"Here Comes the Bride" alternatives: offbeat wedding processional songs #Ceremony Advice#music#playlist#processional#wedding songs June 26 | Megan Finley Horowitz meggyfin Photo by Velodramatic My fiancee and I are going to be walking into the ceremony together and then meeting in the middle. As you can imagine, the traditional "Here Comes the Bride" wedding processional song wouldn't really fit us too well. That being said, does anyone know of any alternatives to that song? I'm open to anything! -Shell Here we go! We've already rounded up AWESOME first dance songs and non-sappy father/daughter dance songs, now it's time to put our Offbeat Bride spin on wedding processional songs. Here are our favorite "Here Comes the Bride" alternatives, ranging from the classic, the modern, and the totally nerdy (of course). Classical alternatives Satie's "Gymnopédie No. 1" (hear it) Gustav Holst's "Jupiter, The Bringer Of Jollity" (hear it) "Ode to Joy" from Beethoven's Symphony 9 (hear it) Vivaldi's "Spring Allegro" (hear it) Handel's Air From "Water Music" (hear it) Mussorgsky's "Pictures At An Exhibition: Promenade" (hear it) Related Post Non-sappy father/daughter dance songs I've spent the last two days scouring the 'net for a father/daughter dance for our wedding reception, and frankly, virtually every suggestion I've come across... Read more Variations on a theme of traditional Queen's wedding march — I had to! (hear it) Canon In D Remix by Ronald Jenkees (hear it) Etta James' At Last (hear it) //z-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/onejs?MarketPlace=US&storeId=electroliciou-20&adInstanceId=3d34bd83-9db2-4468-a037-73be0aa8693a Subtle (and sometimes nerdy) alternatives "Concerning Hobbits" (hear it) The Princess Bride's "Storybook Love" (hear it) The Turret Opera from Portal 2 (hear it) "The Shape of Things to Come" from Battlestar Galactica (hear it) Sigur Rós' "Hoppípolla" (hear it) "Romantic Flight" from the movie How to Train Your Dragon (hear it) "Neville's Waltz" from Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire (hear it) The Skyrim theme (hear it) The theme from Braveheart (hear it) Triumphal March from Aida (hear it) Game of Thrones theme (hear it) Goth and metal Amhran by Leaves' Eyes — an operatic metal band from Norway (hear it) Apocalyptica's version of "Nothing Else Matters" (hear it) Suite Gothique by Leon Boellmann (hear it) Anything from Gothic Wedding Collection by Vitamin String Quartet (hear it) Silly The theme from James Bond (hear it) The theme from the Pink Panther (hear it) The theme from Mission impossible (hear it) "A Cadence to Arms" by Dropkick Murphy (hear it) The Jurassic Park theme (hear it) The Throne Room/End Title song from Star Wars (hear it) The Muppets' Somebody's Getting Married/He'll Make Me Happy (hear 'em) Europe's "The Final Countdown" (hear it) Pop and rock Somewhere Over the Rainbow (hear it) Colbie Caillat's "I Do" (hear it) Adele's "One and only" (hear it) The Beatles' "In My Life" (hear it) Pearl Jam's "Just Breathe" (hear it) Cat Power's version of "Sea of Love" (hear it) Tesla's Love Song (hear it) Indie Thirteen by Elliot Smith (hear it) Phone Call by Jon Brion from Eternal Sunshine (hear it) Jeff Buckley's Hallelujah (hear it) We Are Gonna Be Friends by the White Stripes (hear it) Want to see more music selections? Non-sappy father/daughter dance songs Make the first dance less nerve-wracking: GROUP DANCE! First dance songs that haven't been done to death Check our entire first dance post archive! Get your daily dose of Offbeat AWESOME Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Megan Finley Horowitz Megan is the LA-based Offbeat Empire editor. When she's not writing, editing, and sleeping, she's eating like the fate of the world depends on it. You can snoop into her personal life over on her website Funk in Deep Freeze! @meggyfin @treatsandgeeksLA @meggyfin PREVIOUS Cake potluck: ask family members to bake their signature sweets NEXT Diamond engagement rings for ALL types of fancy ladies from Brilliant Earth Show/Hide comments [ 445 ] I had my fiance choose the song I would be walking down the aisle to. He chose "Falling Slowly" from the Once soundtrack. It's absolutely beautiful. 37 agree Reply This song is amazing, and the perfect tempo! Your fiance has good taste! ^_^ 11 agree Reply Thanks! I was quite proud. 🙂 6 agree Reply Will decide from these choices… "Falling Slowly" Once Soundtrack Fisher "I Will Love You" Future of Forestry "Speak to Me Gently" Christina Perri "A Thousand Years" (ignore the fact it's on the Twilight soundtrack!) Rogue Wave "Eyes" The Smiths "Please Please Let Me Get What I Want" Nick Drake "Northern Sky" 10 agree Reply Totally agree with "A Thousand Years". It was actually specifically written for Twilight, but I fell in love with it on the radio before I knew that. 12 agree Reply I love "A Thousand Years", even if Twilight put it in their movie. (Grr, Sparkle vampires..) My future husband is a soldier in the National Guard, and before that he was enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. So, needless-to-say, when deployment comes around "A Thousand Years" is what it feels like until he returns. 