From Here Comes The Bride to DJs: the History of Wedding Music


Weddings and music have always gone hand-in-hand. When you think of a wedding song, you probably think of “Here Comes The Bride”, but wedding music has a much longer and colourful history than you would imagine. Many music trends have come and gone, yet  certain songs have proven themselves to be timeless in wedding culture.

Exploring traditions

Beyond being an integral  part of the wedding reception, there are various musical traditions that exist throughout the different parts of the ceremony. “Ave Maria” is a popular choice for the seating of the bride and groom’s parents, since the title itself means “hail Mary” and therefore has connections to the virgin Mary figure and motherhood. 



 “Canon in D” by Pachebel was written in the 1700s, but largely forgotten until 1913 when it surged in popularity as a song for the wedding processional. “Here Comes The Bride” was written in the nineteenth century, and first used as a wedding march for the royal wedding of Princess Victoria to Prince Frederick William of Prussia. It remains one of the most popular wedding songs of all time. The couple exited to “Wedding March” by Mendelssohn, another song which became grew in popularity due to this royal wedding. 

Classical music continues to be a staple component of modern weddings. However, popular music has arguably become a larger part of the celebration. 



DJs became a wedding trend in the United Kingdom during the 1960s. The “mobile disco” became known for bringing portable sound to social events of all kinds.

Dancing at weddings was traditionally a chance to display social status through skill, but as popular music grew, it shifted into an opportunity for fun. The mobile disco made it possible to bring this popular music to the wedding guests throughout the entire evening. 

Read more about the evolution of the DJ in our blog.



In 1961, the most popular wedding song was “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley. In 1970, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder. 1981, “Endless Love” by Lionel Ritchie and Diana Ross. 1992, “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston.

Today, some of the most popular wedding songs are sung by Ed Sheeran, Christina Perri and Adele. The evolution of weddings is perfectly reflected by the changes in the music chosen by couples.

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Read more about music styles for weddings in our blog.

The best part of this evolution of music is that couples don’t need to decide between the old and the new. It is possible to not only have both classical and pop music at your wedding, but to combine the two with a classical live act. Or, trust a DJ to create the perfect combination for you. 



Earcandy has a wide range of entertainment to chose from, including live bands for day entertainment, or DJs for the evening. When you make your choice of band or DJ our team wil ensure the perfect selection of genre and mood for any setting. Whatever you choose, Earcandy can help you plan to have the best live entertainment for your very special day. 

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