The beach wedding ceremony music you choose has the power to lift the senses and to set the tone for what your guests are about to see and experience.
First you need to choose how your would like your beach wedding ceremony music to be played - live or recorded. There are endless possibilities and the only limitation would be cost.
You can choose anything from steel drums, a marimba band, choir or a solo vocalist to a string trio, solo sax or a recording.
There are many pieces of music both classical and contemporary that is appropriate for your beach ceremony. Think anything contemporary, light and airy. Something that reminds you of summer! Here are a few examples:
Classical music tends to be a little formal for a beach ceremony, unless it will be in a church and you just have a seaside theme and perhaps a reception or cocktail hour on the beach.
There are however a few pieces (some traditional ceremony songs, and some not) that are light and airy and will suit a beach wedding ceremony just fine. Choose from the following:
Lullaby - Bond (Canon in D with a little Pick-Me-Up)
Still looking for that perfect Classical Beach Ceremony Song? Try this link for more ideas:
Classical Ceremony Songs
For some great full album collections of classical music for your ceremony (useful for the prelude and postlude) try one of the following:
The Knot Collection of Ceremony and Wedding Music
The 99 Most Essential Wedding Classics
The following songs are all instrumental (or mostly) pieces. Many of them added to the emotional intensity of some of the most epic and romantic movies.
They make perfect ceremony processional or entrance songs (your walk down the aisle). Have a listen and decide for yourself:
The Wedding - James Horner (from Legend of the Falls)
Bella's Lullaby (From Twilight) - Piano Version
Turning Page - Sleeping At Last (Processional from Breaking Dawn)
A Gift of Thistle - London Symphony Orchestra (from Braveheart)
Once Upon a Time ... Storybook Love - Mark Knopfler (from Princess Bride)
Pelagia's Song - Stephen Warbeck (from Captain Corelli's Mandolin)
Fairytale - Harry Gregson-Williams (from Shrek)
For the Love of a Princess - London Symphony Orchestra (from Braveheart)
Here Comes The Sun This is a beautiful instrumental version of this song. The title is just perfect for a beach wedding!
Just Like Heaven (String Quartet Tribute to The Cure)
If you still want to look around for that special instrumental song for your walk down the sandy isle, then try:
Instrumental Wedding Ceremony Songs
For some beautiful full albums of instrumental songs to complement your beach ceremony, try one of the following:
A Day To Remember - Music For Your Beach Wedding
Voyager Series: Romantic Hawaii
These songs are more modern and will work perfectly for beach ceremony music as they all make you recall summer in a way.
(I Can't Help) Falling In Love With You - UB40
Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do - Abba
Over The Rainbow - Eva Cassidy
Here Comes The Sun - The Burning Souls A lovely reggae version of the popular Beatles song.
White Sandy Beach of Hawai'i - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
For a great guide to planning all aspects of the music for both your ceremony and reception How to Set Your Wedding to Music: The Complete Wedding Music Guide and Planner (Book & CD) is a great guide to have.
If you have any suggestions of music you think we should include in this list, let us hear from you - leave a comment below.
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