Instrumental Wedding Music

Movie Scores are a Great Option for Instrumental Wedding Music

If you love the traditional sound of instrumental music, but you’re tired of the same old classical pieces everyone plays at their weddings, consider using movie scores for your instrumental wedding music. This music can be beautiful and moving, and even evoke nostalgic, sentimental feelings, but not feel overdone for your wedding.

There are many possibilities for movie theme music that can be incorporated into your wedding. A very popular selection is the Theme from Ice Castles (called “Through the Eyes of Love”) by Marvin Hamlisch. The touching story of love and triumph from that movie transitions well into the wedding genre. However, theme music from blockbusters movies such as Superman might sound lovely, but probably would be too recognizable. Only use well-known music if it is from your favorite movie and you want everyone to know it.

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Any selections from famous composers such as John Williams or James Horner would be an excellent choice for your instrumental wedding music. These men have won several awards, including Academy Awards, for their beautiful compositions; Horner for Titanic, Braveheart, Field of Dreams, and others, and Williams for movies like Schindler’s List, E.T., and Star Wars. John Williams composed the Olympics musical theme, and James Horner the CBS News theme, which might both be way too connected to their subjects to be appropriate for your wedding.

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The score from a romantic movie such as Far and Away (John Williams) or Pride and Prejudice (Dario Marianelli) would be lovely, or you might prefer a more adventurous sound like Hook (Williams) or Pirates of the Caribbean (Hans Zimmer). Consider music from Camelot by Alfred Newman, who is tied for the most Oscar award nominations in the Best Original Musical Score category, or another big winner, Dr. Zhivago by Maurice Jarre. Musicals also can provide endless showtunes options, such as Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber or The Sound of Music by Rogers and Hammerstein.

Forego "Trumpet Voluntare" or “Canon in D” and walk down the aisle to the beautiful sounds of the Chariots of Fire by Vangelis or other movie theme music. This will help set your instrumental wedding music apart from all the others.

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