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Dancing Down The Aisle

As your ceremony is a critically important part of your wedding celebration, your choice of music is extremely important.  It sets the mood and can accentuate your personalities and your story as a couple.  Just as there are several different ways you can execute your ceremony, there are many different genres of music you can add to the mix.  Some brides prefer more classical/traditional music selections, while other brides more and more in present day are looking for newer and perhaps fresher alternatives.  If you prefer a fun and upbeat type of ceremony, choose pop songs or great oldies that all your guests know.  On the other hand, if you prefer a more serious tone for your ceremony, go with classical songs, like instrumental  compositions by famous composers such as Bach or Chopin.  There are even ways to incorporate more classical feel with newer music.  You can hire a string quartet and have them play instrumental versions of your favorite songs.  Look for songs that fit the style of wedding you are having, and make it memorable.  Whichever genre or type of music you decide to use, just make sure you are comfortable with it and let it warm your heart as well as everyone else’s.  Be proud when you and your groom, as well as your bridal party walk down the aisle.

I compiled a list of some options, both traditional and non-traditional for your enjoyment.  Have fun listening!

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Bridal Party Processional (Traditional)

  • Claire de Lune-Claude Debussy
  • Intro from Un Giorno Per Noi-Josh Groban
  • “Spring,” Allegro-Vivaldi
  • Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring-J.S. Bach
  • Air-George Frideric Handel


Bridal Party Processional (Non-Traditional)

  • Marry You-Bruno Mars (think Glee)
  • Seasons of Love-Rent Cast
  • Over The Rainbow-Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
  • Storybook Love (Princess Bride Theme)-Mark Knofler



Bridal Entrance (Traditional)

  • Bridal Chorus (Here Comes The Bride)-Richard Wagner
  • Canon in D-Johann Pachelbel
  • Air On The G String-J. S. Bach
  • Rigaudon-Andre Campra
  • Un Giorno Per Noi-Josh Groban


Bridal Entrance (Non-Traditional)

  • Marry Me-Train
  • Can’t Help Falling In Love With You-Elvis Presley
  • A Thousand Year-Christina Perri
  • The Wedding Song (There Is Love)-Noel Paul Stoki
  • I Do-Colbie Caillat



Recessional (Traditional)

  • Allegro Maestoso (Handpipe)-George Frideric Handel
  • Coronation March (For Czar Alexander III)-Peter Tchaikovsky
  • Ode To Joy-Beethoven
  • Wedding March-Felix Mendelssohn
  • Rondeau-John Joseph Mouret


Recessional (Non-Traditional)

  • All You Need is Love-The Beatles
  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered-Stevie Wonder
  • Accidentally In Love-Counting Crows
  • Everlasting Love-Carl Carlton
  • Here Comes The Sun-The Beatles



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