Wedding Ceremony Songs
Walking in and Walking Out, and Signing the Register
By SIMON JORDAN
Looking for suggestions for wedding entrance music, songs for signing the register, and other parts of the wedding ceremony?
Here is a great place to start!
You can find lots of ideas for bridal entrance songs to walk down the aisle to, and many more, based on hundreds of weddings I have played at as a pianist .
You can find wedding music ideas, party songs and inspiration in choosing music for your ceremony, drinks reception and wedding breakfast, from this list, catalogued year by year, ceremony by year.
Please make your choice from the years below. There’s a lot to read and listen to – but if you would like to hear it played live, please make contact with Simon Jordan for a free piano consultation.
February 2020, Bassmead Manor Barns Bride’s entrance music: As the world falls down – David Bowie Songs during registrar signing: Romantic Flight – from the movie How to Train Your Dragon Robert Miles – Children Mad World – Gary Jules Exit music: Married Life – from the movie Up Whilst the guests are waiting pre
December 2019, Hemingford Park Hall Comptine d’un autre ete Imagining Rain River Flows in you (for my bridal party entrance I.e. flower girl, ring bearer, bridesmaid and maid of honour) THEN Pachelbel Canon in D (for my entrance with my dad separate from my bridal party procession – so once you begin to play this
Elton John- your song Vanessa Carlton-1000 miles Alicia Keys- Fallin’ John Legend- All of me Stevie Wonder- Isnt she lovely Adele- Someone like you Christina Perry- 1000 years Sam Smith- Too good at goodbyes Bruno Mars- Just the way you are Robert Myles- Children Greatest Showman- Never Enough Greatest Showman- this is me Greatest Showman-
December 2017, Stoke Park, Bucks 8.15am – 9.30am – Piano in great hall during breakfast Breakfast music – piano Alicia Keys – if I ain’t got you Lion king – can you feel the love tonight John legend – all of me Beyoncé – halo Ed sheeran – perfect Celion dion – my heart will
December 2016, Oxon Hoath Played while guests take their seats Pachelbel The other wedding tune – I can’t remember the name. At last “Etta James” – (if not played walking down the aisle ) Walking down the aisle – Sharna’s Recorded song (The wedding – Julie Rodgers) Signing the registrar What a wonderful world
December 2015, Luton Hoo No music prior to ceremony Ceremony 1300 Walking down the aisle – Pachelbel Canon Signing of register – Marry Me by “Train” sent Photo opportunity – Thinking out loud by “Ed Sheeran” *sent Exit from Ceremony – It must be Love by Madness – sent Library Room – Drinks 1330 1500
Processional Wedding Ceremony Songs
“That amazing, never-to-be-forgotten moment you walk down the aisle to meet your partner. Make the music match the moment!
1. Bridal Chorus, Wagner
Often known as Here Comes The Bride, this piece of classical music is the traditional choice for the procession of the bride, and is often played on an organ. We’ve chosen a slightly more modern arrangement by Vicente Avella on classical piano – that way you can keep the element of tradition without the drama!
2. Canon in D, Pachelbel
Another very popular choice with brides. This gorgeous piece of music sounds beautiful played by a traditional quartet, but we also love this version by Per-Olov Kindgren on classical guitar.
3. A Thousand Years, The Piano Guys (originally Christina Perri)
Often couples can’t decide between a classic instrumental or a more modern lovesong with vocals for their processional music. Why not get the best of both worlds with an instrumental cover of one of your favourite songs? We seriously love this piano and cello cover of Christina Perri – check out The Piano Guys for more classical covers.
4. Glasgow Love Theme, from Love Actually
Walking down the aisle to a song from your favourite film soundtrack is another way to incorporate instrumental music with a personal touch into your ceremony. There are loads of options to choose from – Love Actually is a great place to start, and will have you welling up before you know it.
5. Marry Me, Train
If you want a modern song but aren’t sure what sort of thing to go for, then we think this a great choice. The melody and lyrics are both beautiful, and the tempo isn’t too fast for a processional.
6. Somewhere Over The Rainbow, Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole
For something a little bit different, you can’t beat this gorgeous ukelele cover – it’s sure to get everyone smiling!
Recessional Wedding Ceremony Songs
This is the traditional choice for the wedding recessional. This grand organ piece is definitely all about the high drama, so is best suited to larger or religious venues.
8. Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Handel
This classical piece may be intended to signify an arrival, but it works perfectly for a recessional – it’s high tempo and undoubtedly joyful. Perfect for more traditional couples.
9. Don’t Stop Believing, Vitamin String Quartet (originally Journey)
Another classical cover of a modern tune – we love this version of Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing as played by a string quartet, as it strikes the perfect balance between traditional and contemporary. You can download it on Amazon Prime Music here.
10. Signed, Sealed, Delivered, Stevie Wonder
One of the most popular modern choices – and with good reason! After all, you and your new husband have just signed the wedding register, so the lyrics “signed, sealed, delivered – I’m yours!” are particularly meaningful.
11. First Day Of My Life, Bright Eyes
This adorable acoustic song is a great choice for couples looking for a quirky alternative, and we think it’s a lovely way to start the first day of your married life.
12. Now That We Found Love, Heavy D & The Boyz
For those looking for something truly different, we’ve loved this song for a wedding ever since we saw Will Smith and Eva Mendes get down to it in the last scene of Hitch. Do you think you and your new husband can beat their moves?
Depending on the venue you may be limited on live performances or online-based playlists, so you can always opt for this fail-safe CD with some classic wedding songs both old and new.