45 The Best Classic Wedding Songs (Update for 2024)

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One of the most important items on the wedding checklist is music. This is because it adds flavor and some beauty to the day. There are so many genres of music, from which we’ve sieved out classic wedding songs.


They are timeless and hold their appeal every time. And if you’re planning your wedding, create your playlist by picking all your fave’s from our list.

Best Classic Wedding Songs

Classic kinds of music are such good wedding songs that they’re timeless. Sung by legends, they’re constant favorites with romantic depth.

  1. Frank Sinatra — The way you look tonight
    This piece has been a wedding regular since 1942’s “once upon a honeymoon” making it one of the top classic wedding songs.
  2. Stevie Wonder — Isn’t she lovely
    Originally sang to celebrate the birth of his baby girl Aisha, this song is perfect for the bride’s reception entrance.
  3. Seal — Kiss from a rose
    This is one of the best classic ceremony wedding songs. She’s his power, pleasure, and pain which is love’s reality.
  4. Peter, Paul, and Mary — Wedding songs
    First performed in 1969 at the wedding of Peter Yarrow to his wife. This song remains evergreen immersed in charming romance.
  5. Noel Paul Stookey — There is love
    Ever listened to the wonders of love? This song adds an edge of reality and touch of intensity to love.


Wedding March

It’s a beautiful thing to walk down the aisle to traditional wedding songs. See some uber amazing classical pieces below.

  1. Felix Mendelssohn — Wedding march
  2. J.J. Mouret — Rondeau 
    This is a piece of solemn yet dramatic music brought together in symphonies. This French legend gives the bride a grand entrance.
  3. Wagner — Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin
    This is the standard for every other traditional wedding processional songs. It charges the atmosphere as the bride makes her entrance.
  4. Johann Pachelbel — Canon in D
    If you fancy some seasoned traditional jazz music for that walk of faith, Canon in D is the perfect song.
  5. Wagner — Bridal Chorus (pipe organ solo)
    We love this wedding march song because it brings the opera to the bride, serenading her down to the aisle.


Classic Wedding Ceremony Songs

These are timeless non-traditional music perfect for all stages of the wedding ceremony. From the entrance to vows and procession.

  1. Hall and Oates — You make my dreams
    The evergreen song from Hall and Oates is beautiful for the cake-cutting moment. Keep the song soft in the background.
  2. Train — Marry me
    For the vow saying moment, Marry Me is just perfect. It lends power to the promises you’re making at that moment.
  3. Jason Mraz — I’m yours
    This is a classic piece that any bride will love to walk down the aisle to. It says she’s his!
  4. Shania Twain — From this moment on
    This country goodness from Shania Twain fits perfectly with the first kiss. Forever begins then. It’s also great for the procession.
  5. The Beatles — All You Need Is Love
    This is a piece of pre-wedding music before the guests settle in. A soft number for the background as guests mingle within themselves.


First Dance Wedding Songs

The first dance is all about the couple only. Get lost in each other dancing to the most romantic music.

  1. Etta James — At last
    You now have your beloved to hold forever. At last, it was a long time coming so waltz to music.
  2. Shania Twain — In your eyes
    A song of promise, love, hope, and a future together. This is what grand first dances are quite made of.
  3. Righteous Brothers — Unchained Melody
    It’s a happy moment, there are no restrictions or inhibition. Dance to your heart’s fill with this classic dance piece.
  4. Ed Sheeran — Perfect
    You’re both perfect today as you will be forever. A love so true and without condition is what this song says.
  5. Dooley Wilson Casablanca — As time goes by
    The love you feel for each other will become stronger as the year goes by. A first dance absolute perfection.


Classic Father Daughter Wedding Songs

A great father is one a daughter can never let go of. Dance with daddy to these amazing heartfelt pieces.

