Playlist: Not a Rom-Com

APW playlists are quickly becoming some of my favorite content on the site. There’s just something extra fun about getting to know you guys through your musical taste, plus now I have these great playlists that I’ll actually listen to the whole way through instead of just putting up with the random assortment of stuff that Pandora usually spits out at me when I’ve exhausted all of my allotted skips (though, have I mentioned lately how great my Pandora station based on “Baby One More Time” is? Because it is awesome).

Not to mention, the suggestions we’re getting for our crowdsourced playlists have been incredible. Finally, non-cheesy (or at least delightfully cheesy) suggestions for wedding music based on music that has been used at actual weddings! Novel! Speaking of which, our next crowdsourced playlist after we put together your parent dance suggestions will be processional music, so leave us your best suggestions in the comments and we’ll pull together some of our favorites for a future playlist. For now though, we hope to brighten your afternoon at work with the soundtrack to February’s wordlesses. Enjoy!

PS Meg is the traditionalist around here, and now that we’re doing ceremony music, she’d like to encourage you to include classical and/ or religious suggestions for music if you’ve got ’em. She’s a fan of Trumpet Voluntary’s. Or so she says.

“Not a Rom-Com”

Not A Rom-Com from practicalmaddie on 8tracks Radio.

  1. “Question” by Old 97′s from Ashlee and Brian’s Morning Wedding Hike in Zion National Park
  2. “Offering” by The Avett Brothers from Jessica & Justin’s Vegan Wedding at the Hoover Y Park
  3. “Postcards from Italy” by Beirut from Sarah and Casey’s Self-Officiated Philly Food Truck Wedding
  4. “Everything” by Michael Bublé from Amy & Olivia’s Hill Country Peacock Wedding
  5. “Parachute” by Ingrid Michaelson from Amy & Olivia’s Hill Country Peacock Wedding
  6. “I Think We’re Alone Now” by Tiffany from Jordan & Meredith’s New York City Pizza Party Elopement
  7. “Hold My Hand” by Michael Jackson and Akon from Kelly & Mike’s Las Vegas No Pants Party
  8. “The Winner Is” from the Little Miss Sunshine Soundtrack from Sachini & Michael’s Blended Buddhist Jewish Ceremony


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  • JenM

    Our Recessional song was Heaven by The Walkmen

    Upbeat and lovely lyrics

    • Schwink

      THIS IS THE BEST IDEA EVER. I love the Walkmen.

  • KD

    “Jump” by Van Halen was ours! It was my my mom and step-dad’s recessional song too. (instrumental)

    • KD

      This was our Recessional!

      For Processional, I walked in to “Morning has broken” and the rest of the bridal party walked in to “The Wind”… it was a very Cat Stevens wedding! Everything was just instrumental versions played live.

  • SweetAdeline

    For him and the bridal party: The Verve – Lucky Man

    For me: Iron & Wine’s cover of Such Great Heights (sigh)

    • SweetAdeline

      If we’re going REcessional, it has to be

      Queen – You’re My Best Friend

      It’s like the credits are rolling on the end of your very own movie. It may not be a romcom, but maybe it can feel like one just for the 3 minutes this song is on.

      • Yay, feel great not being the only Queen fans.

        We used “Crazy little thing called love” for ours. It was fantastic, all the guests started laughing and boogied along while we walked down the aisle.

  • Samantha

    An acoustic version of Canon in D by Pacabel as arranged and played by two of my brothers for our traditional Roman Catholic church wedding. Check out Trace Bundy’s version – awesome.

  • We used “Orbital” by Josh Ritter…
    It was amazeballs.

    So it was that everything
    That went to make up everything
    Was wrapped up tight inside a grain
    Of great insistence
    Then someone gave the great command
    All things paired off for the dance
    The great to small the small to grand
    Down to this instant

    The hawk around the field mouse
    The love around a lover’s mouth
    I find my mind is settling down
    In circuits round you
    The angels ’round their crowded pins
    The amber-waved electrons spin
    In planetary transits
    Round the ones they’re bound to

    Who do you circle round
    Who is it circles round you
    Is it circles round you?
    Who is it circles round you
    Do you circle round who
    It is circles round you?

