What Song Are You Walking Down the Aisle To?

Bridal Chorus (a.k.a Here Comes the Bride) screams “We Are Getting Married!!” But are there other songs that can make the bride and her guests feel a.) excited b.) happy and c.) in love while still in line with bride and groom’s personalities?

For the last five months I’ve been jotting down songs that I hear on Pandora that I would like to be played during the ceremony and reception. Right now, as I am searching for a wedding DJ, I am trying to figure out what mood I want to evoke while at the ceremony. In the running are:

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Happy in Love (for a sunny, SoCal wedding like mine”“for two happy go-lucky people like us):

  • Sweat Pea by Amos Lee
  • Better Together by Jack Johnson (already our Wedding Website Theme Song)
  • I’m Yours by Jason Mraz
  • Hey (I Love You) by Spearhead
  • If You Wanna Be Happy by Jimmy Soul
  • Banana Pancakes by Jack Johnson
  • Hallelujah by Jeff Beck
  • Forever Loving Jah by Bob Marley
  • Happy Together The Turtles
  • Here Comes Your Man Meagan Smith
  • Never Had Nobody But You M.Ward
  • Thieves She & Him
  • If You Want to Sing Out Cat Stevens
  • 505 Arctic Monkeys
  • Amber 311
  • Is This Love by Bob Marley

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Classically Cool (traditional classical solo piano music but with a hip, indie chill out spin)

  • Suite Bergamasque: Claire de Lune by Debussy
  • Loreta and Desiree’s Bouquet George Winston
  • After the Summer Hits Nobody
  • For the Trees Matmos
  • Living in the Country George Winston
  • Canon in D by Pachelbel
  • Gogel by Gonzales
  • You’re Beautiful by Vitamin String Quartet
  • Bermuda Triangle Gonzales
  • Moonlight Sonata Beethoven
  • Hallelujah by Vitamin String Quartet
  • The Tourist Gonzales
  • Lazy Calm Cocteau Twins
  • An Ending Brian Eno
  • Variations on the Kanon by Pachelbel

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Eclectic Romance (what I always listen to on my iPod)

  • To Be Alone With You Sufjan Stevens
  • Paradise Sade
  • New Slang The Shins
  • Come Away With Me Norah Jones
  • Shift Grizzly Bear
  • How Lucky We Are by Meiko
  • By Your Side by Sade
  • Wild Is The Wind by Amel Larrieux
  • Across the Universe Rufus Wainwright
  • The Promise Tracey Champan
  • Ordinary People John Legend
  • Girl by City and Colour
  • 1, 2, 3, 4 by Feist

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Vintage Love (a mix of fun and conservative)

  • I Can’t Help Falling In Love by Elvis
  • My Baby Just Cares for Me by Nina Simone
  • Have I Told You Lately Van Morrison
  • The Girl from Ipanema Astrud Gilberto
  • Que Sera, Sera by Doris Day
  • La Vie en Rose Edith Pilaf
  • If Louis Armstrong
  • Lean on Me Bill Withers
  • Harvest Moon Neil Young
  • Love Me Tender Elvis
  • Here Comes the Sun The Beatles
  • What a Wonderful World Louis Armstrong
  • Black is the Colour Nina Simone

What mood are you going for when it comes to your wedding?

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Mrs. Pashmina

Location:
NYC/Catalina Island, CA
Wedding Date:
July 2010
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  1. Guest Icon Guest
    Sarah, Guest @ 12:44 pm

    He’s walking down to the Throne Room theme from Star Wars. Really.

    I’m walking down to an instrumental version of Bittersweet Symphony.

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    toothfairyb 757 posts, Busy bee @ 12:47 pm

    Undecided about him, but I’m walking down to Today by Joshua Radin :)

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    amariem25, Guest @ 12:47 pm

    ours was all religious classical music. Pachelbel’s Canon, Bach, Mendelssohn, etc.

