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Songs for Walking Down the Aisle: Bridal Party Processionals

Cliché songs playing? This is our reaction. Image via Anna and Spencer

We’re starting a series on music for those who are tired of hearing the same thing at every wedding. Are you over the Cha Cha Slide? Abhor the thought of hearing Canon in D while you watch a friend walk down the aisle? Will you flip the table if you hear the incessant chanting of Pharrell Williams as he urges you to “clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth”? Ugh.

If any of that applies to you, you’re going to like this series of posts. We will be exploring the various moments in your wedding (ceremony, first dance, etc.) where you can avoid clichés and make a statement with your music choices.

For our first musical recommendations, we will be exploring the walk down the aisle. This is a two-parter, because you might want a different song played for family member processions than what you’ll be playing for yourself (if you’re the bride, that is). We will be offering up the bridal processional recommendations next week. Until then…

Musical Procession Choices for the Family

This all depends on the vibe you want to send out. Do you want to be sentimental? Silly? Do you just want to pick a song and be done with it? Think about what you do or do not want to convey here and pick with that in mind. We recommend movie scores or orchestral interpretations of popular songs. They’re perfect because they’re longer if you have a lot of family and easy to fade out if everyone runs down the aisle.

  1. The Power of Love – Vitamin String Quartet: I discovered this band while researching this post. Holy crap, they are amazing. Just go ahead and buy/listen to all of their albums and pick the best song that fits your wedding. You won’t regret the expense, just siphon off the money from the appetizer fund. Their geek wedding albums alone are perfection.

     

  2. The Imperial March, Star Wars – John Williams: This is a good option for those of you with a sense of humor. Granted, this can backfire if everyone knows that you have some animosity for your future mother-in-law. Make sure all of the people walking to this song agree to the use of it before you spring it on them. If you aren’t a Star Wars fan, there are a ton of other amazing scores by John Williams to chose from (Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, The Patriot, et. al.).

     

  3. The Feather Theme, Forrest Gump – Alan Silvestri: This is one of the longer scores we came across and it’s perfect for a large family/bridal party processional or just playing in the background for the first few minutes before anyone starts the more official aisle walking.

Keep in mind, you can also bend more toward songs that are popular today — especially if you want to keep the epic scores to a minimum. If you’d prefer to travel down that avenue, here are our recommendations:

  1. A Thousand Years – Christina Perri: Yes, we realize this was in Twilight. If you didn’t like the movie, take this song as an individual entity. It’s a really sweet song and deserves it’s own credit. Also, it’s another Vitamin String Quartet adaption. Sorry, I couldn’t help it.

     

  2. Sweet Disposition – The Temper Trap:  Remember watching 500 Days of Summer and then this song played over and over on every college radio station? That’s because it’s awesome. See if it fits your ceremony.

     

  3. Sea of Love – Cat Power: This is from Juno and it’s a more indie-sounding cover adapted from the original version (1950’s, by Phil Phillips). Definitely brings an image of an intimate wedding to mind. If you’re embracing the short and sweet, go with this.

     

What movie score would you want playing for your bridal party processional? Are you thinking of going in a different direction? Let us know in the comments!

Happy Planning!

– The Gala Pal Team
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