25 Unexpected Wedding Processional Songs That Will Delight You


Songs you can walk, run or dance down the aisle to

by Stephanie Kaloi

I love wedding processional songs. I always think they’re such a fun part of the ceremony, especially when the music is on point. The processional song is the introduction: it sets the tone for your ceremony. I’ve even known couples who have spent months deliberating what sixty second portion of a song is going to be played. That said, I don’t want you to have to spend long searching (unless you really want to).

A wedding couple walking away from the camera towards the trees with the text "wedding processional songs that are not here comes the bride"

With this in mind, we’ve collected a whole bunch of wedding processional songs that covers a spectrum of styles and tastes that you can walk, run, or dance down the aisle to.

Related: The Definitive List of 350 Songs (For Every Part Of Your Wedding)

I think a lot of modern music works excellently for a processional (especially when the song has a beautiful and/or super fun intro or chorus, as the ones listed below do), but I know plenty of people are looking for a classical song that hasn’t been played out (enter the Planets series by Gustav Holst).

25 wedding processional songs for your ceremony

Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles

Ave Maria virgo serena” by Josquin des Prez

I Was Married” by Tegan and Sara

(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” by Carole King

Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen” by Johannes Brahms

Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

Do You Realize?” by The Flaming Lips

Everlasting Love” by Carl Carlton

Feel Flows” by The Beach Boys

Venus” by Gustav Holst

 “The Wind” by Cat Stevens

Symphony #3” by Saint-Saens

I Believe in a Thing Called Love” by The Darkness

I Choose You” by Sara Bareilles

Concerto in E Major” by Bach

Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves

Kissing You” by Des’ree

Largo Opera (from ‘Xerxes’)” by Handel

Dog Days Are Over” by Florence and the Machine

The Light” by The Album Leaf

Kiss Me” by Ed Sheeran

Yellow” by The Vitamin String Quartet

Hoppípolla” by Sigur Rós

Everyday” by Buddy Holly

Minuets in G major” by Bach

Stephanie Kaloi

Stephanie is a photographer, writer, and Ravenclaw living in California with her family. She is super into reading, road trips, and adopting animals on a whim. Forewarning: all correspondence will probably include a lot of punctuation and emoji (!!! ? ? ?).

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  • Lisa

    My sisters and I have always been attached to the story of Little Women, and I love the scene of Meg’s wedding in the 1994 film version, where the family sings the hymn “For the Beauty of the Earth” as they circle a gazebo where the bride and groom stand.

    For our wedding, I arranged the hymn for four women’s voices (my close friends), string quartet (my husband’s friends), and organ.

    Any interested parties can hear the arrangement here, starting at 3:50. Since my husband and I are both musicians as are many of our friends, the musical selections we had in the ceremony were hotly debated and really special to both of us, and I think we were both pretty happy with how they turned out!

    And now I’m tearing up at work, watching our wedding video, and feeling all the feels while listening to the music…

    • Lisa

      Runner-up for the processional was Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending in case anyone is looking for a good violin piece.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZR2JlDnT2l8

    • BB

      Loved the lighting of the candles! Beautiful!

    • FancyPants

      Beautiful! I absolutely love that song and its message; it fills that space (bravo, friends of Lisa!) and is so positive.
      Thanks for sharing!

    • Kirsten Stevenson

      This is exactly what I’ve been looking for! Do you still have it by any chance? The video is not coming up. Thank you so much!

      • Lisa

        It looks like the videographer took it down. :( Would you like a PDF of the arrangement? I’d be happy to send it to you!

        • Kirsten Stevenson

          Yes, that would be amazing! This is exactly what I’ve been looking for! Thank you so much!!! Yay! All time favorite movie, planning on watching it with my family before the wedding :)

          • Lisa

            This is exactly what we did! The photo here where my sisters and I are crying and holding hands is when Beth dies. <3

            Do you have an e-mail address where I can send the PDF? You can put it up here and then delete it for privacy after I get you the file.

          • Kirsten Stevenson

            Yay! That’s so perfect. I love the photo (and all the photos)!
            kstevensonology@gmail.com
            Thank you thank you!

  • InTheBurbs

    We had a very “churchy” wedding and actually processed in to a hymn, “Gather Us In” by Marty Haugen – sung by the congregation.

    • Lisa

      Ah, I love that hymn!! What a great and unique choice!

      • InTheBurbs

        Thanks! That choice we agreed on quickly – some of the other pieces…not so much. Deciding on music was one of the more stressful parts of wedding planning – we literally compromised by one of us picking the Gospel acclimation and the other the service music.

        • Lisa

          I had very strong opinions on pieces that I wanted for certain parts as did my husband. I’m a singer, and he’s an instrumentalist so we had a fundamental disagreement in many “optional” music places of whether to use hymns/songs or instrumental music. For places where hymns were necessary, I presented him with a list of ideas I had, and we made final selections together.

