Most couples underestimate how many songs they’ll need for their big day. Yes, a wedding should include more than simply three songs for the entrance, signing of the register and exit. So, how many songs should you plan to use for the ceremony?
How Many Songs Are Needed For A Wedding?
In order to figure out how much music you’ll need for the entire ceremony, start by breaking down your wedding day into six parts. You will need songs for each of these parts of your big day:
- Pre-Wedding Music
- Entrance Music
- Register Signing Music
- Exit Music
Let’s look at exactly how many songs you’ll need during these moments below.
It’s never a bad idea to have some soft music playing as your guests arrive at the ceremony. Playing music at this time is not a necessity, yet it can really set a nice and peaceful mood as the festivities begin. How much music you’ll need for the pre-wedding depends on the bride and groom. If both parties are already present, then plan on using between 10-30 minutes worth of music.
Recommended Amount Of Music: 5-10 Songs
Undoubtedly, both the bride and groom will want to add some memorable entrance music upon their arrivals. It’s suggested that the bride pick their favorite upbeat tune. Try choosing a song that will truly change the atmosphere in the room. This will make her breathtaking entrance as memorable as possible. Pick a song that gets to the chorus quickly. You don’t want to be standing in place before the best part of the song has even begun.
Recommended Amount Of Music: 2 Songs
Religious weddings will traditionally include some hymns. If this is the case for your wedding, you’ll want to sprinkle in two or three hymns throughout the ceremony. Other weddings may include prayer readings. Go ahead and pair up some hymns with the readings, if you wish.
Recommended Amount Of Music: 2-3 Hymns
Register Signing Music
This part of the ceremony shouldn’t take too long, so you should be safe if you prepare two to three songs for this portion. If photographs are being taken at this point, though, this part could take a bit longer. Have a few backup songs on tap just in case.
Recommended Amount Of Music: 2-3 Songs
Also referred to as ‘Recessionals’, exit music is essential for any wedding. Most couples will opt for upbeat music as they leave the ceremony. Look at your song selection here as a send-off on your way to a happy marriage.
Recommended Amount Of Music: 1 Song
The party mix doesn’t have to stop after the bride and groom leave together. You may want to play some light music while the rest of the guests filter out. Continue the positive vibe by playing more upbeat music until the night is officially over.
Recommended Amount Of Music: 3-5 Songs
What Are The Best Wedding Songs?
Here is a list of 25 songs perfect for any moment during the ceremony:
1. “Marry You” – Bruno Mars
2. “Making Memories Of Us” – Keith Urban
3. “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” – Bryan Adams
4. “Better Together” – Jack Johnson
5. “Only Love” – Ben Howard
6. “Don’t Stop Believin” – Journey
7. “Always Remember Us This Way” – Lady Gaga
8. “Unchained Melody” – The Righteous Brothers
9. “All Of Me” – John Legend
10. “We Found Love” – Rihanna and Calvin Harris
11. “XO” – John Mayer
12. “I Do” – Colbie Caillat
13. “Ho Hey” – The Lumineers
14. “Marry Me” – Train
15. “Kiss Of Life” – Sade
16. “Time After Time” – Iron & Wine
17. “Love On Top” – Beyonce
18. “1999” – Prince
19. “First Day Of My Life” – Bright Eyes
20. “Only Wanna Be With You” – Hootie & The Blowfish
21. “In My Life” – The Beatles
22. “Teenage Dream” – Katy Perry
23. “All Night Long” – Lionel Richie
24. “Can’t Help Falling In Love” – Elvis Presley
25. “Holiday” – Madonna
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