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    Merry02 345 posts, Helper bee @ 1:05 pm

    You have lots of great choices listed! We went with two covers by the Vitamin String Quartet. For the bridal party, we chose Viva La Vida because I absolutely love Coldplay, and for my song, we chose All You Need is Love. Our recessional was Higher and Higher by Jackie Wilson because it’s one of my husband’s favorite songs. I’m glad we went with music that suited our personality.

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    kaitlinandjason 227 posts, Helper bee @ 1:15 pm

    i’m walking down the aisle to jason mraz i’m yours. i’m so excited, i love it :)

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    nmsoonerbride 1202 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:37 pm

    I’m walking to James Galway’s version of Perhaps Love.

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    cardigan 8645 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 1:47 pm

    Those are all such great selections! I like the Eclectic Romance category! :)

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    lisalew5472 736 posts, Busy bee @ 2:38 pm

    We have this awsome organ player at our church, so I’m stoked that he will be playing some classics at the ceremony, by at the reception, we know these two songs will be in there somewhere:

    Someone Like You – Van Morrison
    It Had To Be You – Harry Connick, Jr.

    We’re thinking of having a three-piece band that plays all sorts of music.

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    lisalew5472 736 posts, Busy bee @ 2:39 pm

    What’s wrong with me? organ player? How about Organist. Eeesh!

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    Jillian, Guest @ 2:40 pm

    My cousin is playing I Can’t Help Falling In Love on the acoustic guitar as I walk in. I still don’t know what we should play as my new husband and I walk back down the aisle after being married.

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    amanda, Guest @ 2:49 pm

    Love sufjan stevens! I walked down the aisle to she is love by parachute – it had fantastic timing!

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    mhayward 47 posts, Newbee @ 2:56 pm

    these are great great great selections !!! I was married last month and this was the songs that we chose (after a gruesome week of going back and forth about songs ahhah)

    seating of parents – a piano version of The Luckiest
    Processional – Oh Heavenly Day – Patti Griffin
    Bridal Entrance – Hallelujah (acoustin guitar version by Will Taylor)
    Recessional – Brighter than sunshine by Aqualung

    we battled between several different line ups that included

    Only Time – Enya
    Such Greight Heights – Iron & Wine
    My love for you is real – Ryan Adams
    Lovers Waltz – A.A. Bondy
    Beauty – The Shivers

    oh and originally my recessional was going to be ……. “The Idea of Growing Old” – the features (I LOVE this song) but with a guest count of almost 300 we were afraid yoou wouldnt be able to understand the song…. but its AWESOME

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    chicklet1587 225 posts, Helper bee @ 3:08 pm

    I am walking down to a celtic version of Canon in D http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvtdqPKHk8c and FH wants to walk down (together after we are married!!) to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjA5faZF1A8

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    roxymarie 201 posts, Helper bee @ 3:22 pm

    Oh I love Girl by City and Colour! We’re actually 90% sure that will be our first dance song! You have some great options there, I’m sure whichever one you pick will be perfect.

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    soontobemrandmrsfinck 34 posts, Newbee @ 3:53 pm

    I’ve mixed a bit of tradition with our quirky style.
    The processional is Cannon in D.

    My entrance in Trumpet Voluntary (which has significant meaning in our family as ALL of the women have chosen this song for their bridal march)

    And our recessional is the Rocky Theme.

    We’re also using Superbowl Shuffle as our entrance for the reception.

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    ZoeKat 590 posts, Busy bee @ 4:20 pm

    Seating of parents: Concerning Hobbits – Howard Shore (the entire prelude is Lord of the Rings music)
    Processional: Coldplay’s Yellow – Vitamin String Quartet
    Recessional: Imperial March!

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    earrings 2611 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:45 pm

    The eclective romance group is my fav too…I love The Shins!

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    emma5w 547 posts, Busy bee @ 5:10 pm

    SUCH! great choices!! Your Eclectic Romance list is basically my favorites list on my iPod, too!! I really wanted to do some covers by Vitamin String Quartet, but my church requires us to use their organist. Which is fine, cuz he’s awesome, and I’ll know he’ll do great, but…the VSQ stuff would be waaaay more us. Oh well!

