Spend your lockdown listening to modern day love songs and classic choices to make the most of your wedding ceremony entrance. The hall at home is now your runway!
When it comes to choosing your wedding day playlist, the music you select sets the tone, cements the ambiance, and guides your guests' emotions throughout your day. The wedding ceremony music traditionally marks the first time guests lay their eyes on the couple. You may have hosted a welcome cocktail upon arrival, your walk down the aisle marks the true beginning of your event. Set the mood; you'll want to pick a song that feels personal and special to you as a couple, and also one that fits the vibe of your venue.
Some couples may opt for classical music selections throughout the ceremony and make more personal song selects for the reception and after party; others may want something more mainstream and modern playing throughout the day. Maybe go for a choir or have live artists play their version of your favourite wedding ceremony song. In general, we advise you to pick your wedding ceremony music song first, then build the rest of your ceremony selections around that.
In our list we have traditional music choices for both wedding entrance songs, and we’ve given you a couple of options to consider. Listen and enjoy as we present our pick of some of the best wedding ceremony music ideas.
Find Your Wedding Ceremony Songs During Lockdown
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!
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.
“Trumpet Voluntary” by Clarke
Recognise this tune? Odds are you've heard it while watching a royal wedding or two. We'd recommend opting for "Trumpet Voluntary" if your ceremony is taking place in a church, and especially if you're planning to walk down the aisle in a grand cathedral. This horn and organ combination is traditional with a dramatic flare.
A Thousand Years, The Piano Guys (originally Christina Perri)
Often couples can’t decide between a classic instrumental or a more modern love song with vocals for their wedding ceremony 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.
“Air on the G String” by Johann Sebastian Bach
Don't be fooled by the naughty title of this song, it is classical string orchestra favourite and a beautiful ceremony choice.
Somewhere Over The Rainbow, Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole
For something a little bit different, you can’t beat this gorgeous ukulele cover – it’s sure to get everyone smiling!
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. The perfect recessional ceremony song.
“Can’t Help Falling in Love With You” by Elvis Presley
Opt for this Elvis classic or enlist your own vocalist for a modern rendition. A guaranteed hit with dad and sure to bring on a few happy tears in the pews!
“Rather Be” by Vitamin String Quartet
Try an instrumental version of Clean Bandit's "Rather Be" featuring Jess Glynne for an upbeat and playful option.
“Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles
For the free spirit or the Beatles-obsessed, "Here Comes the Sun" is an ethereal and a chill choice for the ceremony, be it for the processional or the recessional.