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How to Make A Grand Entrance At Your Wedding

Updated: Mar 8

What Songs To Play & When To Play Them

The build up to a wedding is enormous. The excitement, the planning, the anticipation, let alone the nerves.

I thought as a wedding ceremony singer I thought I would put a few simple steps together to ensure you choose the perfect music for your special day and help you decide what kind of music would suit the venue, your tastes and the type of ceremony you are planning. As well as whether the music should be live, recorded, sung or instrumental.

Well, whilst it can seem a little daunting to start with, your song choices will really add some personality to your day and will make the ceremony meaningful to you and your partner.

When should you have live, or indeed, recorded music on your wedding day? Well, the honest answer is .... whenever you like! It is your day but there are moments during most wedding ceremonies when live music is traditional. However, the final decision is yours and recorded music can be just as uplifting especially if it is special to both of you.

So, as the song goes, let's start at the very beginning .....


Arrive Of The Guests

I always think that it is a lovely touch at a wedding to have some music playing whilst the guests arrive and it really adds to the atmosphere and magic of the whole event. Whether the music is a church organ, live musicians or pre-recorded; my advice would be to go for something instrumental rather than sung, as most people will be chatting. Also do consider the volume - you don't want anything too loud and make sure the place is slow and calming. I would normally suggest that the music starts between 20 - 30 minutes before the ceremony to relax the guests and most importantly your partner.


Entrance Music (Or Processional Music)

This is the big one, the moment that every bride dreams of! And having live musicians play at the entrance of the bride or groom is something that you will never forget - whether the live music is a church organ, your favourite band, an instrumentalist, gospel choir or sung solo. Choose something that you think is beautiful and sums you up as a person and how you feel about your partner. You'll know it when you hear it as the hairs of the back of your neck will stand up.

But a word of caution it does need to be of a beat/pace that you can walk down the aisle, at a slower than normal pace, too!

If you don't know whether the music is at the right pace just stand up and imagine you are at your venue walking down the aisle and see if you can walk to it. You will soon know if the music is at the right speed. And, it's also nice to get a bit of practice in.


Below is a list of song that could be used as processional songs / music. This is not an exclusive list and you don't have to stick with just these. They are only just a guide so let your imagination run wild.


