groom processional songs

One of the main focal points of a wedding reception is when the bride walks down the aisle. However, the groom is getting married, too! The groom should have his own song playing when he walks down the aisle, don’t you think? Well, we agree.

It’s your wedding. As the wedding couple, discuss your thoughts with your wedding planner and professional DJ.

groom processional songs

The Plunge says that the only thing that matters is not embarrassing your bride.

“Don’t listen to the pinheads who are mortified by change, go with your gut, but, above all else, be respectful to your bride’s wishes. If you embarrass her, you fail.” The Plunge

When Does the Groom Walk Down the Aisle?

You may not have the groom walk down the aisle at all. If it is a same-sex or gender-fluid ceremony, the wedding couple may walk at the same time or escorting their parents one after the other.

“You can also send all of the guys in at once. If you will be going this route, the groom will lead the way, followed by the Best Man + then the rest of the groomsmen in the order in which they will be standing.” The Springs Events

How Should the Groom Walk Down the Aisle?

Depending upon your religious and cultural traditions, the groom has some choices. From the subdued to the extravagant, the wedding processional is up to you and your preferences.

If your wedding is non-religious or secular, you can always be inspired by other traditions. The groom can have a parade of his groomsmen doing a dance down the aisle, ride in on a horse to the venue and altar (which works especially well for outdoor weddings), reverently walk down with his mother, or walk in from the side with the officiant.

Groom processional songs are an important part of the ceremony for the wedding couple to discuss with their planner. A song will take up a bit more time as it adds to the length of the overall wedding service. If it is a coordinated dance routine, don’t let that be a surprise to your wedding planner or DJ. If you have live musicians perform, be sure to get a recording ahead of time so you can practice before the rehearsal dinner. The rehearsal dinner is a run-through, not practice.

“[For a Christian Wedding] the officiant leads the groom, best man, and groomsmen to the altar, often from the side instead of down the aisle. In a Hindu wedding, the groom makes a grand entrance during the baraat, where he arrives on a highly-decorated horse accompanied by his family. [In a secular wedding] the groom might opt to escort his mother down the aisle and to her seat in the front row, followed closely behind by the groom’s father.” Brides

Does the Groom Need Processional Music?

Does the groom need processional music? That answer is up to the wedding couple. Groom processionals are fun to have his and her songs. For same-sex couples, where they do not have traditional roles, it gives equality to the ceremony. For feminists, it not only highlights equality but allows the groom to have a voice.

The processional song for the groom shouldn’t be too different from the bridal processional song. It would be odd at best if the groom walked down the aisle to Back in Black by AC/DC and the bride walked down the aisle to Johann Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major. This is why having a conversation early on with your professional DJ is important. The timing of the song is also important. If the aisle is long, then the songs can be longer. If the aisle is relatively short, there could be a lot of awkward standing.

With a processional song, the groom will have the spotlight as he makes his way down the aisle. Match the groom’s personality with songs for rockers, folksters, cowboys, and wedding lovers. When choosing processional songs, keep in mind that venues may have restrictions on music, such as a Catholic Church. Many outdoor venues like parks require city permits for amplified sound.

Similar song lists for further reading:

Processional Songs for the Groom

Enjoy our list of processional songs for grooms walking down the aisle. While offering a wide range of music styles, if you do not find a song you like, play one that describes your ceremony location, theme, or has deep meaning.

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Times Like These – Guitar Tribute Players
2014, Acoustic Tribute to Foo Fighters

Best Day of My Life – Vitamin String Quartet
2014, VSQ Performs the Hits of 2014 Vol. 1

The Man – Aloe Blacc
2013, Lift Your Spirit

Marry Me – Jason Derulo
2013, Tattoos

On Top Of The World – Imagine Dragons
2012, Night Visions

The Cello Song – The Piano Guys
2012, The Piano Guys

Rhythm of Love – Plain White T’s
2010, Wonders of the Younger

Marry You – Bruno Mars
2010, Doo-Wops & Hooligans

Marry Me – Train
2009, Save Me, San Francisco

First Day of My Life – Bright Eyes
2005, I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning

When U Love Somebody – Fruit Bats
2003, Mouthfuls

The Best Day – George Strait
2000, Latest Greatest Straitest Hits

Nothing Else Matters (Instrumental Version) – Apocalyptica
1998, Inquisition Symphony

Bitter Sweet Symphony – The Verve
1997, Urban Hymns

Men In Black – Will Smith
1997, Men in Black: The Album

Bless the Broken Road – Rascal Flatts
1995, All in Good Time

Whatta Man – Salt-n-Pepa feat. En Vogue
1993, Very Necessary

I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers
1988, Sunshine on Leith

Real American – Rick Derringer
(Hulk Hogan’s theme song)
1985, The Wrestling Album

Let’s Hear It For The Boy – Denise Williams
1984, Footloose Soundtrack

Walking On Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves
1983, Walking on Sunshine

Sharp Dressed Man – ZZ Top
1983, Eliminator

Bad To The Bone – George Thorogood
1982, Bad to the Bone

Back In Black – AC/DC
1980, Back In Black – AC/DC

Star Wars Main Theme – John Williams
1977, Star Wars Soundtrack

Gonna Fly Now (Rocky Theme) – Bill Conti
1977, Rocky Soundtrack

Your Song – Elton John
1970, Elton John

For Once In My Life – Stevie Wonder
1968, For Once in My Life

James Bond Theme – The London Symphony Orchestra
1962, Dr. No Soundtrack

Listen to our groom processional songs playlist on Spotify.

If you didn’t find your perfect song, you may also want to check out these song lists.

If you have a favorite we should add to the list, be sure to comment it down below so we can add it.


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