Wedding Entrance Music and Bridal Processional Songs

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The piece that you choose for your bridal entrance music will become such an important and special part of your wedding. You will need between 30 seconds and 90 seconds of wedding processional music to accompany the most romantic moment of your wedding day...and perhaps your life!

Your wedding entrance music music will start, the doors will open and your wedding guests will all turn to face the doorway.

You will need to decide if you want your bridesmaids and flower girls to walk down the aisle in front of you or if you want them to follow you. A lot of brides are now choosing to let the bridesmaids and flower girls so that they can soak up the atmosphere and listen to the the opening bars of the wedding ceremony processional music before making their grand entrance.

When you walk in, you will be the centre of attention. This will be the first moment that anyone sees your dress, and your hair and how beautiful you look. You should choose your favourite part of your wedding entrance music for this moment so that you can listen to the romantic music as you walk down the aisle.

We recommend that your wedding procession music is slow, steady, gentle, smooth and flowing so that you can take your time walking down the aisle. This will probably be the largest dress you have ever worn and you will have brand new shoes and heightened emotions...you want to really enjoy every second of this wonderful experience

You will have to make a decision between choosing a well known, traditional piece of wedding processional music or a piece of wedding entrance music that is really special to you and your fiancee. If you have a favourite song that you would like playing as you walk down the aisle then you can ask your wedding musician to learn a special version at a slower and more elegant speed especially for you.




TOP 10 - Bridal Wedding Entrance Songs and Processional Music




1) Canon in D by J. Pachelbel | Bridal Canon by Miranda Wong



This is a beautiful piece of wedding ceremony entrance music and it is now becoming one of the most requested pieces of processional music for weddings. Originally for string quartet, this piece of music sets just the right atmosphere and speed for the brides entrance. There are two really beautiful piano arrangements of this piece. The traditional version of Canon in D sticks to the same style as the original string quartet piece and it is perfect for a sophisticated and elegant wedding. If you are looking for a more modern, flowing and romantic arrangement of Pachelbel's Canon in D then you should give Miranda Wong's Bridal Canon a listen.



2) Kissing You by Des'ree



Kissing You by Des'ree is such a powerfully emotional song and it is a really popular choice of entrance music for civil wedding ceremonies. Kissing You is played in the movie Romeo and Juliet when Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time at the Ball at the Capulet's mansion house. The lyrics of the song are descriptive of such a strong and deep relationship and even though they might seem sad, an instrumental version of this song works beautifully for the entrance of the bride music.

If you search for this piece on Google you will find so many lovely comments about it. Here are a few of my favourites:

"This is to be the music at my wedding, i'm sure i'll b in floods of tears"

"This song is more than beautiful it's amazing, I gave my boyfriend a copy of it for Valentine Day, simply saying this is how much, I Love You!"

"This song describes how love is ..... such a perfect love song."

"I have loved this song ever since seeing Romeo & Juliet many years ago. I walked down the aisle in my wedding to just the music with no words. It's a great alternative to the Wedding March."

You can listen to a beautiful piano recording of Kissing You by Des'ree and you can also watch a piano video of Kissing You on YouTube.



3) Bridal Chorus by R. Wagner | Romantic Wedding March by Miranda Wong | Bridal March by Jonathan Cain



"Here Comes the Bride" is probably the most recognised piece of wedding processional music across the world. The Bridal Chorus by R. Wagner has been used for centuries in church weddings and civil ceremonies, and it is used in film and tv all the time. This is a bit of a marmite piece of music - some brides LOVE it and others HATE it!!



Before you dismiss it completely, did you know that there are two other pieces of wedding entrance music that use the "Here Comes the Bride" theme? These pieces are more modern and romantic arrangements of the piece and they sound really lovely. The first is the Romantic Wedding March by Miranda Wong and the second is the Bridal March by Jonathan Cain





4) Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol



For couples who are into more indie and alternative music, then Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol is a great choice for the music for the entrance of the bride. The song talks about sharing the moment of pure deep love and holding the feeling true for the rest of your lives together. You may recognise this song from the season finale of Grey's Anatomy...it was very emotional.



5) Clair de Lune by Debussy

This mesmerising piece of classical music is Debussy's most well known composition and it is based on a poem by Paul Verlaine.

"Votre ame est un paysage choisi" - Your soul is as a moonlit landscape fair

The open notes of this piece are completely entrancing and you can really imagine the atmosphere suddenly changing in the ceremony room as this music starts. If you are looking for a fairytale or princess momement then this is the piece for you - classy, romantic, airy and magical.



6) Make You Feel My Love by Adele

Of all the recent love songs, this heart felt song by Adele is proving to be one of the most popular choices of music for the entrance of the bride. This song was originally written by Bob Dylan and in her cover version, Adele has slowed down the pace of the song and made it far more emotional. The verse and chorus structure of this songs works really well for splitting up the bridal procession. You can have the bridesmaids walking down the aisle during the verse and save the entrance of the bride until the chorus.

For all romantic click flick fans, you may have heard another cover version of this song (sung by Josh Kelley) in the original soundtrack to the movie "A Cinderella Story".



7) Trumpet Voluntary (Prince of Denmark's March) by J. Clarke

This is a regal and triumphant piece of classical music that has long been associated with the grandeur of cathedrals and fine churches. The fanfare nature of the piece marks a grand and stately entrance and is perfectly suited to brides with long trains and a large bridal party. The Trumpet Voluntary or the Prince of Denmark's March (as it is also known) is often chosen for the processional music when there is an organ available to blast out the music at an embracing volume.

This piece has a royal connection and it is best remembered as the wedding music for the marriage of Lady Diana Spencer to Prince Charles.



8) Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, 18th Variation by S. Rachmaninoff

Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, 18th Variation is one of the most incredible and sublime pieces of classical music ever written. It represents the height of the romantic period of composition and everybody who hears it cannot help but fall in love with the gorgeous melody.

This piece has really gained popularity as a piece for the wedding ceremony procession music and I would recommend that you make it your first choice if you have the luxury of a grand piano in the same room as your wedding ceremony.



9) Butterfly Waltz by Brian Crain



Butterfly Waltz is a must have piece of wedding entrance music for all Twilight fans. In the film Twilight - Breaking Dawn, Bella has this piece as her processional music at her wedding to Edward. As well as the above link to a recording of this piece, you can listen to a full-length piano video of this lovely piece of wedding entrance music.

For those who don't know, Twilight is a saga about Bella, a human, Edward, a vampire and Jacob, a werewolf. The beautifully worded slogan for the film really sums up the wonder of any marriage ceremony - "Forever is only the beginning".



10) Trumpet Tune by H. Purcell

If you are having a church wedding then you should consider having Trumpet Tune as your bridal procession music. This traditional piece of wedding entrance music was written in the 17th Century by Henry Purcell who was an organist at Westminster Cathedral.

This is another popular choice for royal weddings as it exudes an air of significance and strength as well as refinement and sophistication. I used to sing in a local church choir and I remember this being a regular choice of wedding processional music for brides getting married at the church.



For more ideas and over 150 piano recordings, you should check out this awesome online collection of wedding piano music.



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By James Hughes |

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