Ceremony Music Ideas: 101 Entrance Music Ideas You Can Share

Ceremony Walk-In Music Ideas

101 entrance music ideas you really should try

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Thinking about your wedding music? Need some ceremony music ideas, inspiration in choosing the all-important entrance music that you will walk in to? It’s the music everybody remembers – the soundtrack to that moment when your partner first lays eyes on you on The Big Day – and the music you will hear every time you think back to your ceremony.

Songs are a part of life – and help define your life. So it’s crucial that you choose a song that embodies a period, person or place in your life and that special moment.

Selecting an appropriate wedding entrance song is an almost impossible task, because of the sheer wealth of music out there, and the number of competing memories. So here are over 200 different choices for entrance music, based on my decades of experience and over three hundred weddings.

List Created by Pianist Simon Jordan

Music as the guests assemble
Bride's Entrance Music
Signing the register
Exit of the Married Couple

“It's the music that everybody remembers.”

Make an Entrance Like the Best

The Walk-in

Think about the length of your aisle and how long it takes you to walk it. If you have picked a slow ballad, think how much of the song will be heard before you arrive at the front.

If you need to, make use of an app like GarageBand so the right part of the song is heard, not just the intro.

Is your aisle short? Will you be nervous when you make your entrance? Are you a fast walker? WAIT at least ten seconds after the music starts. Or send your bridesmaids and attendees in, slowly, one by one.

If your dress is the length of Princess Diana’s, then you have every reason to take your time.


He wrote the Canon

Christina Perri

A Thousand Years*

Elvis Presley

He Can't Help Falling in Love


She'll Make You Feel Her Love**

Classical / Pop / Favourites / Films / Classics

Entrance Music of Different Genres


Ceremony Music IdeasClassical Entrance Songs

  1. The Canon by Pachelbel (the “Pachelbel Canon” to musicians)
    This can be played by a group of musicians, or a solo musician, but a canon is traditionally a “round”, like London’s Burning and Frere Jacques; it can stop at any moment, which is why it works so well as a Processional piece of music.
  2. Trumpet Voluntary, by Jeremiah Clarke
    Started life as a piece for keyboard instruments and for many years was thought to be by Henry Purcell, doyen of English composers. Played at Charles and Diana’s wedding.
  3. Ave Maria, by Schubert
    Check with your registrar before you use this, as music with religious connotations is not normally allowed at a civil ceremony – even if it is not sung!
  4. Bridal Chorus, by Richard Wagner
    The traditional choice, which I am still asked to play a couple of times a year or so
  5. Arabesque, by Claude Debussy
    Growing more popular – a more flowing piece for those who like music in the Clair de Lune vogue
  6. This Chopin Nocturne
    A very melancholy choice, needing time to build
  7. The Swan, by Saint-Saens
    Traditionally played by the cello, but lots of recordings at various paces now exist
  8. Ave Maria, by Bach arranged by Gounod
    Bach’s Prelude in C (from the set of 48 he wrote), with a melody added by Gounod. See choice 3 above.
  9. Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet, by Nino Rota
    Franco Zefferelli’s sixties film was such an enormous hit that this beautiful theme has stayed in the wedding top ten ever since.
  10. Purcell’s Trumpet Tune
    Normally played on the church organ, but registrars would have no problem with it in a civil ceremony oo.
  11. Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, by Handel
    Not many know who the Queen was, but almost everybody knows this tune!
  12. Chanson de Matin, by Elgar
  13. Jesu, Joy of Man Desiring, by J S Bach
  14. Rondeau from Abdelazer by Henry Purcell
  15. Air On the G String, from Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068 by JS Bach
  16. The Flower Duet from Lakmé by Léo Delibes

