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What is the bride entrance song called?

The moment a bride begins her walk down the aisle is an important and dramatic one. And the bride entrance song truly sets the tone for the entire ceremony. Therefore, you want to choose a song that best suits your wedding ceremony's look and feel. Do you want a vibe that's ultra-romantic and majestic, or perhaps something sweet and lighthearted? Do you prefer an instrumental bride entrance song or one with vocals? We know it can be tough browsing through so many wedding entrance song selections trying to find the perfect pick, so we're here to do the work for you. Check out these wedding ceremony songs that will give your guests all the feels as you make your way down the aisle.

Weddings can range from simple ceremonies to extravagant affairs, but a common theme that is present in many of them is music. Brides put a great deal of thought into choosing entrance songs that will adequately express how they truly feel about their groom. The following is a list of bride entrance songs that are sure to let their groom know how much he is loved and adored.

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Wedding Song ABC's

When the bride walks down the aisle that is referred to as processing down the aisle, the bride entrance song is often referred to as the bridal procession song, bridal processional song, walk down the aisle song and bridal processional music. The bride entrance song can also be called a wedding processional song, but the wedding parties processional songs are also referred to as wedding processional songs. The song for walking back down the aisle after the ceremony is referred to as the wedding recessional song.


How Long Should A Bride Entrance Song Be?

A bride entrance song should be between two and three minutes. You need enough time for the bride to enter into the ceremony venue (with or without escort) and walk down the aisle from the back of the aisles to the altar where her future spouse is waiting.

What Song Should A Bride Walk Down The Aisle To?

First, you must consider the song tempo. Select a song that has a slow tempo so that wedding guests can gasp at the bride's beauty and is not rushed. You can choose to skip the traditional classical song and select a modern indie, R&B, or acoustic song too.

Fun Songs to Walk Down the Aisle to

If you're the couple who lights up every room and lives life to the fullest, you are then choosing fun songs to walk down the aisle to maybe your best bet. These playful selections will keep your ceremony light and happy, and they're sure to put smiles on your guests' faces.

"Chapel of Love," by The Dixie Cups

From the album: Chapel of Love, 1964

Lyrics You'll Love: Goin' to the chapel, and we're going to get married/Goin' to the chapel, and we're gonna get married/Gee, I love you/And we're gonna get married/Goin' to the chapel of love.

"Love Someone," by Jason Mraz

From the album: Yes!, 2014

Lyrics You'll Love: Oh, ain't it nice tonight we've got each other/And I am right beside you/More than just a partner or a lover/I'm your friend.

"Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," by Beyoncé

From the album: Beyoncé, 2009

Lyrics You'll Love: 'Cause if you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it/If you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it/Don't be mad once you see that he want it/If you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it.

"Here Comes the Sun," by The Beatles

From the album: Abbey Road, 1969

Lyrics You'll Love: Little darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter/Little darling, it feels like years since it's been here/Here comes the sun/Here comes the sun, and I say/It's all right.

"God Only Knows," by The Beach Boys

From the album: Pet Sounds, 1966

Lyrics You'll Love: I may not always love you/But long as there are stars above you/You never need to doubt it/I'll make you so sure about it.

"Marry You," by Bruno Mars

From the album: Doo-Wops & Hooligans, 2010

Lyrics You'll Love: It's a beautiful night, we're looking for something dumb to do/Hey baby, I think I wanna marry you/Is it the look in your eyes, or is it this dancing juice/Who cares baby, I think I wanna marry you.

"Marry Me" by Train

From the album: Save Me, San Francisco, 2009

Lyrics You'll Love: Now that the weight has lifted/Love has surely shifted my way/Marry me/Today and every day/Marry me.

"Love," by Matt White

From the album: Best Days, 2007

Lyrics You'll Love: And love/Such a silly game we play... Oh/Like a summer's day in May/What is love, what is love/I just want you to be loved…

"Better Together," by Jack Johnson

From the album: In Between Dreams, 2005

Lyrics You'll Love: Love is the answer, at least for most of the questions in my heart/Like why are we here? And where do we go? And how come it's so hard?/ It's not always easy and sometimes life can be deceiving/I'll tell you one thing, it's always better when we're together

Country Songs to Walk Down the Aisle to

Suppose you're a serious country music lover. In that case, you probably already know that country songs make amazing songs to walk down the aisle to, with sentimental (but not too sappy!) lyrics that perfectly complement your walk down the aisle.

"God Gave Me You," by Blake Shelton

From the album: Red River Blue, 2011

Lyrics You'll Love: There's more here than what we're seeing/A divine conspiracy/That you, an angel lovely/Could somehow fall for me.

"Love of My Life," by Sammy Kershaw

From the album: 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection, 2003

Lyrics You'll Love: You are the love of my life/And you are the reason I'm alive/And baby baby baby/When I think of how you saved me/I go crazy.

