When you begin that walk down the aisle towards your fiancé the atmosphere is going to be electric. So make sure the music you choose is not going to kill the mood.
Will you be classical or a little bit rock’n’roll?
So what sort of music do you think you’ll walk too?
We suggest that you don’t choose anything too cutting edge. That doesn’t mean to say you can’t show off your taste in music but if you choose that week’s number one hit, you might regret it in years to come. Just as you might regret wearing a wedding dress that’s heavily styled for the moment. Go a little classic and you’ll never be out of style.
There are also some things you’ll need to bear in mind when making your music choices.
Firstly, you need to consider just how long it’s going to take you to walk down the aisle. It usually takes about one to two minutes for most brides to walk the aisle. So choose a piece that doesn’t have a long intro or is instantly recognisable. If you’re planning a religious ceremony, some churches won’t allow you to play non-classical music or your own music. So you need to check your choices with the vicar.
Next, you should be thinking about how your music is going to be played. If it’s in a religious building, keep it classic and have it played on the organ. Alternatively you could organise your own musicians to full the hall with romance.
Four pieces of music to play when you walk down the aisle
The wedding processional from the Sound of Music
Not a religious piece so you can use it in a civil ceremony. It’s majestic, grand and dramatic all at the same time. You’ll feel like a princess when you walk down the aisle to this.
Clair de Lune by Debussy
This is a gorgeous tune to have played on the piano. It’s quiet, atmospheric and very romantic. Also not religious, so you could have it played while your guests are being seated.
For The Love of a Princess from Braveheart
An atmospheric folk tune that’s emotional and sentimental in the right ways. Bound to bring tears to the eyes as your guests watch you start your walk.
The Bridal Chorus by Wagner
Well this is the most traditional of traditional music to walk up the aisle to. Everybody will know you’ve arrived when this starts to play!
Four songs to play as you’re leaving
Now what about after you’ve said your vows? When you’ve signed the register and you’re legally man and wife and starting the first steps on your new life together?
Here you can change the tempo a little bit, and have something that’s celebratory and uplifting.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours by Stevie Wonder
This says it all really. You’ve said your vows and you’re on your way. A timeless piece that’s joyful, catchy and instantly recognisable.
Mairi’s Wedding by by John Roderick Bannerman
If you’re getting married in Scotland or one or both of you are Scottish, then this is foot-tapping folk piece will surely get your guests in the mood for dancing at your reception.
Only You by The Platters
A slow, dreamy melody that will probably take some of the older generation back to their ‘courting’ days and make them feel misty eyed.
Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring from Bach
A traditional masterpiece for you to walk along to starry-eyed as a Mrs, whilst beaming at your friends and family as you take your first steps as newly weds.