2 agree Reply I walked down the aisle to Thousand Years as played by my friend on piano and my other friend sang. It was so special and beautiful and reminded no one of Twilight! 1 agrees Reply There is a wonderful version of "Please Please Please" by Zooey Deschanel of She and Him! You're welcome. 😀 10 agree Reply I really. Really. Really. Want a studio version of She & Him doing "Wouldn't it Be Nice". I'm tempted to email Zoe Deschanel and beg. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=P-rlSJ_39g0 1 agrees Reply Oh. Wait. I just found my Song of Songs. Fools Rush In by She & Him http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lBAkOQtuWMk Reply My fiance chose ours too!! He chose Macklemore's "Same Love" but a piano version. We are a hetero couple but we both wanted Gay Marriage solidarity and this was a lovely way to do it. I was very proud of him! 24 agree Reply This makes me smile, We are a queer couple in Wa and this song was the unofficial anthem of the election season. We are getting married and this is the song we are going to walk into the reception to. It always makes me happy when people use there wedding to address marriage equality. Thank you 12 agree Reply I LOVE this. What a special song to include in your ceremony. Just curious, is this the version you chose? 1 agrees Reply We used this, as well (though, a version we found on iTunes)! My parents, my groomsmen, and myself came out to the pre-ceremony music (a bunch of Vitamin String Quartet and other instrumental songs). The bridal shower walked to "Hedwig's Theme", and my wife walked with her parents to "Same Love". It was beautiful! Reply I am going to surprise him by walking down to an acoustic guitar cover of "Zelda's Lullaby" played by one of our friends. 25 agree Reply Aw hey, look who I see! I didn't know you were engaged! Congrats!! Reply I am doing a Zelda song too! I have a dramatic door opening and all. It is one of the songs from the 25th Anniversary CD that I got with Skyward Sword. 🙂 4 agree Reply wow my partner would love that so much, what a great idea 1 agrees Reply The Contemporary Worship Leader at our church is going to sing/play his guitar at our wedding and I'm praying that he can learn this one in time! 1 agrees Reply These are pretty much all fantastic suggestions. My gentleman is a video game developer and I want to use the theme from his second game. 4 agree Reply We're seriously considering "There's the Girl that I Like" from the South Park movie. It's pretty short, though. 8 agree Reply But will he retch in response?? 😀 5 agree Reply He always does! 😛 1 agrees Reply My cousin in England had about a dozen of us from the US to her wedding. She really wanted to play "America: F*ck Yeah!" as our intro music…it never happened. 3 agree Reply •The Turret Opera from Portal 2 You are my hero. 🙂 16 agree Reply My dad and a friend of his are going to play and sing "All I Want Is You" by Barry Louis Polisar, from the Juno soundtrack. We love it, my dad loves to play the guitar, it all works out! 18 agree Reply This was our first dance song! Love that song so much. 2 agree Reply we're having "All i want is you" as our first dance song too!! 1 agrees Reply I'm considering that to be our recessional. 2 agree Reply Aah, love this one! My love and I made our save the date video with this song, and plan to surprise our guests by doing a surprise performance of this song together during our reception! 1 agrees Reply I walked down the isle to Frank Sinatra's Can't take my eyes off of you. I walked down to the slow sweet beginning and then walked down as husband and wife to the upbeat happy chorus. It was definitely a fitting way to move from sweet ceremony to fun party for us. 🙂 I've never been a fan of the wedding march as a piece of music, let alone as something so important to me as a bride. I'm all for different processionals. 😀 10 agree Reply Is this really Frank Sinatra? I thought it was by Frankie Valli. 4 agree Reply You're right. It is Frankie Valli. I totally brain dumped that one. 😛 2 agree Reply This is what I am walking to as well but I have a person singing it live for me, and changing it up a bit, LOVE the words, hooked me right away! Reply I love "So Long, Lonesome" by Explosions in the Sky for a processional. It's a really pretty instrumental piece and the title is perfect! 6 agree Reply I love Explosions! I want to walk down to "First Breath After Coma", but I'm not sure it'll work as our wedding is outside (in a national park) and there's a decibel limit… 3 agree Reply My friends' recessional was "Your Hand in Mine." Not a dry eye in the house. 