60 Wedding Ceremony Interlude Songs for the In-Between Moments

Prevent (awkward) lulls during the ceremony with these interlude songs.
Jessica Estrada - The Knot Contributor.
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Jessica Estrada
Jessica Estrada - The Knot Contributor.
Jessica Estrada
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Updated Jun 15, 2023

When it comes to a wedding ceremony playlist, choosing songs for the standout moments, such as the processional and recessional, are often the first to come to mind. However, if you're familiar with wedding ceremony music basics, you know that selecting the perfect wedding ceremony interlude songs is also essential.

Wedding ceremony interlude songs offer yet another opportunity to personalize your wedding ceremony, and they also serve the key purpose of adding a musical soundtrack to the quiet, in-between moments throughout the ceremony. That said, choosing songs for your wedding ceremony is not often an easy choice, especially when there are so many options out there. To help with this, we rounded up 60 perfect interlude songs for a wedding ceremony. Once you have your dream wedding ceremony playlist together, check out The Knot to find ceremony musicians to bring the playlist to life on your big day.

In this article:

What Are Interlude Songs at a Wedding?

Here's an interlude music definition for you: An interlude song during a wedding ceremony serves as the soundtrack for the moments when there is minimal talking, such as during ceremony rituals like a unity candle lighting. Interlude songs can be instrumental wedding songs such as piano, violin, string quartet or harp wedding songs.

Why Do You Need to Choose Interlude Songs?

Having music playing during these quiet moments during the wedding ceremony ensures there are no lulls and awkward silences. Wedding ceremony interlude songs can also be strategically used to set the mood, add drama, or infuse the moment with special meaning.

How Many Wedding Interlude Songs Do You Need?

This depends on your wedding ceremony, the different elements it'll include, and how it will flow. For instance, if your ceremony comprises various rituals, then you may need a few wedding ceremony interlude songs as you transition from one to the next. But, if your ceremony is short and sweet, you may not need as many. Our advice? Chat with your officiant, wedding planner and wedding ceremony musicians to determine how many interlude songs you'll need for your ceremony.

When to Play Interlude Songs During the Ceremony

Again, this will depend on your wedding ceremony and what it will include. Typically, interlude songs are played during moments when no one is speaking, such as during rituals or when the couple signs their marriage certificate, during transitions from one part of the wedding ceremony to the next, or whenever there is a lull.

Tips for Choosing Interlude Songs

Instrumental versions of you and your partner's favorite songs are a great place to start with the wedding ceremony interlude song selection. Film soundtracks are also often chock-full of great love songs. Whatever songs you choose, ensure that the music matches the vibe and tone of the other songs on your wedding ceremony playlist so everything flows from beginning to end.

Classic Interlude Songs

You can never go wrong with choosing classic songs for your wedding ceremony, and interlude songs are perfect opportunities to sprinkle them in.

  • "Adagio," by Felix Mendelssohn
  • "Andantino," by Cesar Franck
  • "Arioso," by Johann S. Bach
  • "Cantabile in B-Flat Major (BI 84)," by Frederic Chopin
  • "Ch'il bel sogno di doretta" from La Rondine, by Giacomo Puccini
  • "Clair de Lune," by Claude Debussy
  • "Flower Duet" (from Lakme), by Leo Delibes
  • "Lento con tenerezza," by Enrique Granados
  • "Love That Will Not Let Me Go," by Albert L. Peace
  • "Meditation" (from Thais), by Jules Massenet
  • "Minuet" (from Berenice), by George F. Handel
  • "Minuet, Melody" (from Orfeo ed Euriduce), by Christoph W. Gluck
  • "O mio babbino caro" (from Gianni Schicchi), by Giacomo Puccini
  • "Romanza," by Ludwig van Beethoven
  • "Salut D'Amour," by Sir Edward Elgar
  • "Still, Still With Thee," by Felix Mendelssohn
  • "The River Is Wide" (Tune: "Waly Waly," traditional English)
  • "Through the Eyes of Love" (theme from Ice Castles), by Carole Sager & Marvin Hamlisch
  • "Verset," by Leon Boellmann
  • "Wedding Song (There Is Love)," arr. by Richard Bradley
  • "Where e'er You Walk" (from Semele), by George F. Handel
  • "Whither Thou Goest," by Thomas Dewey

Modern Interlude Songs

To add some modern touches to your big day, consider incorporating modern wedding ceremony interlude songs.

  • "A Simple Song," by Leonard Bernstein
  • "Annie's Song," by John Denver
  • "Benedictus," by Simon & Garfunkel
  • "Grow Old With Me," by John Lennon or Mary Chapin Carpenter
  • "Kind & Generous," Natalie Merchant
  • "One Hand, One Heart" (from West Side Story), by Leondard Bernstein & Stephen Sondheim
  • "Take My Breath Away," by Tuck & Patti
  • "Thank You," by Led Zeppelin
  • "The Water Is Wide," by James Taylor
  • "A Thousand Years, " by Christina Perri
  • "Halo," by Beyonce
  • "Marry You," by Bruno Mars
  • "XO," by Beyonce
  • "Make You Feel My Love," by Adele
  • "Lover," by Taylor Swift
  • "All of Me," by John Legend
  • "Thinking Out Loud," by Ed Sheeran

Religious Interlude Songs

Including a religious interlude song to your wedding ceremony playlist is a great way to add a personalized and meaningful touch to the ceremony that your guests (and you!) won't soon forget.

Christian Interlude Songs

There are so many praise-worthy Christian wedding songs you can use as interlude songs. Here are some great options.

  • "The Prayer," by Andrea Bocelli & Celine Dion
  • "How Great Thou Art," by Carrie Underwood
  • "Amazing Grace," by Andrea Bocelli
  • "City of Joy," by The Sound
  • "When I Say I Do," by Matthew West
  • "I Will Be Here," by Steven Curtis Chapman
  • "Soon," by Hillsong United
  • "The Lord's Prayer," by Andrea Bocelli feat. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
  • "I Choose You (The Wedding Song)," by Ryann Darling

Jewish Interlude Songs

For a Jewish wedding celebration, look to these traditional wedding interlude songs.

  • "Dodi Li" (traditional Jewish)
  • "Erev Ba" (traditional Jewish)
  • "Jerusalem of Gold" (traditional Jewish)
  • "Shalom Alechem" (traditional Jewish)
  • "Yedid Nefefsh" (traditional Jewish)

Catholic Interlude Songs

Having a Catholic wedding ceremony? These wedding interlude songs will be the perfect complement for the sacred ceremony.

  • "Ave Maria," by Franz Schubert
  • "Hallelujah," by Jeff Buckley
  • "On Eagle's Wings," by Michael Joncas
  • "One Bread, One Body," by John Foley
  • "Here I Am Lord" (traditional hymn)
  • "Canon in D," by Pachelbel
  • "Mary, Joseph, Pray for Us," by by Angela Birkhead-Flight
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