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Your Wedding Ceremony Music: Classical or Contemporary?

We've talked a lot about music for a rocking wedding reception, but what about the ceremony? The days when "Bridal Chorus" (aka "Here Comes the Bride") were the only options for the walk down the aisle have passed, and I've heard of weddings where the bride walked to everything from folk tunes to jazz standards to string quartet versions of Coldplay songs.

So I'm wondering: If you're married, or planning a wedding, did you go classical or contemporary with your ceremony songs? And for the non-marrieds out there, what do you imagine your wedding sound to be? (Don't forget to check out more wedding goodies on

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Blackwood Blackwood 8 years
mmm... I'm not sure if I'll ever walk down the aisle (I'm not religious), but if I did I'd like the intro to Stratovarius' Black Diamond (that would be ideal), or maybe Sinergy's Born Unto Fire And Passions (it would be my second choice)... I'd also love to walk down the aisle to the first chords of The Phantom of the Opera, but that would be too dramatic, and more funny than serious though.
actiny actiny 8 years
I walked down the aisle to Etta James' "At Last." So beautiful, and completely memorable.
eshellmoyer eshellmoyer 9 years
Adult contempo all the way. Kenny G is totally the theme of my wedding. Or maybe Philip Glass. Plink plink, plink.
hpoet hpoet 9 years
ours is all Beatles, and I am walking down to "Here, There and Everywhere" and we are walking back down to "All you need is Love", just two months left... I am so excited!
AKirstin AKirstin 9 years
She came in from stormy weather And asked her friend to be there with her When she slid down Cupid's bow Oh lookin' fine that day I had a dream that we were lovers I had a joke and she would smile when I'd say We could blow Blow a fuse in heaven Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah Well today All the lights went out in heaven Yeah today All the lights went out in heaven And I knew that she was all All that I needed Yeah, yeah, Cause today All the lights went out in heaven Yeah today All the lights went out in heaven And I knew that we were doomed Doomed to love each other
AKirstin AKirstin 9 years
If I were to get married again, I would have "All The Lights Went Out" by Marcy Playground play. It is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard, written for the lead singer's bride-to-be. Check it out (and ignore the video lol):
AKirstin AKirstin 9 years
I am not a traditionalist by any means, but even if I was, I wouldn't use the Bridal Chorus. It comes from a story about a failed marriage! lol
trouble450 trouble450 9 years
If I ever get married I am SURE it will be to a chorus of shotgun blasts.
codewhiz codewhiz 9 years
Since I opted for a Catholic-style wedding but without a mass, instead of having Ave Maria during the ceremony I had it for my entrance and exit music. For the entrance I had an instrumental and for the exit I had Erasure's recording. I would've preferred the Schubert version but I just made do with the Gounod version for both.
Fitness Fitness 9 years
I walked down the aisle (and by aisle I mean the cement path down the middle of my backyard) to the Book of Love by the Magnetic Fields.
emalove emalove 9 years
I opted to skip the whole classical music route...I didn't want anything overdone or traditional. I walked down the aisle to "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" by Israel Kamakawiwo Ole. It was beautiful. And my recessional song was something fun and unexpected, a song that I've always loved and makes me think of my hubby: "Then He Kissed Me" by The Crystals.
tsteffensen tsteffensen 9 years
We walked in to Pachabel's cannon and out to "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Marvin Gaye.
asheness asheness 9 years
Our first dance song is going to be sunshine lollipops by Leslie Gore
asheness asheness 9 years
These are the songs I have picked for various parts of our ceremony: This is the day by The The Is This Love by Bob Marley. You're my best friend by Queen Love and some verses by Iron and Wine I would have picked Such great heights by Iron and wine, but a friend recently used that in their wedding, and I wanted ours to be different.
jadenirvana jadenirvana 9 years
lenmuffit;I LOVE "In my Life." Brilliant Choice. Ok, so my first name is Jade and I'm thinking of walking down to Aerosmith's "Jaded." Please weigh in and tell me if this is tacky or amazing.
megnmac megnmac 9 years
I walked in to the theme from Princess Bride, "Storybook Love", played on the harp by my husband's cousin. It was GORGEOUS, and something that I just really really had wanted. It is funny how planning a wedding there are things that you just pick and then there are things that you are dead set on. I loved the song, and felt so fairy tale moment in my rooftop overlooking the beach ceremony. It was perfect. (the song is in this youtube -
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
One of my favorite songs to use as a processional though is The Hawaiian Wedding Song done by Elvis... it's so pretty.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
Ours was a combination. Our Moms walked down and lit our candles to Yanni's "Sunrise", our bridesmaids walked down to Pachelbel's "Canon in D" and I walked down the aisle to Tchaikovsky's "Sleeping Beauty". We exited to - oh gosh what was it... ackk I can't recall the name but it wasn't the traditional wedding march that is typically played after the ceremony but it was a classical piece.
whatwouldruthdo whatwouldruthdo 9 years
We did contemporary music for our ceremony. I walked down the aisle to Sade's By Your Side and we used U2's Beautiful Day as the recessional. It was very "us", and I'm so glad the music reflected our taste and our relationship. We're not very traditional.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
The song "I will love you" is also something I've had in mind but it might be a little TOO much. Not sure...
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I envision mine being music from the 30's/40's maybe some Frank Sinatra or big band music. It'll be great that much I know... ;)
omega2 omega2 9 years
I'm going to be walking down the aisle to an instrumental version of R.E.M's "At My Most Beautiful". I LOVE that song!
Imani33 Imani33 9 years
My husband surprised me for my walk down the aisle, he had our church choir ( like 60 ppl) sing my favorite gospel song when I walked down *so dramatic*
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