6 agree Reply I want this version! So so beautiful. 13 agree Reply Oh dear, just please not that staged lipsynching-to-Christina-Aguilera clip that's making the rounds of facebook and happyplace.com today. "Hallelujah" has always struck me as an odd piece for a processional, though — the lyrics seem to be about someone reflecting on having felt lonely and unfulfilled in a relationship that has just ended. 10 agree Reply Can't seem to get the comment editor to work right! We've been thinking of coming in to "Giving Up" and going out to "You and I" by Ingrid Michaelson. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEofC4N66eo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvMVCHhwTPs Or using this lovely chillstep version of Alicia Keys' "No One" 1 agrees Reply Ingrid Michaelson is a great choice. I like "The Way I Am" as a wedding song too though. 6 agree Reply We used "The Way I Am" as our processional. Bonus: it's a short song and we had a short aisle, so we weren't standing at the front awkwardly waiting for the song to end. 1 agrees Reply We used "The Way I Am" as our first dance song! Reply Ingrid Michaelson is a fantastic choice. My fiance and I actually got engaged at her concert in Nashville this year during her cover of "Can't Help Falling In Love" (http://youtu.be/5sQeQC4hT10). Because of that, I've strongly considered using that as my processional. Afterward she dedicated "The Way I Am" to us [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xET52cji0R8&w=560&h=315%5D (I'm linking to the video from the show because she talks a bit about writing the song and how people tell her often they used it for their wedding and it's funny). I would also consider her song "Parachute" and her and her husband, Greg Laswell's song "The Light in Me" (Well, that's what it's called in videos on youtube) [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JI6lbD2o6_E&w=420&h=315%5D I want to use that song at some point partially because I just love how obviously in love they are. Reply I love The Way I Am, but FH is going bald and he gets annoyed at advertisements for hair loss treatments (cause he wants to go bald gracefully) so he wouldn't appreciate the Rogaine line. Sadly, because it's a lovely song. :S 5 agree Reply I just had this same issue, my fiance has no hair on his head and would take that line as a joke on his behalf. I was thinking it could be a perfect song until I heard that! 1 agrees Not to mention it's a song about loving her the way she is, but that line makes it sound like she can't love him the way he is. I love that song! I just wish that ONE LINE was different. I'm thinking of using that one too. Either that or Vitamin String Quartet's version of Stolen by Dashboard Confessional. It's such a beautiful song, especially when VSQ does it. 3 agree Reply i considered Stolen by VSQ also, but ended up going with their cover of Coldplay's "Yellow" as my processional 🙂 it was so amazing! I love contemporary music but having it in strings made it very elegant & beautiful Yeah–Hallelujah is not a song about a healthy relationship. Or even a sustainable one. 13 agree Reply my FH suggested "Free Bird." I had to explain to him why a 9 minute song about a guy who wont commit might not be the best wedding song…"Epic guitar solo" or not… 30 agree Reply Er. It is. Especially if you listen to the origional by Leonard Cohen. Er. Gorgeous song and usually on my playlists but. . . yeah. It's a breakup song. 2 agree Reply Once again (like the "'No Children' controversy of 2010") I feel the need to step in and remind y'all that we're not here to judge the songs people choose to use for their weddings. Songs have more of a meaning beyond just lyrics — you never know what or why someone has chosen a particular tune. So let's keep it positive, respectful, and let's keep hearing your suggestions! 18 agree Reply Trufax. Most of the songs my Viking and I consider "our songs" are extremely depressing For example, Etta James' version of "Loving Arms" is OUR SONG, despite it being one of the saddest songs ever, because it's the song we first kissed to. And it will be played at our wedding. 3 agree Reply We played Hallelujah at my grandma's funeral, along with Danny Boy, Ave Maria, and What a Wonderful World. Those are OUT. 3 agree Reply My friends had the Imperial March from Star Wars. 22 agree Reply I wanted to use this, but my husband said it would give the wrong impression. Not sure why? We decided on "Beautiful" by Randall Shreve. Incredible lyrics, incredible song. 1 agrees Reply We're considering it ourselves! I was surprised no one mentioned it so far. 1 agrees Reply You could do the imperial march and then have the wedding party do their walk in, and then when it's time for you to come in, the lights go down low, and you walk in with a lightsaber. 