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    lindseyboo 16 posts, Newbee @ 6:00 pm

    I love the Vitamin String Quartet. They have a version of “Stolen” by Dashboard Confessional and I am walking out to that. Although it will be played by an acoustic guitarist and violinist from Elan Artists. Thanks for listing all these songs! I am having trouble picking the processional music for the bridal party.

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    turtle 776 posts, Busy bee @ 6:23 pm

    We have a string quartet for our ceremony, who will be playing “Clair de Lune” by Debussy for the Seating of the Parents/Grandparents, “Canon in D” for the Bridal Party Processional, “Something” by The Beatles for me, and “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay for the Recessional. I’m loving your choices though! Might even incorporate a few into our reception playlist, which I’m making right now. ;)

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    mgli2006 30 posts, Newbee @ 6:24 pm

    We did all traditional music until the recessional. We walked down the aisle as husband and wife to “Jump” by Van Halen. It was so fun. Guests were giving us high fives!

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    mhayward 47 posts, Newbee @ 7:00 pm

    @lindseyboo – I am a guitar solor junkie !!! I come from a very musically inclied family (well minus me) … the most beautiful guitar songs I have ever heard are “yours” by blues travelers which in my opinion is the ultimate love song and “lover lay down” by Dave Matthews….. :) and I LOVE “stolen” GREAT CHOICE !!!I used “oh heavenly day” by patti griffin for the processional of the girls…it was gorgeous…

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    MissCastle 111 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:24 pm

    The bridesmaids will come down to Canon in D played by a classical guitar and then will switch to an instrumental version of “forever” by Ben Harper for me.

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    fromcharleston 651 posts, Busy bee @ 7:25 pm

    I run around the Hive because I’m a wannabee (hehe) wedding planner, buuuuut I have always pictured myself walking down the aisle to an instrumental version of “Scarborough Fair/Canticle” by Simon and Garfunkel.

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    waitingbee 822 posts, Busy bee @ 7:53 pm

    I am walking down to Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Iz.

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    winter 1333 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:21 pm

    that is a great song list

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    MsBunting 229 posts, Helper bee @ 11:16 pm

    I’m walking down the aisle to traditional acoustic Somewhere over the Rainbow….thinking about exiting to This will be an Everlasting Love. So excited.

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    tweds 448 posts, Helper bee @ 12:54 am

    Anoushka Shankar’s “Breathing Under Water” with the reprise as the recessional. Still figuring bridemaid music so this list is very useful – bookmarked for future reference!

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    hearttypat, Guest @ 3:57 am

    Well, i have a list of songs that I’m NOT playing on my wedding!
    http://hearttypat.wordpress.com/2010/06/27/my-list-of-banned-songs/

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    Calendar, Guest @ 8:47 am

    Happy Together, Happy Together, Happy Together!

    If You Wanna Be Happy is cute too but… you ARE a pretty woman!

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    J me, Guest @ 9:30 am

    It has always been my dream to walk down to Deperado, by The Eagles…it has significant meaning to me. And I always said that if I ever got married I would walk down to that song. We are going super non-traditional…our closing “Hymn” is going to be “All you need is Love”, and Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da from The Beatles. We are having a live band sing before and during our ceremony as well…

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    everlong 23 posts, Newbee @ 12:43 pm

    My only requirement for ceremony musicians was that they could arrange Everlong by the foo fighters (hence the screenname) so i could walk down the aisle to it.

    I’ve even managed to make my aisle-walk longer than usual just so i can hear more of it.

    No idea what everyone else is walking in to yet. dont think i care, as i wont see that part anyway! haha

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    bellelayne, Guest @ 12:51 pm

    Love some of your picks. hallelujah is a good one, If You Wanna Be Happy is really great. Love that one!
    I’m walking down to the Muppets wedding theme, He’ll Make Me Happy. But then again our wedding will be wonderfully weird and odd!

