24 Music-Inspired Wedding Ideas That Will Hit a High Note with Your Guests
Many of the most memorable wedding moments are set to music, from processional songs that have you tearing up during your down the aisle to reception tunes that keep guests dancing all night long. Music, however, can be represented far beyond those celebratory moments during the ceremony or reception—it can actually be translated into big-day décor that authentically speaks to the life you and your partner share together, especially if music is a major part of your relationship.
Music can be visually represented through so many different wedding elements, like invitations, centerpieces, cakes, and seating charts, while still playing into overarching rustic, modern, or classic celebration styles. Incorporating vintage music boxes and instruments into your tablescapes, for example, is a great way to include music into your Old-world-inspired wedding. Of course, showing off your love for music can go beyond a great playlist and décor. Allow your friends and family the opportunity to make some noise by placing a lace tambourine, like the one seen here by BohoWedds, on each of your guests' seats—they make for a fun alternative to throwing rice at the end of your ceremony and offers a subtle musical moment. This small instrument easily doubles as a wedding favor, too. Your loved ones can dance to their own rhythm all night and cherish the keepsake forever.
No matter your event's style or genre, a music-themed wedding is a guaranteed hit. Music can ignite an energy throughout your big day that will strongly resonate with your guests. Beyond hiring the perfect band, DJ or musician, your design options are endless. Click through to discover our favorite music-themed wedding ideas—they're guaranteed to go platinum.
Late-Night Party Line
At the end of this classic, black-tie wedding in Ireland, guests danced under the stars as EDM DJ and saxophonist combo Cafolla and Engel led them to an underground dance club.
Flavorful Favor Display
CCL Wedding & Events displayed large wooden Snoop Dogg lyrics that directed guests to hot sauce wedding favors.
Wedding planner Kelly McWilliams had attendees sign a record as a creative alternative to a wedding guest book.
French Horn Centerpieces
French horn centerpieces filled with white anemone and greenery elevated this fall wedding tablescape.
At this destination wedding in Cartagena, a large group of dancers and four musical acts performed on a stage that was decked out with blue and white delphinium, palm leaves, and a disco ball. Robbins Otoya was responsible for the set-up's décor.
Record Seating Chart
This unique centerpiece—made with an orange-wood violin paired with icy, pastel-colored florals and greens—by Heirlooms and Blooms elevated this blue-themed wedding.
Let's Rock the Night
A "Let's Rock the Night" sign created by The Joy Troopers welcomed guests to this couple's party.
This deconstructed cello, topped with greenery and decorated with white script by East Made Event Company, made for an on-theme focal point at this ballet-inspired celebration.
The Joy Troopers created these rocker-chic invites with edgy, black and white pop art and script.
Guitar Case for Cards
At this outdoor, country wedding, an open guitar case, draped with a music sheet banner, was used to corral guests' cards and gifts.
Vintage Cake Display
Rock and Roll Sign
Harp Seating Chart
Italian wedding planner Ester Chianelli created this unique seating chart from an all-white harp, which she situated next to a large candle stand covered with blooms and greens.
Sheet Music Programs
Wrapped in twine and sealed with wax, these sheet music programs, made by a friend of the bride and groom, perfectly represented the music-loving couple at their vintage wedding.
Sheet Music Seat Assignments
Dramatic Trumpet Centerpiece
This dramatic centerpiece, created by Shawna Yamamoto Event Design, wowed guests at this '60s-themed rock and roll wedding thanks to its trumpets, which hung from orange and pink florals and greenery.
Wedding Jams To-Go
One couple created and gifted CDs of their weddings' greatest hits for guests to jam to on their car ride home.
Bar-Top Record Player
Glam Events played up this event's Great Gatsby theme by displaying an intricate gold-horned record player as bar-top décor.