11 agree Reply I walked down the aisle to the Imperial March. 🙂 it was awesome, everyone chuckled. Our recessional was the theme from Jurassic Park. We didn't really have a movie theme, we just liked the mood and associations of those songs. 1 agrees Reply My fiance says I should walk down to the Imperial March. I told him it would only happen if he was waiting for me at the end of the aisle in a Slave Leia costume. 48 agree Reply Lol, we're using Episode 1's title song as our recessional! 🙂 Reply My processional is going to be "Han Solo and the Princess" from Episode V. We're planning our walk out to be the Episode IV theme song. ((Can you tell we're planning a Star Wars wedding?)) 3 agree Reply We did a halloween wedding with the Star Wars theme for our wedding party. We all walked in together to the Emperial March – good stepping beat! Reply For our mostly agnostic ceremony I walked down the aisle to a friend playing Death Cab for Cutie's "I'll follow you into the dark" on his acoustic guitar. Those who knew the words were tearing up, those who didn't were pleased with the light music. 27 agree Reply I got an classical guitarist to do all of our ceremony music. He was a family friend so that worked out awesomely. We had him play differernt music for everyone's entrance/exit: Bridesmaid entrance: Final Fantasy Main Theme from the Final Fantasy series My Entrance: Storybook Love from Princess Bride(no lyrics) Recessional: Legend of Zelda Main Theme from Legend of Zelda series The best part was everyone coming up to me afterwards and saying how the music was so amazing. Saying things like, "It's so awesome you used music from [blank]!" 6 agree Reply Oh dear. Just going to mention that the links (the two video game ones) someone gave for my music are not correct. Just in case someone happens to reference my examples/suggestions. Reply Please oh please link to the correct ones, if you can — we want people to be able to hear the examples! Reply Providing a link, since I also processed to the Final Fantasy Main theme. We used this version from the album "20020220: Final Fantasy Orchestra Concert". Our other songs were: My husband and the rest of the wedding party processed to an instrumental version of "Time to Say Goodbye/ Con te Partiro" I think it was this one by Bruce Kapusta We used it because my husband loves the song and the Italian lyrics are, essentially, about how the world is new when we're together. Given the English title, though, we did get some guff along the "that's not a wedding song" line. We recessed to Don't Stop Believin' performed by the Vitamin String Quartet. Don't Stop Believin' is our song, going back to when we were first dating, and the VSQ version is really awesome. 2 agree Reply Love con te partiro! I'm thinking of using this 🙂 The Final Fantasy was this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjYYHHmgRIA And the Legend of Zelda was this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQeKhRJlnZ8&feature=related And here's the Princess Bride arrangement for funzies: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4njxT5idas Unfortunately when people google "Final Fantasy Main Theme" the FF7 theme usually pops up…not the theme for the entire series, same for Legend of Zelda. No biggie ^_^ Reply My fiance wants our recessional to be the Zelda theme, too! Reply I will be walking to Vitamin String Quartet's cover of Daft Punk's Digital Love. 2 agree Reply I will most likely be walking to their version of "Don't Stop Believing" ;P 3 agree Reply We considered Don't Stop Believing too! But we eventually agreed on Digital Love. We both love Daft Punk. I also doubt anyone attending my wedding will know the song, especially this version, so it's going to be a nice little secret between us as I'm walking. I also wanted their version of Ceelo's F**Ck You as our exit song but my fiancée vetoed that right away and instead we're doing Crazy Little Thing Called Love. 2 agree Reply Thank you so much for the lead "vitamin string quartet". Daft Punk would have been odd at our wedding in a Tudor house – but a string quartet cover is a different beast altogether. 4 agree Reply I plan to walk down the aisle to the Vitamin String Quartet cover of Death Cab For Cutie's Transatlanticism – my fiance lives in the UK and me in the US, so it's perfect for our transatlantic love story 🙂 It is somewhat melancholy, especially with the lyrics… but the string cover is just beautiful, and it is a subtle way to include something meaningful to us. 3 agree Reply I am considering Sufjan Stevens – The Dress Looks Nice On You. 6 agree Reply I'm walking down the aisle to "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri. My fiance found an instrumental version so my bridesmaids can walk down to that, and the lyrics will come in when I walk. Our recessional is "You've Got the Love" by Florence + The Machine. 