Before you make your grand entrance and begin your walk down the aisle, your wedding party will go before you, heralding your arrival. Many couples are choosing to break with tradition and explore unique processional options, like having their bridesmaids and groomsmen walk down together, or having the groomsmen walk first and then the bridesmaids. Some creative couples even opt to choreograph a fun dance for the wedding party entrance (#squadgoals)! No matter what you choose as a wedding processional song, be sure to make it special for the ones who have supported you tirelessly on your journey.
Here, we’re bringing you a list of wedding processional songs as diverse as your crew of besties. We’ve chosen these songs specifically for your wedding party; you may want to walk in to a different song or find the perfect crescendo in one of these songs to make your entrance. For a list of songs just for you, check out our list of songs to walk down the aisle to.
Instrumental Wedding Processional Songs
You’ve probably seen dozens of wedding processional songs that begin with several instruments playing together on the same chord for the first few measures before breaking into the processional song itself. Many of these instrumental songs will have lyrics along with the instruments playing, but regardless of the instrumentals that follow these first few measures, the processional song will always be instrumental and the processional will always be sung.
- “A Thousand Years (Christina Perri)” by The Piano Guys (piano/cello)
- “Say You Won’t Let Go (James Arthur)” by Daniel Jang (A beautiful violin version of this popular country song)
- “Can’t Help Falling In Love (Elvis Presley)” by Vitamin String Quartet
- “Perfect (Ed Sheeran)” by Joel Miranda (This beautiful version of Perfect is a great choice for the bride walking down the aisle)
- “A Million Dreams (The Greatest Showman)” by Taylor Davis
Modern and Popular Wedding Processional Songs
Wedding processional songs are really a way to stir an emotional reaction in the audience. They are a way to let guests know this is a special day and what better way to do that than to select the perfect songs. These songs play an important role as they allow the couples to express themselves, make the event more memorable, and end the celebration on a great note. Different genre of songs cater to different moments.
- “Can’t Help Falling In Love (Elvis Presley)” by Haley Reinhart
- “Every Breath You Take” by Music Travel Love (such an amazing cover of this song by The Police)
- “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” by Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole
- “Here Comes The Sun (The Beatles)” by Colbie Caillat
- “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton
- “From The Ground Up” by Dan + Shay (We recently saw a wedding where the bridesmaids walked into this song. It worked really well)
- “Beautiful Day” by U2
- “All You Need Is Love” by The Beatles
- “The Only One” by Music Travel Love (an amazing acoustic romantic love song to walk down the aisle to)
- “Better Together” by Us The Duo
- “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds
- “Marry Me” by Train
- “Hallelujah” by Pentatonix
- “What A Wonderful World” by Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole
- “Marry You” by Bruno Mars (For couples looking for a more upbeat processional or recessional song)
- “All Of Me” by John Legend
- “I Choose You” by Sara Bareilles
- “Angel” by Jack Johnson
- “Wedding Song (Acoustic)” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
- “No Matter Where You Are (Wedding Version)” by Us The Duo
- “10,000 Hours” by Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber
- “Yours” by Russell Dickerson (A great country song for the wedding ceremony or the first dance)
- “Never Stop (Wedding Version)” by SafetySuit
- “At Last” by Etta James
- “Could I Love you Anymore” by Reneé Dominique and Jason Mraz
- “There Will Be Time” by Mumford & Sons
- “Here and Now” by Luther Vandross
- “From This Moment” by Shania Twain
- “Turning Page” by Sleeping At Last
- “Can’t Help Falling In Love With You” by Haley Klinkhammer
- “La Vie En Rose” by Daniela Andrade
- “Hallelujah” by Rufus Wainwright
- “Use Somebody” by Laura Jansen
- “Everyday” by Buddy Holly
- “After All” by Michael Bublé and Bryan Adams (A fun upbeat song that works great for the wedding recessional)
Songs From Movies and TV That Are Perfect for Walking Down The Aisle To
Don’t stop on your way to the altar, get the wedding of your dreams by choosing your song today. From themes of love and beauty to songs about the heart and all the emotions, this list is chock-full of great tunes.
