Finding wedding processional songs that are adorable and a little cheesy is a difficult task. We all know that everyone is tired of hearing, “Here Comes the Bride” or Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March.” Sadly, few lists of wedding song ideas are geared toward those beautiful tear-jerking tunes that have your wedding guests crying into their handkerchiefs. To present as many options as possible, 17 songs from over 10 genres are detailed below.
Walk down the aisle to soul, jazz, R-n-B, or country
When you are in love, all you can think about is the happy to days to come. Encapsulating this type of joy is the jazz hit “At Last” by Etta Jones. Other songs that convey a message of true love in the soul and blues genre are “When a Man Loves a Woman” by Percy Sledge and “Always and Forever” by Luther Vandross. Vandross’ song and “The Look of Love” by Dionne Warwick and Burt Bacharachis also sound sincere and beautiful when performed by male or female wedding singers. If you do not want singing, “Flatbush Waltz” by Andy Statman is an upbeat processional song selection for the band.
Non-English language processional songs
Have you always wondered what the most romantic Spanish wedding song is? According to popular suggestions made in blogs online, “I Woke up in Your Arms” or “Amaneci En Tus Brazos” is the perfect processional choice. As for weddings in China, a wedding favorite is, “Blooming Flowers and Full Moon Night” by Miriam Yeung and Richie Ren. Popular Islamic-oriented wedding songs are called “Nasheed” and “Nazeel Azami” by Rahmanur Rahim; they are excellent for Islamic weddings in America. In particular, this singer creates a beautiful processional option performed in Arabic and English.
For non-English speakers looking for a processional song for European-Americans at weddings, “Harvest Moon” by Neil Young or the funny love message of “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen are folk music classics. Finally, Jewish weddings have a processional song that is breathtaking in any culture. Sung by many wedding singers around the world, “Fairest among Maidens” or “Hana’ava Babanot” is cute enough for any matrimonial setting.
Processional songs that sound traditional
“All I Have to Do Is Dream” by The Everly Brothers is another great processional song that is easy for wedding singers to emulate. It also has a cool 1950′s rock-n-roll feel while giving old-timers a chance to enjoy the music before you pump the dub-step at the reception. Some couples like the sound of violins at their wedding, but they want the selections to sound less like traditional classical music. If this is your dilemma, the “Appalachia Waltz” by Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, and Mark O’Connor is sheet music you will be happy you purchased for the band. For the satirical couple that wants a touch of ironic humor, choose the most pretentious sounding music on earth with the “Wedding March” from The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Rock-n-Roll, country, folk and other unique processional songs
Finding a unique song as the backdrop sound for your wedding can be remedied by cross-over songs. For instance, if you are looking for a country music song that will not alienate your wedding party with twang, “My Best Friend” by Tim McGraw is a cute choice. If your DJ is warning you that electronic dance music will alienate everyone at your wedding, Daft Punk’s “Something about Us” is a tune with a soft romantic touch.
“More the Words” by Extreme may have been a pop classic, but the acoustic version makes it a wedding classic. Along those lines, “Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica may seem like an oddball because it is a heavy metal pop song. You might get a few snickers from your wedding party for choosing Metallica, but chances are they will be moved by the lyrics.
Altogether, it is clear that there are definitely incomparable processional songs out there waiting for you. The main idea is to select a defining genre and then allow the lyrics inspire you. When you are walking down the aisle, they will be wiping the tears away and you will have the sweet melody of your perfect wedding music selection to thank.
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