    The ghost around the one it haunts
    The want around the thing that wants
    The way the mind just wanders off and then returns to
    The thought around the second thought
    Love or gravity or law
    Whatever name it’s got it’s got me
    Circling round you
    The guess around the second guess
    The hornet round the hornet’s nest
    The wheel time the wheel fate
    The light that bends itself through space
    The light that with it carries time
    Which also bends in the same line
    Relative to point of view
    So when I catch a glimpse of you
    Every time you come around
    The room lights up
    And time slow too!

    • cass

      I approve of any and all Josh Ritter. We briefly considered the Temptation of Adam for our first dance because it reminds us our our favorite book/ fictional love story, Evidence of Things Unseen, but we decided it was probably too weird.

      • NRW

        OMG I would LOVE to use a Josh Ritter song for our wedding. I have actually been trying to think of one that work for awhile because he was one of the first musical artists that we both discovered we BOTH like, which is saying something because my fiancee doesn’t like most music.

  • I love “Question” so much! W used it when he proposed. I walked in after work on a typical Friday night to find W and our two best friends hanging out with their Guitar and Mandolin (nothing unusual at all) then they started to play that song and I knew in an instant what was about to happen and started crying before W could even start to say anything.
    I feel all warm and mushy inside every time I hear it now.

  • Lauren Kwedar Cockerell

    We had a string quartet at our wedding, and they played: Somewhere Over the Rainbow (candle lighting for deceased family members), Stand By Me (moms/grandmas), Yellow (bridal party), and Songbird (bride’s entrance— ME!). We recessed to Sweet Disposition, and it was AWESOME!

    • KD

      Oh yay, I love sweet disposition for that! We used it for our entrance into the reception, but I think I like it even better for the recessional!

  • our processional was a version of “my girl” done by john hiatt and loudon wainwright:!/s/John+Hiatt+and+Loudon+Wainwright+III+My+Girl/1ESQCC?src=5
    it’s the sweet love song of the original, but infused with a real seriousness and beauty.

    i had a serious thing for somewhat melancholy love songs for our wedding. plus, we both walked in with both parents, and i feel like “my girl” is a great love song for all types of love, not just romance, so it fit with the transition from “daughter” to “wife” well, which is kind of what the procession was leading straight to. (not that i’m not a daughter anymore, but…)

  • Sarah WP

    My husband chose to have the band play John Lennon’s Out the Blue for everyone’s processional and for our recessional, we had the band play Supertramp’s Give a Little Bit. It was happy and fun, just like the entire day! And I love catching it randomly on the radio. :)

  • Alison

    Our processional was The Piano Guys instrumental version of “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri, and our recessional was “I Do” by Colbie Callait.

    As a string trio player, we’ve had some great requests:

    Processionals – “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns ‘n Roses, “Here Comes the Sun”, by the Beatles, “When I’m 64” by the Beatles, “Yellow” by Coldplay, “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You” by Ingrid Michaelson

    Recessional: The “Cantina Band” song from Star Wars, “Don’t Stop Believin'”, by Journey, “Viva la Vida” by Coldplay

    • Katherine

      Ooooh, thank you for mentioning The Piano Guys version of that song! That’s what we chose for our processional. Can’t wait to walk down the aisle to such a perfect song :-)

    • Brytani

      “The “Cantina Band” song from Star Wars”

      …omg. How did I not think of that?

  • We used “In My Life” as our processional, and we both walked down our “aisle” (the bar) with both our parents. It seemed like it conveyed some seriousness, but was sweet, and covered our love for each other, and our love for our parents.

    For the REcessional, we wanted something really fun and upbeat, so we went with “When I’m 64.”

  • JessPeebs

    Ours was All you need is Love – – the Beatles :)

  • We had our parents walk in to “Question” by Old 97s… Then it got realllllly silent, and the bridal party walked in to “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds.

    Then I walked in to a piano version of “He’ll Make Me Happy’ from “The Muppets Take Manhattan” (the song Miss Piggy walked down the aisle to when she married Kermit).