          I think, if we’re keeping score, that I “won” because I got to put more vocal music in than he got instrumental, but I did cede the recessional to him because he desperately wanted the organ to play the Mendelssohn march. There was lots of compromising and giving on both sides for sure!

    • emmers

      We did a hymn too, How Great Thou Art, instrumental but not sung. Having it sung sounds awesome!

  • norawallis

    I walked down the aisle to “Ashokan Farewell,” and it’s one of the few details from the ceremony that I actually remember. We recessed to “Do You Realize?” – not the Flaming Lips version, but an acoustic version arranged by two friends.

    • Deepa

      Great minds! I also walked in to Ashokan Farewell — it was probably the one wedding-y thing I knew I wanted to do from the time I got engaged. The wedding party walked in to Married Life (from the movie Up) and we all recessed to Tonight from West Side Story.

      • Alanna Carteir

        That song from Up is so sweet and whimsical! I think I NEED it to be my processional song.

        • Deepa

          It was really lovely! Many teary eyes in the audience from guests who recognized it.

      • Lisa

        Ok, I love Ashokan Farewell, and now I am OBSESSED with the idea of the Up song! Why didn’t I think of that when we were planning??

        • Deepa

          I was surprised it hadn’t come up sooner in all the lists of wedding processional ideas I had been scouring!!

    • raccooncity

      OMG. Genius. I love that song ever since i watched the Civil War Documentary. Seriously considering this.

      • norawallis

        It’s really easily arranged for a single performer if you want to have it done live, like we did, instead of playing the song on an iPod. A friend of ours was able to make it work on a single guitar. It was beautiful!

  • Kara

    I walked down the aisle to “The Kiss / The Gael” from Last of the Mohicans. It was played by our string quartet and they had a Celtic drum. Our processional was “Ob la di, Ob la da” by the Beatles, again played by the string quartet. It was awesome!

    • Kara

      Edit — processional should be recessional.

    • SD888

      I like those choices. I was just thinking about how powerful the music is from The Last of the Mohicans. And The Beatles is always great!

  • Christina McPants

    Vitamin String Quartet’s version of “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol and back up to Counting Crows “Accidentally in Love.” Yes, it was 2011.

    I always thought Dog Days by Florence and the Machine was a little sinister, not sure if I’d want that in my wedding…

  • Lawyerette510

    Walked in to “in My Life” played by Crosby Stills And Nash. I love both their version and the Beatles’ version but the CSN version was on spotify. I really love that song because it captures what I hope for us in our marriage and for everyone who gets married- the life lead up to that point shapes you into who you are and how you got there so it’s good to love the experiences and people who got you there, but you’re choosing your spouse and the love you have for them over all of those other experiences and people.

  • kate

    for the very untraditional couple, indie bands M83 and Explosions in the Sky both have some beautiful, epic songs that would make great processionals or recessionals.

    • AP

      YES to Explosions in the Sky. Gorgeous.

    • Caitlin

      I walked in to an Explosions in the Sky song! It was so wonderful– I’ve loved that song for a loooooong time so it was already special, and the name seemed very fitting since it’s called Your Hand in Mine. It’s a kind of emotional song anyways but now even more so :)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdiY6kijYHE

      For anyone else thinking of using songs by them, I recommend checking out the Friday Night Lights movie soundtrack– they have shorter versions of some of the songs with strings added.

      • AP

        This is my favorite.

  • D

    I will walk down the aisle on All Is Full Of Love by Bjork. Lyrics are about someone not being able to receive love, but nevertheless we found it meaningful. It’s sort of a message to the audience: love is everywhere as long as you’re open to it.

  • raccooncity

    This is something I’ve been mulling over – most of our wedding decisions have come very easily, but this has been harder. I’ve been leaning towards Here, There and Everywhere.

  • Lindsay Rae

    I walked down the aisle to A Thousand Years by Christina Perri. Since I was in a Catholic Church, and their music choices are a little strict, I was THRILLED that they granted my request! It was instrumental, played by the organ and a violin.

  • SuperJ

    We walked down to the Vitamin String Quartet version of “Just like heaven” It makes me super happy when the regular version come on the radio (like it did on my way home from work yesterday) because I remember how it felt to be standing with my husband waiting to walk down the aisle together. Our recessional was “In your eyes” by Peter Gabriel– a favorite song for both of us.

    • SD888

      Beautiful and romantic choices…love them both!

  • Rebekah

    I processed to the intro of Sweet Child of Mine by Guns n Roses, and now every time I hear that song I am thrown back to that moment. 2nd best decision I made that day.

    • emmers

      I went to a wedding this weekend where the bride processed to that. It actually made me cry, because her dad was tearing up!

    • SD888

      It wouldn’t be my choice, but it IS a very powerful song and has a beautiful melody.

  • We’re having a jarocho band play for our ceremony and cocktail hour, at their suggestion we’re having them plan an instrumental version of a song called Xochipitzahuatl (the song does have lyrics in Nahuatl, but makes for a beautiful march even without). For our recessional we’re having
    them play La Bamba, a: because it’s fun and b: because the dance that goes
    along with it (I’m in a Mexican dance group) is actually a wedding dance!

