You have probably spent a long time discussing several wedding details with your partner, but don’t neglect other important pieces of music you’ll need on your day! For your wedding ceremony music, the main pieces you will need to choose are your processional and recessional songs. A processional song is the music that you and your wedding party will walk down the aisle to – you can have one song for everyone walking down, or choose a song the bridal party and then one for your grand entrance. At the end of the ceremony, newly married you and your husband will walk down the aisle to your recessional music. The music choices for the recessional tends to be more upbeat and celebratory than the processional.
There are traditional choices for both of these pieces of music, but also included some fun and non-traditional choices to consider. Listen and enjoy!
1. Bridal Chorus, Wagner
Often known as Here Comes The Bride, this piece of classical music is the traditional choice for the procession of the bride, and is often played on an organ. This the traditional organ version.
2. Canon in D, Pachelbel
Possible the most popular choice with brides. This gorgeous piece of music sounds beautiful played by a traditional quartet.
3. A Thousand Years,(originally Christina Perri)
Often couples can’t decide between a classic instrumental or a more modern lovesong with vocals for their processional music. Why not get the best of both worlds with an instrumental cover of one of your favourite songs? This is the instrumental version from the Twighlight Soundtrack.
4. Glasgow Love Theme, from Love Actually
Walking down the aisle to a song from your favourite film soundtrack is another way to incorporate instrumental music with a personal touch into your ceremony. There are loads of options to choose from is a great place to start, and will have you welling up before you know it.
5. Marry Me, Train
If you want a modern song but aren’t sure what sort of thing to go for, then we think this a great choice. The melody and lyrics are both beautiful, and the tempo isn’t too fast for a processional.
6. Somewhere Over The Rainbow, Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole
For something a little bit different, you can’t beat this gorgeous ukelele cover – it’s sure to get everyone smiling! A great choice for the bridal party to walk to.
7. Wedding March, Mendelssohn
This is the traditional choice for the wedding recessional. This grand organ piece is definitely all about the high drama, so is definitely best for larger or religious venues.
8. Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Handel
This classical piece may be intended to signify an arrival, but it works perfectly for a recessional – it’s high tempo and undoubtedly joyful. Perfect for more traditional couples.
9. Don’t Stop Believing, Vitamin String Quartet (originally Journey)
We absolutely love this cover of Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing as played by a string quartet, as it strikes the perfect balance between traditional and contemporary. Such a fun tune to show some personality! The Vitamin String Quartet has an instrumental cover of just about every single song you can think of so definitely check out their catalog.
10. Signed, Sealed, Delivered, Stevie Wonder
One of the most popular modern choices – and for good reason! After all, you and your new husband have just signed you marriage license, so the lyrics are particularly fitting.
11. First Day Of My Life, Bright Eyes
This adorable acoustic song is a great choice for couples looking for a quirky alternative, and we think it’s a lovely way to start the first day of your married life.
12. Now That We Found Love, Heavy D & The Boyz
For those looking for something truly different, this song is up beat and will be a big surprise for the crowd. Just make sure you bust a move!