versions of it – notice how the mood changes from one version to the next, depending on the instruments used. So think about the mood you are looking to achieve for your wedding ceremony when considering the instruments used in the songs.
When selecting wedding music, here is a general guide as to what instruments you should consider to set the right mood. Here is a good guideline as to which instruments best fit different moods.
We have selected a few of the more popular contemporary instrumental pieces and listed them below. Keep in mind, many of the songs have multiple instrumental variations (piano, guitar, strings, etc.) – too many, in fact, for us to list each version individually. So, if we have the piano version listed but you want the guitar version, just search for the guitar version when the view tab (for that song) takes you to iTunes. Having said that, we did try to find the more popular versions and/or versions that were recorded specifically for weddings. For your convenience, we have compiled the songs in a playlist, making it easy for you to listen to a sample or purchase a song.A detailed list of the songs is provided below the playlist. If you are looking for songs specifically for a wedding union ritual, such as the lighting of the unity candles, we have created a special page for it titled Best Unity Ritual Songs. Also, if you are looking for classical instrumental pieces, we have listed them on our page of Best Classical Instrumental Songs.