    • Lawyerette510

      so awesome!

    • SD888

      That first song you linked to was unlistenable. It literally hurt my ears. The string version of La Bamba is nice..would be nicer if it were just an instrumental, though.

  • Nikki

    Our venue had a large amount of visible stairs leading to the outdoor ceremony site (took about 1 min to walk from the door of the venue all the way down to the ceremenoy!). So we decided on the song “I Would Walk 500 Miles” by the Proclaimers. It took me a while to decide if choosing that song was too cheesy/ridiculous. But in the end we decided that it was a fun opener to the style of wedding/party we were going for!

    • AP

      So fun!

  • AP

    “All of My Days” by Alexi Murdoch is a good one to walk to, as well.

    • MM

      This is what I walked into, and it gives me goosebumps every time I hear it. It was an easy choice for me, as “Away We Go” is one of our favorite movies.

      • AP

        LOVE Away We Go!

  • AP

    I think I’ve just been sold on Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Always a personal favorite, and fiancé likes it too. Just got teary thinking about it and I can totally picture it, which I think might mean it’s a winner.

  • mimi

    I processed to “Sweet Thing” by Van Morrison. Our wedding was outside (on family property), so we used an iPod and a big speaker. I smile every time I hear that song :)

    • Kate

      I really wanted an acoustic version of this song for my processional! But couldn’t find one :-/ Great choice!

  • Ashlyn

    I ended up using an acoustic guitar version of Saint-Saens’ The Swan (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1xp1sjOSB8&list=PL0D264D71B69910D1&index=4).

    At the behest of my husband, who insists that you can find some really great music in video games, we also considered the following covers. They’re both a good pace.

    This Improvisation on the Final Fantasy VI Theme
    (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRuydNQn4DY&list=PL0D264D71B69910D1&index=6)

    This one on Final Fantasy 7 Theme.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFjmZJa5IoQ&index=11&list=PL0D264D71B69910D1

    Then, there was this Piano/Cello cover of Christina Perri’s A Thousand Years that is really pretty.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgaTQ5-XfMM&index=13&list=PL0D264D71B69910D1

  • kcaudad

    I walked down to “Concerto in E Major” by Bach – I couldn’t even tell you that I remember actually hearing the song while I was walking down the isle. I was just in my head so much at that moment. But, I’m sure that it was playing. It’s a nice classical song that still sounds like a wedding song without being ‘here comes the bride’ or something cheesy! highly recommended.

  • Nope.

    I processed to my younger sister playing “Simple Gifts” on the viola. She stood at the front of the church while I came in with our parents. It was a lovely moment to feel like my whole nuclear family was included in a moment. It was a very meaningful song for us because we grew up in an area settled by Shakers, so that song was a frequent feature of elementary school concerts.

    • SD888

      I love that melody. It’s so beautiful. Really touches the soul!

  • I walked down the aisle to “So This is Love” (from the animated Cinderella movie) played by a string trio.

    • Sarah E

      ohmygosh, that would have been my dream!

    • alicia

      This was my second choice. Love it!

    • SD888

      Was there a singer? The music is beautiful. I love the female singer in the version from the movie.

      • Laura

        No, I just had the strings (harp, violin, cello).

  • Lynee

    I 99% sure the entire party is walking down to an instrumental version of hoppipolla: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-7YR0s1i5M

    • Alanna Carteir

      Vitamin String Quarter also has a beautiful instrumental of this, if you are still uncertain. It’s pretty stunning.

    • Kara

      One of my best friends walked down the aisle to this….a keyboard and electric violin played, and it was magical.

  • Abbey

    We’ll have a guitar, singer and fiddle player and are learning towards either a bluegrass version of “Ain’t that a Kick in the Head” or “In the Aeroplane over the Sea”

  • Our bridal party walked down the aisle to “So High” by John Legend.

    I processed with my brother to “Picture Perfect” by Eric Roberson. Both are super non-traditional choices, but they were the right ones for us, especially Picture Perfect. The song is all about how perfectly matched a couple are and that’s how we feel about each other :-)

  • Susan

    I processed to “I Found You” by the Alabama Shakes — it was the perfect compromise of a slower song that I wanted and the faster songs my husband wanted. We also considered “Thunder Clatter” by Wild Cub (husband) and “My My Love” by Joshua Radin (me).

  • alicia

    “All of Me” remix by Dash Berlin is what we used. There is this crazy hook that is absolutely amazing for the bride/groom entry.

  • PC

    We did “Can’t Help Falling in Love” arranged for two violins (hooray for musician friends!) which worked out perfectly- slow and “wedding-y” but not overly formal or traditional. Also we had a very short aisle so it was important to have something that could be shortened quite a bit but still sound good and be clear what it was.

