Music and song selections help convey the right atmosphere for your wedding day. Whether it’s a song performed by a string quartet during the prelude, or sung by the maid of honor during your recession as a married couple, it’s important to carefully select music that best reflects you as a couple. As beautiful as “Canon in D” by Johann Pachelbel is, it is a classic for a reason!  We’ve called on Jennifer Reitmeyer, President of MyDeejay, to come up with a list of contemporary song selections for your ceremony. From Bob Marley to Paul McCartney, this list has something for everyone! Take it away, Jennifer

Photo Credit: Muriel Silva Photography from Martha + Art’s wedding

With so many ceremonies taking place in the same venue as the reception, it’s only natural that many couples are seeking contemporary music selections. And, while traditional pieces never go out of style, ceremony music deserves every bit as much thought and attention as the music for the rest of the wedding. The songs you choose for your ceremony prelude, processional and recessional are an opportunity to show some personality and share your own personal love story during one of the most important moments of your life.

Here are a few far-from-classical selections to consider for your wedding ceremony:


  • “Life is Beautiful” by Keb’ Mo’
  • “This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)” by The Talking Heads
  • “Find Love” by Clem Snide
  • “All I Want Is You” by Tristan Prettyman
  • “High Tide or Low Tide” by Bob Marley
  • “The Promise” by Tracy Chapman
  • “Crosses” by Jose Gonzalez


  • “All You Need Is Love” by The Beatles
  • “Grow Old With Me” by John Lennon
  • “Such Great Heights” by Iron & Wine
  • “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele
  • “First Day of My Life” by Daniela Andrade
  • “Dream” by Priscilla Ahn
  • “Hallelujah” by Jeff Buckley


  • “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher” by Jackie Wilson
  • “This Will Be Our Year” by The Zombies
  • “Dance Tonight” by Paul McCartney
  • “I’m Sticking With You” by The Velvet Underground
  • “Baby I’m Yours” by Arctic Monkeys
  • “Blessed” by Brett Dennen
  • “All is Love” by Karen O. and the Kids


Thanks you so much, Jennifer! If you are in the market for a DJ for your Washington, D.C. area wedding, be sure to check out MyDeejay for more information about their wedding DJ work.

In the meantime, check out our inspiration galleries and advice page for even more from the local DC, MD and VA area pros who make it all happen.

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