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Top 5 Traditional Wedding Songs to Walk Down the Aisle To
Many of you have been dreaming about walking down the aisle since you were a little girl. Or standing at the end of the aisle, for the male readers. Whether you are having a big, traditional church wedding or something a little less formal, the soundtrack to this part of your big day is of the utmost importance. It sets the mood for the ceremony and communicates a lot about who you are as a couple to your guests. And we all want to make a good impression, especially to our close friends and family, not to mention our very soon to be in-laws. So here are some suggestions so you don’t screw it up. We have split this into two posts; the more traditional choices, and a selection for those who are keen on getting their wedding video to go viral on YouTube. Let’s starts with the more traditional.
Here Comes the Bride by Wagner
Bit of an obvious choice, but it’s still a firm favourite amongst wedding planners and traditional brides, so we couldn’t leave it off the list. If you’re having yourself a traditional church wedding, then this might be played by the church orchestra. But if you’re looking to put a new-ish spin on an old favourite, we recommend having someone play it on an acoustic guitar. It will give the ceremony an approachable, indie feel. And everyone has a guy or gal in their friend group who is a bit of an amateur guitarist, and this song isn’t too difficult to learn, so you could make your pilgrimage down the aisle even more special with a friend providing the soundtrack.
Canon in D by Pachelbel
One of those songs that everyone knows when they hear it, but no one knows the name of, Canon in D by Pachelbel is a truly beautiful piece of music that is just the right tempo for a blushing bride to walk down the aisle to. Traditionally performed by a quartet, this would be a fine way to go whether your ceremony of choice is in a church or on a wine estate. But of course you can customise it how you like, getting an acoustic guitarist, a flautist or even a harpist to do the performance. However, this composition is a bit more complex than “Here Comes the Bride”, so we suggest getting a professional musician to do the honours rather than leaving it to your fiancé’s cousin Jerry just because he has a garage band.
Glasgow Love Theme from Love, Actually
Okay, okay, we know we raved about Love, Actually in the Christmas movies post (link to post), but apart from being a fabulous Christmas movie, it’s also a movie about true love, and about how “love, actually is all around us.” And what rom-com would be complete without a wedding scene? If you cast your mind back to the last time you saw this film (Who do you think you’re kidding? We all know it was last Christmas Eve.) you may remember the wedding right at the beginning of the film. The more memorable part of Kiera Knightly’s trip down the aisle was certainly the band popping up out of nowhere and serenading her with The Beatles’ “All You Need is Love” but before that, there was a more traditional tune playing. That was the “Glasgow Love Theme”, which we highly recommend if Love, Actually is on your list of desert island movies.
Marry Me by Train
Want to bring your wedding ceremony into the 21st century, but not so much that Great Aunty Merle won’t know what’s going on? Why not opt for an instrumental version of a modern classic? That way the younger guests will recognise the tune and appreciate it, while the aunties and uncles will just enjoy the lovely music. “Marry Me” by Train works beautifully for this type of compromise - it has a beautiful tune that works well when performed by a quartet or classic rock band, and the meaning of the song is highly appropriate for the day.
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba by Handel
Of course it is safe for you to assume that as this number is composed by Handel, it falls firmly into the classical music genre. However, it’s quite a bit more upbeat than the other classical compositions on this list, and perfect for the bride who wants to do less of a march down the aisle and more of a jaunt. Also great for waking the guests up who have no doubt nodded off while the bride has been making sure her makeup is perfect and freaking out about the fact that there are an unlucky number of roses in her bouquet. As the name suggests, it’s a song composed for the arrival of the Queen of Sheba, making it the perfect accompaniment for the queen of the day to arrive at the ceremony.
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