  • Ashlah

    We walked in to True Love Will Find You In The End by Daniel Johnston, as arranged and played by my friends on two violins. It was beautiful, and I wish I had a recording of them playing it to listen to all the time.

    The original recording would be great too:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckqO2zjL5Wk

    • SD888

      This guy has a HORRIBLE singing voice. Horrific.

  • Casey

    I’m walking with my parents to “sugar magnolia” played by the string quartet. A deadhead family gets fancy. But I also wanted to plug basically the whole “Rave On” Buddy Holly cover album — Patti Smith’s version of words of love is a contender for our first dance, and She and Him’s Oh Boy is great. Fiona Apple and Jon Brion “everyday” a duet. Its all around excellent.

  • halliemt

    In August, we’ll be walking down the aisle to a live bluegrass rendition of Beyonce’s XO. Recessional is Mariah Carey’s Emotions in the same style.

    • SD888

      Facepalm. The worst!

      • halliemt

        Ummmm… I don’t understand why you are being mean about my choice of ceremony music. It doesn’t have to be to your taste?

    • SD888

      Just really stupid choices. R & B music ‘in the bluegrass style’? FAIL.

  • NicoleT

    The bridal party is walking down to a song my sister picked out called “Sweet Tides” and I’m walking down to “Stay Young, Go Dancing” by Death Cab for Cutie. I can’t wait!!

  • Meg

    I’m suddenly blanking on the music that played when everyone else walked down the aisle (it was a VSQ cover), but when it was my turn it switched to “These days” by Nico covered by the Vitamin String Quartet. Because the royal tenenbaums is my favorite movie of all time and the song has secretly kind of been my theme song since I was in high school

    • SD888

      Wow. You’re not a total loser or anything. So, is the combined weight of the bride and groom EXCEEDING 650 pounds, or right on the nose?

      • Meg

        you can fuck right off

        • SD888

          haha Star Trek at a wedding. Keeping it Klassy.

  • shakes29

    My processional was to Red is the Rose by The High Kings. A beautiful song that was also a nod to our shared Irish heritage.

  • macrain

    I walked down the aisle with my mom to “Across the Universe,” but the Rufus Wainwright version. We also used “Heartbeats” by Jose Gonzales for the rest of the wedding party.

    • SD888

      Why not the Fiona Apple version of Across the Universe? She’s got such a smoky, dreamy vocal!

  • Katriel

    We processed in (together) to selections from Brahms 1st symphony. I
    liked it ok, we really chose it because my parents and grandparents also
    used it as a processional. We processed out to Meyerbeer’s “Coronation March from Le Prophet” and it was AWESOME! The pipe organ and horns together were just amazing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IysgillrMo4

  • Carrie

    I walked down the aisle to the music from the throne room scene at the end of Star Wars. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_6zYIBPXOg

    My uncle was supposed to pause it for the ceremony, and then start it up again for the recessional. Once the ceremony was over we just stood there waiting for the music to start again, but instead he set off a bunch of fireworks. (It was all outside, so no one caught on fire.)

    [Edit: stupid youtube formatting.]

    • FancyPants

      AWESOME.

      I get all goose bumpsy listening to this song!

      But, FIREWORKS? Well done, Uncle. :)

  • E. Andres Holzer-Torres

    At our wedding I (groom), groomsmen, and bridesmaids walked down the aisle to ‘Baba Yetu’ by Christopher Tin (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJiHDmyhE1A)

    The bride walked down the aisle to ‘I am the doctor’ by Murray Gold (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7VmOZ4Ppj8) played on the piano (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mt6Uh8y21ps)

    We got married in a catholic church so there was a limit to what we could play, and also needed to find arrangements for the piano. We still get comments from folks on our processional and recessional music.

    • SD888

      Wow, you have HORRIBLE musical taste. I mean, possibly the worse. I thought it was corny for couples to use Disney theme songs in their weddings. You played some African crap with lyrics nobody understands and an urgent, intense piano piece that sounds like it belongs to a spy movie? LAME. Your guests were just making fun of you, those two pieces of shit you posted up belong in the toilet!

  • Kristen Gormley

    I think I am going to walk in with my Mom to “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by the one and only Elvis. Loving this thread for all other ideas!

  • Elizabeth

    My best friend walked down the aisle to the Princess Bride theme song.

    <3 Twoo wub is wot bwings us toogeder twoday. <3

    • macrain

      Mawage!

    • Caitlin

      My dad read me that book when I was a little kid, and so of course we watched the movie together. My dad was also the officiant at my wedding and for YEARS had been jokingly threatening to use that as the beginning of his sermon when I got married. He didn’t end up starting with that but he still used it and tied in The Princess Bride and it was SO AWESOME.

    • Sarah N.

      I walked down the aisle to the acoustic version of song; it’s called Storybook Love. I played it for my husband AS A JOKE and he loved it. It helps that his name is Wesley. And he likes to tell me “As You Wish” when he’s feeling particularly romantic or goofy.

    • alicia

      So did I and our recessional was kiss the girl from the little mermaid

      • Jess

        I love that so much!

