Music can make a big impact on the design of your wedding day. You get to pick an emotional first dance song, a celebration entrance song and reception songs that ramp up the dance floor. Walking down the aisle is undoubtedly one of the most emotional moments of your wedding ceremony. Your momentous song choice joins you and your soon-to-be-spouse for the first time during your wedding day.
Whether you take the traditional or modern route, there are endless options for choosing a song to walk down the aisle. Honor you and your fiance’s past by picking your anniversary song or play a favorite song from your early days of dating. Remember to also choose a tune that naturally blends into both your wedding party processional and recessional song.
Explore our list of 50 ceremony songs to walk down the aisle, no matter your music preference and wedding day design.
- Fun Songs
- Classical Songs
- Sweet Songs
- Christian and Gospel Songs
- Rock/Alternative Songs
- Country Songs
- R&B Songs
- Pop Songs
- Non-Traditional Songs
Add a little energy and pep to your lockstep by choosing a fun and playful ceremony song to walk down the aisle. Guests will be delighted by the funky tune, setting the scene for a celebratory ceremony.
Marry You, Bruno Mars
You’ll have the whole room clapping and dancing to welcome you down the aisle to this carefree and romantic tune.
Walking on Sunshine, Katrina and the Waves
Start your ceremony off with a bolt of energy by playing this 1980s favorite. Your guests will know the tune the second the brass kicks in.
I Choose You, Sara Bareilles
Lock eyes with your fiance to the tune of one of Sara B’s most romantic tunes. Its peppy beat and heartfelt lyrics are a beautiful way to kick off your ceremony.
I’m Yours, Jason Mraz
This sweet and simple jam sounds great on a guitar, ukulele or even sung a cappella, and is sure to reflect the sheer bliss of the moment.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered, Stevie Wonder
Classical music fits all venues, whether you’re entering a cathedral or performing the ceremony in a garden.
Canon in D, P. 37, Johann Pachelbel
Pachelbel’s Canon is one of the most recognizable bride entrance songs. Since the 17th century, the stunning yet simple tune has been arranged for a wide range of instruments and ensembles.
Clair de Lune, Claude Debussy
Claude Debussy wrote this iconic piano solo inspired by the 19th-century poem, “Moonlight.” Its elegant chords won’t leave a dry eye in the room.
Bridal Chorus, Richard Wagner
This grandiose ceremony song is often referred to as “Here Comes the Bride” and stems from Wagner’s 1850 opera, Lohengrin.
Wedding March, Felix Mendelssohn
Make the grandest of entrances with the famous wedding march, originally written for the wedding of lovers in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in 1842.
The Arrival of Queen Sheba, Handel
Looking for a tear-jerker to bring you down the aisle? Consider these sweet and sentimental traditional and non-traditional songs for your big ceremony moment.
The Book of Love, Peter Gabriel
Play it live or hire a quartet to play on an ensemble of strings. The lyrics are simple and striking, perfect for this richly emotional moment.
Sea of Love, Cat Power
The Cat Power cover of this classic Phil Phillips song is easy to perform on the ukulele or play live. It’s particularly ideal for a beachside wedding.
La Vie En Rose, Louis Armstrong
The phrase “la vie en rose” is all about seeing the world through rose-colored glasses when you’re deeply in love. Use this iconic arrangement to welcome you up to the altar.
Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Israel Kamakawiwoʻole
This poignant version of the famous Wizard of Oz tune has become a classic since it was released in 1993.
Here Comes the Sun, The Beatles
Christian And Gospel
Whether you’re exchanging vows in a traditional church ceremony or at an open air venue, these traditional and modern Christian songs set the tone for a religious event.
Ave Maria, Shubert
This iconic arrangement of Hail Mary is a go-to choice for a Christian service. This piece is traditionally arranged for a Soprano to accompany piano, strings or organ.
The Prayer, Josh Groban and Charlotte Church
The stunning tune was a hit in 2012, making it a recognizable choice and appropriate blessing for a religiously focused wedding.
I Found Love (Cindy’s Song), Bebe and CeCe Winans
Award-winning Gospel singers, Bebe and CeCe Winans can welcome you and your wedding party down the aisle with spirit and grace.
How Great Thou Art, Carl Boberg
A traditional hymn based on a Swedish poem, this powerful tune has a popular cover by Carrie Underwood that blends well with a modern Christian wedding.
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Johann Sebastian Bach
If you and your partner bonded over your love of music, it’s important to show this off at the wedding. There are plenty of famous and more obscure rock songs for walking down the aisle.
One of the most well-known picks from Coldplay’s album Parachutes, “Yellow” sets the scene for a touching processional toward your partner.