    For Recessional, we had everyone blowing bubbles, and we played “Life’s a Happy Song!” from The Muppets.

    I think our song choices for the ceremony were one of my favorite creative decisions of the whole wedding. LOVE them.

  • dragonzflame

    I walked in to Hoppipolla by Sigur Ros, our register signing song was Go Places by The New Pornographers (we also used a lyric from that song on the invites), and the recessional was Somebody Like You by Keith Urban.

    I sort of wish we’d thought of the Star Wars Cantina band though! (Though as we used Han and Leia action figures on the cake, which we served immediately following the ceremony, it might have been a bit too much Star Wars…nah, who am I kidding? You can’t have too much Star Wars!)

    • HA! See my comment below (posted it before I saw this)
      Our toppers were an ewok (me) and a storm trooper (him) :)
      Def not too much :)

      • Brytani

        This is *really* making me want to see a Star Wars-themed wedding.

      • dragonzflame

        Awesome! Sigur Ros AND Star Wars!

        My husband does have a C-3PO and Wicket from when he was little, but we decided just to buy Han and Leia from eBay. I didn’t want to be the Ewok ;-)

  • Anna

    Ours was The Girl With the Flaxen Hair, played by my cousin, a lovely violinist. Her name is not Joshua Bell, but this will give you an idea.

  • Kory (my husband) wanted me to start the walk down the isle to the beginning of the Darth Vader theme, to give our guests a good laugh. Didn’t happen though. I ended up walking down the isle to Hoppipola by Sigur Ros. It was a long walk down the hay field and it worked our perfectly.

  • We chose to enter to Ripple by Grateful Dead and we left to First Day Of My Life by Bright Eyes (both instrumental with guitar, stand-up bass, fiddle and mandolin).

  • Liz B.

    All of our ceremony music came from video games we love. The parents walked in to “Melodies of Life” from Final Fantasy IX. My husband and our bridal party walked in to an excerpt of the “Main Theme of Final Fantasy VII”, while I strolled down the aisle (by myself!) to “Tifa’s Theme” also from Final Fantasy VII. When my husband and I started dating at the tender age of 16 (many many moons ago) he introduced me to video games (specifically RPGs) and they have since become a shared passion of ours. Final Fantasy VII was the first game I ever played and under his instruction I was very nice to Tifa so that the main character (Cloud) would get to go on a date with her. The music was pretty special to us.

    • Brytani

      So much geekery in this community and I love it. I played Kingdom Hearts when I was around 14 and thought that the end song (Simple and Clean) and cutscene, were the most romantic things ever. To this day, thinking about it brings back warm, fuzzy feelings of teenage romance. So jealous that you guys share that.

  • Amanda

    My brother and his girlfriend played the following as a marimba/flute duo (so pretty and soft and uplifting):
    For the guys: Linus & Lucy (The Peanuts Song, Vince Guaraldi) (was almost She’s A Rainbow, Rolling Stones)
    For the girls: God Only Knows (Beach Boys)
    Me & dad: Here Comes The Sun (Beatles…SOB)

    then as we walked back out:
    You Make My Dreams Come True (Hall & Oates)
    Ob-La-Di (Beatles)

    • Tess

      ooh, She’s a Rainbow will be our first dance :)

      I also want “the closer I get (the better I feel)” by Dido for the processional.

  • Joy

    Both our processional and recessional were to Stevie Wonder songs. “Happier than the Morning Sun” and “Signed Sealed Delivered.” ‘Twas awesome.

  • 1 and 2 appear to be reversed? Super awesome feature though, happy to see it again!

  • Brigid

    We’re having a Catholic ceremony, so we really can’t have secular music, but my mom is our church’s music director, so we can very gently stretch this a bit. We’re going to have the parents and wedding party walk in to Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, which will then flow into an instrumental version of Ben Folds’ The Luckiest for when I walk down the aisle.
    There’s a great video interview/performance that Ben Folds did with The AVClub a few years ago where he talks about writing the song, which was written for a wedding scene in a movie, and how the song is sort of a theme on Canon in D. All this was used as supporting evidence to allow me to use it for our wedding!

