Wedding songs, more than the venue, dresses or cake, give couples artistic control with their wedding. You may dream of floating down the aisle to Wagner’s traditional “Bridal Chorus,” creating drama with “Ava Maria,” or taking your father’s arm to an orchestral arrangement of Guns and Roses’ “Sweet Child of Mine.” This is your show.
Wedding songs may require approvals at some houses of worship. Beyond that, uncomplicated patterns can guide you. Typically, the groom and groomsmen enter to more dramatic music, which signals that the ceremony will begin shortly. You can choose serious or lighthearted music, just change the pace. Groomsmen now enter to everything from Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” to “You’re No Body ‘til Somebody Loves You” to the “Imperial March” from “Star Wars.”
Bridesmaids typically arrive to something softer and more romantic. Again, you can select classics, such as Vivaldi’s “Spring,” “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desires,” or “Morning Has Broken.” However, no one says you can’t select an instrumental version of Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies.”
Then it’s time for the bride’s grand arrival. The most popular bridal processional choices remain Wagner and Pachelbel. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, walked to Prince William accompanied by Parry’s “Edward the VII’s Coronation Anthem,” while the late Princess Diana chose the regal “Trumpet Volentaire.” More modern choices include Train’s “Marry Me” and Keith Urban’s “Making Memories of Us.” Crave an international flair? Consider the flowing, romantic “La Vie en Rose.”
Your recessional signals joy – nothing else. From “Ode to Joy” to the “Hallelujah Chorus,” select a celebration. Who can forget the Beatle’s classic “All You Need is Love” during the Love Actually wedding scene. Simply choose a song that makes you both happy.
Wedding songs add style to even the most traditional ceremony. Simply strike a chord and show that it’s your day. And remember, you can always stop by Ben David Jewelers to discuss wedding songs when browsing wedding bands.
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