A great soundtrack is important in planning a wedding as it intensifies the experience. This is exactly what you want your music to do on your wedding day, starting with your ceremony. This guide will help you create a ceremony music playlist that will enhance the emotions of love and happiness. The right soundtrack will help you feel amazing at TheArtFactory, as every bride should feel on her wedding day! If you prefer to create a ceremony music playlist with live musicians and your budget allows, you've got a lot of decisions to make! Finalize your song selection before you work out what kind of musicians you'd like to bring the tunes to life. An acoustic guitarist can provide relaxed romance while a pianist can create moving melodies for your live ceremony music. You have many options to choose from.

What are some of the wedding ceremony songs that our featured couples love? Traditional songs like Pachelbel's "Canon in D" or Wagner's "Bridal Chorus" might come to mind, while more modern couples might prefer songs like Christina Perri's "A Thousand Years," Eva Cassidy's "Songbird," Train's "Marry Me," Bruno Mars' "Marry You," or Ed Sheeran's "Tenerife Sea." If you loved those 12 wedding ceremony songs, then you'll love these. This guide provides information on what to play and when to play it to ensure your music is effective. How to create your perfect ceremony music playlist: 
1. Decide whether you want live music or a compiled playlist. 
2. Select songs that you and your guests will love. 
3. Put it all together and enjoy! You want romantic and gentle music as your guests arrive. As you walk down the aisle, the processional songs you've chosen provide the perfect backdrop to your entrance. Many brides love the drama and tradition of the traditional ‘Bridal Chorus’. Pachelbel's 'Canon in D' is a romantic and soft soundtrack that creates anticipation. Choose a song that inspires confidence in you. Choose songs that help you feel your best, as all eyes will be on you, which can be daunting, but you will doubtless look brilliant. Choose songs that have meaning to you and your partner for when you sign the register. This is often a great time to choose songs with lyrics that really resonate. The nervous part of the ceremony is over, so you’re both relaxed and feeling on top of the world. Let your music reflect that! Ceremony music for when you walk back up the aisle as newlyweds
Equally, as you exit the ceremony and walk back up the aisle as husband and wife, you want a song that is celebratory and complements how you feel. Don’t feel you have to do the same as other couples, either. We’ve seen newlyweds break out into a dance routine as they rock it back up the aisle. We’ve seen others walk out together, totally in love, to Train’s ‘Marry Me’. And then there are the couples who see the end of the ceremony as the start of the party, choosing a track to match. Once you’ve nailed your ceremony music playlist, it’s time to think about the party afterwards! ‘Waste’ by Phish
At their beautiful wedding Nick surprised his bride, Cara, by selecting their first dance song on his own. “I had no idea what it was going to be prior to that night,” says Cara. “He chose the song ‘Waste’ by Phish.”
‘I’m Yours’ by Jason Mraz
Natasha and Steve’s classic, old Hollywood themed big day boasted a first dance to ‘I’m yours’ by Jason Mraz. Natasha says, “This song has a special meaning for us. It was the song that was playing while I was getting ready for our very first date and then as I got into Steve’s car it was playing again! We always randomly hear it wherever we go!”
You’ll find more romantic ideas like these in this ultimate list of 40 romantic first dance classics. ‘Sky Full of Stars’ by Coldplay
School sweethearts Lauren and Adam went for the personal route with a wonderful surprise twist! “We chose ‘Sky Full of Stars’ by Coldplay. The song is close to our hearts and had been for a while. It just describes us as a couple!”, says Lauren. On the day Adam surprised Lauren with tickets to see Coldplay later in the year, too. ‘Listen to the Man’ by George Ezra
A few months before their wedding, James was away serving in the Falklands for six months. While he was away the couple were still trying to decide on their first dance song. “I’d seen the video for ‘Listen to the Man’ by George Ezra on television and was explaining to James over Skype how funny it was,” says Rachel. “James then asked the British Forces Broadcasting Service to play it, dedicating it to me. It made me feel that little bit closer to him, with him 8,000 miles away – of course it was our first dance song after that!” 
‘Without You’ by David Guetta
Katherine and Matt wanted a fun, upbeat song that they both loved for their first dance. Choosing ‘Without You’ by David Guetta, the couple choreographed a routine rather than a formal dance, totally surprising their guests. Katherine says, “We absolutely loved doing it and the reaction from the guests was just awesome!”
Like this? You’ll love these 16 quirky first dance song ideas for the less traditional couple! Haven’t got your ceremony music sorted yet, either? Check those out: