INSPIRATION - Classical and Modern Piano Music for Wedding Ceremonies

21st July 2020

INSPIRATION - Classical and Modern Piano Music for Wedding CeremoniesIt is 'the' moment when a bridal party makes a grand entrance by walking down the straight aisle. So, the question is, what piano music is most fitting to select for this precious moment of your life? As much as it depends on the preferences, you’d be surprised at how many piano music choices may not be on your list.

Music, after all, is a powerful ingredient to make a wedding ceremony more vibrant. You can just sit-in and harness the power of music as it evokes people’s emotions. And this is where the preference can make all the difference.

Whether you are a couple that loves classical Richard Wagner or wants something more contemporary that could capture the spirit of your modern lifestyle, there’s something for every couple. Here’s an essential list of classical and modern piano music that would be ideal for your wedding ceremony:

Bridal Chorus by Richard Wagner

You may know this piano music as famous "Here Comes the Bride." And that is because people conventionally use it as a piece of bridal processional music. However, in several cases, people prefer to sing the lyrical words "Here Comes the Bride" when the first notes of the tune hit. It might come across as somewhat clichéd, but it undeniably puts people into a wedding mood.

Canon in D by Johann Pachelbel

It is a classic walking-down-the-aisle music that has become a favorite of many wedding planners. The story of this traditional piano tune always baffles people. It was written in the 1600s but got lost for centuries. Surprisingly, the rediscovery of the tune in the 1960s paved the way for a new era of the music scene for wedding ceremonies.

There is a recurring progression of this classical piece in countless forms. However, the original version is more suitable for wedding ceremonies. Remember to get the wedding version of this classical Pachelbel piano music. You can find Paul Hankinson's wedding versions in various combinations of songs.

Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Although there is a multitude of great classical entrance tunes you can run during Bridal Chorus, recessional (i.e., exit music), piano music can be hard to choose. However, the Wedding March by Mendelssohn is what one would call a grand exit piano music.

It may sound slightly overblown, but the overwhelming impact it makes in huge venues or churches always makes it worth playing. The first impression of the piano music sounds like a theatrical piece because it was composed to praise William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

'Can't Help Falling in Love' by Elvis Presley

There is a good chance you may have already planned to use a modern pop or contemporary love song for your upcoming wedding ceremony. Well, “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by the legendary Elvis Presley perfectly captures the essence of the promise that a couple vows on the wedding day.

It's the small, subtle, and lyrical touch of "take my hand," followed by "take my whole life," that creates a magical atmosphere. It should not be a surprise that most people cannot help but use it in their wedding ceremony.

You don't necessarily have to use the original version, but try out wedding versions and some classical touch of Bach to make it sound more sophisticated. You can find "Can't Help Falling in Love" and many other enchanting songs on Skoove.

Perhaps, the reason the song is so romantic than others is due to its French origin. It comes from a French song, "Plaisir d'amour" by various male singers. Sure, there are subtle changes here and there, but the song's essence is mostly the same.

'Thinking Out Loud' by Ed Sheeran

If you want something contemporary to play at your wedding ceremony, “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran is an excellent and safe choice. Well, partly because the song influences people to dance around. The song can pretty much encapsulate what it means to take wedding vows.

The lyrical tone of "falling in love" and loving until we're seventy" brings togetherness you want in a wedding ceremony. You can, of course, use a special wedding version and add a classical touch of Pachelbel's Canon or Wagner's Bridal Chorus to sound more elegant.

'All of Me' by John Legend

John Legend’s “All of Me” speaks about the purity of a wedding ceremony. It resonates with couples who profess unconditional love and support for each other. It may sound a little corny at first, but it perfectly summarizes the day-to-day emotional state of love.

The song largely communicates with the audience about the importance of a wedding. Get your tissues ready because the two people looking at each other in love with a backdrop of this song could make anyone cry.

'Can You Feel the Love Tonight' by Elton John

The list would not be complete without an Elton John song to increase the excitement level of a wedding ceremony. You may think of this song as cheesy, but for a couple who feels like they are in a Disney film, understand its charm.


It is entirely up to you to use a piano song in a relaxed or professional capacity. It means you can use, for instance, Vivaldi piano music during recessionals and even as a prelude when new guests arrive. However, postlude music can be relatively different.

If you want to learn the basics of playing the piano with an extensive song selection, you cannot go wrong with the Skoove app. It couldn't be more perfect for finding out piano learning lessons and get familiar with a wide range of piano song selection. You can create a list of piano songs for your wedding in a specific order with your new partner.

Besides, when a couple shares the expression of a new learning experience, it’s as romantic as it gets. It is the same expression that forges the bond of your love for good. You can dance around and revel in the beauty of music with your partner. Several wedding planners often include hidden messages within piano songs as surprises to profess the mutual love the couple has for each other.

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