    • sara g

      This was our song for our attendants and the ring bearer. It’s such a beautiful song. <3

    • Natalie

      A string quartet played this song for when my husband and the groomspeople were entering and taking their places. So pretty.

  • Amanda

    I walked down to an instrumental version of Led Zepplin’s “Going to California.” It was one of the first songs my dad introduced me to and has remained one my favorite songs so it was a really memorable moment.
    We recessed to The Beatles’ “All You Need is Love”, which I really thought was going to be a bit too typical but ended up fitting perfectly with the ceremony that we wrote with our dear friend who was our officiant.

  • FancyPants

    My processional song was “The Lover’s Waltz” by Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, played by two violins. Oh goodness- it jerks all my heart strings! A bit bluegrassy, folksy- but endearing (and fitting for the setting of a field in the Piedmont of rural North Carolina).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRyMH_4PO3Y

  • Mariah

    I walked down the aisle to Appalachian Spring: Doppio Movimento (shaker Melody “The Gift to Be Simple”) by Aaron Copeland. The Recessional was Handel’s Royal Fireworks – La Rejouissance

    • FancyPants

      Our bridal party processed to La Rejouissance- I loved how happy, exuberant and upbeat it felt!

      And the arrangement of Appalachian Spring “the Gift to be Simple” is lovely!

  • Annie

    I walked down the aisle to Ingrid Michaelson’s version of “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”

    We almost did “Til Kingdom Come” by Coldplay, but I wasn’t sure if there was another meaning behind the song that I wasn’t getting at the time. ;) There are parts of the song that are so beautiful that we could relate to.

  • sta.reed

    “Family” was a major theme in our wedding day (big Italian immigrant meets small New England Lutheran) and we found different ways to incorporate each of our parents in a way that felt natural and authentic to them.

    My father-in-law is a musician and had shown interest in playing the music for the processional. At first I was apprehensive (live music… gahh something could go wrong) but I’ll never forget the moment he called me into the family room a week before the wedding and played me a few bars. He had created a stunning piano arrangement for Moon River (as inspired by the Henry Mancini acoustic version that I found on APW) and I walked down the aisle to that.

    It was memorable and personal and perfect. All this is to say Moon River is a gorgeous processional song, however, now its featured in a chocolate commercial and I’m liable to burst into happy tears during Shark Tank commercial breaks.

    • Kat

      I’m about to cry in this coffee shop just reading the words “Moon River.” That song gets to me. I imagine your processional left everyone a little more misty-eyed than usual. Gorgeous song choice.

    • SD888

      Moon River is such a beautiful, sad, romantic song. LOVE IT!

  • LoeStum

    My processional song was a cover of “I’m gonna be” by Sleeping at Last

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJ6wJqaE6o4

  • Can I just say, I would really love to go to a wedding where the processional was “I believe in a thing called love” by The Darkness! Ha!

    This was mine (still bring joy to my heart!): La Valse d’Amelie by Yann Tierson

    • FancyPants

      I wholeheartedly agree about the Darkness song! I just listened (to the whole thing…I needed to remind myself of its glory) and I really think it’d be a terrific Recessional!

      More to the point: the Amelie song is SO sweet and upbeat! Does that mean you had an ACCORDION at your wedding?! (Though I am sure that song would be lovely played by other instruments :) ).

      • I did! An accordionist and a guitarist who also played the toy piano during that song. They were amazing!!

        • FancyPants

          AND TOY PIANO?!!

          Whole ‘nuther level. Way to be!!!

  • Moe

    In an effort to merge our different musical tastes, our parents entered to Paul McCartney’s “Calico Skies” http://youtu.be/IHHxYl75eu8, the wedding party entered to “Something” https://youtu.be/IrW7dlDHH28 and then I entered to Aretha’s version of “Natural Woman” https://youtu.be/dEWuAcMWDLY

  • Kf

    We used Elbow’s One Day Like This. In close second place was Bloc Party’s This Modern Love which I’m hoping to hear at a friend’s wedding later this year :)

  • jubeee

    I haven’t considered my processional yet, we are having a jazz ensemble play, not sure what to ask them to play. Would it be completely vain to incorporate the song I was named after “Julia” in the wedding? lol

    I also really like “The Wind” by Cat Stevens, gorgeous suggestion.

    • There are some super beautiful romantic jazz standards that you could ask them about. I love “Our Love is Here to Stay”, ” ‘S Wonderful”, “I’ll be Seeing You”, “Misty” are all ones I love that I can think of off the top of my head. I am sure your jazz band could suggest some things that they do well too! Kudos to you for having live jazz at the ceremony!

      • jubeee

        Thank you for the suggestion and really, the kudos should go to my fiance who was the one that wanted a jazz band to be a part of our wedding day….it was really all he wanted at first.

  • Sandy

    My husband’s best friend from high school is a professional musician and he played acustic guitar for us. The songs were HOTLY debated.

