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Music Monday: Processional Songs

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It’s Music Monday on Bridal Guide! We have DJ Jon Blak this week giving some great new options for the bride’s big moment…the walk down the aisle! Read on to see all his great recommendations and then head over to Bridal Guide to see the entire post as well as some of our past Music Monday tips!

Wow. Its here – the most important day of your life. all the planning, and preparation is finally paying off, so you’ll need music to set the stage. After the butterflies have settle a bit, its time to stroll down the aisle. That’s where I come in.
The wedding ceremony is arguably the pinnacle of any Wedding. It’s the point where the couple joins in holy matrimony. The music should be fitting such an occasion.
Some couples prefer the traditional tunes of the “Bridal Chorus, ” the prelude to Act III of the Lohengrin Opera (also known as “Here comes the Bride “) Other couples, who also have a respect for tradition in a different way, may want their moment to stand out too. They may prefer a song that symbolizes their love for one another a la “Light My Fire ” by The Doors.
With many wonderful tunes to choose from, here is my list of processional songs for the traditional and not-so traditional couple:

Classical:

  • “Pachelbel’s Canon ” – Johann Pachelbel
  • “A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op 61 ” – Boston Pops Orchestra
  • “Lohrngrin: Prelude to Act III ” – Stephen Cleobury
  • “Romeo and Juliet: Love Theme ” – Arthur Fiedler and Boston Pops Orchestra

Funky:

  • “Best of My Love ” – The Emotions
  • “Love’s Theme ” – Love Unlimited Orchestra
  • “Just My Imagination ” – The temptations
  • “Isn’t She Lovely ” – Stevie Wonder

Soulful:

  • “Ribbon in the Sky ” – Stevie Wonder
  • “All my Life ” – K-Ci & JoJo
  • “At Last ” – Etta James
  • “If This World Were Mine ” – Cheryl Lynn and Luther Vandross

Indie:

  • “First Day of My Life ” – Bright Eyes
  • “Somewhere Over the Rainbow ” – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
  • “Don’t you (Forget About me) – Vitamin String Quartet
  • “Light My Fire (String Quartet Tribute to The Doors) ” – Vitamin String Quartet

The great thing about all of the songs listed above is that they come in various instrumentals, from steel drum bands, to string and brass orchestras. Couples always usually seem to find a way to mix the classical with the funky.