"My Best Friend," by Tim McGraw

From the album: A Place in the sun, 1999

Lyrics You'll Love: I never had anyone that I could count on/I've been let down so many times/I was tired of hurtin' so tired of searchin'/Til you walked into my life/It was a feelin' I'd never known/And for the first time I didn't feel alone.

"Cowboy Take Me Away," by The Dixie Chicks

From the album: Fly, 1999

Lyrics You'll Love: I said, cowboy take me away/Fly this girl as high as you can into the wild blue/Set me free, oh, I pray/Closer to heaven above and closer to you/Closer to you.

"Me and You," by Kenny Chesney

From the album: Greatest Hits, 2000

Lyrics You'll Love: Ordinary no, really don't think so/Not a love this true/Common destiny/We were meant to be/Me and you

"Grow Old with Me," by Mary Chapin Carpenter

From the album: Party Doll and Other Favorites, 1999

Lyrics You'll Love: Grow old along with me/The best is yet to be/When our time has come/We will be as one/God bless our love.

"From This Moment On," by Shania Twain feat. Bryan White

From the album: Come on Over, 1997

Lyrics You'll Love: I give my hand to you with all my heart/Can't wait to live my life with you, can't wait to start/You, and I will never be apart/My dreams came true because of you.

"Bless the Broken Road," by Rascal Flatts

From the album: Feels Like Today, 2004

Lyrics You'll Love: I couldn't see how every sign pointed straight to you/That every long-lost dream led me to where you are/Others who broke my heart, they were like northern stars/Pointing me on my way into your loving arms.

"To Make You Feel My Love," performed by Garth Brooks

From the album: Hope Floats Soundtrack, 1998

Lyrics You'll Love: When the evening shadows and the stars appear/And there is no one there to dry your tears/I could hold you for a million years/To make you feel my love

"Love Like Crazy," by Lee Brice

From the album: Love Like Crazy, 2010

Lyrics You'll Love: Be a best friend, tell the truth, and overuse I love you/Go to work, do your best, don't outsmart your common sense/Never let your prayin' knees get lazy/And love like crazy

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Best Songs to Walk Down the Aisle to

Want to have everyone passing the tissues during your walk down the aisle? Go for one of these timeless classics, and we guarantee there won't be a dry eye in the house. The best songs to walk down the aisle to are familiar and well-loved, but also super sweet and relatable.

"What a Wonderful World," by Louis Armstrong

From the album: Louis Armstrong's All-Time Greatest Hits, 1990

Lyrics You'll Love: I see trees of green, red roses too/I see them bloom for you/and me And I think to myself, what a wonderful world.

"Over the Rainbow," by Israel Kamakawiwo' Ole

From the album: Alone in IZ World, 2001

Lyrics You'll Love: Somewhere over the rainbow…way up high/And the dreams that you dream of once in a lullaby/Somewhere over the rainbow bluebirds fly/And the dreams that you dream of, really do come true.

"When You Say You Love Me," by Josh Groban

From the album: Closer, 2003

Lyrics You'll Love: When you say you love me/The world goes still, so still inside/When you say you love me/For a moment, there's no one else alive.

"Make You Feel My Love," performed by Adele

From the album: 19, 2008

Lyrics You'll Love: When the evening shadows and the stars appear/And there is no one there to dry your tears/I could hold you for a million years/To make you feel my love

"Turning Page," by Sleeping at Last

From the album: Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Pt. 1 Soundtrack, 2011

Lyrics You'll Love: I've waited a hundred years/But I'd wait for a million more for you/Nothing prepared me for/What the privilege of being yours would do.

"You Are the Best Thing," by Ray LaMontagne

From the album: Gossip in the Grain, 2009

Lyrics You'll Love: Baby/We've come a long way/And baby/You know I hope, and I pray/That you believe me/When I say this love will never fade away.

"A Thousand Years," by Christina Perri

From the album: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Pt. 1, 2011

Lyrics You'll Love: Time stands still/beauty in all she is/I will be brave/I will not let anything, take away/What's standing in front of me/Every breath, every hour has come to this.

"Photograph," by Ed Sheeran

From the album: x, 2014

Lyrics You'll Love: We keep this love in a photograph/We made these memories for ourselves/Where our eyes are never closing/Hearts are never broken/And time's forever frozen still.

"Hallelujah," by Pentatonix

From the album: A Pentatonix Christmas, 2016

Lyrics You'll Love: Well baby, I've been here before/I've seen this room, and I've walked this floor/I used to live alone before I knew ya/And I've seen your flag on the marble arch/And love is not a victory march/It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah.

