Terri
Newbie August 2018 British Columbia

Ceremony songs

Terri, on 28/September/2017 at 02:43 Posted in Wedding ceremony

Hey guys so I have not been to many weddings to be able to distinguish what I want.

I am looking for advice for what is normal or not for songs during the ceremony. How many should I typically arrange for, and can it be any song? Is it acceptable to pick any song to walk down the aisle too beside the traditional here comes the bride?

Looking for input, and I know "its my day do what I want", but I am looking for input still for traditional vs non-traditional and where/when to play songs.


Thanks in advance.

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  • Bethany
    Super bride July 2018 Alberta
    Bethany ·
    Following! Will definitely need to check this out soon!
  • Frances
    Beginner bride July 2018 Ontario
    Frances ·

    This was probably one of the MOST helpful discussions I have found on here!

  • Tiffany
    Frequent user bride September 2017 Ontario
    Tiffany ·

    My husband and I are big music fans! We tried to steer away from the classic wedding songs. I got married 2 weeks ago! Here are my songs:

    Groom/groomsmen entrance: Good Life (Cover) - Vitamin String Quartet

    Bridesmaids entrance: If I ain't got you (cover) - Vitamin String Quartet

    Bride's entrance: The only exception (Cover) - Vitamin String Quartet

    Signing: Like I'm gonna lose you (cover) - Vitamin String Quartet

    Recession: Home - Edward Sharpe


    There's no restriction on what song you want to walk down the aisle to, unless you're holding it at a church or someplace religious. I believe they have limitations. We did ours at our banquet hall.

  • Melissa
    Devoted bride November 2017 Ontario
    Melissa ·

    We struggled with this too!! our wedding is only 20 days out and we still don't have a recessional picked!! we are all walking in to music that is significant to my FH and I. we are having a friend sing while we sign the register, and it's a song that we both love and his mom loves! Jesus and Gravity by Dolly Parton.

    Our DJ had some great suggestions that got us going on the right track!

  • Andrea
    Expert bride September 2017 Ontario
    Andrea ·

    I struggled with this as well!

    We ended up having the wedding party, moms and groom enter to Say You Won't Let Go by James Arthur and for my walk with my dad, we had I Get to Love You by Ruelle.

    There are so many good choices, it can be hard to decide!

  • Ashley
    Featured June 2018 Alberta
    Ashley ·
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    Oh I love this song!! Ed Sheeran never disappoints!

  • Ashley
    Featured June 2018 Alberta
    Ashley ·
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    I love the florida Georgia line song that's listed there. I'm a big fan of country and this song is so sweet. also has BSB in it so why would I not love it?! FAN GIRLING

  • Brenda
    Expert bride April 2018 Ontario
    Brenda ·
    I am using celtic/fairy type music for my guest arrival that I found on Spotify and was also able to save various lists and weed through various harp, piano and flute tunes. I like the Canon in D but we're having a handfasting ceremony so not the usual traditional music. Gary Stadler has beautiful music.I narrowed mine down to 4 so far.

  • Sonja
    Featured September 2017 Ontario
    Sonja ·

    I used "May it Be" by Enya for walking down the aisle, "The Prayer" for the signing, and "One Love" by Bob Marley for the recessional. These are non-traditional songs but some of the more traditional ones are "Air on a G string" by Bach, Pachebel's "Canon", "The Wedding March" by Mendelson. Listen to these on you tube and see if you like any of them.

  • Erin
    Featured September 2017 Ontario
    Erin ·

    My husband and his groomsmen were mingling with guests and were already at the end of the aisle when it was my turn to walk down the aisle. My girls and I walked down the aisle to "Harry in Winter" from one of the Harry Potter soundtracks. Our recessional song was "Say hey (I love you)" by Michael Franti.

    I don't think you have to go traditional at all. I think you really just need to pick songs that mean something to you and your FH.

  • JENNIFER
    Frequent user bride December 2017 Ontario
    JENNIFER ·
    We will have (5) songs I think.
    (1) for my fiancé and the guys (tbd)
    (1) for my girls (tbd)
    (1) for me, my fiancé want the traditional “air on G string”
    (1) for signing (maybe) Florida Georgia Line “God, Your Mama & Me”
    (1) for recessional Etta James “At last”
    Johann Sebastian Bach-Air on G String
    Florida Georgia Line - God, Your Mama, And Me ft. Backstreet Boys

  • Sydney
    Devoted bride August 2018 Ontario
    Sydney ·

    I have heard the traditional "Here comes the bride" song less and less lately. We chose two processional songs (one for the bridesmaids walking down the aisle, and one for my mom and I), and one recessional song (everyone walking out of the ceremony).

    For the bridesmaids walking down the aisle we're doing a different/slower version of Stand By Me. My mom and I are walking down the aisle to Good Morning Beautiful by Brad Paisley. For the recessional song we wanted something fun, so we chose Do You Believe In Magic? by The Lovin' Spoonfuls.

    Don't be afraid to have fun with things. Nothing has to be traditional, it's your wedding!

  • Carol
    Featured March 2018 Ontario
    Carol ·
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    I almost picked that one! Instead I've included it in our wedding CD mix, that will be playing during cocktail hour.
  • Ashley
    Featured June 2018 Alberta
    Ashley ·

    If youre having a DJ they may have some suggestions. But if youre doing a DIY playlist then I have some suggestions if you open to them.

  • Ashley
    Featured June 2018 Alberta
    Ashley ·

    Are you having a DJ? or DIY playlist?

  • Laura
    Super bride September 2017 Alberta
    Laura ·
    We had a harpist for our wedding ceremony and did 3 songs. Processional was Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring...because I love it. Signing was Carribean Blue and recessional was fields of gold. She also played other songs at her discretion up to the processional and after the recessional. I loved it!

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