Pianist for WeddingsRecent Pop Songs

  1. Christina Perri – A Thousand Years
  2. Kelly Clarkson / Leona Lewis – A Moment Like This
  3. BoyzIIMen – Amazed
  4. Train – Marry Me
  5. Luther Vandross – Endless Love
  6. Beyonce – Halo
  7. Elvis Costello – She
  8. Sigur Ros – Hoppipolla
  9. John Legend – All Of Me
  10. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
  11. Bruno Mars – Marry You
  12. Keane / Lily Allen – Somewhere Only We Know
  13. Taylor Swift – Love Story
  14. Mumford and Sons – Sigh No More
  15. Ellie Goulding – How Long Will I Love You
  16. Tom Odell – Grow Old With Me
  17. Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are
  18. Rhianna – Stay
  19. Charlie Puth – One Call Away
  20. Ed Sheeran – Tenerife Sea
  21. James Arthur – Say You Won’t Let Go
  22. Jason Mraz – Love Someone
  23. Ho Hey – The Lumineers
  24. Coldplay – Sky Full Of Stars
  25. Ben Howard – Only Love
  26. Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance

Pianist at Danesfield House HotelOld favourites

  1. Etta James – At Last
  2. Lonestar – Amazed
  3. Frank Sinatra – Moon River
  4. Elton John – Your Song
  5. Take That – Greatest Day
  6. Westlife – You Raise Me Up
  7. Jack Johnson – Better Together
  8. Jose Gonzalez – Heartbeats
  9. Adele – Make You Feel My Love
  10. Shania Twain – From This Moment On
  11. Savage Garden – I Knew I Loved You
  12. Ronan Keating – This I Promise You
  13. Phil Collins – Groovy Kind of Love
  14. Craig Armstrong – Glasgow Love Theme (from Love Actually)
  15. Take That – Rule The World
  16. Lionel Richie & Diana Ross – Endless Love
  17. Angry Anderson – Suddenly
  18. Eric Clapton – Wonderful Tonight
  19. Celine Dion – How Does A Moment Last Forever
  20. Alison Kraus and Union Station – When You Say Nothing At All
  21. Extreme – More Than Words
  22. Nina Simone – Here Comes The Sun
  23. Coldplay – Viva La Vida
  24. Elbow – One Day Like This
  25. Labrinth feat. Emeli Sande – Beneath Your Beautiful
  26. Clean Bandit – Rather Be

music and micFilms

  1. Beauty and the Beast – Tale As Old As Time
  2. Robin Hood – Everything I Do (I Do It For You)
  3. Ghost – Unchained Melody
  4. Bodyguard – I Will Always Love You
  5. Grease – Hopelessly Devoted To You
  6. Top Gun – Take My Breath Away
  7. Pinocchio – When You Wish Upon A Star
  8. Cinderella – A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes
  9. La La Land – City of Stars
  10. West Side Story – One Hand, One Heart
  11. The Godfather – Love Theme
  12. Forrest Gump – Theme
  13. Gabriel’s Oboe – Ennio Morricone

Pianist at the DorchesterClassics

  1. Over the Rainbow’ cover by Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole
  2. Buddy Holly – Everyday
  3. Elvis Presley – Can’t Help Falling In Love
  4. The Beatles – All You Need Is Love
  5. Elton John – Can You Feel The Love Tonight
  6. Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah
  7. Des’ree – Kissing You
  8. Tony Bennett – The Way You Look Tonight
  9. Andrew Lloyd Webber – All I Ask Of You (Phantom of the Opera)
  10. Elvis Presley – Love Me Tender
  11. Stevie Wonder – You and I
  12. Madness – It Must Be Love
  13. Seal – Kiss From A Rose
  14. Nat ‘King’ Cole – When I Fall In Love
  15. Louis Armstrong – What a Wonderful World
  16. Nat ‘King’ Cole – L-O-V-E
  17. Ray Charles – It Had To Be You
  18. Wouldn’t It Be Nice – The Beach Boys
  19. Stevie Wonder – Signed, Sealed, Delivered

*By Yu Tsai – copyright holder Atlantic Records
**Adele Live 2016, Glasgow SSE Hydro, on 26 March 2016, by Marc E