Raise your hand if you can hum Here Comes The Bride without a second thought. That’s all of you, just as we thought! And now it’s safely stuck in your head, we’re going to chat about wedding songs – particularly, the song you’ll be walking down the aisle to.
The processional is the moment where you’ll be making your first appearance as the bride, so you want a song with impact, one which stirs the emotions of your guests as the first chords are played. However, you also want a song that is truly you – maybe it’s a pop hit you and your partner both adore, maybe it’s an orchestral number with plenty of history. Or, perhaps you’re both stuck for options. Never fear, Queensland Brides is here to help! We’ve selected a few of our favourite wedding processional songs, perfect for signalling your grand entrance as the lady of the hour.
Most brides opt for an instrumental tune to take them down the aisle, with a few classics still reigning as perennial favourites. Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major is one that brides have walked to for decades, as is Wagner’s Bridal Chorus (you know, Here Comes the Bride). If you want the timeless romance of classical music, try Handel’s The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, which is as regal as it sounds. Modern instrumental songs are also popular – invoke a bit of big-screen romance with Craig Armstrong’s Balcony Scene from Romeo + Juliet or Jean-Yves Thibaudet’s Arrival to Netherfield.
Other brides may have made their way down the aisle to these songs, but it doesn’t mean you can’t enter on the same note. Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s Somewhere Over The Rainbow is a favourite for a reason, with beautiful lyrics to match the soulful tune. Oldies, like Here Comes the Sun or All You Need Is Love, are iconic songs about happy times and plenty of love – perfect for a walk down the aisle. Recent tunes will also go down a treat. Think Marry Me by Train, All of Me by John Legend, or Hoppípolla by Sigur Ros.
WHY NOT BOTH?
Alternatively, you could also choose an instrumental version of your favourite song – look to The Piano Guys or Vitamin String Quartet for incredible covers which double perfectly as processional music. You can also ask a guitarist to learn a song you love and play it acoustically on the day (one bride we know walked down the aisle to a beautiful Latin-inspired version of Someday Out Of The Blue by Elton John).
FOR THE FANGIRLS (AND BOYS)
Because there are plenty of us out there, we know the temptation of having a sweeping orchestral song from your favourite film. And it’s your wedding day, so go right ahead. Star Wars lover? Go for the Star Wars Main Title song (you know the one). Potterhead? Leaving Hogwarts, from the first film, is your bet. Disney addict? An instrumental version of your favourite film’s standout song is the best choice.
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