    While the guests were seated, he played his own arrangement of “I’ll Be There” by Megadeth.

    As the rest of the wedding party arrived, he played “Heart of Gold” by Neil Young.

    My husband and I walked in from opposite sides as he played “If You Only Knew” by Shinedown.

    Also high on the list was “Now That You’re Here” by Staind and “I Just Want You” by Ozzy Osborn. I’m still a little sad that we didn’t have the Ozzy; I think I’ll listen to it now…. :)

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x39tc7_ozzy-osbourne-i-just-want-you_music

  • themelissakf

    Another great one (that I can’t believe is not on here!) is Head Over Feet by Alanis Morissette. Not a dry eye in the house, people!

    • SD888

      Horrible song for a wedding. It’s way too harsh and heavy.

  • Biddy

    Long-time lurker, first-time poster here.

    The wedding party walked in to “And the Winner Is” from the Little Miss Sunshine soundtrack. I walked up the aisle to “If You Were Here” by the Thompson Twins. We recessed to “Inní mér syngur vitleysingur” by Sigur Ros.

    This was one of my very favorite parts of wedding planning and the day itself.

    • Kayjayoh

      I *love* “And the Winner Is.” Good choice.

    • MM

      Our wedding party walked in to “And the Winner Is” as well. Loved it!

  • Kayjayoh

    We walked down the aisle to the tune of Finlandia by Sibelius, played on French horn. There was supposed to be singing. The programs asked those gathered to sing the hymn “We Would Be One” which is set to the Finlandia tune in the Unitarian hymnal. However, we hadn’t communicated that well enough. It was just in the program. There was no announcement and no one led the singing, so no one sang. But for all that, it was still incredibly lovely.

    Handel’s Largo will *always* make me think of Our Town.

    Re: Ashokan Farewell: We didn’t have that song in our wedding, but our first dance was to Jay Unger and Molly Mason playing the Lover’s Waltz. :)

  • I walked down to “Flightless Bird, American Mouth” by Iron and Wine, despite the fact that the lyrics talk about rats pissing on magazines. (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
    It is such a beautiful sounding song, and the swelling of the chorus is how it felt in my heart to imagine seeing my husband at the end of the aisle. Loved it.

  • I am a professional musician and play lots and lots of weddings. Some of my favorite alternative processionals (or just wedding ceremony music choices) are:

    Be Thou My Vision – really pretty as a bridal party or bridal processional
    To a Wild Rose by Edward Macdowell
    Our Love is Here to Stay is a great Gershwin tune that is a nice recessional, also I Got Rhythm is fun.
    La Vie en Rose
    Tale as Old as Time (Beauty and the Beast)
    Theme from Up
    What a Wonderful World
    Can’t Help Falling in Love
    Unchained Melody
    Dvorak’s Humoresque makes a nice recessional

    I could go on for a while! The tried and true standards are tried and true for a reason, but there are so many other options that work super well!

  • Treasure Stirling

    When my mom married my dad, she walked down the aisle to “Greensleeves”; as a way to honor her I choose to walk to it as well; since I had a Renaissance themed wedding I thought it very fitting. Bonus – I was able to surprise my mom by having it played on a lute.

    • SD888

      Lovely! Greensleeves is so elegant and beautiful. And on a lute!

  • We walked down the aisle together to Sea of Love (Cat Power version sung by my amazing SIL) and the recessional (also sung by SIL) was I’ve Just Seen A Face by The Beatles.

    • SD888

      Sea of Love is a great, romantic, haunting, beautiful song for a wedding processional!

  • Katarina

    I’m walking into the the Glasgow Love Theme from Love Actually in just a few weeks, and I’m crazy excited!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4FoXcTQGz8

  • Eh

    Most of our music was from movies (my husband loves movies) so our processional was an instrumental version of “Waiting for the lights” from Tangled.

    • Kat

      I was JUST THINKING that Tangled has great music for a processional.

      • Eh

        It does! You can really feel the emotion and anticipation in Waiting for the Lights, which is why I thought it would make a good song for a processional. We also only had one song for the whole processional since we didn’t really have a wedding party (my sister who was MOH walked in before me and my dad).

  • doublegus

    We walked out to Stevie Wonder’s “Happier than the Morning Sun.”

    • Val

      !!!!!
      SO DID WE!!!
      Stevie was my mom’s absolute favorite and she passed 3 years prior…so it was perfect. So cool to know someone else used that song!! And towards the end where it starts to slow down, that’s when I walked out with my dad…such a beautiful frig’n song.

  • Love this thread and remembering this moment! We were one of those couples that agonized over the decision :) Our friend played “Real Love” on piano (kind of the Regina Spektor style https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8s15Zt1S30 but without words) while everyone processed. When it was my turn to process, my husband picked up his guitar and they played “Sleepwalk” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1st_9KudWB0.

    • SD888

      The melody of real love per Regina Spektor is really depressing…and the lyrics are even worse! Are you still married now?