  • Bridal party/my husband walked in to “Generator^First Floor” by the Freelance Whales, I walked in to “All of My days” by Alexi Murdoch (so damn sweet) and when all was said and done, we exited to “You Make My Dreams Come True”! —-> best recessional song EVER.

  • Meghan

    Love the playlists!

    We entered to Heavenly Day by Patty Griffin, and our recessional was I Got You (At the End of the Century) by Wilco. It was the beginning of the century, but…whatev. Everything else about it was perfect.

  • Teresa

    My husbands parents walked down the aisle to You’re My Home by Billy Joel, which is their wedding song. The bridal party walked down to First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes. My mom, grandma and I walked down to I Walk the Line by Johnny Cash. Our recessional was Happy Together by the Turtles.

  • Kara

    We had a string quartet, and I (the bride) walked down the aisle to “The Gael/The Kiss” from the Last of the Mohicans soundtrack–celtic drum and all.

    For a recessional, we left to a string quartet version of “Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da” by the Beatles.
    It’s fun, and upbeat!

    Lyrics for “Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da” are great for a wedding:

    “Desmond takes a trolley to the jewellers stores
    Buys a twenty carat golden ring (Golden ring?)
    Takes it back to Molly waiting at the door
    And as he gives it to her she begins to sing (Sing)

    Ob-la-di ob-la-da life goes on bra
    La-la how the life goes on
    Ob-la-di ob-la-da life goes on bra
    La-la how the life goes on, yeah (No)

    In a couple of years they have built
    A home sweet home
    With a couple of kids running in the yard
    Of Desmond and Molly Jones
    (Ah ha ha ha ha ha)”

  • Laura

    Our recessional was “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)” by James Taylor. Perhaps, my favorite music choice of the evening.

  • Brandi

    Our processional was to a recording of my husband’s father playing the oud. He passed away in 2000, it was a great way to include him.

    Our recessional was The Proclaimers 500 Miles, as covered by our friends. It was fantastic, and I get all teary when I hear the song to this day.

    • meg


  • Jess

    We had 2 processional songs – I still can’t hear either song without getting a lump in my throat:

    1) The bridal party and all parents walked in to “June Hymn” by The Decemberists (“Here’s a hymn to welcome in the day // heralding a summers early sway // and all the bulbs are comin’ in // to begin // the thrushes bleeding battle with the wrens // disrupts my reverie again”)

    2) My husband and I (and our dog as ring bearer) walked in to “Don’t Carry It All” also by The Decemberists (“A monument to build beneath the arbors // upon a plinth that towers towards the trees // but every vessel pitching hard to starboard // lay its head on summer’s freckled knees //and nobody nobody knows // let the yoke fall from our shoulders // don’t carry it all don’t carry it all // we are all our hands in holders // beneath this bold and brilliant sun // this i swear to all, this I swear to all”)

    We recessed to “This Will Be Our Year” by the Zombies.

  • Suzzie

    I still listen to my wedding playlists because I love the music so much! For the ceremony we wanted just more instrumental songs, so we found some piano versions of songs we loved. We walked in together (yes, we did walk in together!) to Amazed (Lonestar), our signing was to Pehla Nasha (Hindi song that we found a good piano version to) and A Thousand Years done by The Piano Guys, and recessional was Tere Bin (from movie Bhagam Bhag – one of my husband’s favorite songs).

    We just had canapes and a dinner, so no dancing. But we chose music that really reflected us and our families and our lives together. As my husband is from India, I chose some lovely Hindi songs, my parents requested some songs that I wove in as well. We had such a range from Oldies, Rock, Hip Hop, R&B, Jazz, Latin, Guitar, Country, Reggae etc but all the songs were just fun upbeat songs that worked well as background music.

  • Marcela

    We didn’t have a wedding party, but the civil registry office was playing Vivaldi’s winter during the ceremony, so we always took that as our wedding music :)

  • Kat

    I walked down the aisle to an instrumental version of Starlight by Muse.
    Our recessional was I’m yours by Jason Mraz.