"Thinking Out Loud," by Ed Sheeran

From the album: x, 2014

Lyrics You'll Love: So honey now/Take me into your loving arms/Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars/Place your head on my beating heart/I'm thinking out loud/Maybe we found love right where we are

Nontraditional Songs to Walk Down the Aisle to

If neither of you is into the typical wedding scene and you want to skip the Wedding March, consider upgrading your processional song by opting for a nontraditional song to walk down the aisle to. You won't find any cheesy lyrics here—in fact, some of these lyrics are downright funny! But stick with us, because these are some seriously amazing songs to consider.

"Flightless Bird, American Mouth," by Iron & Wine

From the album: The Shepherd's Dog, 2007

Lyrics You'll Love: Have I found you?/Flightless bird, jealous, weeping/Or lost you?/American mouth/Big bill looming

"Skinny Love," by Bon Iver

From the album: For Emma, Forever Ago, 2007

Lyrics You'll Love: And I told you to be patient/, And I told you to be fine/, And I told you to be balanced/, And I told you to be kind/And in the morning I'll be with you/But it will be a different kind/And I'll be holding all the tickets/And you'll be owning all the fines.

"Everything Has Changed," by Taylor Swift feat. Ed Sheeran

From the album: Red, 2012

Lyrics You'll Love: 'Cause all I know is we said hello/And your eyes look like coming home/All I know is a simple name, everything has changed/All I know is you held the door/You'll be mine and I'll be yours/All I know since yesterday is everything has changed.

"Reign of Love" by Coldplay

From the album: This Is Where I Leave You Soundtrack, 2014

Lyrics You'll Love: Reign of love/By the church, we're waiting/Reign of love/My knees go praying/How I wish I'd spoken up/Or we'd be carried/On the Reign of love.

"Marry That Girl," by Dirty Magic Cards

From the album: Marry That Girl – Single, 2015

Lyrics You'll Love: So honey now/Take me into your loving arms/Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars/Place your head on my beating heart/I'm thinking out loud/Maybe we found love right where we are

"The Book of Love," by The Magnetic Fields

From the album: x, 2014

Lyrics You'll Love: The book of love is long and boring/No one can lift the damn thing/It's full of charts and facts and figures and instructions for dancing/but I love it when you read to me and you—you can read me anything.

"One Love," by Bob Marley

From the album: Marley (The Original Soundtrack), 2012

Lyrics You'll Love: One love, one heart/Let's get together and feel all right/As it was at the beginning (one love)/So shall it be in the end (one heart)/Alright, give thanks and praise to the Lord, and I will feel all right/Let's get together and feel all right.

"Oh," by Dave Matthews

From the album: Some Devil, 2003

Lyrics You'll Love: I love you oh so well/Like a kid loves candy and fresh snow/I love you oh so well/Enough to fill up heaven overflow and fill hell/Love you oh so well.

"Dreamgirl," by Dave Matthews

From the album: Stand Up, 2005

Lyrics You'll Love: Still, you're my best friend/And after a good and me/Wake up and make love after a deep sleep/Where I was dreaming/I was dreaming of a dream Girl.

"5 Years' Time," by Noah & The Whale

From the album: Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down, 2008

Lyrics You'll Love: Oh well, in five years' time we could be walking around a zoo/With the sun shining down over you/and me And there'll be love in the bodies of the elephants too/And I'll put my hand over your eyes, but you'll peek through.

Things to Consider Before You Pick Your Processional Song

There are a few things to get squared away – preferably before you start making your list of processional song possibilities, let alone narrowing them down.

Check with the venue.

For any requirements – especially (but not exclusively) if you'll have a church wedding. Depending on the nature of the setting and what's nearby, there might be restrictions on the type, volume, or format of music you can have. (In fact, one of the exceptions to "someone in your family probably had 'Here Comes the Bride'" happens when your clan is Catholic – the "Bridal March" is considered secular music and most Catholic churches won't allow it.)

Make sure that you and your intended are on the same page.

About the mood, you want for your wedding music. Discuss not just traditional versus modern, but funny versus romantic and instrumental versus vocal, too – and find the places you're each willing to compromise if you don't agree. If there's any chance at all of the pushback from family members, be prepared to support each other's song decisions.

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Once you are in the list-making mode, ask relatives.

Suppose they have processional song ideas. Mom or Dad might have forgotten to mention a family tradition on one side or the other that strikes just the right note with you – and there's Nothing that helps family and friends feel involved like whipping out a notebook and writing down their suggestions to discuss with your one and only. (Even if your "discussion" consists of crossing out the choices you don't like with a bold black marker.)

And of course, even if you end up falling back on an old favourite instead of a bold groove, you can always make it your own with an unconventional performance. Wagner performed by theremin and beatboxer, anyone? Go forth and choose your wedding processional song. Whatever you decide … if you love it, and your spouse-to-be loves it, it'll be just right!


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