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How To Choose The Perfect Entrance Music For Your Wedding

Updated on May 22, 2016

Things to Consider

Finding the right wedding entrance music can be a difficult task. Many couples choose to enter to Wagner's Bridal Chorus and make their exit to Mendlesohn's wedding march. However, despite the popularity of these traditional choices, an increasing number of couples are selecting alternative pieces for their big day.

When choosing entrance music, the couple has to decide how they want it to be played, whether they want a harpist, a string quartet, pianist, opera singer, CD, organist, band or another variation. The piece of music chosen will have to be arranged differently depending on the instrument it is played on. Other factors to take into account include the length of the aisle that the bride has to walk down and the speed of the music. Both these factors have an effect on what music is chosen. It is important that the bride can enjoy and feel comfortable at this moment.

So what pieces of music could a couple opt for at their wedding? An increasingly popular choice is Pachelbel's Canon in D Major. It is an elegant and popular option and lends a romantic feel to a ceremony. Originally intended for a string quartet, it is the right speed for a bride's entrance. Another popular choice for wedding entrance music is Trumpet Voluntary by Jeremiah Clarke (also known as the Prince of Denmark's March), which was played at the 1981 wedding of Princess Diana to Prince Charles. However, Clarke's sad end (he shot himself due to unrequited love) renders this piece a very melancholy one to use at a wedding. It's stately air still ensures it's use in wedding ceremonies though.

Personal Choice

However, if you really don't mind it, then why not opt for the most recognisable piece of wedding entrance music, Wagner's Bridal Chorus, (otherwise known as "Here Comes The Bride")? Due to its overuse in wedding ceremonies, as well as on TV and film, some brides either love it or hate it. Don't rush to dismiss it, as there are several arrangements that offer a refreshing take on the tune.
Bruno Mars offers two pieces that are more modern; "Marry You" and "Just the Way You Are". Both are upbeat and enjoyable pieces. "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" by Bryan Adams is another more recent song, that will bring a smile of recognition to the guest's faces when they hear it played.

If you want to go for something a little bit different, then Somewhere Over The Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo'Ole could add a little bit of flavour to proceedings. Playing it on a Ukelele is guaranteed to bring a smile to everyone's faces. Instrumental versions of popular songs also work well. Christina Perri's "A Thousand Years" is a lovely song, however playing it on piano transforms it into a magical wedding entrance piece. An alternative choice is "Tara's Theme" from Gone with the Wind. It might seem an unlikely choice but its arrangement makes it ideal for a bride to walk down the aisle to, as well as scoring maximum points for originality.

These are just a few suggestions for alternative wedding processional pieces, however there is no definitive list. It is ultimately up to the couple what they choose and if a particular piece appeals to them, then there is no reason why they cannot make it work.

© 2016 Claire Chambers


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