How to Choose Your Wedding Prelude Music

February 4th, 20244 min

Your big day begins as soon as your guests arrive and find their seats. That’s why it’s important to select wedding prelude music that sets the mood of your celebration.

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  2. You’ll need to work with your DJ or ceremony musicians to put together a playlist of prelude songs for your wedding ceremony.

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  2. Take a look at our tips for crafting the perfect wedding prelude playlist for your celebration and our suggestions of popular wedding prelude songs to consider for your big day below.
Your Wedding Prelude Playlist will set the tone as guests find their seats

Curating Your Wedding Prelude Music

Here are a few questions to ask yourself when putting together your wedding prelude music:

  1. What is the tone of your celebration? Consider how you’d like your guests to feel as they await your nuptials, and where the ceremony is taking place. Are you looking for upbeat or calming songs? Instrumental or with lyrics? Is it indoors or outdoors? In a religious space?
  2. How long are you opening the space to guests before the celebration starts? We recommend making a playlist of wedding prelude songs that’s at least double the time you need, just so you’re sure you have enough music to cover any unexpected delays.
  3. What songs have meaning to both of you? Pull from your favorite memories together, songs you’ve enjoyed at other celebrations, and from your favorite media.

Popular Wedding Prelude Songs

We put together a list of 15 popular wedding prelude songs. We pulled from different genres with both instrumental and vocal options, and you can stream our playlist right on Spotify.

Why We Chose These Songs

Wondering why we picked each of these songs or the reason they so popular as wedding prelude music?

Check out our thoughts below:

01. The Princess Bride – Storybook Love By Vitamin String Quartet

The soundtracks to your favorite movies can be a great place to start looking for prelude songs for your wedding ceremony.

02. Real Love By The Beatles

Be sure to check out bands that are meaningful to you, too. 

03. Seasons Of Love – From Rent by Stan Whitmire

Songs from your favorite musicals can make for great wedding prelude music, too.

04. Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper

It’s a great time to play fun throwbacks that everyone knows.

05. Best Part (feat. H.E.R.) By Daniel Caesar, H.E.R.

Or your favorite pop songs.

06. Somewhere Only We Know by Allen & Bright

Or instrumental covers of your favorite pop songs.

07. Can’t Help Falling in Love by Brooklyn Duo

Or instrumental covers of classics.

08. Prelude in C by Bow and Ivory

Or just instrumental classics themselves!

09. Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

You can use your wedding prelude music to transport your guests to other places.

10. The Flower Garden by Joe Hisaishi

Even fictional places, like Howl’s Moving Castle.

11. I’m Confessin’ (That I Love You) by Thelonious Monk

Or even different time periods. 

12. Golden Hour by Kacey Musgraves

Chill pop songs are a great option to set the mood.

13. AMAZING by Rex Orange County

But your wedding prelude music doesn’t have to be all chill songs—pick the tempo that sets the tone you’re going for!

14. Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley

You can add in songs that align with your religious beliefs. 

15. Apocalypse by Cigarettes After Sex

While your reception is a place to play songs everyone knows, your wedding prelude music is a great place to add unique songs to make your ceremony even more you.

Follow Along for More Wedding Prelude Music Playlists and Wedding Planning Tips!

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