Wedding Processional Songs

Your wedding processional songs will play as you officially start the ceremony. This is the time when the wedding party enters and “walks down the aisle”, usually in the order of family first, then attendants such as bridesmaids, groomsmen, and flower girls/ring bearers, then finally the bride’s entrance (bridal march). Most often one song is chosen for the family and attendants, and then a special song just for the bride’s entrance.


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Traditional/Classical
Wedding Processional Songs

Canon in D
Artist: Johann Pachelbel
Genre: Classical

Canon in D has become a staple song for many weddings. The music is very recognizable and guests will immediately feel like they're walking into an elegant ceremony.

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Artist: Johann Bach
Genre: Classical

If this piece is chosen, it is usually reserved for the when the family and attendants walk down the aisle. It is a wonderful melody to build up the bride's entrance.

Bridal Chorus
Artist: Richard Wagner
Genre: Classical

More brides have walked down the aisle to Bridal Chorus than any other music piece. It signals that "oh so familiar" wedding melody that alerts guests of the bride's arrival. If you're looking for a more contemporary version, but still keeps traditional value, see the Bridal March (piano).

Trumpet Tune in D Major
Artist: Jeremiah Clarke
Genre: Classical

Another fantastic piece for your family and/or attendants to walk down the aisle to. The music here is a bit more up-tempo and "busy" compared to others on this list.

Air From Water Music
Artist: George Frederic Handel
Genre: Classical

Unlike many of the previous entries, Water Music is played from a large orchestra of many instruments. If you visited Disney World's Magic Kingdom in the 80s or 90s, you may have heard this piece play for the Electrical Water Pageant.

Four Seasons (Spring)
Artist: Antonio Vivaldi
Genre: Classical

Vivaldi's Four Seasons plays a distinct tune for each "season" of the composure. The Spring portion of Four Seasons is certainly familiar to most, and would do best for family and attendants.

The Prince of Denmark's March (Trumpet Voluntary)
Artist: Jeremiah Clarke
Genre: Classical

This piece may be a good fit for the bride's entrance, but would also be a good fit for family/attendants. Some renditions play at a higher tempo, but I recommend finding one that fits the pacing you would like to use at your wedding.

Contemporary Processional Songs

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Bridal March (Piano)
Artist: Jonathan Cain
Genre: Pop Instrumental
Release: 1998

This is a modern twist on the classical version of the Bridal March, also known as the Bridal Chorus. This song is definitely one of my personal favorites.

Princess Bride
Artist: Roy Todd
Genre: Miscellaneous Instrumental
Release: 2012

Growing in popularity for weddings, Princess Bride is a beautiful piano piece that would work well for any portion of the processional. The album from which this song is from, "The Wedding Bride's Piano", has a wide variety of piano-based melodies that would work well for many portions of your ceremony.

Butterfly Waltz
Artist: Brian Crain
Genre: Contemporary Classical
Release: 2006

A wonderful duet of piano and cello - Butterfly Waltz is a beautiful song for the bride or attendants as they walk down the aisle.

When God Made You
Artist: Newsong
Genre: Christian, Gospel
Release: 2004

"When God made you, he must have been thinking about me". Singing about the perfect connection between two people - this is a very popular wedding song for good reason. The tone and lyrics just "fit" for many ceremonies.

Because You Loved Me
Artist: Celine Dion
Genre: Pop
Release: 1996

Celine Dion songs are popular for weddings. Her voice and lyrics just "fit" for any contemporary wedding music playlist. Imagine yourself walking down the aisle to this beautiful song.

A Thousand Years
Artist: Christina Perri
Genre: Pop
Release: 2011

This song is out of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" soundtrack. Christina Perri's voice is well accompanied by a Waltz-like melody that is a great fit for wedding ceremony music.

You For Me
Artist: Johnny Gill
Genre: R&B, Soul
Release: 2006

You For Me is a meaningful, heartfelt song made popular by the movie Madea's Family Reunion. Johnny Gill is a former member of the late 80's group New Edition.

River Flows in You
Artist: Yiruma
Genre: New Age Instrumental
Release: 2001

Yiruma is an extremely gifted South Korean pianist. River Flows in You is one of his most famous pieces and is a PERFECT processional choice for someone looking for an unforgettable piano solo.

Giving Myself
Artist: Jennifer Hudson
Genre: Soul, Pop
Release: 2009

Third season American Idol winner Jennifer Hudson sings Giving Myself as an old-school diva ballad. The lyrics of this song are powerful for a wedding, "body and soul, I'm giving myself over to you now".

You Raise Me Up
Artist: Josh Groban
Genre: Inspirational
Release: 2004

This song was a contemporary church hymn that was popularized by Josh Grobin in 2004. It has been sung by more than 100 different artists, but this particular version works very well for a wedding song playlist.

Ave Maria
Artist: Beyonce
Genre: Pop
Release: 2008

A rewrite to Franz Schubert's original, Beyonce provides excellent operatic soprano in this beautiful "piano and strings" song. Beyonce performed this song as tribute to Michael Jackson in 2009, resulting in an emotional ovation.

Make You Feel My Love
Artist: Adele
Genre: Soul, Pop
Release: 2008

Featured on the 2010 romantic comedy film "When In Rome", Adele sports extremely unique vocals for this beautiful song. This is a cover song for the original version by Bob Dylan released in 1997.

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