For many brides, the entrance song for the ceremony is one of the most important song choices of the day. It is this moment that you have dreamt about since you were a little girl and such a special moment deserves a special companion.
Whether you want to glide down the aisle to a tune that has your friends and family reaching for the hankies, or something a bit more upbeat to get the celebrations under way, there are various options to consider – from live entertainment to a specially selected song played by your trusted DJ.
While it is common to have different songs for the bridesmaids and the bride, there is no right or wrong and you can only have one if you’d like. Although you might plan to take your time walking down the aisle, in reality it will take less than a minute (or shorter if your nerves get the better of you!) and to change from one song to another in such a short time can affect the flow of the music and your grand entrance.
When choosing the actual song, it is a good idea to select something that is personal or special to you. As mentioned before, it is your day and anything goes – even if you choose to dance down the aisle. Even if you think the original song is not appropriate for a wedding ceremony, having it performed by a string quartet gives the song a classical twist, perfect for any ceremony.
For those of you looking for something traditional then your first considerations should be the Bridal Chorus by Wagner, or Canon in D by Pachelbel.
If you need some inspiration for a more contemporary song choice, consider:
Grand Piano Cover – Jasmine Thompson,A Thousand Years – Christina Perri, Footprints in the Sand – Leona Lewis, Make You Feel My Love – Adele, Marry You – Bruno Mars, One Day Like This – Elbow, Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis, All of Me – John Legend, Stay With Me – Sam Smith, Kissing You – Des’ree, Your Song – Elton John, Songbird – Fleetwood Mac and Glasgow Love Theme – Love Actually. Enya also has a few beautiful songs to consider and classical instrumental renditions of your favourite songs, can also have an amazing impact.
~ Finally, here are a few tips for making sure your arrival goes as smoothly as possible ~
- Once you hear the minister ask your guests to stand for your entrance, wait until you hear the music before you start to walk down the aisle.
- Don’t worry about timing your walk to the music – any kind of practiced walk will probably go out of the window once your nerves and excitement kicks in.
- Once everyone in the bridal party has reached the end of the aisle, the DJ will stop at an appropriate point in the music, so don’t worry about timing the music to the length of the aisle – that’s their job.
- If you have young children in your bridal party, try to fit in a quick practice walk down the aisle before the ceremony, even if it’s without the music, so that they know what to expect.
- Do try to take your time – you might want to race to the front to get to your handsome groom, but you will only do this once so make the most of it and enjoy the music you have chosen!