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    littlemissmoo 3006 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:59 pm

    We’re doing a definite Vintage Love theme. We’re walking down the aisle together to What A Wonderful World. And I’m so excited!

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    jordynrose 6351 posts, Bee Keeper @ 8:30 pm

    I love your choices!

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    Amber, Guest @ 8:39 pm

    “If you wanna be happy for the rest of your life
    Never make a pretty woman your wife
    So from my personal point of view
    Get an ugly girl to marry you”

    Ummmm, I would reconsider “If You Wanna Be Happy” by Jimmy Soul. Even if that’s your sense of humor, I can see a lot of guests’ jaws dropping!

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    msbuttons 5014 posts, Bee Keeper @ 3:38 pm

    Wow – you have a lot of choices there!!! My processional song came to me about….2 weeks before the wedding. Way to make last minute decisions….

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    Sabrina, Guest @ 4:37 am

    I had a couple of friends over tonight just to hang out. My friend, Kevin, brought his iPod and he has such a variety of music on that thing! I was cooking when Vitamin String Quartet’s version of “El Scorcho” came on. Weezer is one of my fiancé’s favorite bands, and he loves that song. I gasped. “I know what I’m gonna walk down the aisle to!” I said. So I made my friends, Kevin and Renee, promise they would keep it a secret. (My fiancé was still at work!)

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    July2008Bride 241 posts, Helper bee @ 4:41 am

    Hubby walked down to “Fields of Gold” by Sting. Bridesmaids walked down to “All I Ask of You” by Andrew Lloyd Webber. I walked down to Pachabels Cannon in D.

    Our recessional was “You’re my Best Friend” by Queen. We entered our reception with “Battle without Honor or Humanity” by Tomoyasu Hotei from the Kill Bill Vol 1 soundtrack which was an absolutely amazing song to enter with! (Here’ a link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8P-c2k-HgRA&feature=related) and our first dance was “God Only Knows” by the Beach Boys.

    The best part was using the “Manamana Song” to cut our cake. We definately used music that was reflective of us and the things we loved. We still get comments about our music and how original everything was. (http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4737429188097095733#docid=-4114397127563559102)

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    MIkE, Guest @ 6:15 pm

    Amazing! Your list and my regular play list are very much alike! I am an acoustic musician, performing even dozens of weddings and I was doing a search and landed in your bloggy! Just wanted to say hello from E TX, great taste!

    ~MIkE kING Acoustic

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    JanuraryGirl80 492 posts, Helper bee @ 2:21 pm

    So these are options for mine…. not sure yet.

    Just like heaven – vitamin string quartet
    Only hope – switchfoot
    all you need is love
    clair de lune
    First day of my life, bright eyes
    hallelujah – instrumental
    Eight days a week – after ceremony
    Here there and everywhere
    bach cello suite – guitar
    sweet the sting instrumental
    Jackie’s strength – instrumental
    a sorta fairytale – instrumental
    got my list – onlinedrawing

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    rubysue1 2 posts, Wannabee @ 8:41 am

    I’m, walking down to bruno mars marry you!

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    penguinof3, Guest @ 3:33 pm

    im tossing the idea of two songs for walking down the aisle…either “Smile” by uncle Kracker or “cant take my eyes off of you” by Lady Antebelum

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    NCetina, Guest @ 10:56 am

    ohhh great selections, Love them all. I was originally going with the Hawaiian version of “over the rainbow”. Thought it would be great since Im getting married on a yacht..but I decided to go with a Vintage Glam theme and Im thinking of changing it to “La via en rose” by Luis Armstrong, Think it will be more romantic since my ceremony will be at night.

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    Natalie, Guest @ 9:07 am

    I’m still not sure what I want to walk down the aisle to but our first dance is The Only Exception by Paramore. Still looking for the perfect song to walk down the aisle to.

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    Suzanne, Guest @ 11:37 am

    Here and Now by Luther Vandross. Beautiful and perfect for walking down the isle.

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    Loveebug, Guest @ 12:40 pm

    I am thinking about walking down the aisle to “Something” by the beatles.

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