I knew what I wanted for my processional music for a long time before my wedding. It took me at least a few months to get the courage to tell anyone my idea, but when I finally Googled "Color Blind" by the Counting Crows paired with "wedding music" I was thrilled when I realized I was far from the only one who wanted something a little unusual to walk down the aisle.
So about an hour before our ceremony, I found my husband's aunt and asked her if she could just play the intro to Color Blind over and over again as I walked down the aisle. You know the part, that beautiful piano part at the beginning. She was a little confused at first, but once she realized how simple it was, she was on board.
When it comes to wedding processional and recessional songs, it's a really special moment you really only get to do once. You need a little drama and a little gravitas, something to make your guests pause and your groom catch his breath as you walk down the aisle. Whether you have a string quartet, a single piano player, or a DJ, your wedding processional and recessional songs will set the tone for the day of celebration to follow. So add it to the top of your list when you're choosing your wedding music!
Before we pop on our headphones and start singing along, here are a few tips for choosing your wedding processional and recessional music. First, your processional music should be slow enough that you can walk down the aisle to the rhythm. The last thing you want is a song that has you rushing down the aisle before you can take in the moment. Make sure your DJ or your musicians have practiced the tempo you want and stick to it on the day!
Second, your recessional music should be upbeat and festive! We're not saying you need a choreographed dance back down the aisle with your new husband or wife, but you've just tied the knot! A little joyous celebration music is the perfect end to your ceremony.
Now, time to turn up the volume!
1. Bridal Chorus, also known as Here Comes the Bride, Wagner
2. Crazy Love, Van Morrison
3. Can't Help Falling in Love, Ingrid Michaelson
4. Canon in D, Pachelbel (we like this cover by Ryan Jones)
5. Wedding Song, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
6. Color Blind, Counting Crows
7. Marry Me, Train
8. Boom Clap, Lennon and Maisy
9. Kiss Me, Ed Sheeran
10. A Thousand Years, Christina Perri
1. Good Life, One Republic
2. Signed, Sealed, Delivered, Stevie Wonder
3. You Are the Best Thing, Ray LaMontagne
4. I Do, Colbie Caillat
5. Love Affair, Everlasting Love
6. Come On Get Higher, Matt Nathanson
7. First Day of My Life, Bright Eyes
8. This Will Be, Natalie Cole
9. Mine, Taylor Swift
10. Happy, NeverShoutNever
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Emily Westbrooks is an American-born writer and blogger based in Dublin, Ireland. She is the Online Editor for Confetti Magazine, one of Ireland's top bridal magazines. She also writes her own lifestyle blog, From China Village, where she chronicles her adventures in Dublin, travels around Europe, DIY projects and Irish design. She shares her home with her husband, one cat, and four sassy chickens! Browse Emily's unique tips here.