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By Brieonie Jenkins
The soundtrack you choose for your wedding day will hold meaning for years to come. But choosing the right music for your processional can be harder than anticipated! Unlike the first dance song which often has significance for you as a couple, the processional song can be trickier to find since not only do you want it to be meaningful, but to suit the style and mood of your ceremony (i.e. traditional, modern, vintage, etc...). To help you out we've put together a list of our 21 all-time favourite processional songs. From the classic wedding march to modern ballads, you'll be sure to find something you love!
Image by Christina Schmidt Photography
1. Air - Handel
This much loved classic has a majestic feel. The ideal tempo for a processional it’s no wonder this is a long-time favourite.
2. Bridal Chorus - Wagner
Better known as ‘Here Comes the Bride,’ this familiar classical piece is ideal for more formal and traditional ceremonies.
3. Canon in D – Johann Pachelbel
Canon in D is perhaps one of the most well-known songs used during wedding ceremonies, but this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider it for your wedding! It is a typically baroque tune; elegant and charming, but very simple to play, with a repeating melody which produces good harmony and sound.
4. Trumpet Tune - H. Purcell
Feel like royalty with this regal arrangement. Your church ceremony will have air of sophistication and refinement with this traditional piece.
5. Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo
The beachy vibe of this ukulele driven tune makes it a great choice for a summer time ceremony or destination wedding.
6. Spring from The Four Seasons - Vivaldi
This piece conjures images of beautiful new beginnings. Perfect for spring and summer weddings.
7. Dawn - Andrew Lapp
The beautiful piano arrangement from Pride and Prejudice tells the tale of true love. It’s a lovely arrangement to make your entrance to.
8. We Bought a Zoo - Jónsi
A classical piece by a modern composer, this is a peaceful and wonderfully hopeful track for a traditional ceremony with modern touches.
9. Butterfly Waltz – Brian Crain
Made popular by Twilight, Breaking Dawn. This light and graceful song is beautiful at a romantic ceremony.
10. Clair de Lune - Debussy
Like something straight out of a fairy-tale, the opening notes in this mesmerising piece will make your emotional moment magical.
11. At Last - Etta James
This is classic romance with soulful lyrics couldn’t be more perfect; it’s great for an intimate ceremony with a vintage twist.
12. Somewhere Only We Know - Keane
A piano rock ballad describing the special secret place where two people are happiest. The Lilly Allen cover is most popular.
13. Make You Feel My Love - Adele
Originally by Bob Dylan, the slower pace of Adele’s version is far more emotional & heartfelt. Perfection!
14. Better Together – Jack Johnson
Laid back and mellow, this is great at a casual ceremony for an easy going couple.
15. Canela - Devendra Banhart
A slightly unconventional choice. The simple melody of this piece sets off the loving and humble lyrics to ensure a spellbinding entrance.
16. A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
This popular modern love song is almost a wedding classic! An instrumental cover works well if you’re after something more subtle but still recognisable.
17. I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
Happy and upbeat for a fun loving couple; chose a cover with a slower tempo for a more romantic edge.
18. Marry Me - Train
A contemporary option with a relaxed tempo; its charming lyrics and melody, make it an easy choice for a modern couple.
19. How Long Will I Love You - Ellie Goulding
Let the loving lyrics speak for you; there won’t be a dry eye as you glide down the aisle to this love song.
20. Sweet Disposition –The Temper Trap
Capture the passion of a whirlwind romance to build excitement and expectation with this unexpected choice.
21. Rhythm of Love - Plain White Ts
A fun ukulele piece with simple heart-warming lyrics. A relaxed ceremony is best for the gentle island vibe of this contemporary piece.
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