    • alyssa

      LOVE Starlight! Seriously considered Vitamin String Quartet’s version of that song :)

      • Kat

        That’s what we used :)

        • Laura

          What did you have your bridesmaids walk to? I am considering this as well but don’t know what will go well with it..

          • Kat

            The bridesmaids and I walked down to the same song :)

  • Lindsay B

    I remember spending a long time trying to find the perfect songs for our ceremony (and reception) and I love all of these wonderful ideas and memories everyone has shared!

    We chose both of our processional songs from the soundtrack to Pixar’s “Up.” My bridesmaids and the ring bearer and flower girl processed to “Married Life” and I processed with my parents to “Paradise Found,” both composed by Michael Giacchino. We love the movie and the combination of playfulness, authenticity, and emotion with which is presents marriage that’s communicated as much through the music as the images on the screen.

    Then, as a tip of the hat to our love of Country music, we recessed to “Forever and Ever Amen” by Randy Travis.

  • Lauren

    Recessional: Oh How Happy by Shades of Blue. It’s a song that I found for the wedding, so I only have happy wedding associations when it comes around on the iTunes shuffle.

  • Mallory

    Processional songs:
    Fam seatings – “Half Acre” by Hem
    Bmaids – “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
    Me – “First Day of My Life” by Bright Eyes

    Recessional = dance party down the aisle:
    Us and everyone else – “Love You Madly” by Cake. It definitely set the tone for the night!

    The music was such a hugely important part for us. Ahhh, reflecting on this makes me want to do it all over again!

    • Brytani

      Yes! We had Love You Madly as our recessional too. Such a fun song and perfect to seal the deal.

  • Processional: Kate Nash–I Hate Seagulls (cut so that it began at the 1:20 minute mark).

    Recessional: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros–Home.

  • kelsey

    We used Penguin Cafe Orchestra songs for both processional and recessional. I walked in to “Music for a Found Harmonium,” timed so that I entered right as the melody jumped up an octave. One of the happiest and totally surreal moments of my life, to walk in to this song.

    Our recessional was “Perpetuum Mobile.” Incidentally, we’re both big fans of This American Life.

  • Rachel

    For our ceremony we’re using mainly popular classical music, but I’m walking down the aisle to “Annie’s Song” by John Denver. I’ve always loved the lyrics, and thought of weddings whenever I heard it – now I’ll be able to think of ours! Super excited about it!

  • We haven’t gotten married yet, but our processional is going to be both The Inlaw Josie Wales by Phish (bridal party) and Love that Breaks All Lines by Trey Anastasio (me….swoon.) We are both HUGE phish fans. We met at a show, so it’s pretty perfect. Our recessional is going to be Loving Cup by the Stones. I can’t wait! :)

  • I love this post and the comments!
    For a little variety, our classical/religious “playlist” for our wedding- a full Catholic mass – was the following:

    Processional: La Grace – Georg Phillip Telemann
    Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 128: Blest Are Those Who Love You – Marty Haugen
    Preparation of the Gifts: Covenant Hymn – Gary Daigle
    Communion Song: As Grains of Wheat – Laurence Rosania
    Communion Meditation: Ave Maria – Franz Schubert
    Recessional: Trumpet Tune – Jeremiah Clarke

  • We used Appalachian Waltz (Mark O’Connor/Yo-Yo Ma/Edgar Meyer) as our processional. It’s an absolutely beautiful song (and a good option for anyone learning towards a more traditional choice).

  • The music is one of the parts of the ceremony I’m most excited about! I’ve had it picked out for years.
    For our moms/family walking in: Promenade from Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky (
    For bridesmaids and me: the slow part of “Jupiter” from the Planets by Gustav Holst (from 3:07 in this:

    I’m psyched to see (and hear) what others are doing!

  • Kaitlyn

    Our processional was (I’d go the) Whole Wide World by the Monkees (then I walked to Latika’s Song from Slumdog Millionaire) and our recessional was Flowers in the Window by Travis. It was great :)

    Cake cutting – I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) by The Proclaimers — surprised this isn’t a more popular choice it was tons of fun!
    First dance – Junto a Mi by Prince Royce, even though I couldn’t dance a bachata to save my life

    • I LOVE that Monkees song! So great.