  1. Al Martino — Daddy’s little girl
    Always daddy’s little girl, his arms will always be your safety. Show him your love by enjoying this song with him.
  2. The Temptations — My girl
    Share a moment with your daddy on the dance floor. It remains one of the best father-daughter wedding pieces.
  3. John Mayer — Daughters
    Daughters are precious and the best friends to their daddies. Join him on the dancefloor and waltz to this number.
  4. Heartland — I loved her first
    He held you first and he loved you first. Always your hero and first man, take steps in his arms.
  5. Van Morrison — Brown-eyed girl
    The brown-eyed girl is beautiful and daddy’s jewel. This is an emotional heartfelt song for a father-daughter wedding dance.

Best Classic Wedding Songs For The Sweetest Moment

Every moment at the wedding becomes special with the right song. See some samples of the best classic wedding songs below.

  1. Celine Dion — Because you loved me
    For saying the vows, this song charges up the ambiance with romantic emotions. Everyone is mushy, bright-eyed but happy.
  2. Dixie Cups — Going to the chapel of love
    This song is perfect for the wedding procession of a modern and wanderlust bride. You can seat elegantly to the rhythm.
  3. Diana Ross and Lionel Richie — Endless love 
    A duet by two legends, this number is the best starter for the first dance. It’s romantic, loaded, and sensual.
  4. Archie’s — Sugar Sugar
    A beautiful piece for the dancefloor. Your wedding party will show you who’s crazy about this one. It’s fun, upbeat, and romantic.
  5. Frank Sinatra — Love and marriage
    A don of romantic ballads, he gives us the facts and sweetness about love and marriage at the couple’s first dance.


Bouquet Toss And Garter Toss

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It’s time to transfer the baton by throwing the bouquet to your girl squad. Fire on some energetic musical beats.

  1. Alannah Myles — Black velvet
    Not really a wedding song per se, this piece is a fun song that suits the wedding garter throwing moment.
  2. Nelly — Hot in here
    With this song coming on, all the ladies present will get their sexy on. A time to catch the garter.
  3. James Bond — Theme song
    Like the James Bond series is synonymous with action. This theme song is energetic enough to bring some stage action.
  4. Beyoncé — All the single ladies
    Call the attention of everyone with this song. Let them brother put a ring on it if they like it.
  5. Queen — Another one bites the dust
    This is an upbeat song that celebrates your exit from the bachelorette gang. The perfect wedding music for a garter toss.

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Last Dance Music

The wedding comes to an end, it has been a day of beauty and love. Time to give the last dance.

  1. Donna Summer – Last dance
    This is a sensual beat to wrap up all dances. It’s a beautiful day that must come to an end.
  2. The Ronettes – Be my baby
    This song simply recounts how beautiful the wedding day was. With hope of a future even more fun and beautiful.
  3. Dirty Dancing – Time of my life (final dance)
    Give the guests an unforgettable show by doing the dirty dance. This is how to close a wedding in style.
  4. Eric Clapton – Wonderful tonight
    No song says it any better this interesting piece. Hold hands and dance this one last song before the exit.
  5. Natalie Cole — This will be an everlasting love
    And a promise blended with a declaration to end the day is this wonderful classic by Natalie. Together forever going forward.


Classic Last Songs

Bow out and be on your way to your honeymoon in grand style by playing these classic last dance wedding music.

  1. Frank Sinatra — An affair to remember
    From the wedding planning, tears and smiles, and a successful wedding. It will always be a beautiful affair to remember.
  2. Heatwave — Always and forever
    Even as the wedding draws to a close, leave with a reminder that what you share is always and forever.
  3. Beatles – Hello goodbye
    Time to leave, step off with this upbeat and danceable number from the Beatles. Oldie but a goodie.
  4. Arthur Fields and Walter Donovan – Abba dabba honeymoon
    If you’d be having a honeymoon immediately after your wedding, this is your ideal getting away song.
  5. John Travolta And Olivia Newton John – You’re the one that I want
    This song serves as a continuous reminder to the couple that they belong to each other forever.

Classic wedding songs are well spread across every genre. So it’s a matter of what you want and what songs fit a particular aspect of the wedding. Regardless of the genre of music you favor for the wedding, we’ve got you covered. There’s something for every stage of the wedding, parading most of the best wedding songs of all time. Browse through and get some inspiration for the wedding playlist.