Wedding Processional and Recessional Songs

December 7th, 20107:23 pm

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Wedding Processional and Recessional Songs

So you’re pretty sure that you don’t want to walk down the aisle to the burnt-out overplayed track “Here Comes the Bride”, and you don’t want to leave the venue to an age-old song that everyone’s heard and is rather tired of.  If you are looking for some different songs to play for your wedding ceremony, here is a comprehensive of some of the best alternative songs that you can use.

For the Procession

There are a number of different songs you can choose for the procession, ranging from traditional to modern day hits.  Here are some of the best songs that you can choose, broken down into different musical categories:

Classic (Traditional)

“Canon in D” by Johann Pachelbel

“Air” by George F. Handel

“Procession of Joy by Hal Hopson

“Bridal Chorus” by Richard Wagner”

“Trumpet Tune” by Henry Purcell

“Wedding March” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Alternative Traditional Songs

“Overture” by George Frederic Handel

“Romeo and Juliet Love Theme” by Tchaikovsky

“Sonatas for Organ, con moto maestoso” by Felix Mandelssohn

“Canzon V” by Giovanni Gabrieli

“Winter” by Antonio Vivaldi

Religious Songs

“Scalero de Oro” a traditional Sephardic song

“Dona Nobis Pacem”, a 16th century hymn

“St Anthony’s Chorale” by Franz Joseph Haydn

“Hymn Fanfare from The Triumphant” by Francois Couperin

“Hanava Babanot” by Neeman

Contemporary Songs

“The Vow” by Jeremy Lubbock

“Flatbush Waltz’ by Andy Statman

“Sunrise, Sunset” by Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock

“Wedding Processional” by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein

“Appalachia Waltz” by Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer and Mark O’Connor

For the Recession

Below are some of the favorite songs that brides and rooms choose to walk back down the aisle to and out of the church:

Classical (Traditional)

“Ode to Joy” by Ludwig van Beethoven

“Toccata” by Charles-Marie Widor

“Fugue in E-Flat Major” by Johann S. Bach

“Brandenbrg Concerto No. 1” (or No. 4), Allegro by Johann S. Bach

“Halleluja Chorus” by George F. Handel

Alternative Classical Songs

“Rondeau” by Hendry Purcel

“Sonata in G Maor” by Giuseppe Tartini

“Badineri” by Johann S. Bach

“Variations on the Kanon by Pachelbel” by George Winston

“Triumphal March” by Edvard Grieg

Religious Songs

“Joy” by George Winston

“Psalm 19”by Benedetto Marcello

“Exultate, Jubilate” by Wolfang Amadeus Mozart

“Now Thank We all Our God” by Johann S. Bach

Contemporary Songs

“Sunshine of my Life” by Stevie Wonder

“Beautiful Day” by U2

“The Long and Winding Road” by The Beatles

“From this Moment On” by Cole Porter

“Anthem” by Suzanne Ciani

When it comes to your wedding, the number one thing that you have to remember is that this is YOUR WEDDING.  You can have any darn song you want to be played at any point throughout your wedding, no matter whether it is a classical hit or something that is part of the top 40 countdown on a popular radio station.  As long as the music speaks true to you and your spouse-to-be, then that is all that matters.

TIP:  Your guests will appreciate your fresh outlook on how to put a wedding ceremony together, so have some fun and make it exactly how you want it to be!

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