Picking the Perfect Entrance Song for your Wedding
The song you choose to walk down the aisle to can set the tone for your ceremony and the feeling you want for your elopement. There are many traditional songs you can pick but my favorite thing about eloping is that you can break all the rules and make your own traditions. This goes for the music too.
When it comes to the perfect processional song, the choice is really personal. Maybe it’s a song that makes you and your co-eloper cry or reminds you of a specific moment in your relationship. Maybe it’s a song that makes you laugh or is an inside joke between the two of you. Perhaps it’s a song that makes you feel empowered, sexy or just feels magical. What makes you feel all the feels? Cause that’s probably the one you should go with. Remember… don’t worry about what others think. It’s your wedding and these songs are about the two of you.
Okay, all that being said, please don’t freak out if you can’t think of a song. Eloping is also about having a low stress wedding and not sweating the small stuff. So if you need help deciding, here is a list of some of my favorites that were used by real couples at Elope 253 (in no particular order).
Top 10 Processional Elope Songs:
Into the Mystic by Van Morrison
This song has such a laid back, pretty vibe. It’s just a damn good song. Fun Fact: We had two brides who were getting married the same day pick this song as their processional song. They didn’t know each other and had no idea that the other chose that song. If that is not mystic… I’m not sure what is.
Fool in the Rain by Led Zeppelin
Admittedly, I am not the biggest Led Zeppelin fan BUT when I recently saw a bride sashay down the aisle to this song with a little sway in her hips and a twinkle in her eye, I thought to myself “Wowza! Everyone should walk down the aisle to this song!”
By Your Side by Sade
Ok, if you are looking for a little sass, romance and sensuality, this song has all of it.
Can’t Help Falling in Love by Kina Grannis
So we’ve all seen the movie, Crazy Rich Asians, and seen the wedding scene, right? Well, we can’t all afford a $40 million wedding but we can use the same song. Fun Fact: My co-eloper and I walked down the aisle to this song (Elvis version) at our elopement in Vegas.
Rainbow Connection by The O’Neil Brothers Group
This instrumental version of this song is lovely but then again, I’ve never heard a version of this song that I didn’t LOVE.
Marry You by Midnite String Quartet (In the style of Bruno Mars)
When a couple says they don’t want the stress of choosing a song and just want me to pick something, this is my go-to song. I have always felt that Bruno Mars’ Marry You was a perfect song for eloping and this instrumental version fits so well with walking down the aisle.
Halo by Beyoncé
Um, it’s Beyoncé… do I need to say anything else? Seriously though, her voice is silky and strong and passionate. It’s a fantastic song for a bride to walk independently to.
Perfect by Ed Sheeran
This song is by far the most popular at Elope 253. It’s relatable, modern and simply chalk full of so much emotion. If you want to set a romantic tone, this might be your to-go song.
Uptown Girl by Vitamin String Quartet (in the style of Billy Joel)
I am a big fan of finding string quartet versions of fun songs that you wouldn’t normally choose for a wedding song. This song is so good in its original form but when it is performed by this string quartet it sounds very wedding-y but a super fun and personal touch.
Coming Home by Leon Bridges
Reminiscent of another time (think Otis Redding or Sam Cook), this song is modern, soulful and upbeat. It has a chill vibe and R&B throb to it. Plus Leon Bridges’ voice is AH-MAZ-ING!
Bottom line to picking your processional song is to have fun and don’t worry about what anyone else thinks. There is no “perfect” song until you pick one… then that song will be perfect for you.