  • Laura

    We had a pretty non-traditional wedding & playlist. Our ceremony playlist was a pretty varied selection of indie music but the processional song was the acoustic version of Hysteric by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. I get misty whenever I hear it now :)

  • Our processional was to Concerning Hobbits from Lord of the Rings which was beautiful but also added the playful factor we were looking for: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pGaz_qN0cw. Then I walked down to A Tender History in Rust by Do Make Say Think https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYRwE9HPgpM. I love all the ideas on here!

  • Adrienne

    First post ever (though I have been lurking forever…)

    My husband and I got married last week. Planning our ceremony was kind of a last-minute, by-the-seat-of-our-pants thing, but it turned out SO well, in large part because of the music.

    Before the entrance (a pre-processional if you will), we had “Somebody’s Getting Married” from Muppets Take Manhattan. Then my bridesmaids came in to Belle and Sebastian’s “If She Wants Me” which then faded to “Baby I Love You” by the Ramones for my entrance. (We walked out together to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”, because, of course.)

    It sounds like kind of a mish-mash, but it totally worked – those three songs set the tone for the whole ceremony, which was a blend of sweet and funny the whole way through with the readings and vows as well. For us, it was perfect, and so many of our guests said the same thing.

    • Abby

      Yay someone else used the Muppets! My husband and our wedding party walked in to Rainbow Connection and our recessional was the Muppet Show theme. I walked in to a string trio version of Romantic Flight from How to Train Your Dragon, which meant that everyone who knew the movie thought of dragons and silliness while everyone else just thought it was a pretty melody. (We’re sneaky little kids at heart).

      • SD888

        The Rainbow Connection was so beautiful that it made me cry as a kid. Love the Muppets. Never thought about including them in a wedding, but this song is magical!

  • The whole wedding party processed to Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” because it’s my favorite love song of all time. We recessed to Kate Miller-Heidke’s “Ride This Feeling” because it was nhe wediing theme song.. It was perfect.

  • Kat

    I’ve always loved the song “The Story” by Brandi Carlisle (ever since I heard it on Grey’s Anatomy during it’s first season, yikes) and it has that great swelling chorus that is amazing for processionals. But I also take a secret joy in choosing songs that I know will make people get emotional, and I think playing “Edelweiss” as a nod to my late grandmother would get my mother and I both crying (also my SO’s family is Austrian, so bonus points here)

    • SD888

      Edelweiss is so beautiful…would be even more gorgeous with a sweet voiced vocalist!

  • Alissa

    I walked down to “Strangers” by the Kinks. I LOVED it! And now it’s like a little fluttery miracle every time I hear that song come on in a coffee shop somewhere. Also: editing songs is your friend. I edited out a verse of “Strangers” that 1) was slightly less on the tone I wanted and 2) made the song too long. I had friends walk in to Calvin Harris and out to Calvin Harris–a quiet part of the song on the way in, and the party part of the song on the way out!

    • SeahorseGalaxy

      I chose “Strangers” for one of the songs for our wedding video. I got swoony with that song the first time I heard it (pre-wedding) and now when I hear it, REALLY swoony. Such a beautiful choice!!

  • Lucy

    OK, this is one of my favorite topics :) We’re going full on 70’s acoustic.

    My bridal party is walking down to “Bron Yr Aur” by Led Zeppelin
    I’m walking down to “Songbird” by Fleetwood Mac
    Recess to “Little Martha” by the Allman Brothers

  • TheLuckiestBride

    Our processional song was “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds 5 and it was just perfect. Recessional was “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen, also perfect. <3

  • Jaime Willis

    I really want to process down to the west wing theme song. (See here, starting at :45 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlFgAzaxqiY). So far, I haven’t convinced the Mr.

  • AGCourtney

    This is one of the first wedding decisions I made!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g25QXnhVijQ

    The song is called Dearly Beloved, and it’s the title theme from Kingdom Hearts – it’s our favorite video game, and it’s actually how we started talking in high school, when we realized we had that in common.

  • SeahorseGalaxy

    Choosing the songs for the processional was one of my favorite parts of wedding planning and I loooved how it ended up. We had strings playing arrangements of the following songs. My husband’s grandparents walked down to “In My Life” by the Beatles, which I had imagined at my wedding since I was like 12. He and his parents walked down to “I Will Wait” by Mumford and Sons (his choice). I walked down (first by myself and then met up with my parents) to “Tonight, Tonight” by the Smashing Pumpkins. Ahh the swelling of the strings. Oh man, that song was *such* a good choice! And then for walking around him 7 times (a Jewish tradition), “Hoppipolla” by Sigur Ros, which was gorgeous.

  • Lacy

    I walked down the aisle to “There Once Was a Hushpuppy” from Beasts of the Southern Wild, as an homage to our life in New Orleans. If you haven’t seen the movie or don’t know the song, google immediately. The song makes me so emotional (especially the victorious sounding horns) that I actually forced myself to listen to it once a day for the months leading up to our wedding so that I wouldn’t sob uncontrollably. Ultimately I still sobbed, but discovered that listening to that song while completing mundane tasks like washing dishes will make your life seem like a grand adventure.

