As the weather gets warmer, some couples want to tie the knot outdoors. In a garden, on a beach, on a terrace or a rooftop; outdoor ceremonies have a special kind of romance and magic. Whether you are using a playlist from your IPod, having a DJ, or engaging live musicians to perform, here are some suggestions for your wedding ceremony music.

1. Music for Processional

You can choose pieces with an “outdoor theme.” Some of our favorites are:


Spring from The Four Seasons

Danza Pastorale from The Four Seasons

Berceuse from Dolly Suite by Faure

Flower Duet from Lakme

The Minuet from Le Tombeau de Couperin by Ravel

Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream: (AKA “Here Comes The Bride)

Film Score:

The Legend from Practical Magic

Storybook Love

A River Runs Through it from that film

Haunted by Waters from A River Runs Through

You’re So Cool from True Romance


Harvest Moon by Neil Young

Moondance by Van Morrison

Here Comes The Sun by the Beatles

2. Instrumentation:

It is nice to add some “wind” instruments to the traditional string ensembles: flute, oboe, and clarinet. Harp is particularly lovely at this time of year.  If the wind blows, it catches the harp strings and they can reverberate on their own. Vibes and percussion are unusual and interesting, and the simplicity of acoustic guitar can be a fresh color in the palette as well.

3. Equipment:

Any equipment that is not battery operated (amps, speakers, keyboards etc.) will need a source of power and extensions cords.

Also, in order to fully hear the officient, it is a good idea to have a sound system (microphone and speakers). Usually your DJ or band can provide this for you. Enhance the music by providing clip-on microphones for the musicians as well.

4. Pre-Ceremony and Arrivals:

Your guests will be arriving and seated for a period of time, in some cases up to 20 minutes before the processional actually begins. Here is an opportunity for a lovely program of music to set the mood. Enjoy choosing the music for your wedding ceremony, or rely upon your music-provider to create the repertoire based on your style and taste.

For a comprehensive list of wedding ceremony music, visit Starlight’s CEREMONY MUSIC suggestions.