  • Susanna

    Processional- Vitamin String Quartet version of Falling Slowly (though the original from the movie Once would be lovely as well)
    Communion- Come Thou Fount by Sufjan Stevens (he also has a wonderful version of Amazing Grace)
    Recessional- I Take Your Hand by The Wedding Band (side project of Mumford and Sons)

    • ooh, i’ll have to look up the wedding band – our recessional was “sigh no more” by mumford & sons (we started it kind of in the middle when it picks up a bit: “love it will not betray you, dismay or enslave you; it will set you free”)

  • Theodora

    For a traditional processional/recessional –

    Trumpet Tune in D Major by David Johnson (American composer), mid-20th century.

    Rondeau by Mouret (the old Masterpiece Theatre theme)

    Ode to Joy from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony

    For a fall wedding, Leo Sowerby’s Comes Autumn Time (tone poem) would be lovely. The organist at a church I used to attend would play it. Takes an experienced organist, though. Sowerby is an American composer.

  • Love this post! Loved our ceremony music too.

    Processional: We used a string cover of Journey’s “Don’t stop believing” (It’s extra funny because you can’t place the song for the first minute or so.)
    Signing: And Darling by Tegan and Sarah, My Blue Heaven covered by Smashing Pumpkins and Section 9 by the Polyphonic Spree. Happy tunes!!
    Recessional: Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes – I know this one is kind of over now, but I love it still. Still makes me tear up!

  • Our prelude, playing while the guests were seated, was John Willians’ arrangement of Air and Simple Gifts as played by Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Gabriela Montero and Anthony McGill at the 2008 inauguration. It’s really beautiful, we are both fans of Simple Gifts, and we were maybe 50 yards from one another at that inauguration, though we wouldn’t meet for another six months. We wanted to use it as our processional, but the pace is kind of all over the place, making it challenging to walk to. So our processional was Peter Gabriel’s cover of Book of Love.

    • Oh wow, using that version of Simple Gifts sounds beautiful, especially with such a wonderful story to go with it!

  • Ashley

    Our wedding party/parents entrance – Your Hand in Mine by Explosions in the Sky
    My Processional – The Swan by Camille Saint-Saens (Cello and Orchestra version)
    Our Recessional – Hoppipolla by Sigur Ros

  • JESS

    Ours was the instrumental version of “Seasons of Love” from Rent, as performed by the Vitamin String Quartet. The lyrics are so beautiful, but the instrumental version translates really nicely…it’s upbeat but not poppy, classical but not too traditional.

  • Claire

    For any New Zealanders out there, I’m contemplating using “Not Given Lightly” by Chris Knox –

  • Here’s our music (with links for most).

    Seating Music (organ):
    LOTR: Concerning Hobbits –
    LOTR: Many Meetings –
    LOTR: Eowyn’s Theme –
    LOTR: Minas Tirith –
    A Mighty Fortress Is Our God –
    Let the Earth Rejoice (Dale Wood) –

    Processional (organ):
    Pure Imagination (from Willy Wonka) –

    Ceremony Solo (guitar and voice):
    Be Thou My Vision –
    *we had this in honor of a professor of mine who passed away*

    Ceremony Hymns (organ and voice):
    Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
    Eternal Father Strong to Save

    Recessional (organ):
    Widor’s Toccata from Fifth Organ Symphony in F, Op 42 #1 –

    First Dance (which turned out to be a Last Dance…but that’s another story):
    The Luckiest (Ben Folds)

  • We had access to a wonderful organ and top class organist affiliated with our church, so we chose pieces to suit our circumstances, while steering clear of ones I felt were overused at weddings. No recorded music was allowed anyway. I’ve listened to some of these pieces in recordings, and I must say that the live performance was so much better.

    Processionals —we both walked down the aisle with our parents:
    Melody in A Major – Herbert Brewer (1868-1928) – this one is pretty impossible to find online (him)
    Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV 664 – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) (her)

    Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV 553 – Johann Sebastian Bach

    We did briefly consider if we could use some Christopher O’Riley version of Radiohead songs on organ, but that was a little far-fetched, and also most Radiohead songs are depressing.

