Bridal party processional songs are an important detail on any wedding day. There are scores of them to choose from. The one you go with always depends upon what the bride and groom envision their big day to be like. You could have a traditional song that puts the cherry on top of a good, old-fashioned wedding, quirky ones that showcase your personality or unique interests or hobbies, or themed ones that put the finishing touch on the ambiance of a themed wedding. No matter which way you go, this is an important detail that you want to get just right on your wedding day. To that end, we are going to give you a list of suggestions for bridal party processional songs that will help make your wedding day unforgettable.
Traditional Bridal Party Processional Songs
We might be in the year 2018, but plenty of people just want a good, old-fashioned traditional wedding. The bride might be wearing her mother or grandmother's wedding gown. Perhaps the bride, groom, and their families want the wedding they have always dreamed of, regardless of modern trends. This might include having bridal party processional songs that reflect those traditions. Therefore, without further ado, here are a few traditional bridal party processional songs to make your traditional wedding pitch perfect.
- "Claire de Lune" by Claude DeBussy
- "Canon in D" by Pachelbel
- "Appalachian Spring" by Aaron Copeland
- "Arioso" by J.S. Bach
- "Fur Elise" by Beethoven
All of these songs are instrumental, and they are classics that are offered in a variety of arrangements. Any one of them will offer an amazing traditional song for your bridal party to march down the aisle to.
Bridal Party Processional Songs From the Wonderful World of Disney
Almost everyone is familiar with the magic of Disney movies. Many of these fairy tales revolve around romance, usually with a princess finding and marrying her prince in the end. Therefore, songs that have been enshrined in our culture by Disney movies make the perfect bridal processional songs. Here are just few you might love.
- "Kiss the Girl" from The Little Mermaid.
This timeless song is the soundtrack when the Sebastian the crab is trying to get Prince Eric to kiss Ariel, who has lost her beautiful voice due to Ursula the sea witch's curse. The mute Ariel is on a romantic boat ride in the lagoon with Prince Eric, and Sebastian and his "chorus" of assorted animals try to give her a helping hand. Here are a few of the lyrics:
Sha la la la la la
My oh my
Look like the boy too shy
Ain't gonna kiss the girl
Sha la la la la la
Ain't that sad?
Ain't it a shame?
Too bad, he gonna miss the girl
Now's your moment
Floating in a blue lagoon
Boy, you better do it soon
No time will be better
She don't say a word
And she won't say a word
Until you kiss the girl
It's the perfect song to precede any wedding kiss!
2. "A Whole New World" from Aladdin.
This one is another Disney classic. Jasmine and Aladdin sing this classic song during their magic carpet ride, as they discover their "whole new world," all while discovering their love for each other. Anyone who has been in love knows that it does open a whole new world. That makes this beautiful, timeless song one of the world's most perfect bridal party processional songs. Here are a few of those lyrics:
I can open your eyes
Take you wonder by wonder
Over sideways and under
On a magic carpet ride
A whole new world
A new fantastic point of view
No one to tell us no
Or where to go
Or say we're only dreaming
A whole new world
A dazzling place I never knew
But when I'm way up here
It's crystal clear
That now I'm in a whole new world with you
After reading those lyrics, almost anyone would say that it definitely ranks on the list of perfect bridal party processional songs.
3. "Bella Notte" from Lady and the Tramp
This is the song that plays during the iconic spaghetti dinner scene between the adorable
dogs in Lady and the Tramp. It's an adorable love story, and while it might be between two dogs rather than human beings, this song makes for one of cutest bridal processional songs any Disney-loving bride could ask for. Here's a taste of the lyrics:
Oh, this is the night, it's a beautiful night
And we call it bella notte
Look at the skies, they have stars in their eyes
On this lovely bella notte
Side by side with your loved one
You'll find enchantment here
The night will weave its magic spell
When the one you love is near
Oh, this is the night and the heavens are right
On this lovely bella notte
"Bella Notte" would make a great addition to any wedding, especially for an evening ceremony. Talk about one of the best bridal processional songs to begin a truly magical night - and the rest of your lives together.
