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Wedding songs to walk down the aisle to
07 November 2011
Choosing wedding songs to walk down the aisle to can be one of the hardest decisions when planning a wedding. Selecting the ultimate wedding song to walk down the aisle to will of course depend on the couple’s tastes in music. But even if the couple share the same tastes, it can sometimes be hard to find something that is equally meaningful to both bride and groom, and something that defines the moment.
Traditional wedding songs to walk down the aisle to
Throughout history wedding songs to walk down the aisle to have varied extensively depending on culture and the era in which the wedding took place. From the early 18th Century through to the mid-20th Century, classical music was usually the genre of wedding songs to walk to the aisle to. Even earlier in history, it is said that harp music was popularly played.
Some popular classical songs to walk down the aisle to include:
- “Procession of Joy” — Hal Hopson
- “Canon in D” — Johann Pachelbel
- “Bridal Chorus” — Richard Wagner
- “Wedding March” — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- “Ave Maria” — Johann Sebastian Bach/Charels Gounod
Contemporary, non-traditional wedding songs to walk down the aisle to
In the past few decades, wedding “aisle” songs have changed in style and genre as traditions have become more flexible. A great way to make your wedding unique is by opting for a non-traditional wedding song to walk down the aisle to. The list of song choices is endless and choosing an offbeat track will add a personal touch to the ceremony. A notable example of a wedding that broke tradition is the couple who shimmied down the aisle to RnB singer Chris Brown’s “Forever”, and chronicled it on YouTube. The video of the bridal party walking down the aisle to that song went viral across the globe.
Instead of recycling the tried-and-tested love anthems, choose a song that is meaningful to you and your partner — whether old or new — and one that reflects the mood you are trying to create at your ceremony. Many couples who choose contemporary wedding songs to walk down the aisle to usually select a song with lyrics that resonate with their feelings for one another or was “their” song as a couple — perhaps the first they slow-danced to, or the song that was playing when they first kissed. It could be an upbeat dance track, an indie rock song or even rap if that’s your preference. There is no set rule about what wedding song you should walk down the aisle to, so get creative.
Five contemporary, non-traditional wedding songs to walk down the aisle to:
- “Rhythm of Love” — Plain White T’s
- “The Way You Make Me Feel” — Michael Jackson
- “Marry You” — Bruno Mars
- “All You Need is Love” — The Beatles
- “Time of My Life” — Black Eyed Peas
Popular wedding songs to walk down the aisle to
Wedding songs to walk down the aisle to can vary in genres. Some of the most popular genres include pop, acoustic, classical, jazz and RnB.
Some of the most popular weddings songs to walk down the aisle to include the classic Pachelbel’s “Canon in D”, Tony Bennett’s “The Way You Look Tonight”, Nat King Cole’s “When I fall in Love” and “Unforgettable”, Brian Adams’ “Everything I do (I do it for you)” along with many other romantic ballads.
Your wedding song to walk down the aisle to can be played through a sound system or — for an added element of emotion — performed live. The latter adds a nice intimate touch to the atmosphere at your wedding ceremony.
An important point to note is that wedding songs to walk down the aisle to are usually chosen to fit in with the theme of the wedding. Earlier this year the Duchess of Cambridge had grand classical organs and a choir perform traditional wedding songs to walk down the aisle to in the majestic Westminster Abbey. While those opting for an intimate small ceremony with a tropical setting on an island may have a more of an acoustic, reggae style wedding song to walk down the aisle to such as the Israel Kamakawiwo’ole version of “Somewhere over the Rainbow/What a wonderful world”.
Five of the most popular wedding songs to walk down the aisle to are:
- “At Last” — Etta James
- “You and Me” — Lifehouse
- “Unchained Melody” — Righteous Brothers
- “Can’t Help Falling In Love” — Elvis Presley
- “From This Moment” — Shania Twain