  • Kelly

    I had a Catholic ceremony and we used “Testify to Love” by Avalon for the processional and Hallelujah (Your Love is Amazing) by Brenton Brown for the recessional. Focused on love, religious AND upbeat. For me, picking the right ceremony music was SO important- it brings me right back to the moments and the feelings of being about to walk down the aisle and walking out with my husband.

  • Lara

    We processed in with our families and then walked down the aisle together (with our dog!) to our All-Star Friend Band covering Strangers by The Kinks. (
    I knew before we ever got engaged that this was the song I wanted us to walk in to.

    Our recessional was Good Day Sunshine blasting over the speakers… selected at about midnight the night before!

  • It’s funny. The music I picked for our recessional, I picked *precisely* because they reminded me of the music you might hear during the credits of a romantic comedy: (My then almost-wife had some of her own suggestions, but mine wound up prevailing because this was one of the things I cared really strongly about. She picked the songs for our slideshow.)

    Our songs were:
    “Your love is lifting me higher!” by Jackie Wilson, followed by “This Will Be (an Everlasting Love) by Natalie Cole.

    They are happy, exuberant songs that were exactly in keeping with how our wedding day wound up feeling.

    • For coming in: Our friends walked in to “When I’m 64” by the Beatles, and then we walked in to Bach Air on the G String.

      I love pop culture, but I absolutely refused to walk down the aisle to anything that was not Bach. As a former orchestra and choir nerd, this was a non-negotiable for me. He is da man, and responsible for many of my favorite pieces of classical music ever. Fortunately, he wrote many pieces of music, so my fiancee had many options to choose from! The Air on the G String has major tonalities, and feels both upbeat and stately/formal.

      (Aside: Both of these comments make it sound like I was the in-charge person of our wedding, but this is really not the case! We were a team, but I had Very Strong Feelings about music around the wedding ceremony, and so we settled on her having veto power. #whenyoumarryanamateurmusician There were other things (like wine, our honeymoon, etc) where it was the reverse.)

  • tennymo

    Both our processional and recessional songs were surprises for me and my husband arranged by friends and family. The processional was a really jazzy solo violin playing What a Wonderful World, and the recessional was everyone at the wedding breaking the closing song from Annie, that she sings with Daddy Warbucks (my sister had surreptitiously passed out the lyrics earlier) – “Together at last! Together forever! We’re tying a knot, they never can sever! I don’t need sunshine now to turn my sky to blue! I don’t need anything but you!” That was very surprising, and awesome.

    • Wow. It sounds so fun to have all of the guests break out in song!

  • Amber

    Tchaikovsky, Sleeping Beauty Suite, Op. 66

    • Amber

      JK, that was our recessional. Our processional was Pachelbel, Canon in D and Massenet, Meditation from Thais. All played on violin by an awesome, amazingly talented friend.

  • Erin

    Our processional was ‘Kissing You’ from Romeo and Juliet (the Leo and Claire version). I’ve wanted to walk down the aisle to this since I was 16, probably the only bit of my wedding I’d planned – and I’m not the only one of my high school friends to have done so!

    It has the bonus of being primarily a piano piece, which makes it an easy sub for the traditional fare!
    for a completely piano version.

    We wanted something upbeat and happy for our recessional, so we used the Beatles ‘I Wanna Hold Your Hand’.

  • Kimberly

    My very religious cousin played the guitar for our processional and recessional and I’m 99% sure that the music was all modern hymns. I didn’t care at all because it was lovely and kind of him to play! :)

  • Fiona

    My bridesmaids, dad and I walked in to the West Wing Suite (longer version of the theme song). My husband and I, and many of our friends, are big fans of the show. We kept it a secret until the day and my husband had great pleasure watching the recognition slowly pass across peoples’ faces. It was awesome.

    • Sara

      My husband-to-be has suggested I walk down the aisle to the theme from The West Wing! I’m the fan in the family (as is my mother), but I’ve had a different song in mind for quite a while. I LOVE that you did this.

    • alyssa

      Ah-mazing. I love that so much!

