Songs often evoke memories. Think of your favorite love songs and you might probably remember a time when you were in love or on a trip with your best friend. It brings back a flood of memories, right? Your choice of songs has the ability to immortalize your moments on your wedding ceremony or make it into an ordinary day. Therefore, if so much comes from songs you choose for your wedding, wouldn’t you rather pick the most outstanding tunes for your grand entrance to the reception and for a fantastic exit?
Two of the most exciting moments of any wedding are the grand entrance of the bride and glamor of the atmosphere as the couple take their leave. These are the times you want to securely seal in both your minds and that of your guests as you walk the aisle with your chosen partner for life. We have seen wedding ceremonies where the entrance of the bride was really below expectations and the disappointment could not be concealed on the bride’s face. You surely do not want that for your own wedding day! Although it is important that you make sure everything looks right visually at your wedding, it is even more important to select the right songs that will create just the right emotions for everyone present at the ceremony. Some couples often get carried away with planning other items on their wedding ceremony agenda and forget to carefully pick tracks that will spice up the ceremony and give your guests a grand finale – the moments no one will ever forget.
Processional Wedding Ceremony Songs
1. “Somewhere Only We Know” by Keane – (Piano Rock)
This is one of the most popular piano rock songs that young couples will choose at their wedding ceremonies. The arrangement is just perfect for you and your wedding train to proceed into the ceremony. It’s an iconic way to celebrate your entrance- so rock on and enjoy!
2. The Piano Guys – “A Thousand Years”
This is a lovely piece of music which is a work of art on its own that is a perfect blend between instrumentals and vocals. A Thousand Years has a unique way of leaving a strong impression on both long-time lovers and new couples alike. If you’re still looking for the perfect option for your processional music, you’re no doubt in safe hands with this track.
3. Colbie Caillat – “Fallin’ for You”
The best thing about this song is the lyrics which are just right to any moment into a romantic one and it is accompanied by a soothing guitar melody. Although it is not a fancy song that some might prefer for a grand entrance, the simplicity of the song gives off a pure and sincere vibe that highlights the love between you and your partner.
4. “Wedding March” by Mendelssohn
The British royalty status accorded to this song has earned it a commonplace in many wedding ceremonies as the exit song. With a trendy twist of late, it has become a favorite in giving formal weddings the exquisite musical taste of a well-deserved entrance. Many couples often opt for this creative piece as a safe and traditional choice. It just does not get old.
5. Bridal Chorus, Wagner
Taste often follows tradition and that is why we have included a Vicente Avella’s arrangement of Bridal Chorus (“Here Comes the Bride”) as one of your options for a processional march classic. It is a bit more contemporary but still very traditional and a good way to start off the wedding as you walk down the aisle. Thus, you can have a traditional choice with a personal touch as you take confident steps into the beautiful ceremony.
6. “Marry Me” by Train (Contemporary)
The title says it all and this is, no doubt, one of the best songs you can choose to leave a positive mark on your wedding ceremony. The song has a very lively rhythm but still slow enough to accompany the wedding march.
7. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Harold Arlen (Version by Israel)
Do classic songs hit the right notes in your picture of your wedding processional? Here’s an award-winning song from the famous “Wizard of Oz” movie that will check all the boxes. Choose between an old version from Judy Garland or a newer version from Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole to suit your personal taste.
8. “Glasgow Love Theme” from Love Actually
One way to get the emotions running high and be in the moment is to play ‘Love Actually’ over the speakers. It is always a great introduction which carries that romantic flavor of your favorite movie soundtrack. Indeed, there may be no better way to honor the walk into the ceremony than with an instrumental masterpiece like this one.
Recessional Wedding Ceremony Songs
1. Nat King Cole – “L-O-V-E”
L-O-V-E is one of those legendary songs that has stood the test of time and has many different versions created by some of the most well-known artists in history. The most famous and popular version of the original “L-O-V-E” by Bert Kaempfert was done by Nat King Cole which depicts a jazz vibe.
2. “Don’t Stop Believing” created by the Vitamin String Quartet
This is a great selection should you be looking for a unique mix of traditional and modern music. For something more elaborate, you can get a band to perform this song and it will surely come out very lovely as a recessional song.
3. “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers
Ho Hey is a vibrant country folk music that will appeal to almost anyone! This same track was what singlehandedly placed the Lumineers on the music charts. With an upbeat tempo that will instantly lighten up the mood in the room, this is a song for you to put a smile on your guests’ face.
4. The Beatles – “All You Need Is Love”
Being such a legendary band, it is quite likely that your guests will be somewhat familiar with their songs. For your wedding, this popular track is capable of making a memorable time. Do you want many people to hum along to your song? If you do, then this song by the Fab Four will hit the spot.
5. Bright Eyes – “First Day Of My Life”
Looking for an acoustic song played with a guitar plus a perfect touch of bass? This recently popular wedding track has cemented its place in wedding recessional marches. If you and your partner are looking for something a bit unique and energetic, then this song will be perfect for you.
6. Heavy D & The Boyz – “Now That We Found Love”
If you’ve seen the movie “Hitched”, you’ll know that this is a song for wedding couples who truly want to create something unique that everyone will remember. You can even start out with a classic recessional march song and then transform it into “Now That We Found Love” and bust out the moves – then watch your guests’ jaws drop!
7. Harrick Connick Jr. – “It Had To Be You”
Apart from the fact that it can be “addictive”, “It Had To Be You” is a carefully arranged song that fits right into the excitement and atmosphere of a recessional march. The tune will still be playing in your guests’ minds even long after the recessional march has ended!
8. “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder
Another contemporary hit track that lights up the scene, the lyrics to “Signed, Sealed, and Delivered” suggest that an everlasting connection has just been initiated between two people. What better way could you think of to announce your undying pledges to each other to the rest of the world than this song?
Wedding songs are definitely choices that must be made but more importantly is the perfect picture that you and your partner have in mind for such an important ceremony. Our list gives a cross-dimensional overview and can help you easily select songs that will make your walk-in and walk-out moments that you will never forget. It is your wedding, allow yourself the luxury.