Picking a song to walk down the aisle to is just one of the many fun things involved in planning a wedding, and it’s also a great way to let your personality shine on your big day. If you’re looking to pick something that will make your lover’s heart skip a beat as you walk towards them, then we’ve got you covered! Here are 13 of our favourite wedding aisle songs you should carefully consider.
‘Kissing You’ by Des’ree
Written especially by Des’ree and Timothy Atack for Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 film Romeo + Juliet, this beautiful song is a real tear-jerker!
‘Kissing You’ is featured in the hit romance film when the characters first meet at the ball – and love at first sight occurs.
If you aren’t too keen on the lyrics, Kissing You also sounds incredibly beautiful when performed live as an instrumental version.
Popular covers include Beyonce’s in 2007, Taylor Dayne’s in 2008 and Stan Walker’s in 2010.
This song will be sure to start your ceremony on a good note.
‘Lay Me Down’ by Sam Smith
Featured in Sam Smith’s debut studio album In The Lonely Hour (2014), ‘Lay Me Down’ is a popular choice among many modern couples.
This beautiful song was used by popular Australian influencer and blogger ‘The Young Mummy’ Sophie Cachia for her processional song when tying the knot to Carlton footballer, Jaryd Cachia. Their wedding made headlines for Sophie’s choice to wear a black wedding dress.
‘Lay Me Down’ is the perfect tempo to walk toward your love at your wedding ceremony – make sure it’s featured on your wedding playlist.
‘Young and Beautiful’ by Lana Del Rey
Another stand-out song from a Baz Luhrmann movie, Young and Beautiful was featured on the soundtrack for the popular 2013 version of The Great Gatsby.
While the song was labeled haunting and sombre by contemporary music critics, Lana Del Ray’s enchanting voice mixed with sweet lyrics makes this song a lovely modern choice popular among many Australian couples for their wedding procession.
‘You’ve Got the Love’ – Florence + the Machine
‘You’ve Got the Love’ is a must-have song for all wedding playlists.
Originally a 1986 hit single by Candi Staton, English indie rock band Florence + the Machine’s 2009 cover brought the song back to life and introduced it as household name when it comes to romantic love songs.
Although perhaps not a traditional pick as the song is quite upbeat in nature, ‘You’ve Got the Love’ is a great choice for alternative brides who would prefer a more up-tempo approach to their walk down the aisle.
Definitely one of our faves as a wedding song.
‘Somewhere Only We Know’ by Lily Allen
Originally released by English alternative rock band Keane in their debut album Hopes and Fears (2004), it’s Lily Allen’s 2014 cover for the John Lewis Christmas advert that has couples across Australia choosing it for their wedding procession.
Lily Allen injects a feminine twist to this gorgeous, simple song.
Will you be having a male or female celebrant?
I’m crying just watching the music video!
‘Purpose’ by Justin Bieber
The title track of Justin Bieber’s 2015 Purpose album, this incredible song is a real tear-jerker.
Although originally written by Bieber recounting a time he was ‘at the end of his rope but God blessed him with Purpose’, ‘Purpose’ is now commonly used as a song signifying love and gratitude between a couple.
The song is so raw and emotional, there won’t be a single dry eye in the venue – including yours!
‘Your Song’ cover by Ellie Goulding
Originally released by Elton John in his self-titled second studio album, Ellie Goulding’s version of the classic track is so perfectly simple, yet beautiful.
Ellie’s cover isn’t very well known as a wedding song, but should be!
It is absolutely gorgeous as a song to walk down the aisle to.
‘A Thousand Years’ by Christina Perri
Even if you’re not a fan of Twilight, it’s hard to deny that this is a beautiful song.
Written and recorded by American singer and songwriter Christina Perri for the album The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1: Original Picture Soundtrack (2011), ‘A Thousand Years’ is a favourite among modern couples – and for good reason.
You try seeing a beautiful girl walk down the aisle to this song and NOT crying! Impossible.
‘Sea of Love’ by Cat Power
Originally written by Philip Baptitse and George Khoury in 1959, it’s Cat Power’s cover in the year 2000 that has couples choosing ‘Sea of Love’ for their wedding procession song.
We can just picture this beautiful song being played at a beautiful rustic outdoor ceremony.
‘Tenerife Sea’ by Ed Sheeran
Released in 2014 as part of Ed Sheeran’s second studio album x, Tenerife Sea is a love song sure to get all wedding guests mopping up their tears.
Just let the lyrics speak for themselves! This song was made for true lovers.
‘All of Me’ by John Legend
Released in John Legend’s fourth studio album Love in the Future (2013), ‘All of Me’ is a must-have for every wedding playlist.
Dedicated to Legend’s wife Chrissy Teigan, this love song is a classic. Just image walking down the aisle to those angelic vocals – amazing.
‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ by Israel ‘Iz’ Kamakawiwo’ole
Native Hawaiian singer-songwriter, musician and activist Israel Kamakawiwo’ole is known for his medley of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow.What a Wonderful World’ released on his albums Ka ‘Ano’i and Facing Future and featured in films, popular television products and commercials.
Imagine walking down the aisle to this song at your quintessential beachfront wedding. Could it be any more suited?
‘Crazy in Love’ cover by Daniela Andrade
Originally released in 2003 by Beyonce and featuring now-hubby Jay-Z, ‘Crazy in Love’ is a dance track everyone knows the words to.
Daniela Andrade’s cover of this incredibly popular Beyonce track slows it down a bit, making it a romantic love song perfect for a wedding procession.
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