From the song you choose to walk down the aisle to, to your first tune post-tying the knot. From songs to serenade your entrance to the reception to your first and last dance, we've picked a pile of love-worthy lyrics - so that you don't have to.

But first, the rundown of which songs to play when:

Ceremony

Prelude : music played as your guests are arriving and taking their seats 

Processional: the song you walk down the aisle to before exchanging vows

Recessional: the song you walk back up the aisle two once you're officially married

Reception

Reception entrance:  the song you play as you're introduced to guests at the reception 

Bridal Waltz/First Dance: we think this one's pretty obvious

We've picked a pile of love-worthy lyrics for every kind of wedding:

A vintage affair

Prelude

  • Sunday Kind of Love, Etta James
  • Dream a little dream of me, Ella Fitzgerland and Louis Armstrong

Processional/Walking down the aisle

  • Feeling Good, Nina Simone
  • At Last, Etta James
  • When I fall in love, Nat King Cole

Signing of the register

  • My baby just cares for me, Nina Simone
  • La Vie en Rose, Edith Piaf
  • I just want to make love to you, Etta James

Recessional - Walking back up the aisle

  • Everything I have is Yours, Billie Holiday
  • The Wonder of You, Elvis 
  • Love and Marriage, Frank Sinatra

Reception entrance

  • Fly me to the moon, Frank Sinatra
  • L'hymne a l'amour, Edith Piaf

First dance

  • Ain't That a Kick in the Head, Dean Martin
  • It Had to Be You, Harry Connick Jr
  • The Wonder of You, Elvis 
  • The Way you Look Tonight, Tony Bennett

A boho wedding

Prelude

  • In My Life, John Lennon & Paul McCartney
  • Vitamin String Quartet, Landslide 
  • Pony, Kasey Chambers

Processional - Walking Down the Aisle songs

  • Roses by Grace Grundy
  • Girl from the Country, Johnny Cash 
  • Throw your arms around me, Hunters & Collectors
  • Wings, Birdy (acoustic) 
  • Isn't she lovely, Stevie Wonder 
  • She, Elvis Costello

Signing of the register

  • Somewhere over the rainbow, Judy Garland
  • Hallelujah, Jeff Beck
  • Jackson, Johnny Cash & June Carter 
  • Georgia on my Mind, Ray Charles

Recessional - Walking back up the aisle songs

  • Can't do without you by Carribou
  • Everlasting Love, U2
  • Lean on Me, Bill Withers 
  • Signed, sealed, delivered....I'm yours, Stevie Wonder 
  • That's How Strong My Love is, Otis Redding 
  • Gone, gone gone, Phil Phillips

Reception entrance 

  • Vitamin String Quartet, Wonderwall 
  • Vitamin String Quartet, All you Need is Love
  • Happy Together, The Turtles 
  • Home, Phil Phillips

First dance 

  • Latch by Sam Smith piano acoustic version 
  • The first time ever I saw your face, Roberta Flack 
  • I See Love, Passenger 
  • Crazy, Patsy Cline
  • Let's Stay Together, Al Green 
  • Moondance, Van Morrison
  • I think I love you, The Partridge Family

More traditional wedding music

Prelude

  • Primavera, Vivaldi
  • Water Music, Handel 
  • Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring, Bach

Processional

  • Arrival of The Queen of Sheba, Handel
  • Canon in D, Pachelbel 
  • Ave Maria, various (Michael Buble and Andrea Bocelli do good versions) 
  • Trumpet Voluntary, Clarke 
  • Amazing Grace, various

Signing of the register

  • Have you ever been in love? Celine Dion 
  • My Heart will go on, Celine Dion 
  • Air on a G String, Bach

Recessional

  • A New Day has Come, Celine Dion 
  • The Wedding March, Mendelsohn
  • You're my first, my last, my everything, Barry White 
  • Ain't no mountain high enough, Diana Ross

First dance

  • You are so beautiful, Joe Cocker
  • You are the sunshine of my life, Stevie Wonder 
  • For You, Kenny Lattimore

More upbeat wedding songs

Prelude

  • You Give Me Something, James Morrison 
  • Same Love, Macklemore
  • Magic, Coldplay 
  • Hold on, we're going home, Drake

Processional

  • All I have to give, Backstreet Boys
  • Marry You, Bruno Mars
  • Marry Me, Train
  • Ed Sheeran, Kiss Me 
  • The most beautiful girl in the world, Prince

Signing of the register

  • Flying Without Wings, Westlife
  • Wind Beneath my Wings, Bette Midler
  • Affirmation, Savage Garden 
  • Making Memories of Us, Keith Urban 
  • I Will Follow You into the Dark, Death Cab for Cutie

Recessional

  • Disclosure - Latch feat. Sam Smith
  • Sky full of stars, Coldplay
  • Beautiful Day, U2
  • XO, Beyonce
  • Crazy Love, Michael Buble 
  • If I Ain't Got You, Alicia Keys

Reception entrance

  • Suit and Tie, Justin Timberlake
  • Get Lucky, Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams 
  • 2001 Space Odyssey (a la Elvis)
  • Young and Beautiful, Lana Del Ray 
  • Treasure, Bruno Mars 
  • Can you feel the love tonight? Elton John

First dance

  • Marry Me, Jason D'Rulo 
  • We Found Love, Rihanna
  • Love Story, Taylor Swift 
  • All of Me, John Legend
  • Just the way you are, Bruno Mars

Something not so serious

Prelude

  • Me and Julio, Paul Simon
  • Give Him a Great Big Kiss, The Shangri-Las

Processional

  • The Final Countdown, Europe
  • Love Train, The O'Jays
  • Love Song, The Cure

Signing of the register

  • Power of Love, Huey Lewis & the News 
  • Love is a Battlefield, Pat Benatar 
  • Hold Me Now, Thomson Twins

Recessional

  • Walk this Way, Run DMC & Mick Jagger 
  • Joy to the World, Hoyt Axton
  • You're My Best Friend, Queen
  • Just a Gigolo, Louis Prima
  • You're the one that I want, Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta

Reception entrance

  • Enter Sandman, Metallica
  • Leave Your Hat On, Joe Cocker 
  • We Will Rock You, Queen 
  • Let's Go Crazy, Prince 
  • Super Freak, Rick James

First dance

  • Never Gonna Give You Up, Rick Astley 
  • These Boots are Made for Walking, Nancy Sinatra 
  • Islands in the Stream, Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers
  • Mambo Italiano, Rosemary Clooney
  • Footloose, Kenny Loggins

Dance floor gold

A few tried and testing all time favourites that will bring any generation up on the dance floor

  • All Night Long, Lionel Richie 
  • Don't Stop til you Get Enough, Michael Jackson 
  • Ice, ice, Baby, Vanilla Ice 
  • Sexyback, Justin Timberlake
  • Hungry Like the Wolf, Duran Duran
  • Billie Jean, Michael Jackson
  • Lets Go Crazy, Prince
  • Crazy in Love, Beyonce
  • Pump Up the Jam, Technotronic
  • Oh What a Night, The Four Seasons

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