- “When You Wish Upon A Star” From Pinocchio (We will be making a new post on Disney wedding ceremony songs. You can check back here in 1 week for the link)
- “The Portrait (From Titanic)” by James Horner
- “Superman Theme” by John Williams (This is one of our favorite groom professionals songs)
- “Beauty and the Beast” From Beauty and the Beast
- “May It Be” by Enya (Lord of the Rings)
- “Princess Leia’s Theme” by John Williams (Star Wars)
- “Rose’s Theme From Titanic (James Horner)” by 2CELLOS
- “The Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme from Star Wars)” by John Williams (A really fun song for the groomsmen and/or the groom to use a walk-in song)
- “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Kina Grannis (Crazy Rich Asians)
- “Jurassic Park (Main Theme)” by John Williams
- “Forrest Gump Theme” by Alan Silvestri
- “Hold On (Bridesmaids)” by Wilson Phillips (A great song for the bridesmaids to walk down the aisle to, or for the couple and wedding party to walk back down the aisle to)
- “Chapel Of Love” by The Dixie Cups (A great bridal party entrance song for the bridesmaids and/or bride)
- “Concerning Hobbits” by Howard Shore (Lord of the Rings)
- “Star Wars Main Theme” by John Williams (This is a great choice for the bride, groom, bridesmaids, groomsmen, and parents)
- “Main Theme From The Notebook” by Aaron Zigman
- “All You Need Is Love (Love Actually)” by Lynden David Hall
- “Love Theme From Superman” by John Williams
- “Jump In Line (Beetlejuice)” by Harry Belafonte (such a fun and upbeat song for the wedding party to walk back down the aisle)
- “Everything Is Awesome (The Lego Movie)” by Tegan and Sara (featuring The Lonely Island) – (A fantastic choice for a wedding recessional song)
- “Everything Is Awesome (The Lego Movie 2)” by Garfunkel & Oats with Eban Schletter (another fun upbeat version of the original)
- “Flying Theme (E.T.)” by John Williams
- “Hedwig’s Theme” by John Williams (Harry Potter)
- “Can You Feel The Love Tonight (The Lion King)” by Elton John
- “Rewrite The Stars (The Greatest Showman)” by The Piano Guys (Instrumental)
- “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King
Country Walking Down The Aisle Songs
Who could have guessed country anthems had something special to offer for the most special moment for which those couples have been planning for years? The first song in line is always something important, even if it might not be the one we marry to. There isn’t one singular processional song that encapsulates all the aspects of the event, so roll with the country walk songs.
- “Me and You” by Kenny Chesney
- “Look At Me Now” by Matt Stell (Our personal favorite from the country music list)
- “Amazed” by Lonestar
- “Speechless” by Dan + Shay
- “I Love You” by Eli Young Band
- “Parachute” by Lexanna
- “God Gave Me You” by Blake Shelton
- “Forever and Ever, Amen (Randy Travis)” by Music Travel Love ft. Summer Overstreet (Amazing acoustic cover that would be perfect for the bride walking down the aisle)
- “Valentine” by Martina McBride
- “I Do (Cherish You)” by Mark Wills
- “Then” by Brad Paisley
- “I Run To You” by Lady Antebellum
- “The One” by Gary Allan
- “Love Story” by Taylor Swift
- “You Had Me From Hello” by Kenny Chesney
Rock Songs That Make A Great Walk-In Song for The Bride
As the girls glide down the aisle, all eyes are on her. The wedding processional is just as important as the wedding service, and so it should be one that shows off the woman she has become, kicking off a new era of wedded bliss. Whether it’s pure pop, filthy hip-hop, or the tune that the guests have no idea what the bride is saying (they’re all singing along!
- “November Rain” by Guns N’ Roses
- “White Wedding” by Billy Idol
- “Always” by Bon Jovi
- “Baby, I Love You” by The Ramones
- “More Than Words” by Extreme (Perfect for couples looking for an acoustic rock song for walking down the aisle)
- “Blackbird” by The Beatles
- “Love Walks In” by Van Halen
- “Faithfully” by Journey
Funny, Unique, and Non-Traditional Wedding Processional Songs
If you are ever in need of a song that is something that your guests won’t be able to forget, then consider using one of these 6 unique songs. Regardless of the era that you want your wedding to take place in, all of these songs are perfect for any occasion. With this list, you’ll be able to find a song that will correspond with your preferences and tastes.
- “Canon in D Major (The Rock Version!)” by Jerry C
- “Somebody’s Getting Married” by The Muppets (We helped with a wedding ceremony that used this song, and it was a huge hit. The song started playing and all of the guests instantly had huge smiles on their faces. This was the song that the entire bridal party used for the processional).
- “Grow Old With You (The Wedding Singer)” by Adam Sandler
- “All I Want Is You (Juno)” by Barry Louis Polisar (this is a really happy song for the wedding processional or recessional)
- “The Throne Room/End Title (Star Wars)” by John Williams (This is an epic wedding recessional song for all of the awesome nerds out there)
- “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” by Pomplamoose
How Do I Choose A Wedding Processional Song?
If possible, try to pick a wedding processional song that has some meaning to you and your partner.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- A song that reminds you of your partner.
- Maybe it’s a style of music that works for you.
- Or specific lyrics in the song.
- Maybe it’s a song that you loved in high school when you first thought about your future wedding.
- If you can’t think of anything specific, we recommend choosing a song from this list that you love the sound of (or the name of). There are many to choose from in a big variety of styles.
How Many Songs Should Be In A Processional?
Typically there are at least two (sometimes more) songs in the wedding processional.
The bride (if this wedding has a bride) usually gets her own song, then another song is picked out for the groom and the wedding party.
If this is a wedding with a bride, groom, bridesmaids, groomsmen, parents, and ring bearer/flower girl, these are the two ways it typically goes:
Wedding processional music #1
- Song #1 – Parents, grandparents enter
- Song #2 – Groom and groomsmen enter
- Song #3 – Bridesmaids, flower girl, and ring bearer enter.
- Song #4 – Here comes the bride!
Wedding processional music #2
- Song #1 – Parents, grandparents, groom, groomsmen, bridesmaids, flower girls, and ring bearer enter.
- Song #2 – The bride enters the ceremony location.