From Bach to Beatles – choosing your wedding ceremony songs

There is no denying that music is one of the most important components of the church wedding ceremony. It is becoming more and more popular to skip the traditional entrance songs and walk down the aisle to a more unique sound. While contemporary songs might be on the rise; in my opinion, the classics are equally strong contenders and deserve a fair shot.

What will be playing while you're walking down the aisle?

What will be playing while you’re walking down the aisle?


Traditional tunes

When I walked down the aisle, I did it to Pachelbel’s Canon, a very soft and sweet tune that suited the countryside church setting and the late spring day perfectly.

Below are three other extremely popular wedding ceremony songs (also known as the songs you’ve heard a million times but could not name to save your life):

  • Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin, also known as Here Comes the Bride, by Wagner
  • Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by Bach
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream, incidental music, Op. 61 Wedding March, also known as Mendelssohn’s Wedding March by Mendelssohn.

All of the above are gorgeous classical pieces, and for many people (including me) a non-negotiable part of the ceremony. Some may call them unoriginal, but if you are opting for a traditional wedding, you can’t go wrong with any of these.


Contemporary choices

If you choose to go contemporary, the world is your oyster. On the one hand, you have the modern classics, such as:

  •  At Last by Etta James
  • All You Need Is Love by the Beatles (I suspect Keira Knightley’s wedding in Love Actually has something to do with this)
  • I Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis.

If you want to go more unconventional still, there are really no rules (just make sure that you listen to the lyrics, because a beautiful melody is not everything). What about the songs below?

  • Heartbeats by Jose Gonzalez
  • Morning Has Broken by Cat Stevens
  • You’re All I Need to Get By by Aretha Franklin
  • Everywhere by Fleetwood Mac
  • I love NYE by Badly Drawn Boy

Oh, and by the way, this was only the music accompanying your entrance. The song accompanying your exit is a different story for a different blog post…

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