40 Popular Piano Wedding Songs to Compliment Your Day

40 Popular Piano Wedding Songs to Compliment Your Day

Piano music is the quintessential romantic accompaniment for any wedding day or civil ceremony. Booking a wedding pianist for the bridal entrance, recessional and processional songs will guarantee to add that little extra sparkle to your wedding ceremony.

Whether it's ceremony music, background piano music during the wedding breakfast or the first dance song, a professional wedding pianist will have the versatility to ensure every base is covered.

Wedding Ceremony Piano Music

Finding the musical genre for your wedding processional music is a great starting point. Popular piano genres include pop, jazz, classical, contemporary, and even modern indie and rock. You can expect your pianist to play during the wedding processional, for the bride walking down the aisle (often a shorter rendition rather than the entire song), and a recessional song as the bride and groom exit.

Once you have a good idea of the music you're after, head on over to our wedding pianist section, where you'll find a whole range of fantastic piano players available to hire for your big day.

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Modern Wedding Songs vs Traditional Wedding Songs

The important thing to remember is that there are no rules to which piano songs you can choose. You can have the best piano songs tailored to suit you. Some couples favour one or the other, but many enjoy a classic-meets-modern approach infusing the very best of old and new.

One of the most popular wedding songs on a pianist's repertoire for ceremonies remains 'A Thousand Years' by Christina Perri, made famous from the Twilight Saga. John Legend is another commonly requested modern song. The Italian pianist Ludovico Einaudi is a classic example of contemporary classical wedding music. Other popular songs, 'Glasgow Love Theme' and 'River Flows In You', work perfectly for the big day.

Top 10 Modern Wedding Songs Arranged For Piano

  • Ludovico Einaudi - I Giorni
    Ludovico Einaudi - I Giorni
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  • Yiruma - River Flows In You
    Yiruma - River Flows In You
    Play
  • Yann Tierson - Comptine D'un Autre Ete Apres Midi
    Yann Tierson - Comptine D'un Autre Ete Apres Midi
    Play
  • Christina Perri - A Thousand Years
    Christina Perri - A Thousand Years
    Play
  • Sigur Ros - Hoppipolla
    Sigur Ros - Hoppipolla
    Play
  • Craig Armstrong - Glasgow Love Theme (From Love Actually)
    Craig Armstrong - Glasgow Love Theme (From Love Actually)
    Play
  • John Legend - All Of Me
    John Legend - All Of Me
    Play
  • Ludovico Einaudi - Nuvole Bianche
    Ludovico Einaudi - Nuvole Bianche
    Play
  • Traditional - Somewhere Over The Rainbow
    Traditional - Somewhere Over The Rainbow
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  • Elvis Presley - Can't Help Falling In Love
    Elvis Presley - Can't Help Falling In Love
    Play

Traditional Wedding Songs

Weddings have dated back since BC. They are one of the most traditional mutual agreements of love and togetherness. Johann Pachelbel wrote his famous 'Canon' in 1680 and it's still the most commonly heard piano wedding song (this song soundtracked the bridal entrance of my own wedding day). Marriage is a tradition, and classical music is the perfect fit for a traditional wedding.

Top 10 Traditional Wedding Songs

  • Johann Pachelbel - Pachebel's Canon
    Johann Pachelbel - Pachebel's Canon
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  • Claude Debussy - Claire De Lune
    Claude Debussy - Claire De Lune
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  • Shubert - Ave Maria
    Shubert - Ave Maria
    Play
  • Mendelssohn - Wedding March
    Mendelssohn - Wedding March
    Play
  • Wagner - Bridal Chorus
    Wagner - Bridal Chorus
    Play
  • Bach - Air On The G String
    Bach - Air On The G String
    Play
  • Erik Satie - Gymnopedie No. 1
    Erik Satie - Gymnopedie No. 1
    Play
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber - Pie Jesu
    Andrew Lloyd Webber - Pie Jesu
    Play
  • Handel - Largo from Xerxes
    Handel - Largo from Xerxes
    Play
  • Jeremiah Clarke - Trumpet Voluntary
    Jeremiah Clarke - Trumpet Voluntary
    Play

Jazz Piano and Vintage

Jazz piano was the pop music of its era and a genre of music that brought people together to listen, dance, and celebrate. It's often considered a classy and sophisticated choice, especially for background music, drinks receptions and the wedding breakfast.

Jazz has seen a revival with artists such as Amy Winehouse, Norah Jones and Paloma Faith putting a contemporary spin on the style and bringing it back to the forefront. As such, wedding pianists often blend the style or put a jazz spin on modern pop songs.

In a similar vein, the stellar success of Peaky Blinders and bands like Post Modern Jukebox has fuelled a resurgence in the sound of vintage 1920s piano jazz. Again, the fusion of pop music into this genre brings a talking point and a retro sound to a modern wedding.

Top 10 Jazz Piano Songs

  • Johnny Mercer - Autumn Leaves
    Johnny Mercer - Autumn Leaves
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  • Disney - Someday My Prince Will Come
    Disney - Someday My Prince Will Come
    Play
  • Errol Garner - Misty
    Errol Garner - Misty
    Play
  • Ella Fitzgerand - All The Things You Are
    Ella Fitzgerand - All The Things You Are
    Play
  • Justin Hurwitz - City Of Stars
    Justin Hurwitz - City Of Stars
    Play
  • Ray Charles - Georgia On My Mind
    Ray Charles - Georgia On My Mind
    Play
  • Norah Jones - Don't Know Why
    Norah Jones - Don't Know Why
    Play
  • Scott Joplin - Maple Leaf Rag
    Scott Joplin - Maple Leaf Rag
    Play
  • Frank Sinatra - Fly Me To The Moon
    Frank Sinatra - Fly Me To The Moon
    Play
  • Ella Fitzgerald - My Funny Valentine
    Ella Fitzgerald - My Funny Valentine
    Play

Top 10 Vintage Pop Piano Covers

  • Coolio-Gangsta's Paradise
    Coolio-Gangsta's Paradise
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  • Meghan Trainer - All About That Bass
    Meghan Trainer - All About That Bass
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  • The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
    The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
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The First Dance

Given the piano's natural beauty and romantic soundscape, piano songs are a popular choice for the first dance song. The first dance usually precedes the wedding party when all your guests will join you on the dance floor. The piano has been used in love songs and ballads for the last century, so options for the first dance are endless. Piano versions can often easily be arranged to create an original spin on a modern classic. Choose a popular wedding song that means something to you.

It's not always an easy task choosing your first dance. As a couple, we recommend thinking about your shared musical interests, bands you love, or concerts you’ve been to together?

Top 10 First Dance Songs For Pianists

Feel free to browse our list of popular piano requests to help narrow down your perfect first dance song.

  • Adele - Make You Feel My Love
    Adele - Make You Feel My Love
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  • Elton John - Your Song
    Elton John - Your Song
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  • John Legend - All Of Me
    John Legend - All Of Me
    Play
  • Jason Mraz - I Won't Give Up
    Jason Mraz - I Won't Give Up
    Play
  • Ed Sheeran - Perfect
    Ed Sheeran - Perfect
    Play
  • James Arthur - Say You Won't Let Go
    James Arthur - Say You Won't Let Go
    Play
  • Ellie Goulding - How Long Will I Love You
    Ellie Goulding - How Long Will I Love You
    Play
  • Ed Sheeran - Tenerife Sea
    Ed Sheeran - Tenerife Sea
    Play
  • Jack Johnson - Better Together
    Jack Johnson - Better Together
    Play
  • Ben E King - Stand By Me
    Ben E King - Stand By Me
    Play