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How to create a perfect wedding playlist

How to create a perfect wedding playlist or Combining Classical and Contemporary Music for Your Wedding. Creating a custom playlist for your wedding is a great way to personalize the music for your special day. Combining classical and contemporary music can add a unique touch to your wedding and appeal to a variety of tastes. Here are some tips for creating a custom playlist that combines classical and contemporary music:

Consider classical music as guests arrive:

Classical music has been around for centuries and can provide a timeless elegance to your wedding. Consider incorporating traditional pieces like “Canon in D” by Johann Pachelbel or “Ave Maria” by Franz Schubert into your playlist. Listen now:

Gradually add contemporary/pop top 40

Add some contemporary selections: Contemporary music can add a modern touch to your playlist and appeal to a wider range of guests. Consider incorporating popular songs like “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri or “All of Me” by John Legend. As the ceremony progresses, pop music can be incorporated more freely.

Incorporate special songs: Consider adding special songs that have meaning to you and your partner. It could be your first dance song, song from your first date or song that holds special memories for the both of you.

Vary the moods: Mix up the moods of the songs on your playlist to keep things interesting. Consider adding upbeat songs for the reception, and slower, more contemplative songs for the ceremony. Here are some ideas:

Signing of the register is a time for reflection

The signing of the marriage documents is a time to stop and reflect, and the choice of music should reflect that. This is the time to really slow things down. There may be time for one or even two pop songs, and don’y forget classical. The slower, quieter song choices will really make whatever is chosen for the upbeat recessional “pop”.

Tell your story

Make a playlist that tells your love story: Create a playlist that tells the story of your relationship, by adding songs that hold special memories for the both of you.


Duo d’Amore has written a Guide to Wedding Ceremony Music, has a list of Sample Programs and our ever expanding pop/Top40 Modern music list. Available here:

By following these tips, you can create a perfect wedding playlist that combines classical and contemporary music and adds a unique touch to your wedding.

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