30 Classic Songs For Your Wedding Ceremony

These days, there are no rules when it comes to what music to use at your wedding - couples looking for alternatives to "Here Comes The Bride" and Pachelbel's Canon have no shortage of options. While there are plenty of soft, romantic modern songs to use in a wedding ceremony, don't you wish you could get away with playing a little rock 'n' roll in there? Well, with the Vitamin String Quartet's instrumental covers, you totally can. Sneak some Nirvana or The Rolling Stones into your formal or traditional wedding ceremony with one of these sweet string quartet versions of some popular songs. 

Here are our favourites, broken down by genre/era: 


If it wasn't one of this year's most top Billboard hits, you'd never recognize that Pompeii wasn't originally a classical song. Check out a few more Top 40 songs that could fit into your wedding music lineup:
Rehab - Amy Winehouse
Wake Me Up - Avicii
Thrift Shop - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Pressing On - Relient K
The Edge of Glory - Lady Gaga

Rock & Alternative

Some rock and alternative songs actually make beautiful background music (and to be fair, some really don't!). A perfect example is this My Chemical Romance song, The Black Parade. Even though it perfectly depicts the melody of the original, this string version sounds airy and romantic, and could easily fit into a classy wedding celebration. So could these other modern rock covers:
Supermassive Black Hole - Muse
Sail - Awolnation
Nobody Puts Baby In The Corner - Fallout Boy
Machinehead - Bush
Mr. Brightside - The Killers


Bring a bit of nineties nostalgia into your wedding with these awesome nineties covers by the Vitamin String Quartet:
Semi-Charmed Life - Third Eye Blind
Two Princes - Spin Doctors
Come As You Are - Nirvana
Closing Time - Semisonic
MMMBop - Hanson


I would personally love to see more 80s power ballads played during wedding ceremonies, but I'm not sure when I'll see that day. At least there are covers like this that allow Def Leppard as a processional song to be a little less conspicuous...
Blue Monday - New Order
Every Rose Has Its Thorn - Poison
Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard
Just Like Heaven - The Cure
Billie Jean - Michael Jackson

Sixties & Seventies

Last but not least, here are five classic rock hits, cleverly disguised by violins and cellos, that would make a great addition to your wedding ceremony playlist:
Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
Get Back - The Beatles
Paint It Black - The Rolling Stones
Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen