The Wedding March is, of course, a classic for a reason. It's in the name. We all get it. We all probably assumed we'd walk down the aisle to that tune when we were small.
But now we get to call the shots for our own big day. And maybe we have some other ideas.
Taken for granted for so long, your processional song is for the first time ever not considered a given. Whether it is canned or live, acoustic or electric, dancey or somber, is totally up to you.
This is an exciting opportunity to craft your perfect moment. Walking down the aisle, surrounded by your family, your eyes locked on your partner, with your favourite love song beating into your ears (almost drowning out how hard your heart is beating, but not quite).
High stakes, those! So, how can you choose? Here are our three keystone guidelines to choosing the best processional song for you, plus our ten all time favourite—Wedding March not included.
Trust your gut
Just because someone suggests a beautiful love song to you (including us!!) doesn't mean it will feel right or suit you. Prioritize how you want to feel in that moment, and how you know certain songs make you feel. Nobody can recommend a song you've never heard and expect you to love it for this moment. You have to hear it, react to it, and fall in love with it on your own.
Include your partner
It's their day too. If they hate the Lumineers, don't walk down the aisle with "Hey-Ho" blasting. They'll just want to plug their ears, and they should be focused on you. Make sure you agree on the processional song, or you'll never hear the end of it.
Listen to the lyrics
There's a song by the Beach Boys called "You Still Believe in Me." Like a lot of Beach Boys songs, there is a real romantic whimsicality to all of those amazing harmonies. But when you really listen to the words... Well. The song is more about how the speaker's partner stays with him even though he cheats on her over and over.
Yeah. Do yourself a favour, scour the lyrics, and make sure you're not inadvertently suggesting something totally off base that your guests will most definitely pick up on and scrutinize.
So, with this in mind, we offer you these ten suggestions. Give them a listen, and be honest with yourself. Some of these you will have heard before, some are deeper cuts. But they're all meditations on love.
1. You and Me - Penny and the Quarters
2. Beyond - Leon Bridges
3. You Are The Best Thing - Ray Lamontagne
4. La Vie En Rose - Edith Piaf, or Louis Armstrong
5. Unchained Melody - Lykke Li or the Righteous Brothers
6. God Only Knows - Beach Boys
7. September Song - Agnes Obel
8. Tezeta (Nostalgia) - Mulatu Astatke