    • I tried to find a recording of it, but couldn’t. Otherwise, that would have been ours as well. So glad you were able to make it happen!

  • Meredith

    My wedding is coming up, and as it’s a Catholic Mass and I’m a Classics major who loves classical music (sounds redundant, no?) all my music will be in Latin. The choir will sing:

    Processional: Josquin des Prez’s Ave Maria- a cool medieval piece that will give us all time to walk in.
    Offertory: Ubi Caritas – Durufle
    Communion: Sicut Cervus – Palestrina
    Recessional: Exultate Justi – Viadana

    The Kyrie and other ordinary Mass parts are Gregorian chant.

  • alyssa

    The mothers and grandmothers were seated to Pachabel’s Cannon
    The bridesmaids and groomsmen processed to Rondeau by Henry Purcell
    The flower girl, my father and I walked to a portion of the finale of The Organ Symphony (Symphony 3) by Saint Saens.

    We recessed to Sigh No More by Mumford and sons, played on the banjo and sung by my (female) cousin. We only walked to the upbeat part, though: “Love, it will not betray you, dismay, or enslave you; it will set you free!” :)

    • LM

      My sister walked down the aisle to the Saint Saens, it was amazing.

      That left me knowing I wanted something similar in spirit, but struggling to find anything. My husband and I are very musical so I think there was a lot of (possibly imagined) pressure to get something just right.

      Processional – Prelude on Rhosymedre – Vaughan Williams

      Signing of the registers – I’ll love my love – Holst
      Sleepers Awake – J S Bach
      Performed by our amazingly talented cornet and organ playing friends

      Recessional – Toccata in G – Dubois

      • alyssa

        So pretty! I love your choices!

        I love hearing about another bride walking to Saint Saens. I totally understand coming from a musical family. My dad has sung in choirs his whole life, and definitely had opinions about the music he’d be walking me to!
        It was sort of an accident, but all our songs related to movies we love. Pachabel = Father of the Bride, Rondeau = Emma and Pride and Prejudice, and Saint Saens = Babe. Haha! I was so happy walking down the aisle, but I was also overwhelmed, and I didn’t want to start crying because I knew that I wouldn’t stop! So our joke was that if it all got to be too much, we could at least think about how hilarious/strange/appropriate/so US that I was walking to a gorgeous piece that happens to be in Babe. At one point I looked right at my bridesmaids and sang, “La La LA.” It’s become quite the joke in our family!

  • HNR

    In case anyone was wondering, the song from the Little Miss Sunshine soundtrack is an instrumental version of “How It Ends” by DeVotchKa. Great song!

  • Madeline

    I used the final movement of Mozart’s final symphony (41, a.k.a. “Jupiter”) for the family/wedding party processional, and then I walked in to The Beatles’ “All You Need is Love,” which was also my mother’s processional song.

    And then our recessional was the Indiana Jones theme. Yup.

  • Lizzie

    We used an instrumental version of Us by Regina Spektor (I love this song with the words, too, but they seemed a bit bizarre for the occasion). We hadn’t practiced with music and it wasn’t a terrible formal processional, so it was nice to use a piece that could just fade out easily once we were all in place.

  • We had my cousin playing acoustic guitar – First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes and Everything by Ben Harper

  • Elizabeth

    I’ve always been sort of obsessive about mixed CDs. Since high school I’ve always tried to craft perfect mixed CDs for my friends about whatever situation they’re in (“my girlfriend is cheating but i still love her”, “living abroad and homesick”, “moving back to CA”, “embarking on new adventures”, etc). The fact that myself and a few of my friends are getting married in the next year means a whole new opportunity for different kinds of playlists!
    Thanks for putting up these songs, gives me new ideas. mwahahaha.

    Some good ones are also:
    Bright Eyes “First Day of My Life”
    Al Green “Lets Get Married”
    Pearl Jam “Just Breathe”

  • Beth

    Kinda late to this party, but I loved our processional songs, so I wanted to add them in here. Wedding party walked down to “Our Way To Fall” by Yo La Tengo, and I walked down to “Sea of Love” covered by Cat Power, although I barely remember it since I was concentrating so hard on not losing my shit.