Planning Tricks: Entrance Music

In recent years, as weddings have become more and more personalised, processional music (the bride’s entrance music) has also been given a makeover & many couples are looking for something beyond the traditional wedding march (not that there is anything wrong with traditional you understand!). At the too-many-to-count weddings I’ve been to in the last few years, I’ve always found that processional music is a great opportunity to express your personality whilst also setting the tone and developing the style of your celebration.

So….what will you choose?

One of my closest friends had this beautiful track & despite not being at her wedding (!! OK so I didn’t actually know her back then,) the track really captures something of them and their relationship.

Recently, I’ve heard this & this which both work beautifully as processionals. With the Coldplay track the bride entered at the ‘guitar crescendo’ – what an amazing moment!

For my own wedding I chose this (sorry you can’t hear more of it), the lyrics to which are:

“Hold my hand while you sleep
So when you dream I’m there with you.

Home, feels like home

I hurry to make my way home
Cos you are my truth and my light
And when night falls I search for you
Make my way closer to you, closer to you”

I chose this track not only because it’s beautiful but also because the lyrics were really meaningful. Getting married felt like coming home, finding that place where you’re suppossed to be and so ‘coming home’ became a minor theme to our wedding day.

For a long time I toyed with the idea of having this incredible piece (warning: long piece of music but definitely worth it) & I still think it would be incredible at a wedding. Maybe a cathedral wedding. A cathedral wedding with a huge budget where you could have the entire orchestra there ;)

I also recently found this Spiritual from Oh Brother Where Art Thou which I think would work brilliantly at a Christian wedding.

For our exit we also chose this iconic track (nb nothing to do with SATC). A great track that worked perfectly for that moment!

So……tell me about yours…..

6 thoughts on “Planning Tricks: Entrance Music

  1. Peonies and Polaroids

    I love that piece from Oh Brother Where Art Thou. I wanted to use it as our processional piece but The Boy vetoed it as too religious. I also wanted Fix You but I think it might make me cry.

    So we don’t have a clue what to use for walking down the aisle!

    We’re going to walk back up the aisle to Lou Reed’s Crazy Feeling, Kicks or Oooh Baby. We can’t decide. We love Oooh Baby but we’re not sure if it’s just a little bit too inappropriate!

  2. Zoë

    Cara, I am starting to get really excited about your wedding!
    It’s really difficult to narrow it down to one track. Plus I am there with you on the ‘inappropriateness’! I love a bit of Marvin Gaye for a first dance but sometimes the lyrics make me blush!
    I have a friend who wants to walk down the aisle to ‘the final countdown’ he he he!

  3. Meg

    It’s tough… classical music doesn’t feel quite right for us, but a ‘pop’ song (for lack of a better term) feels all wrong for us too. We’ll need to have something played live, as we have a no amplified music outdoors rule at our site… so I’m thinking a traditional Klezmer tune on a violin. Thankfully, we have a long time to think it over still.

  4. Sarah

    I think I’d love something mellow on the way up the aisle, then something a bit exciting for us to exit to! Thinking maybe Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley for the processional… it’s nice and long so it can play for a while before I make my entrance.
    Exit song has to be My First, My Last, My Everything by Barry White!!

    (Not planning my wedding yet, but a girl can dream…)


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