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You’ve found THE dress (and dresses for your bridesmaids). You’ve locked down the date and secured your venue. You’ve chosen the menu, the cake, the band, and the photographer.
Now that all of the most important elements are planned, it’s time to focus on the fun things, like choosing the love songs that will play at your wedding!
The first song your guests will hear is the processional song you choose to walk down the aisle to. And that song will set the entire tone for your big day.
Not sure what song you want for your grand entrance?
Here are 21 of our favorite processional songs that are sure to make your wedding entrance a spectacular moment!
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1. “Bridal Chorus” by Richard Wagner
Waaaaay back in 1850, German composer Richard Wagner composed a piece for the opera Lohengrin titled ”The Bridal Chorus.” Brides are still walking down the aisle to it today.
Some people call it the “Bridal March.” Some people know it as the “Here Comes the Bride Song.”
No matter what you call it, it’s timeless and traditional. If that’s the kind of bride you want to be, by all means, let everyone know here comes the bride!
2. “The Wedding March” by Felix Mendelssohn
If you’re a classical music fan and a classic type of bride, “The Wedding March” by Mendelssohn is the perfect choice for your processional. Hey, even Shakespeare thought it was good enough to use in A Midsummer Night’s Dream!
This classical composition commands attention. It’s undeniably elegant and all-around amazing … exactly like the bride that you will be.
3. “Canon in D” by Johann Pachelbel
We’ve been watching brides walk down the aisle to Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” for decades. It sets the tone for the moment perfectly, it’s always beautiful, and we never get tired of hearing it.
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4. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Having a wedding on the beach? The ukulele version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” is the quintessential processional song for any carefree, boho-chic bride.
5. “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles
If you’re a Beatles fan, “Here Comes the Sun” is a great choice! It will instantly let your guests know that they can expect to hear lots of good tunes at your reception.
6.” Marry You” by Bruno Mars
If your goal is to get your guests into the wedding spirit immediately, make your way down the aisle to “Marry You” by Bruno Mars. It’s a sweet tune that will surely get everyone’s toes tapping (and everyone’s eyes teary).
7. “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri
We’ve been to countless weddings where brides have walked the aisle to “A Thousand Years.” Whether you’re a Twilight fan or not, it’s safe to say that this Christina Perri tune has solidified a place for itself on the wedding processional playlist for decades to come.
8. “Can’t Help Falling In Love” (Any Version)
Whether you prefer the Elvis version or the Twenty One Pilots take, “Can’t Help Falling In Love” is a classic. Depending on the version you choose, this is one that can easily work its way into any style of wedding.
9. “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz
The ukulele intro makes “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz a great wedding song for a destination wedding on the beach.
Looking for something a bit more classic?
The instrumental string quartet or solo violin version is even better!
10. “All Of Me” by John Legend
While we love John Legend’s voice, the instrumental piano version of “All Of Me” makes a great processional song for the bride who wants to have a traditional wedding ceremony with a modern twist.
11. “Marry Me” by Train
The title is “Marry Me” … need we say more?
We’ve seen dozens of couples choose this tune as their processional song, and dozens more choose it as their first dance tune. Either way, it just works.
12. “Hallelujah” by Pentatonix
The Pentatonix version of “Hallelujah” is nothing short of amazing.
It’s spiritual, it’s beautiful, and it totally sets the stage for the momentous reception that’s about to happen once the “I do’s” are done!
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13. “Bittersweet Symphony” by The Verve
The violin intro to “Bittersweet Symphony” demands attention, and it will make every guest at your wedding think this bride is super cool!
14. “One Love” by Bob Marley
Having a sunset wedding on the beach? Bob Marley’s “One Love” is an epic choice for the couple who loves them some reggae music.
15. “Chapel of Love” by the Dixie Cups
Bring a swinging ‘60s vibe to your wedding day by walking down the aisle to the Dixie Cups. “Chapel of Love” is the perfect song for the bride looking to make it a fun, upbeat moment.
16. “God Only Knows” by the Beach Boys
This Beach Boys classic gets played at almost every wedding … but it’s not an obvious processional choice. We love this one for a casual wedding, especially if you plan to have your ceremony outdoors.
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17. “God Gave Me You” by Blake Shelton
Give ‘em some good old country vibes with “God Gave Me You” by Blake Shelton. This is a great processional song if you’re getting married in a barn, on a farm, or in the countryside.
18. “Make You Feel My Love” (Any Version)
“Make You Feel My Love” is an incredible song, no matter who sings it.
19. “Halo” by Beyonce
If you’re a devoted member of the Beyhive, “Halo” is the perfect processional song. It’s a bit ethereal, it’s totally meaningful, and it’s Beyonce — ‘nuff said.
20. “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses
Kick off your wedding celebration with some attitude by walking the aisle to GnR’s “Sweet Child O’ Mine.” The intro riff will instantly let everyone know this is about to be a full-on rock and roll wedding.
21. “White Wedding” by Billy Idol
If you really want to shock the pantsuit off your aunt-in-laws-to be, Billy Idol’s “White Wedding” is the way to do it. Walk down the aisle to this tune and you’ll be well on your way to becoming the rock goddess bride you’ve always wanted to be.
You can channel your inner Phoebe and walk down the aisle to the steel drum version of The Beatles “Here, There, and Everywhere.” You can go full-on Bella Swan and teeter down the aisle to “Turning Page” by Sleeping at Last. Or, you can stick to tradition and walk to the “Here Comes the Bride” song.
No matter what wedding music you choose, it should be something that captures your style and reflects who you are as a bride and as a couple.
So, find a song you love and run down that aisle. It doesn’t really matter what song you choose because the person you love will be there at the end, waiting to say their forever “I do!”