7 agree Reply We're down to two choices: Marry Me by Train and 1234 by Plain White T's. Both have significance to us. And because I'm a huge Muppet fan (and I've recently gotten my fiance into them), we're walking out to 'Life's A Happy Song' from The Muppets. 6 agree Reply Oooh, Life's a Happy Song is going to be our first dance! Our friend edited out the sad bit in the middle, and elongated the last bit so we can get a good can-can going. It's such a happy song ^_^ 4 agree Reply If you can, convince them to give you a break-down of how to do it and put up a DIY tutorial for simple song editing! We need to edit out the sad bit as well, but that kind of computer magic is beyond me. 3 agree Reply Incoming! 3 agree Reply Yes! what SarahC said. 2 agree Reply This is amazing! I need this edit. Any chance you could send me the edited song file? 2 agree Reply I want Life's A Happy Song too! For one weird moment I thought I'd been sleep-commenting. Reply After the ceremony we played "Life's a Happy Song" It's ok to be a bit smug on your wedding day 🙂 1 agrees Reply My fiance and I will walk towards each other and meet in the middle to walk to the altar, accompanied by "Walk Forever By My Side" by the Alarm. It's perfect, bothh lyrically and cadence-wise. Our recessional is "You're the Best Thing" by the Style Council. I can't wait! 2 agree Reply My husband played the guitar for me but to a song from a Post Rock Japanese band called Mono. The song is "Follow The Map". It's simply about one love trying to follow a map to his eternal love. Its instrumental which is the best part! Check it out… The song still makes me tear up thinking about walking down the aisle to my husband rocking out in front of our loved ones. 2 agree Reply Such a gorgeous song! My fiance and I love Mono and he's in a post-rock band so Follow the Map could be super fitting for us. Reply My totally nerdy and so me/s was the theme to Star Trek Deep Space 9 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORp0T6zYByM when the music starts properly that's when dad and I walked in. I did consider the Aida Trumphal march and entry of the queen of sheba too. But I have always loved this. We walked out to the theme from Babylon 5 as we met at a Babylon 5 convention. From 35secs in. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAWHExELY58 9 agree Reply Oh, my God, you're my fucking hero. 7 agree Reply Nice! I did have my dad walk me in but we had parents, attendants, my husband and then me and my dad all walk in to a track from the new Star Trek movie (its called "That New Car Smell") which worked very well. Its where everyone has assumed their roles on the Enterprise at the end and its all swelling and awesome. (We walked out to the Throne room theme from Star Wars IV) Reply For a classical alternative there's "Procession of the Nobles" and the overture from Midsummer's Night Dream (kind of quiet, but breaks into something more robust and swelling). Personally, I am dead set on "Rainbow Connection" by Kermit. 3 agree Reply I have some string musicians from the local university covering this Yo la Tengo song: I can't wait to hear that big, fat bass on a cello! Lyrics aren't all syrup-y, either; more laugh-in-the-face-of-the-end-of-the-world-y. Since the song is kind of droning and very long, we're having them keep it going quietly through the entire (short) ceremony. It'll be easy for them to coda parts of it to fit the length. Recessional? Moonage Daydream. On strings. Followed by This Must Be The Place. Oh, man, I'm so excited! 2 agree Reply We used Concerto Grosso in G Minor from Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World for the wedding party's processional. I walked down the aisle to The Gloaming by Jonae, which randomly came on my Pandora one day and which I fell in love with. (This is my first attempt in a loooong time at doig HTML links, so sorry if it came out wrong.) Reply I'm looking at La Valse D'Amelie (the piano version) for my processional… it starts slowly, but definitely builds momentum, and the movie is one of my all-time favorites. 7 agree Reply I walked down the aisle to "Do You Realize??" by The Flaming Lips. 11 agree Reply This is going to be my funeral song. God, that sounds morbid! 1 agrees Reply I processed down the aisle to the "Throne Room" song by John Williams from the end of Star Wars IV: A New Hope. It was epic, but still classical sounding. 🙂 2 agree Reply I love it! We want to end our ceremony with the Throne Room song (taking our first steps as partners in the most nerdily epic way possible, hells yeah!) and I'm hoping to use Exogenesis Part III: Redemption by Muse as our wedding party processional. It's just so moving…even if it doesn't have anything to do with weddings. ^^ 2 agree Reply I walked down the aisle to the beginning piano bit of Exogenesis Part III: Redemption by Muse! It's just so beautiful! 