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Wedding Inspiration: How to Have a Rock n’ Roll Wedding Ceremony (and Still Keep it Classy…)

Updated: Feb 9, 2019


Are you and your significant other a little bit rock n’ roll? Is your special song “Paint it Black?” Did you meet at a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert? We get it – Canon in D might not be the best option for your walk down the aisle.

Many couples think that their ceremony music has to follow a longstanding classical tradition. Maybe your great-aunt insists that the Wedding March is just “what you do.” But this is your day, and the playlist should be a reflection of you and your soon-to-be-spouse’s unique personalities.

The good news is that there IS a way to show off your awesome taste in music while keeping your conventional family member at bay: a string quartet!

Strings covering popular music are all the fad nowadays (maybe you’ve heard of a little group called the Vitamin String Quartet? 2Cellos? Piano Guys?). The reason is because string instruments can vary their tone to be lush and beautiful or slightly edgy. They have a good deal of flexibility when it comes to covering different genres since they can bow, pluck, strum, and create light percussive sounds. The best part is they can even take a rock song and make it sound classical (your great-aunt might not even notice Metallica playing during the processional).

So, for all of our couples who aren’t afraid to play a little air-guitar, here is our favorite rock n’ roll wedding ceremony playlist … for string quartet:

Prelude: Get your guests’ toes tapping

  • Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison

  • Starlight by Muse

  • Livin’ on a Prayer by Bon Jovi

  • Dream On by Aerosmith

  • Otherside by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Processional: Just because it’s rock-themed doesn’t mean you can’t shed a few happy tears

  • Faithfully by Journey

  • Nothing Else Matters by Metallica

  • I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing by Aerosmith

Recessional: Skip back down that aisle – you’re married!

  • Don’t Stop Believing by Journey

  • Eye of the Tiger by Survivor


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