    Also, our recessional song was “Will You Be There” by Micheal Jackson (aka, the song from Free Willy). It started as a joke, but when our entire audience began clapping and singing with the gospel choir, it became the best decision of our whole wedding.

    • SeahorseGalaxy

      Just listened to “There Once Was a Hushpuppy” – beautiful beautiful!!

  • chirpygirl

    I loved the music we chose for our wedding. Our moms and my sister (MOH) entered to “Mothersbaugh’s Canon” from The Royal Tenenbaums (we love Wes Anderson), then my dad and I came in to a beautiful, previously unreleased acoustic version of “Annie’s Song” – just guitar and mandolin and John Denver’s pure and soaring vocals. After our vows, a friend played guitar and sang “Feels Like Home” from Randy Newman’s Faust, and our processional was Abba’s “Waterloo” – so much fun! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdYllY0xrKA

  • Rebecca Chadwick

    I LOVE that “Hoppípolla” by Sigur Rós is up there. I found it while searching for pre-ceremony/processional music and it was definitely included in the pre-ceremony music. That being said, I knew I HAD to walk down the aisle to “Storybook Love” by Mark Knopfler from The Princess Bride. I used the instrumental version below!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4njxT5idas

  • Alyssa

    Oh! I’m so happy to see Saint-Saens on this list. When I walked down the aisle to it, one of my husband’s favorite memories was seeing the entire congregation jump out of their seats on that first chord! I just love how this song encapsulates the majesty and heart-swelling happiness of a wedding day :)

  • Peekayla

    We had the fingerstyle guitar version of the Princess Bride Theme (Storybook Love): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKogP6nVaqA

    • SD888

      OMG! I think I would be drenched in tears if they played this while I walked down the aisle! <3 One of my all time favorite movies…and it's so beautiful! The lyrics are also lovely.

  • Brenda

    My wife and I walked in, hand in hand, to Dear One by Mary Lambert.

  • KerryMarie

    Our processional was to “I’ve got this friend” by the Civil Wars. My husband walked in with his parents first (to the first verse) and I walked in with my parents to the second verse. Recessional was to “Signed, sealed, delivered”

  • Kaylee Shannon

    Man you guys are on point with the timing of this post and the one a few days ago about vows for the wedding. (I assuming that is planned for the summer weddings!) We are 2 months away from our wedding and we are planning on playing a few classical pieces for families and bridesmaids and then a violin duet of “here comes the sun” which has special meaning to my fiancé and I…ohhhh all the feels.

  • kwadman

    I walked down the aisle to “Here Comes the Sun.” Thanks, guys, for making me even more thrilled with that choice! My husband started crying the first time he heard the acoustic version. My uncle played it for us as I walked down the aisle. My husband cried then too! Haha, believe it or not, he’s not that much of a crier.

  • Natalie

    I walked down the aisle to Here Comes the Bride, because my mother really wanted that and I didn’t really care as long as my favorite choices were played at some point in the ceremony. My husband and his groomspeople entered to Storybook Love (the Princess Bride Theme song), my bridesmaids processed to Sleeping Beauty Waltz, and we recessed to Here Comes the Sun. It was all played by a string quartet and sounded so pretty. We spent a lot of time picking out other music for our string quartet to play as people took their seats and then during the cocktail hour, and we didn’t get to hear a bit of it, because we were getting ready and then having photographs taken.

  • rachelr00

    I walked down the aisle to Gillian Welch’s “Dear Someone.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_SbWzbjueQ A dear friend is a classical violinist and she arranged a beautiful solo fiddle version of it. If you want something sweet, sparse and simple, I highly recommend it– that tune continues to be one of my favorite memories of an incredibly memorable day.

  • Sonya

    We walked down to Plainsong by the Cure… it was slightly 80s and so so beautiful. The first 3 minutes are just instrumental and it builds and builds perfectly.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSaNXpD49Qw

    • SD888

      I love The Cure! Their music is so romantic. Pictures of You always puts a lot of tears out…

  • Jess

    I am considering the piece “Classical Gas” as I’ve always loved it. My best girlfriend, who was just married on a sun drenched beach in Greece last month, had a guitarist and violinist playing the theme to Jurassic Park. I know that sounds strange, but it was actually beautiful

  • Jemma Q

    We went with ‘Into My Arms’ by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEUgORVsECs

  • Nick Colitses

    Ashton Lane’s (Primrose Hill) has that cinematic outdoor wedding song vibe.Set near the famous Abbey Road Studio and the most famous place of all, 2 human hearts in love.Enjoy!!!!

  • ewaltersmith

    THE ULTIMATE SONG FOR THE ENTRANCE OF THE BRIDE, “Take a Step” invites you to the experience you’ve dreamed about all of your life. http://weddingsongsbyewaltersmith.com/take-a-step/

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