2 agree Reply Last summer I went to SIX weddings, three of which played the exact same predictable music: "Canon in D" for the bridal party to enter, "Here Comes the Bride" and whatever that end song is that everyone always leave to (is it just the end of Here Comes the Bride?). I decided I would definitely not have any of those. After seeing it suggested here or another site discussing non-traditional songs, my wedding party and I walked down to "Here Comes the Sun" by the Beatles. Prior to that, I had all attending "confetti kids" sprinkle petals to "Lollipop" by the Chordettes. My new husband and I left to my all-time-favorite "Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison. 8 agree Reply The traditional Recessional piece is by Mendelssohn. Reply I think you might appreciate this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdxkVQy7QLM It's a comedian and musician joking about Pachelbel's Canon, and it's pretty funny. (Minor profanity, if you're in a space where it matters.) 6 agree Reply We're having an acoustic guitar version of "Canon in D" for the bridesmaids entrance and then acoustic, bass and an incredible singer for the processional of "The First Time Ever I saw Your Face" and then exiting to a recorded version of "Happy Together" by the Turtles! 🙂 Reply We're coming in to LCD Soundsystem's Us v Them. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdJx02LpQao It's fitting in so many ways. The day he gave his notice so he could move to Victoria to be with me, we went to see LCD Soundsystem and this was the opening song. The first several lines are, "the time has come… ", and really – this is about us becoming a team of awesome that can take on the world. I can't wait! Only problem is that it's going to be hard not to rock out the whole way down the aisle. 😀 4 agree Reply "With this Ring" by The Platters 1 agrees Reply My FH and I had our fisrt-ever conversation about The Monkees so he and his groomsmen are walking down the aisle to this [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nLPO-Dhe7s&w=420&h=315%5D And me and the girls to this: [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfuBREMXxts&w=420&h=315%5D I have a question for you all though. How are you handling the logistic of playing these songs? We are having an outdoor ceremony and I guess we'll hook up some speakers and a laptop or an ipod but do we have to have someone in charge of pushing the buttons to be sure the timing is right? 2 agree Reply I had an outdoor wedding as well, too far from anywhere we could run an extension cord from. We were going to just use a boombox, but for some reason no boombox that we could find would play a burned CD. Finally, we used my laptop hooked up to speakers, with a car battery powering the speakers. We had my brother hit "play" at the right times. 1 agrees Reply Our processional was Mothersbaugh's canon from the Royal Tenenbaums soundtrack and recessional was "Linus and Lucy" by Vince Guaraldi. 1 agrees Reply I'll be walking to Airborne Toxic Event's live cover of "The Book of Love". It's sweet without being cavity-inducing. It's a little short, though, so we might need something else for the party processional. ("Anyone Else But You", possibly.) But I'll be totally walking to that song. 3 agree Reply First of all SQUEEING for the first time my buddy's band got mentioned in the comments. Second of all — I was THERE at that live recording. 🙂 Thanks for making my day. 3 agree Reply Hah! I really wanted to walk to Book of Love, but my husband deemed it too sarcastic. It definitely went into the reception playlist, though. Reply Oh God! I just listened to that and I'm balling. Not just a little. I think I may have to talk the FH into it. Reply At one of my friends weddings she walked down the asile to glasgow love theme by Craig Armstrong and it was hauntingly beautiful. 9 agree Reply Theme from Love Actually!!! Since ya'll mentioned the Muppets so often, the sendoff at the beginning wedding scene was inspired by Jim Henson's funeral where all the puppeteers & puppets said got up to "say" goodbye 🙂 Reply Me and my partner have agreed on me walking down the aisle to a piano version of I Am The Doctor from Doctor Who and Good Thing by Reel Big Fish to walk back down together afterwards. 3 agree Reply Love, love, love Good Thing by RBF, excellent choice. For me and FH its a toss up between this and Without You by the Mad Caddies. Also trying to workout a way to slip Extraordinary by The Suicide Machines in there somewhere. Reply I would love to hear that piano version of I Am The Doctor. 1 agrees Reply I did "Doctor Forever" from Doctor Who…and my family just thought it was beautiful music. Love the secret nerd stuff thrown in. Reply Although some of these are making me reconsider due to awesomeness, my plan was to walk down the aisle to Marc Cohn's "True Companion." