For every wedding, music creates an ambiance to help you and your guests share one of life's most substantial moments together. One of those moments is when the bride walks down the aisle. The anticipation! Many women dream about it their whole lives, whereas others are terrified of the spotlight. No matter where you stand, you'll glide down the aisle elated with the right music.
Here are five of the most requested songs for when the bride walks down the aisle.
1. Canon in D, by Pachelbel
This is a popular choice for brides (and bridal parties, too). There is something calming and majestic about the piece, This classic has been around since the late seventeenth century, but didn't become popular until 1968 when a chamber orchestra performed an arrangement of it it a more romantic - and less baroque - style. Its chord progression has been used in countless pop songs, making it easily recognizable across genres.
2. Air on G, by Bach
Air on G is a rendition of Bach's third Orchestral Suite in D major, which was written in the first half of the 18th century. Similar to Pachelbel's Canon, this piece has a bass line that has been used in many pop songs. The floating melody and rich harmonies offer a contemplative quality to the music.
3. Halo, by Beyonce
How could any bride resist this popular song by the Queen? Beyonce's Halo makes a great choice for the bride's processional and brings a contemporary vibe to the ceremony. When played by strings, it keeps the music classy for a polished and popular effect.
4. Hallelujah, by Leonard Cohen
Even though this classic hails from the '80s, it wasn't as popular as it is today until 2001 when it was featured in the film Shrek. There are hundreds of renditions of this song out there now. It's estimated that over 300 versions have been shared by musicians and cover bands. For the ceremony, this is considered a "secular hymn." The song is great if you're looking to bridge the gap between traditional and popular culture.
5. The Flower Duet from Lakme, by Delibes
This famous duet from the opera Lakme made its debut in Paris in 1883 and has since gained popularity from its use in many advertisements and films. Many brides favor it for its lilting quality and beautiful, flowing melody. The original operatic version is shown below.
There are many different songs that a bride can chose from for walking down the aisle. These five are some of the most frequently requested from the brides that we have worked with. Take a look at our song list to get an idea of what might work for your wedding.