Music conveys so much emotion, which is why it’s an important element of your big day. I’m sure there’s plenty of songs that when you hear them, they take you right back to a special moment in time. That’s why choosing a song to walk down the aisle to at your wedding can be so special. Picking your processional music will depend on your musical tastes and where you’re choosing to get married – if you’re getting married in a church you’ll probably stick to something a little more traditional, for example.
Music ideas for your wedding entrance and walk down the aisle
You want to listen to the lyrics of any shortlisted songs carefully, as some songs that sound beautiful and romantic can be inappropriate for a wedding (Dolly Parton/Whitney Houston’s I will always love you, is about a relationship breaking up, for example).
It’s tricky to compile a comprehensive list, because there’s just SO much choice out there, and musical tastes vary… but I think there’s something for everyone here.
I asked a few of Southern Bride’s friends to share what they walked down the aisle to at their wedding, so look out for them. I’ve also listed a few other favourites. Hopefully these will help you pick the perfect music for your wedding entrance!
I walked down the aisle to a kiwi classic – Dave Dobbyn’s You Oughta Be In Love
You can’t go past tradition! Donna from Brides by Donna Rae walked down the aisle to Mendelssohn’s Wedding March, played on a harp.
A classic love song from The Beatles will have everyone in tears – Here There and Everywhere is so lovely
Ever the romantic, Megan from She Said Yes walked down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon aka Canon in D
Any chance I can sneak Billy Joel in, I will! She’s always a woman is a beautiful and slightly less conventional choice
Newlywed Sophie, from Harmony Skin and Beauty (and NZ Beauty Therapist of the Year for 2015/16!) walked down the aisle to Beyonce’s XO
For those of us who are 80s fans, there’s a wealth of choice. I seriously considered Def Leppard’s Two Steps Behind for my wedding entrance music
I also asked the girls from The Wedding Bunch what songs they walked down the aisle to. Lisa had When you say you love me by Josh Groban…
…while Emma had Marry your Daughter by Brian McKnight
Another great song with good cadence for a processional is Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol
For something a little bit more modern without being too popular, Bon Iver’s Skinny Love could do the trick
One of my favourite unconventional love stories is Up. If you haven’t shed a tear then I envy your emotional fortitude. Considering music from a favourite movie (especially a love story) is a unique way of drawing in a bit of your personalities and picking something that many others wouldn’t have thought of. Carl Goes Up is a beautiful instrumental.
Casey Clydesdale, our very own Southern Bride Verified entertainer and singer has a great list of recommendations – the rest of this list is a selection of popular choices for ceremony music that she’s been asked to perform:
‘Amazed’ – Lone Star
‘The Greatest Story Ever Told’ – Oliver James
‘From This Moment’ – Shania Twain
‘Thinking Out Loud’ – Ed Sheeran
‘Heartbeat’ – Carrie Underwood
‘All Of Me’ – John Legend
‘Bubbly’ – Colbie Callait
‘Happy’ – Pharrell Williams
‘How Long Will I Love You’ – Ellie Goulding
‘I Won’t Give Up’ – Jason Mraz
‘Like I’m Gonna Lose You’ – Meghan Trainor
‘Make You Feel My Love’ – Adele
‘Mama’s Song’ – Carrie Underwood
‘One Call Away’ – Charlie Puth
‘Still The One’ – Shania Twain
‘Truly Madly Deeply’ – Savage Garden
‘Today Was A Fairytale’ – Taylor Swift
‘When I Look At You’ – Miley Cyrus
‘Raining On Sunday’ – Keith Urban
For some less conventional choices, check out the list of songs for a pumping wedding reception, or try one of the first dance songs here.
Do you have a favourite wedding processional song? Share in the comments below!