All My Days, Alexi Murdoch
Strum this heartfelt tune live on guitar or play the original version with lyrics that will surely send a beautiful message about your one-of-a-kind relationship.
The Wedding Song, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
This earnest and romantic song is great for a slow and epic wedding entrance for the rock-loving couple.
First Day of My Life, Bright Eyes
Kick off this new stage of your life together with this timeless love song from 2005. Play it on a guitar or ukulele if you choose live music.
Home, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Walking down the aisle to an instrumental tune—either on the strings, piano or guitar—is the popular choice for most couples today. Stick to the classic tunes or transform a modern melody into something fit for a violin.
Forrest Gump Feather Theme, Danny Wright
Played live or recorded, this simple and sentimental favorite comes from the award-winning favorite, Forrest Gump, and blends perfectly with a wedding ceremony.
Moonlight Serenade, Glenn Miller
Reminisce back to the swing era of the 1930s and 40s by playing the iconic instrumental version of Moonlight Serenade, ideal for a vintage-themed wedding.
Channel your inner prince or princess by asking a string quartet or pianist to play an instrumental rendition of “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” or “So This is Love.”
Si Bheag Si Mhor
Let the stars of the country world welcome you down the aisle whether you’re from the heart of Texas or a country-loving couple from New York City.
From this Moment On, Shania Twain
This award-winning song’s lyrics are ideal for walking toward your soon-to-be-spouse, especially for classic country music lovers.
Cowboy Take Me Away, Dixie Chicks
If you’re a bride showing off her cowboy boots beneath her dress, then play this upbeat Dixie Chicks country song to welcome you to the altar.
God Gave Me You, Blake Shelton
These lyrics reflect the challenges and support of a marriage—a beautiful way to kick off the ceremony.
When You Say Nothing at All, Alison Kraus
The famous 90s cover of this country favorite is beautifully sung by Alison Kraus. It would also make a lovely live tune played on the guitar.
My Wish, Rascal Flatts
No one quite sets the tone of romance like famous R&B singers of the past and present. Slow it down with a bluesy ballad or walk down the aisle to a rhythmic 90s favorite.
Kissing You, Des’ree, from Romeo + Juliet
Mirror the moment Romeo and Juliet first met eyes at the ball in Baz Luhrmann’s version of Romeo + Juliet.
All My Life, Boyz to Men
The recognizable strings in “All My Life” are the perfect intro to this classic throwback from the 90s.
All of Me, John Legend
The emotionally moving piano chords that open this Billboard-topping tune will touch the heart of every wedding guest.
Always and Forever, Luther Vandross
Though this sultry song has been around since the 1970s, Luther Vandross crooned one of the most famous covers, turning it into a wedding day favorite.
Angel of Mine, Monica
There’s no reason you can’t celebrate your favorite radio jam at your wedding. Play the original track or see if a live musician can adapt the melody to live instruments.
A Thousand Years, Christina Perri
Written for the Twilight soundtrack, there’s no question the lyrics of this song blend perfectly with a wedding ceremony or reception.
Come Away with Me, Norah Jones
Settle into this bluesy tune as you walk down the aisle toward your soon-to-be spouse. The song is easy to play on the piano, with or without lyrics.
Marry Me, Train
Play the original version as you enter or ask a musician to play it on a guitar. The simple arrangement is recognizable but doesn’t pull focus from the bride or groom.
Thinking Out Loud, Ed Sheeran
There’s no question that this took off in the wedding scene the moment it was released. Walk slowly down the aisle to this romantic favorite.
Make You Feel My Love, Adele
No need to stick to the favorites when you can tap into your passions and personality! Check out these non-traditional wedding songs from Broadway to the big screen.
Groovy Kind of Love, Phil Collins
Every fan of “Friends” in the room will recognize this choice as a reference to Monica and Chandler’s big day when it was played on the violin.
Jurassic Park Theme, John Williams
Though this is becoming a pretty popular choice with today’s couples, the instrumental opening to Jurassic Park is both a stunning tune and nod to your love of the movie.
Love to Me, Adam Guettel, Light in the Piazza
Are you a musical theatre fan? Choose from hundreds of stunning theatre tunes, like the love ballad from this 2005 Broadway hit.
Hoppipola, Sigur Rós
Icelandic band Sigur Rós is known for its epic instrumentals and ethereal vocals. Float down the aisle to this stunning piece.
The Luckiest, Ben Folds
Not only are the lyrics to this touching tune ideal for a wedding, but it also features a stunning piano accompaniment fit for the occasion.
Though there is a traditional wedding ceremony order, design this part of the day to represent your unique partnership. Weave music into the union ceremonies, ring exchange and even your vows. No matter what song you choose to bring you down the aisle, all focus will be on you and your big moment.