The Most Popular Wedding Processional Songs: Modern and Classical

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The Most Popular Wedding Processional Songs: Modern and Classical

Wedding processional songs set the tone for your entire wedding. It’s the time where your bridal party walks down the aisle, and anticipation for your big entrance builds.  Whether you're looking for a modern or classical option for a processional song (or multiple for different members of your bridal party), there are countless songs to choose from. To help you narrow down your options, we've compiled a list of the top 20 most popular wedding processional songs, broken down into two categories: Modern and Classical.

Modern Wedding Processional Songs:

1. A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri, from the album "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" (2011)

  • "I have died every day waiting for you / Darling, don't be afraid, I have loved you for a thousand years"

2. "Marry You" by Bruno Mars, from the album "Doo-Wops & Hooligans" (2010)

  • "It's a beautiful night, we're looking for something dumb to do / Hey baby, I think I wanna marry you"

3. "Can't Help Falling in Love" by Kina Grannis, from the album "In the Waiting" (2008)

  • "Like a river flows surely to the sea / Darling, so it goes some things are meant to be"

4. "I Choose You" by Sara Bareilles, from the album "The Blessed Unrest" (2013)

  • "And I will stand by you, I will help you see it through / These are the hands of fate, and I am yours for all time"

5. "All of Me" by John Legend, from the album "Love in the Future" (2013)

  • "Love your curves and all your edges, all your perfect imperfections / Give your all to me, I'll give my all to you"

6. "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz, from the album "We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things." (2008)

  • "Well, open up your mind and see like me, open up your plans and damn you're free / Look into your heart and you'll find love love love, love love love"

7. "Marry Me" by Train, from the album "Save Me, San Francisco" (2009)

  • "Marry me, today and every day / Marry me, if I ever get the nerve"

8. "Here Comes the Sun" by The Beatles, from the album "Abbey Road" (1969)

  • "Here comes the sun, here comes the sun / And I say it's alright"

9. “Somewhere over the Rainbow - Ukelele Version” by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole

  • "Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high / There's a land that I heard of once in a lullaby"

10. "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" by Aerosmith, from the album "Armageddon - The Album" (1998)

  • "I don't want to close my eyes, I don't want to fall asleep / 'cause I'd miss you, baby and I don't want to miss a thing"


Classical, Traditional, Instrumental Wedding Processional Songs:

Note: some of the years listed below are approximates.

  1. "Canon in D" by Johann Pachelbel (1680)
  2. "Ave Maria" by Franz Schuber (1825)
  3. "Trumpet Voluntary" by Jeremiah Clarke (1700)
  4. "Bridal Chorus" from "Lohengrin" by Richard Wagner (1848)
  5. "Wedding March" from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by Felix Mendelssohn (1842)
  6. "Clair de Lune" by Claude Debussy (1869)
  7. "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" by Johann Sebastian Bach (1714)
  8. "Ode to Joy" by Ludwig van Beethoven (1824)
  9. "Spring" from "The Four Seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi (1720)
  10. "Rondeau" by Jean-Joseph Mouret (1700)

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Wedding processional songs set the tone for your entire wedding. It’s the time where your bridal party walks down the aisle, and anticipation for your big entrance builds. Whether you're looking for a modern or classical option for a processional song (or multiple for different members of your bridal party), there are countless songs to choose from. To help you narrow down your options, we've compiled a list of the top 20 most popular wedding processional songs, broken down into two categories: Modern and Classical/Traditional.
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