Wedding Prelude: Pre-Ceremony Classical Covers

What's a wedding prelude?

The wedding prelude is music that plays before the wedding ceremony begins.  Most guests arrive at a wedding 10-15 minutes before the wedding starts.  The Prelude plays in the background as people find their seats.  This music helps set the tone for the ceremony and the wedding itself.  Think of it as the overture to your wedding.   

The recent trend has been to play classical versions of pop songs.  There are piano, violin, cello, and string quartet versions of just about any song.  Vitamin String QuartetDaniel JangThe Piano Guys,  and Simply Three are just a few of my go-to artists. Presented here are a few of my favorites by those artists and others.  One of our previous wedding clients turned us onto the classically arranged cover of Phoenix' Lisztomania from the TV series Mozart In The Jungle.  Another deep track is a piano cover of David Bowie's Life On Mars by progressive rock legend Rick Wakeman.

You can listen to the playlist on Spotify or YouTube

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Classical Covers Wedding Prelude on YouTube

Classical Covers Wedding Prelude on Spotify

Classical Covers Wedding Prelude Playlist

  • Daniel Jang - Thinking Out Loud - Violin Covers Pt. III
  • Vitamin String Quartet - Maps - Songbirds: A VSQ Tribute to the Women of Modern Rock
  • The Hollywood Symphony, Roger Neill - Lisztomania - Mozart in the Jungle: Seasons 1 and 2 (An Amazon Music Original Soundtrack)
  • Daft Piano - Get Lucky (Piano Version) - Get Lucky (Piano Version)
  • Rick Wakeman - Life On Mars - Piano Portraits
  • Maxence Cyrin - Where Is My Mind - Novö Piano
  • Vitamin String Quartet - Kids - Strung Out Vol. 11: VSQ Tribute to Modern Rock Hits
  • Sheku Kanneh-Mason - No Woman, No Cry (Arr. Cello) - Bob Marley: No Woman, No Cry (Arr. Cello)
  • Brooklyn Duo - Love Me Like You Do - Brooklyn Sessions II
  • Eklipse - Clocks - Coldplay - A Night In Strings
  • The Piano Guys - Rolling in the Deep - The Piano Guys
  • 2Cellos - Every Breath You Take - In2ition
  • Event Music Ensemble - Here Comes the Sun - Graduation:
  • Relaxing Instrumental Music: Event Music
  • Niko Kotoulas - Hotline Bling - Piano Covers, Vol. 3
  • Simply Three - Somewhere Only We Know - Volume 2
  • Steve Petrunak - Wild World (Instrumental Version) - 70s Greatest Hits on Acoustic Guitar: Oh Very Young
  • The Theorist - I Feel It Coming (Piano Arrangement) - Piano Covers, Vol. 8

Major Update!

This list has grown and expanded since the writing of this post.  Our wedding couples have exposed us to even more awesome prelude music, and the great robot mind of Spotify keeps us up-to-date with the latest releases from our favorite wedding prelude artists.  Check out our current playlist:

The Prelude on Spotify

Listen to The Prelude on YouTube

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Adam Oded · Award Winning DJ · The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame · I'll listen to you and play the music you love · · 917-951-2400

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