4. "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" from The Lion King
This is the song that Simba and Nala fall in love to, as Simba's friends look on helplessly, believing that Simba has forgotten them. The song precedes Simba's taking of his true destiny as the King of the Jungle, just like his father, Mufasa was. The scene is adorable, and the song is even more adorable. The lyrics alone make it a song that must go on any list of bridal party processional songs that include favorites from the wonderful world of Disney. Here are the lyrics from the chorus:
Can you feel the love tonight?
The peace the evening brings
The world, for once, in perfect harmony
With all its living things
Can you feel the love tonight?
You needn't look too far
Stealing through the night's uncertainties
Love is where they are
This is such a beautifully innocent and loving song, and from one of the most beloved Disney movies of all time. There's no bridal party who wouldn't want this song played for their trip down the aisle.
5. "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes" from Cinderella
Cinderella is, of course, an original Disney classic. "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes" is sung as Cinderella goes to bed, wishing for a better life, hopefully with her prince charming. We all know that she gets that in the end, and wouldn't it be fitting for any bride who fancies her wedding to be the day she marries her fairy tale prince to include this one in the list of bridal processional songs? Here are the lyrics:
A dream is a wish your heart makes
When you're fast asleep
In dreams you will lose your heartaches
Whatever you wish for, you keep
Have faith in your dreams and someday
Your rainbow will come smiling through
No matter how your heart is grieving
If you keep on believing
The dream that you wish will come true
What a perfect song to have play for your bridal party as the dream you always wished for finally comes true!
Bridal Party Processional Songs From Our Favorite Romantic Movies
Of course, movies can definitely inspire romance. This is especially true when it comes to the sound tracks of almost all movies that fall into the genre of romance. Here are just a few movies that have soundtracks and songs that make for perfect bridal party processional songs:
- "A Thousand Years" from Twilight: Breaking Dawn 2
A Thousand Years is, of course, the song that plays at the very end of the movie, as Bella and Edward celebrate their never-ending life together. Some of the lyrics are as follows:
The day we met,
Frozen I held my breath
Right from the start
I knew that I'd found a home for my heart
Colors and promises
How to be brave?
How can I love when I'm afraid to fall
But watching you stand alone?
All of my doubt suddenly goes away somehow
One step closer
I have died everyday waiting for you
Darling don't be afraid I have loved you
For a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand more
Of course, Bella and Edward are vampires, and they have a thousand years together and way beyond. We humans don't have nearly as much time, but the life you have with your love can be your "thousand years."
2. " I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" from Armageddon
This Aerosmith classic comes from a movie about the end of the world, but certainly it can be used as one of the world's great bridal party processional songs. After all, who wouldn't want to be with the love her life while the world is ending around her?
3. "Falling Slowly" from the movie Once
Falling Slowly is a song that is literally about falling in love with someone who does not know the person they love very well - only that they know them, and they know they love them. 'Nuff said. The lyrics are beyond beautiful:
Take this sinking boat and point it home
We've still got time
Raise your hopeful voice you have a choice
You'll make it now
Falling slowly, eyes that know me
And I can't go back
Moods that take me and erase me
And I'm painted black
You have suffered enough
This song is so beautiful that it needs no defense for its position on any list of great bridal party processional songs.
4. "Wind Beneath My Wings" from Beaches
The title of the song says it all. Your true love should be the proverbial wind beneath my wings. This is a person who will lift you up when you are down, and be there for you for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, 'til death do you part, to loosely quote the traditional wedding vow. Nothing could be more fitting for a bridal procession.
5. "Rose" from Titanic
While the movie Titanic is based upon the true story of the sinking of that infamously flawed luxury cruise ship, the movie inserted a beautiful love story that became the focal point of the story. While the story is tragic, the love is beautiful, and the song "Rose," beautifully illustrates that.
The Bottom Line
Your wedding easily ranks up there on the list of the most important days of your life. Every detail matters, no matter how big or small. These details could range from anything from picking the best guest book alternatives to how to choose the best dress for your big day. There are even ways to make sure your teeth are white enough for the wedding photos.
The bottom line is you are trying to make sure your big day goes off with a hitch. Picking a list of perfect bridal party processional songs falls squarely into that almighty checklist every bride has. We hope we have helped you out here, and you will see fit to share this list with your fellow brides-to-be. Happy wedding planning!