  • Triumphal March & Ballet (Aida) - Verdi

  • Air (Water Music) - Handle

  • Air on A G String - J S Bach

  • Arioso - J S Bach

  • Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Solomon) - Handel

  • Ave Maria - Schubert *

  • Bridal Chorus - Wagner

  • Canon in D - Pachelbel

  • Clair de Lune - Debussy

  • Fur Elise - Beethoven

  • Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - J S Bach

  • Prelude in C - J S Bach

  • Romeo & Juliet : Act 1 Scene XVIII, Gavotte - Prokofiev

  • Rhapsody on a Theme Op 43 (Introduction) - Paganini

  • Spring - Vivaldi

  • The Prince of Denmark's March - Jeremiah Clarke


  • Everything I Do I Do It for You (sung in Italian) - Norwood *

  • I will always Love You (Sung in Italian) - Parton *

  • Nella Fantasia - Morricone *

  • You Raise Me Up - Josh Grogan


  • A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes - Cinderella

  • A Whole New World - Aladdin

  • Beauty & The Beast (Tale as Old As Time ) - Beauty & The Beast

  • Kiss the Girl - The Little Mermaid

  • So This is Love - Cinderella

  • Some Day Me Prince Will Come - Snow White

  • Ten Minutes Ago - Cinderella

  • When You Wish Upon a Star - Pinocchio

  • You've Got A Friend in Me - Toy Story

TV, Movies & Musicals

  • A Thousand Years - Twilight

  • All I Ask of You - Phantom of the Opera *

  • Anyone Else But \You - Juno

  • Because You Loved Me - Up Close and Personal

  • Can You Feel the Love Tonight - The Lion King

  • Endless Love - Lionel Richie & Diana Ross

  • Everlasting Love - The Parent Trap

  • I Wanna Grow Old With You - The Wedding Singer

  • I See You - Avatar

  • I've Had the Time Of My Life - Dirty Dancing

  • Kissing You - Romeo & Juliet

  • Moon River - Breakfast At Tiffany's

  • My Girl - Father of the Bride

  • Nothing's Going to Stop Us Now - Mannequin

  • One Hand, One Heart - West Side Story*

  • Some Enchanted Evening - South Pacific *

  • Superman Theme - Superman

  • The Secret Wedding - Braveheart

  • Take My Breath Away - Top Gun


  • Bella's Lullaby - Burwell, Refeld & Hedman

  • Butterfly Waltz - Brian Crain

  • Glasgow Love Theme - Love Actually

  • He's a Pirate - The Curse of the Black Pearl

  • Love Theme - The Godfather

  • Maestro - The Holiday

  • Sentimental Walk - Love Affair

  • Star Wars : Main Theme - Star Wars

  • Stars & Butterflies - Pride & Prejudice

  • The Lake - The Notebook

  • The Lord of the Rings Trilogy - The Lord of the Rings

  • The Portrait - Titanic


  • A Million Love Songs - Take That

  • A Whiter Shade of Pale - Procol Harum

  • All About The Bass - Meghan Trainor

  • All I Want is You - Barry Louis Polisar

  • All My Life - K-Ci & JoJo

  • All Of Me - John Legend

  • Amazing Day - Coldplay

  • All I Love Her - Beatles

  • At Last - Etta James

  • Beautiful in White - Shane Filan

  • Beautiful People - Labrinth

  • Beneath Your Beautiful - Labrinth & Emeli Sande

  • Budapest - George Ezra

  • Can't Help Falling iN Love - Elvis Presley

  • Celebration - Kool & The Gang

  • Chapel of Love - The Dixie Chicks

  • Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol

  • Could I Have This Dance - Anne Murray

  • Come Away With Me - Norah Jones

  • Come Raine Or Come Shine - Ray Charles

  • Crystal - Fleetwood Mac

  • Dance Me to the End of Love - The Civil Wars

  • Earned It - The Weeknd

  • Europa (Earth's Cry Heaven's Smile) - Santana

  • Eye of the Tiger - Survivor

  • Falling In Love With You Again - Imelda May

  • Feels Like Home - Edwina Hayes

  • Giving Myself - Jennifer Hudson

  • Halo - Beyonce

  • Have I Told You Lately - Tony Bennett

  • Heaven - DJ Sammy & Yanou featuring Do

  • Here & Now - Luther Vandross

  • Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles

  • Hey There Delilah - Plain White T's

  • How Long Will I Love You - Ellie Goulding

  • I Could Not Ask for More - Sara Evans

  • I Fall Apart - Rory Gallagher

  • I Get to Love You - Ruell

  • I Love the Way You Love Me - John Michael Montgomery

  • I'll Be There - Jackson 5

  • I'm Kissing You - Des'ree

  • I'M Yours - Jason Mraz

  • If I Could Be With You - Duke Heitger's Big Four

  • Iris - To Goo Goo Dolls

  • Just the Way You Are - Bruno Mars

  • Kiss from a Rose - Seal

  • Kiss Me - Ed Sheeran

  • La Vie En Rose - Edith Piaf

  • Latch - Sam Smith

  • Linger - The Cranberries

  • Look At Me - Carrie Underwood

  • Love Me Like You Do - Ellie Goulding

  • Love Never Fails - Brandon Heath

  • Love Song - Tesla

  • Lucky - Jazon Mraz ft Colbie Caillat

  • Make You Feel My Love - Adele

  • Marry Me - Train

  • Marry You - Bruno Mars

  • No One - Alicia Keys

  • One Day Like This - Elbow

  • Paridise - Coldplay

  • Past Lives - BORNS

  • She - Elvis Costello

  • Spectrum (Say My Name) - Florence & The Machine

  • Suddenly - Angry Anderson

  • Sweet Child O'Mine- Guns N' Roses

  • Sweet Disposition - The Temper Trap

  • Sweet Louise - Passenger

  • Tenerife Sea - Ed Sheeran

  • The Book Of Love - peter Gabriel

  • The Dream of the Dolphin - Enigma

  • The Final Countdown - Europe

  • The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Roberta Flack

  • The One - Kodaline

  • This Guy's In Love with You - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass

  • I Promise You - Ronan Keating

  • This I Swear - Nick Lachy

  • Time After Tim - Eva Cassidy

  • Truly Madly Deeply - Savage Garden

  • Turning Page - Sleeping At Last

  • Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers

  • Us Against the World - Coldplay

  • What Are Words - Chris Medina

  • With You - Chris Brown

  • Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton

  • You Hand Me From Hello - Bon Jovi

  • Young Hearts Run Free - Kym Mazelle


For information - songs marked with an asterisk ( *) are currently some of my performance pieces. If your favourite song is not on this list or it is not marked with an asterisk and you are interested in me potentially performing it please contact me.

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