What piece/song should I walk up the aisle to?

Updated: Feb 7, 2019

It’s finally here, your big day, your big moment, your grand entrance. The unveiling of the dress/ outfit. The ‘meeting’ with your future spouse. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of walking up the aisle. The elation, the emotions, the faces, of all the people you love most in the world, watching you walk up to the most important one of all.

A moment like this- deserves a soundtrack to match- but what song/piece should you choose?




It’s finally here, your big day, your big moment, your grand entrance. The unveiling of the dress/ outfit. The ‘meeting’ with your future spouse. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of walking up the aisle. The elation, the emotions, the faces, of all the people you love most in the world, watching you walk up to the most important one of all.

A moment like this deserves a soundtrack to match. And that’s where your musicians come in. There’s nothing that can match live music to create an atmosphere. At a moment like this live music is crucial to ensure each note is timed to suit. Knowing your musicians will react to every possible event such as a nervous bridesmaid walking up the aisle quicker than expected, an extra moment at the back of the church to wipe a tear is crucial for wedding couples. Whatever the occasion requires professional experienced live musicians can adapt on the day, so that all eventualities are covered.

Experienced wedding musicians are best as they have the broadest choice of repertoire. They also have a good idea of pieces that work, or don’t! Many musicians will have recommendations to choose from. Some pieces simply are not suitable for some instruments unless you opt for an ensemble. You may want to book a singer also. Remember singers will need backing music, so musicians are always necessary.

Your entrance piece is often the most important piece of music of the day. Each entrance is different. Some want their big ‘ta daa’ moment, some opt for an emotional tear jerking entrance, and others want to kick off the day with something lively to get the party started from the first moment. Thinking about the tone you wish to set is often a good starting point. Sometimes it may be a song or piece with a special meaning for you both.

Of course the venue will also play a role in your wedding music choices. Some priests will specify hymns only at certain points of the mass, while some celebrants (particularly humanist celebrants) will have restrictions on songs that contain lyrics associated with angels, or religious/spiritual elements. With this in mind, there are still thousands if not millions of possibilities to choose from.

The traditional, formal couple may opt for some of our well known pieces from films or from attending weddings over the years. Pieces such as Pachabel’s Canon in D or one of the wedding marches/bridal chorus are often popular. (Yes wedding marches/bridal chorus as they are often confused - be sure to specify which one you like a quick search of ‘Wagner Bridal Chorus’ and ‘Mendelhson Wedding March’ should do the trick.)

If evoking emotions is your thing, classical pieces such as ‘Gabriel’s Oboe’ or ‘The Portuguese Love Theme’ (from Love Actually) should draw a tear from even the most controlled of guests. Songs such as ‘A Thousand Years’- Christina Perri, ‘Perfect’ - Ed Sheeran or ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love with You’- Elvis Presley are popular with couples wishing to stick with modern/popular choices. Each of these sound great instrumental or with a singer. Or why not go all out cheesey if you’re lucky enough to have your father walk you up the aisle with ‘Butterfly Kisses’!

There are many beautiful hymns written just for this moment too. The Wedding Song Ave Maria is a special Ave Maria to walk in to. The lyrics are so specific to this particular moment. And if you have a partner that can stand at the top of the aisle and sing them to you as you enter even better!

For something more personal to you both why not opt for a piece from a favourite film. We’ve played so many beautiful pieces over the years from couples favourite films. Think ‘La Vita Bella’, ‘For the Love of a Princess’ also known as the Love theme from Braveheart, ‘The Feather Theme’ from Forest Gump, or for something a little more lively ‘My Girl’.

Whatever your choice, just enjoy the moment. Take your time, savour each step, and remember this is the first step into your big day. All the fuss and preparation is now over- relax and enjoy!


For more ideas visit our sample entrance pieces in the gallery or contact us here.


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