It’s your wedding and the one component that will have a huge emotional impact is your wedding processional songs. There are a few different areas to consider when selecting these songs. I’ll go over each with some recommendations that will hopefully help you come up with your own unique wedding processional songs.
Consider this the background soundtrack to your wedding. As guests arrive to watch you tie the knot, they should be greeted with some kind of music. Typically, couples choose instrumental mixes like classical, quartet, harp, or classical guitar. If that feels too stuffy for you, the next level up in liveliness would be Enya or some other New Age type artists…that may be the first time Enya was called “lively!” After that, you could even use contemporary music, such as Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson, Isreal Kamakawiwo’ole, and so on. Love songs from Sinatra and Dean Martin and the like also could work. Beyond that, you start to cross into being too lively, especially before a ceremony.
Processional One: The Parents
The start of the wedding should be grand parents and parents proper walking down the aisle to their seats. The music is typically based around classical wedding processional songs like Canon in D and Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring, but there’s no reason why you can’t have a little fun here if you want. More dramatic might be Con Ti Partiro (all versions) or any other powerfully romantic songs. One suggestion: ask what mom and dad want! Most likely, they will have no idea, but if they do, you may like what you hear from them. Making it personal like this is always my first choice.
Processional Two: The Bridesmaids
Here come the girls, hair all in curls. Usually the bridesmaids walk down one at a time in reverse order (from Jr. bridesmaid to maid of honor). Sometimes the groomsmen escort the bridesmaids in but this is rare. Typically, the groomsmen will walk in from the right side at the end of Processional One. As for music for the girls, sure you can use classical pieces, but going with more contemporary wedding processional songs is getting more and more popular. You can even go with wedding processional songs instrumental versions of current songs. I had a bride use the instrumental version of “Crazy For You” by Madonna simply because it reflected who she and her girls were. I know, not very contemporary, but I am making a point. If you don’t want to go out on a limb, then there is nothing wrong with sticking to the traditional wedding processional songs you hear at a lot of weddings.
Here is where the bride walks down the aisle, either traditionally escorted by Dad, by someone else, or alone. I’ve had most brides use The Wedding March (you know, here comes the bride) but many go with more modern wedding processional songs, like Waiting On An Angel by Ben Harper or I’ve Finally Found Someone by Adams and Streisand. It’s your walk-down, so go for whatever you feel would make you and your soon to be husband happy!
Those are your main wedding processional song areas to concentrate on. Keep in mind, if you only have a couple of parents to walk down the aisle, there’s no reason why you can’t combine the first two processionals into one song. Always have a separate song for the bride though…believe it or not, it is a very special moment. Winka.
Random Wedding Thoughts & Tips
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