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Step into Christmas - Music for a Christmas Wedding

Updated: Aug 16, 2019

Christmas lights and decorations hanging from a tree outside a brightly lit building at night

Are you planning a wedding in December? Do you love the idea of a Christmas wedding? Are you looking forward to seeing the venue beautifully decorated and lit for Christmas?

Will you be adding some Christmassy touches to your table decorations (eg: mini tree on each table); bouquet, bridesmaids’ flowers and buttonholes (eg: mistletoe, red berries etc.), or perhaps even your dress (see blog post 'White Wedding Dress or Splash of Colour')?

Small house with cut-out star shape, pine cones and candle table decoration

You clearly love Christmas, so have you thought about including some Christmas music into your ceremony? This could be your processional/recessional (entrance/exit) music, or even songs which are incorporated into the ceremony instead of (or as well as) a reading - a great way to involve all your guests.

Whether you like the idea of including a Christmas Carol or two, or prefer something more modern, you can be sure to find a piece of music which would suit you.

Here are just a few ideas:

Winter - from The Four Seasons, by Vivaldi

If you start from about 2mins 45sec into the piece, it is the perfect soundtrack to your walk down the aisle - even better if you are using a string quartet.

Glasgow Love Theme, from Love Actually

This instrumental from everyone’s favourite Christmas rom-com is ideal for your processional, and gives a subtle nod to the season without screaming ‘It’s Christmaaaaas!’

Frozen red berries on a frost-covered branch

All l Want for Christmas is You

What else - surely one of the most appropriate songs for a Christmas wedding!

The Sussex Carol

This jaunty, upbeat Carol is always popular at carol services across the country, but any favourite Carol would work just as well.

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

This one works particularly well if you are using a professional singer/choir, or if you have a friend who would rather sing than give a reading!

Christmas decorations, bells, star and heart on wooden background

Troika - from Lieutenant Kije Suite by Prokofiev

Conjuring up images of a winter sleigh ride, complete with bells, this would be lovely for your recessional.

All You Need is Love

OK, so not a Christmas song, but it is used in the wedding scene at the beginning of ‘Love Actually’ - and who hasn’t enjoyed singing along to this at one time or another?

So, embrace the season and have a wonderful Winter wedding and “though it’s been said many times, many ways, Merry Christmas to you”.

Close-upon decorations on a real fir Christmas tree

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