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sp6zoc84NcU If you've never heard it, give it two seconds of your life. It's truly beautiful. 4 agree Reply Even tho our pianist messed up. I walked down to "let it be" by the beatles by piano i absolutely loved everymoment. Family was super conservative but actually really liked it.. Reply I came in to the opening credit music from Labyrinth. I had it timed so the music faded out after "It's only forever. Not long at all." 11 agree Reply I'm torn between using that How To Train Your Dragon song or something from Final Fantasy. Both have great sentimental meaning to the both of us :3 And for anyone interested in moar Metal song ideas, Epica has a whole album of orchestrated Metal goodies (including the Imperial March and a Pirates of the Caribbean medley!!) Reply Those are nice! A good friend is playing the violin for our ceremony, and I've chosen "Be Thou My Vision" for the processional song. I'm not particularly religious, but I've always loved that hymn, and it sounds so beautiful on violin. 1 agrees Reply I really wanted to use Elbow's "One Day Like This" but it ended up being one of the things we compromised on bc we also liked the idea of having string players and they couldn't swing it. Ended up with the fairly traditional Canon in D. If I could do it again I might cut some $ from our budget by ipodding it instead of string players and sticking with that song because I love it! Didn't really matter in the end bc I barely remember walking down the aisle! 1 agrees Reply We'll be using this while signing the register! Tremendous song! Reply Our wedding party walked in to "One Day Like This" – it was absolutely breathtaking! 1 agrees Reply I walked down the aisle to "Arrival to Earth" from the Transformers Soundtrack 1 agrees Reply Oh! Oh! I know! I walked down the aisle to the "Vive Henri IV" section from Sleeping Beauty… I didn't know anything about the music until I started reading about the ballet, but Sleeping Beauty was my favorite movie when I was a kid and it was such a perfect theme… romantic, kind of familiar, but new, and wonderful to walk to. I walked down the aisle with my dad, but you can see Sleeping Beauty walked down the stairs with her Prince, what an offbeat lady…! It begins at 1:28 in this clip… 2 agree Reply I walked (alone) across the field/aisle to Led Zeppelin's "Bron Yr Aur" a lovely acoustic guitar piece by Jimmy Page. It was something both my husband and I could appreciate. For pre-ceremony music, we used a lot of Vitamin String Quartet songs, music from the Princess Bride, Lord of the Rings and Chronicles of Narnia, many of which would make a nice processional. 4 agree Reply A friend of mine is named Arianne, after All of My Love, and DIDN'T walk up or down the aisle to it! I think they might have played it at some point though. I actually didn't know she was named after the song until her dad mentioned it in his speech. Reply This is what I am having for my processional. My harpist is learning (and the bits I have heard sound awesome so far!). She also has on her playlist already a lot of stuff from LOTR and the Princess Bride. I can't wait! 6 agree Reply My husband and I walked down the aisle together to 'Best Friend' by Queen. We walked back out to 'Got to get you into my Life' by the Beatles. 2 agree Reply We chose The Beatles – Here, There, and Everywhere..an amazing Paul song! Reply We had a bagpiper play during our processional. The nice thing about that (other than the beautiful sound and fairly unique concept) is that we didn't have to get a sound system to play outdoors. In terms of songs, we really didn't know anything with bagpipes, so we just asked him to select something that was appropriate and reasonably traditional. 1 agrees Reply I'm considering Blink 182's First Date for the recessional! 2 agree Reply We're using First Date as the song the DJ plays when introducing the bridal party. We thought it was a really fun song to the get the party going. Reply I've mentioned it too many times on the tribe, but I used the main theme from Final Fantasy as performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Suitably grand, suitably kickass. 1 agrees Reply That is what I am using! It makes meter up a little every time I hear it. 1 agrees Reply Dear Prudence by the Beatles!! 🙂 The sun is up the sky is blue, it's beautiful and so are you.. dear prudence, won't you come out to play? 😉 5 agree Reply Read more comments 1 2 3 … 7 › Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Participate in this conversation via emailGet only replies to your comment, the best of the rest, as well as a daily recap of all comments on this post. No more than a few emails daily, which you can reply to/unsubscribe from directly from your inbox. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. 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