When the big day finally arrives, you want everything to be perfect. From the decorations topping the cake to the soundtrack the bride walks down the aisle to, your job is to make the happy couple feel like royalty. How, though, to go about selecting the right music for the procession?
The appropriate soundtrack hinges primarily on the personality of the lucky couple. Some prefer a traditional wedding replete with classical music. Others take a more whimsical approach with music from the modern age. If you’re trying to create the perfect background piano music to celebrate love, consider these tunes.
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Wedding Processionals To Play On Piano
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1. Vivaldi – “Spring”
Nothing says true love quite like a rebirth, and Vivaldi’s classic piece fits the bill nicely. You can almost hear the birds swooping between tree branches and bees buzzing around spring flowers. Playing the piece on a piano gives the music an elegant feel sure to make any bride feel like Cinderella, even if her nuptials take place at noon, not midnight.
2. Pachelbel – “Canon in D”
Even though this number originally was written to be performed with three violins, playing this piece on the piano makes the chords ring heavenly. It’s hard to believe this classical piece lingered in obscurity following its publication centuries ago. Now, this music graces traditional wedding processionals all over the globe, doing Pachelbel proud.
3. Norah Jones – “Come Away with Me”
Come away with me and we’ll kiss
On a mountaintop
Come away with me
And I’ll never stop loving you
Norah Jones‘ sweet crooning makes “Come Away with Me” sweet to sing along to when it comes to Sirius, but it’s a lovely processional when played on the piano. And as the siren herself uses the piano, guests will recognize the tune instantly. Those seeking a more modern wedding that still maintains a classic feel do well to walk down the aisle accompanied by this number.
4. Mendelssohn – “Wedding March”
While traditionally performed on a church pipe organ, this piece produces a signature sound when played on a baby grand or grand piano. Mendelssohn drew inspiration for the song from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Nights’ Dream.” But whether the happy couple exchanges “I do’s” in July or in January, this musical number marks the perfect way to accompany the party down the aisle.
5. Heavy D and the Boyz – “Now That We’ve Found Love”
I’m not quite sure as to what is going down
But I’m feeling Hunky Dory
‘Bout this thing that I found
Fun couples can dance their way to the altar with this lively number. While unconventional, this upbeat jam will have guests getting down with the newlyweds. Who says weddings must be stuffy and boring?
6. Tracy Byrd – “Keeper of the Stars”
I hold everything
When I hold you in my arms
I’ve got all I’ll ever need
Thanks to the keeper of the stars
Those who enjoy country music can’t go wrong with this popular wedding favorite. While the song is modern, the lyrics are sure to delight audiences of all ages if a hired performer sings while the music plays. However, given the popularity of the tune even among the non-country loving set, most will recognize the melody.
7. “Ave Maria” (Traditional Catholic Hymn)
Those exchanging their vows in a traditional Catholic ceremony adore this classic processional. The hymn sounds lovely sung in English or Italian and plays perfectly as an instrumental as well. Even those not pious can enjoy the relaxing tones of this classical music piece.
8. Aaron Copland – “Appalachian Spring”
Aaron Copland knew that classical music would have a hard time transplanting itself in America without some fresh, new elements which he captured perfectly in this piece. Copland drew much of his inspiration from nature and this musical number is no exception. Tree-hugging couples who love nothing more than a good camping trip can’t go wrong with this processional hymn.
9. Bruno Mars – “Just the Way You Are”
When I see your face
There’s not a thing that I would change
‘Cause you’re amazing
Just the way you are
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Bruno Mars is nothing short of amazing, and his song “Just the Way You Are” is one any bride can feel proud of as she walks the aisle. Those who want to give their weddings a modern twist do well to turn to this tune. After all, you do love your sweetie exactly as they are, right?
10. Tegan and Sara – “I Was Married”
They seem so very scared of us
I look into the mirror
For evil that just does not exist
Celebrate equality with this tune that follows the writer’s imaginary journey to marrying the person she loves. There’s no need to reserve this song for same-sex couples although it is appropriate. Hetero couples also will enjoy the enchanting melody.
Personalizing the Walk Down the Aisle
Everyone wants their wedding to be perfect down to the last detail. Music has long celebrated human emotions including love. Help your clients design their perfect processional with these song selections.
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