40 Timeless Violin Wedding Songs For An Enchanting Ceremony

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There’s a reason why violin music is synonymous with weddings. From its rich and soothing tone down to every last expressive note, violin music is essentially made for brides walking down the aisle, and we’re here to celebrate just that! 

And if you’re like the countless others that want the depth of your love for your partner conveyed through the strings of a violin on your wedding day, then we’ve rounded up 40 of the most timeless violin wedding songs you can play today! We’ve categorized them via: classic and modern, just to help make your choices easier. 

So, if you’re ready to tick off that “wedding playlist” box off of your wedding planning list, then let’s get started immediately!

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Classic Violin Wedding Music

Classics are classics for a reason, and that reason is simply because how well these songs hold up over time. After all, when you close your eyes and think of violin music played at a wedding, you’ll most likely think of Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” or Debussy’s “Clair de Lune.”

But while there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it, you don’t want your big day to sound like every other wedding you’ve attended, which is why we also included some more underrated instrumental classics that will still keep everyone’s tear ducts empty from crying (and that includes you!) 

Massenet’s “Meditation” for example is a quiet but stirring piece that lets you breathe in the moment, while Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” is exactly what the title says: a swelling of strings that will make everyone super emotional on your big day! So simply take any of these songs, and wear the tears your guests will cry out as a badge of honor. You guys made it! 

  1. “Canon in D” – Johann Pachelbel
  2. “Air on the G String” – Johann Sebastian Bach
  3. “Ave Maria” – Franz Schubert
  4. “Spring” from The Four Seasons – Antonio Vivaldi
  5. “Meditation” from Thaïs – Jules Massenet
  6. “Clair de Lune” – Claude Debussy
  7. “Salut d’Amour” – Edward Elgar
  8. “Panis Angelicus” – César Franck
  9. “Adagio for Strings” – Samuel Barber
  10. “Wedding March” from A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Felix Mendelssohn
  11. “Largo” from Xerxes – George Frideric Handel
  12. “Nocturne” – Alexander Borodin
  13. “Liebestraum” – Franz Liszt
  14. “Arioso” – Johann Sebastian Bach
  15. “Ode to Joy” from Symphony No. 9 – Ludwig van Beethoven
  16. “Gymnopédie No. 1” – Erik Satie
  17. “The Swan” from Carnival of the Animals – Camille Saint-Saëns
  18. “Pavane” – Gabriel Fauré
  19. “Arioso” – Johann Sebastian Bach
  20. “Trumpet Voluntary” – Jeremiah Clarke

Modern Violin Wedding Music

If you’re the type of couple that want all the emotion of violin music for weddings but still want a more modern touch, then you should feel right at home with these hits! 

Of course, we’ve listed tried-and-tested staples like Legend’s “All of Me” and Sheeran’s “Perfect.” However, we also included some more unconventional picks, including Yellowcard’s “Only One,” which has a ripping violin solo perfect for a first dance, and Fall Out Boy’s “Love from the Other Side,” which has an orchestral accompaniment that any pop punk-loving couple will surely enjoy!

Whichever direction you decide to go, these violin-laced modern songs should get everyone vibing during your special day! 

  1. “All of Me” – John Legend
  2. “Perfect” – Ed Sheeran
  3. “A Thousand Years” – Christina Perri
  4. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” – Elvis Presley (arr. by Daniel Jang)
  5. “Halo” – Beyoncé
  6. “Marry Me” – Train
  7. “Viva La Vida” – Coldplay
  8. “Somewhere Only We Know” – Keane
  9. “What a Wonderful World” – Louis Armstrong
  10. “You Raise Me Up” – Josh Groban
  11. “Tenerife Sea” – Ed Sheeran
  12. “Your Song” – Elton John
  13. “Love from the Other Side” – Fall Out Boy
  14. “I’m Yours” – Jason Mraz
  15. “Unchained Melody” – The Righteous Brothers (arr. by David Garrett)
  16. “A Sky Full of Stars” – Coldplay
  17. “Stand by Me” – Ben E. King (arr. by Violin Dreams)
  18. “Bitter Sweet Symphony” – The Verve
  19. “Only One” – Yellowcard
  20. “At Last” – Etta James (arr. by Taylor Davis)

FAQ: What Makes Violin Music Excellent for Weddings?

A newlywed couple dancing along to violin wedding music.

Why choose violin music for a wedding?

The violin’s emotive and versatile nature makes it an ideal choice for weddings. Its ability to convey a range of emotions, from love to joy, adds a unique touch to the celebration, creating an atmosphere where even the most discerning music fan (aja your cousin that listens to only the latest gen-z music) can appreciate.

Can a wedding DJ play violin music that will adapt to different wedding themes?

Absolutely! Violin music is incredibly versatile and can adapt to various themes, be it a traditional, romantic, or modern wedding. Furthermore,
professional and experienced wedding DJs often have a vast repertoire of songs and can easily shift the mood depending on the theme or wedding. 

How does violin music contribute to the overall wedding experience?

Violin music enhances the romantic ambiance of a wedding. Its solo nature ensures a focus on the melody, creating an intimate and personal atmosphere. Whether during the procession, ceremony, or reception, violin music adds a touch of sophistication and emotion that’s hard to find anywhere else!

Can violin music be incorporated into both classic and modern weddings?

Yes, violin music seamlessly fits into both classic and modern weddings. The curated list above includes a balanced selection of classic and modern violin pieces, ensuring everyone from your grandma to your youngest cousin has something they’d most likely enjoy listening to! 

Tips for Picking the Best Violin Wedding Music

Understand Your Theme – Consider the overall theme of your wedding. Classic pieces may suit a more traditional setting, while modern tunes can add a contemporary flair. Whatever kind of wedding you decide to have, make sure your choice of music fits it!

Consider Venue Acoustics – The acoustics of your wedding venue are crucial. Work with your wedding DJ to choose pieces that resonate well with the space. 

Tailor Music to Ceremony Moments – Different parts of the ceremony call for varying emotions. Choose a solemn piece for the procession, an upbeat tune for the recessional, and romantic melodies for interludes or the long-awaited wedding reception!

Consult with Your Wedding DJ – Professional wedding DJs are experienced in wedding performances. Consult with them to discuss your preferences and get insights into suitable pieces. They may suggest arrangements or provide recommendations based on their expertise. Additionally, make sure that they understand the timing of each wedding section, just to make sure the whole ceremony goes smoothly.

Balance Classical and Modern Tunes – Create a well-rounded playlist by balancing classical and modern tunes. This ensures that both traditional and contemporary music lovers among your guests can appreciate the beauty of your wedding playlist!

Attend Live Performances – Whenever possible, attend live performances or watch videos of violinists playing your selected pieces. This firsthand experience will provide a better understanding of how the music will sound in a real-world setting, helping you make more informed decisions, even if your wedding DJ will necessarily be playing recorded songs. 

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Final Thoughts

And that concludes our list of 40 of the best violin music for weddings to fill up your playlist! Whether you only choose a few select songs or get our playlist altogether, we hope we made your wedding planning just a tad bit easier! 

But just in case you don’t have the perfect wedding DJ yet to help serenade your guests, consider our expert team here at DJing.ca. As Canada’s largest DJ company, we here at DJing.ca have handpicked the top 1% of DJs from a pool of over 5,000+.

What’s more, we boast a stellar 5-star rating and more than 1,000 successful events under our event, guaranteeing a wealth of experience and tons (like tons!) of great violin music on your wedding day. 

So, contact us today for a free quote and we’ll immediately get back to you. Happy wedding planning!

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