Song ideas please! To walking down the aisle

Would love to see your best suggestions for aisle songs in 2023. Thank you.

Jasmine

Question Asked: 28/03/2023

Wedding Date: 3/11/2024

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River Suite Orchestra

(2) · Sunshine Coast and Surrounds

Posted: 31/01/2024

Hi there,

The most popular request I have is Pachebel's Canon. It's so beautiful performed live on strings :)

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Vanessa McKeand (harpist) and MV2 (violin and harp)

(4) · Melbourne, Yarra Valley, Dandenong Ranges, Mornington Peninsula and Surrounds

Posted: 27/10/2023

This can be a very personal choice of the bride, and apart from the popular classics such as the Bridal Chorus and Pachebels Canon in D, the bride can choose any song she feels she would love to make her entry with - I have played the Beach Boys, A Thousand Years, Back Street Boys, Ed Sheeran, Clair de Lune, Beauty and the Beast, Jesu Joy of Mans Desiring, the Arrival of the Queen of Sheba to name just a few. All happy to discuss options

Michelle Francis Cook - Soprano Ceremony Vocalist

(2) · Melbourne and surrounding areas

Posted: 11/09/2023

Some of the most beautiful songs commonly used by wedding couples are:

CLASSICAL 

  • Ave Maria - Schubert 
  • Ave Maria - Gounod
  • Ave Maria - Mascagni
  • Ave Verum Corpus - Mozart
  • Panis Angelicus - Franck
  • O Mio Babbino Caro - opera Gianni Schicchi - Puccini
  • Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix - Opera Samson and Delilah - Saint-Saëns
  • Pur Ti Miro Pur Ti Godo - Opera Incoronazione di Poppea - Monteverdi
  • The Prayer - Dion/Bocelli - Classical Version
  • You Raise Me Up - Josh Groben

CONTEMPORARY

  • At Last - Etta James
  • From This Moment - Shania Twain
  • To Make You Feel My Love - Adele
  • A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
  • Can’t Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley
  • Evergreen - Barbara Streisand
  • All Of Me - John Legend
  • Perfect - Ed Sheeran
  • The First TIme Ever I Saw Your Face - Luke Evans
  • Amazing Grace - Traditional

Musical Instrumentals which are popular include the following traditional and contemprary pieces:

       
               Classical

  • Bach's Air on a G String
  • Spring from Vivaldi's Four Seasons
  • Massenet's Meditation from the opera Thais (was my processional piece)
  • Wagner's Bridal Chorus
  • Pachelbel's Canon in D


    Contemporary
  • A thousand years - Piano Guys
  • You are the reason - Mareks Radzevics and Judson Hurd
  • Vesislava version of Ed Sheeran's Thinking out loud

Many contemporary songs have piano versions on these love ballads. Though instrumental songs are lovely as a processional song, many are opting for sung song for that added emotion which comes from the lyrics.

In choosing your songs, it's best to get advice from a wedding singer, like myself, who can decipher what song is best for you from meeting and discussion.

If you opt to decide for yourself, you will need to the following questions:

  • What is the 'style' of my wedding? Is it contemporary and modern, or classical and elegant or formal?
    This will narrow down the songs and make it easier to choose
  • What is the timing of my entrance? Is the aisle long as in a cathedral or shoart as in a small chapel or outdoors?
    Though a song can be cut or faded, it is so much more elegant to time the walk so all parties, including the bride, walk the entire length of the song. This can be rehearsed by all parties to make it seamless.
  • Are there many in the bridal party needing to walk down the aisle?
    Taking the number of bridesmaids, flowergirls and page boys will effect the length of song needed. 

  • Need to be at a walking pace which suits a wedding aisle entrance.
    The best songs are at a slow pace, like andante or moderato in music terms. To find out, see how you feel walking with your song choice. It should be comfortable and not make you feel rushed.
  • What song has personal meaning for us?
    The song sung or the track chosen should reflect a moment of your personal life as a couple. In my experience as a wedding singer, the most effective and emotional songs have sentimental meaning and do not follow conventional wedding song choices.

If you would like to discuss this with me see my Easy Wedding page here: https://www.easyweddings.com.au/WeddingMusic/Melbourne/MichelleFrancisCookSopranoCeremonyVocalist/

Custom Wedding Songs & Special Occasion Music

(1) · Australia Wide

Posted: 11/08/2023

Lots of great song suggestions here! Another suggestion (that is becoming increasingly popular) would be to consider a custom song, one that's personalised and written from scratch for your wedding. I've just started offering this and you can hear examples of my work here: https://www.specialoccasionsongs.com/portfolio

Send me an email if you're interested, my email is info@specialoccasionsongs.com

Prestige Wedding Entertainment

(6) · NSW State Wide

Posted: 4/07/2023

We use our own Music planning App so you can plan your entire Wedding online including choosing all the music for your Wedding. We also include loads of song ideas direct from our Wedding DJs.

The Play Agency

(2) · Sydney & Surrounding Areas

Posted: 16/06/2023

Hi There! Hope the wedding plans are going well. When choosing your aisle song, don't be afraid to think outside of the box! If there is a song that is meaningful to you both or signifies a special time in your relationship, use it! 

If it's an upbeat song and you would prefer it in more of a 'ceremony' style, artists will always be happy to rearrange it for you or alternatively, if you are playing the track, there are thousands of covers out there - there will definitely be an acoustic version somewhere!

Tailor Made Music

(0) · Hunter Valley, Sydney, and surrounding areas

Posted: 3/04/2023

1000 years 

christina Perri

I won't give up

Jasan Mraz

Elevation Band

(112) · Brisbane | Gold Coast | Sunshine Coast & Byron Shire

Posted: 30/03/2023

HI! 

Here are our two most common aisle walk songs!

https://www.instagram.com/p/CkGEGaLpOhb/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

https://www.instagram.com/p/CDlpfujJJQe/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

And here is a reel of many more of our most common aisle songs, 

https://www.instagram.com/p/CR3colip44X/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Sean K - Solo Acoustic & DJ

(18) · Ballarat / Bendigo / Echuca

Posted: 29/03/2023

I would highly recommend "Tenerife Sea" by Ed Sheeran. Perfect song as it mentions beauty, your dress, the way your hair is and the word "love". Definitely worth a listen.

The White Tree

(222) · VIC, QLD, NSW, WA, ACT, NT, SA, TAS & NZ

Posted: 29/03/2023

The first thing to consider is whether you're playing the ORIGINAL version via a speaker, or having musician(s) perform a live version.  Obviously live musicians can take your song selection and change the tempo or groove of the song to give it a totally different feel, which can be nice and unique.  For instance, you could select Love At First Sight by Kylie Minogue, and the live solo musician on vocals/guitar could do a version of it that's slower and gentler without the drum beat.

Additionally, in our opinion, processional songs don't always need to be slow and romantic!  Yes there are tried and tested songs like Mango Tree, Even When I'm Sleeping, At Last, Beyond, Can't Help Falling In Love etc.  But we also love seeing couples shake it up a bit and select a song that is more upbeat and celebratory, or, a song that starts slow and builds.  At the end of the day, your walking down the aisle song can set the tone for the whole day.  So if you want your wedding to be a bit different and a real party...then who says you can't have a party song?! Examples in this category are Can't Get Enough Of Your Love by Barry White, Say You Love Me by Fleetwood Mac, You Make My Dreams Come True by Hall & Oates, I Found You by Alabama Shakes, Love Is In The Air by John Paul Young.  

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