Wedding Ceremony Songs - Music For Walking Down The Aisle
Walking down the aisle - the highlight of any wedding. It’s what the guests come to see; the union of two people, and their relationship suddenly minutes away from being solidified in beautiful, harmonious tradition. All the stress, upset, frustration, excitement, joy, anticipation, all leading up to this final standstill, the long-awaited moment where the bride takes the last steps away from her family - and into the arms of her soon to be spouse.
So, what is walking down the aisle? If you don’t know the details, there’s no need to worry; we have all the information you need. In a nutshell, it’s when the bride is revealed for the first time to not just her other half, but to the rest of the guests. The bride walks down the aisle towards her partner, holding onto the arm of traditionally her father (or guardian). This signifies an extremely emotional and cherished idea; the father handing over - or letting go of - his daughter and leaving her to her soulmate.
Of course, there are so many factors playing a part in order to transform this moment into the moment; a gorgeous dress, a stunning suit, breath-taking lighting to create an aesthetic atmosphere, the hush that falls upon the crowd of guests all in awe of witnessing this beautiful and emotional moment. But there is one factor that is by far one of the most significant - choosing a song. Yes, yes, we know, that’s so obvious! Of course, we know that choosing the perfect song is important! However, the song you choose has a lot more impact on the aisle walk than you might think...
The song that plays as you walk down the aisle sets the tone for the newlyweds in a way that will be remembered for entire lifetimes. When this moment in time is reminisced and looked back on so fondly, the song will remind you how it made you feel - exactly how it made you feel. The way your heart was beating, the way your mind was racing, that funny feeling in your stomach, the exact atmosphere - the instant you hear the song again in the future, the feelings from the past will come flooding back.
In this blog, you will find the best songs to evoke powerful emotions in everyone in attendance of the wedding - especially within the newlyweds on their special day. So, without further ado, here are 10 tracks recommended by us to truly make your wedding day a time to remember!
- A Thousand Years - Christina Perry (2011)
Anybody who knows Twilight knows that this song signifies long lasting love between the admired couple Bella and Edward, so why not display that same long-lasting love between you and your partner? This song is perfect for couples that are infatuated with each other - and would love each other for a thousand years.
- Yellow - Coldplay (2000)
This beautiful song brings colour into play when it comes to love; yellow not only represents the joy that your partner brings you, but it has a much deeper meaning. To be someone's “yellow” means to be the one who makes their day brighter and worth living. They hold you close, and would do anything for you. If you and your partner feel this way about each other, this might be the song for you.
- What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong (1967)
A classic song, old but gold. This tune presents the world in a highly positive way - absolutely wonderful. This song feels much like a sigh of contentment, a wave of relief, everything is perfect at last. Any couples who feel the world is calm when each other are sure to last a long time, and when you’re sharing this instant - well, what a wonderful world indeed.
- Flightless Bird, American Mouth - Iron & Wine (2007)
Once again, The Twilight Saga takes over the inspiration for top songs to walk down the aisle to - and for good reason! The soundtrack is full of romantic symphonies that are ideal when time stops and it’s just you and your partner, eye to eye and soul to soul. This song is used specifically when Bella is in fact walking down the aisle, and every Twilight fan fell in love with the scene - why not share that same sense of momentary peace?
- Video Games - Lana Del Rey (2012)
This is one of the most popular songs by an artist who is known for her soothing voice and magical music, so it would be just perfect. The music creates a majestic, ethereal atmosphere, so if you want to feel like you’re in a Greek fairytale for your wedding, look no further - this song will paint an absolutely elegant picture of your wedding day.
- Take My Breath Away - Berlin (1986)
Top Gun fans, this one’s for you! We know you dream of that 80s feel-good love, so what better track to choose than this? You just can’t think of a better alternative. Not only will this set an atmosphere that will throw you back to the cherished nights spent watching Top Gun together, but this song will truly take your guests breath away when they witness this moment!
- Marry You - original by Bruno Mars (2010) acoustic cover by Michael Schulte
If you’re questioning why we chose this song to play during the aisle walk, it’s in the name! What better way to express you desire to marry your fiancé than plainly and simply just saying it? The meaning is right there in the name, and this gorgeous acoustic version of the song will solidify the act in bold.
- Golden Hour - JVKE (2023)
Just imagine - you’re in the stands, waiting in anticipation for the special moment. This song begins playing, and as the chorus begins, the bride reveals herself. Tear jerking to say the least, and goosebumps are guaranteed! Golden Hour will shed the bride in the perfect light, making her the essence of sunlight. With this setting, this bright moment will surely be the golden hour.
- Across The Stars (Love Theme from Star Wars) - John Williams (2002)
There are no words to describe how this orchestra piece makes the soul shiver, reaching depths of the heart in every listener. For couples who gaped and stared in awe at Anakin and Padme’s wedding, in Naboo, you know exactly how your guests will feel when this song plays as the bride steps into the aisle - beautifully picturesque.
- Can’t Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley (1961)
Of course, we couldn’t possibly create this list without including this classic love song that everyone knows and loves. This is romance in its purest form; traditional, simple and plain to see. This song will spread the message loud and clear that the pair are meant for each other to all the guests, and serves as a huge romantic gesture.
You’ve reached the end! We hope you’ve managed to pick out a song you love. If you’re struggling with other aspects of your wedding, click here for an array of ideas for all components of a wedding at Tailored Entertainment.