"Here Comes the Bride" alternatives: offbeat wedding processional songs

Photo by Velodramatic
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!


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)

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)


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)


  • 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)


  • 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)

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  1. I will be walking down the aisle to vampire weekends "step". Actually, the whole group will be. I won't go into the timing details. Lol.

  2. I want The Flower Duet from Lakme, my fiancée wants the theme from Brideshead Revisited, and we both want Davy Jones and Tia Dalma's theme from the Pirates of the Carribean films, lol. We're walking in together, because we decided nobody has the right to give me to her, nor her to me. I don't know which piece we'll walk in to yet, but we need at least 20 minutes of music while guests are seated or whatever, so I'm sure we'll get to use it all!

  3. Our plans are:
    Processional – Pazu's Fanfare (Laputa: Castle in the Sky) – fortunately, I have a short aisle!
    Signing the Register – no idea, possibly some ocarina music or Alicia Keys 'Not Even the King'
    Recessional – Krobeiniki (otherwise known as the Tetris theme), London Symphony Orchestra version

    (I have no idea of how to put links/videos into comments, sorry)

  4. We used 2 of these for our wedding! I walked down the aisle to Storybook Love from The Princess Bride, and our recessional was The Throne Room from Star Wars! The looks on people's faces were absolutely amazing. What a great list!

  5. For our processional, my dad (who plays piano) recorded a version of the Jurassic Park theme ahead of time so he could walk down the aisle with me (in lieu of a father/daughter dance, which neither of us were into). We walked out to Man with a Machine Gun from Final Fantasy (which was selected by the husband). It was awesome and fit our weird, goofy vibe that we emanate.

  6. We used the instrumental versions of "Your Song" (after the storm scene) from Moulin Rouge as pre-walk and moved to the other version from the extended soundtrack for my walk we timed it so the violin crescendo was as I took my husband's arm and we went up the stairs together. I still cry when I hear those songs.

  7. Processional: Cara Mia from Portal 2 (a capella version)
    During vows: Storybook Love from Princess bride (instrumental version)
    Recessional: Concerning Hobbits from LOTR

  8. You should check out Evermore, I Do by Summertime's End – beautiful wedding song!

    So see these hands, because they never held any others.
    And feel this heart, because it never belonged to another.
    And hear these words, because I've never said anything so true.
    I vow that I will love you now, so evermore, I do.

  9. Ashton Lane's (Primrose Hill) does have that outdoor cinematic wedding song vibe. Set, near the famous Abby Road Studio and the most romantic place of all, 2 hearts in love.

  10. Hi Ashton Lane 's wedding/love song (Primrose Hill) does have that cinematic, stark outdoor vibe that i love, and nobody is using it. It was written near the famous Abbey Road and for lovers everywhere.

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