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.
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.
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
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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
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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Last Updated: July 20, 2021
Can’t Help Falling in Love – Music Travel Love
Oh take my hand
Oh take my whole life too
Oh for I can’t help falling in love with you
Marry You (Acoustic Cover) – The Moon Loungers
Is it the look in your eyes or is it this dancing juice?
Who cares, baby, I think I wanna marry you
Butterflies – MAX, Ali Gatie
I won’t stop getting butterflies, I
Get ’em every time
I look into your eyes
Missing Piece – Vance Joy
That missing piece is found
You know when you’re by my side, darling
Nothing can bring us down
nobody else – LANY
2020, Alternative Rock
It’s all a crazy trip
But life ain’t about what you do
It’s who you do it with
Nobody – Brian McKnight
Nobody else’s lips
My command is your every wish
You can believe, for sure
I’ll be nobody’s man but yours
Look at Me Now – Matt Stell
I lost it the second I saw you in that dress
And your daddy was walkin’ you down
Thought I’d never do this
But look at me now
Intentions (Acoustic) – Justin Bieber
Shower you with all my attention
Yeah, these are my only intentions
On My Way to You – Cody Johnson
I was just passin’ time
Kinda just passin’ through
On my way to you
Falling Like The Stars – James Arthur
And I’m not scared to say those words
With you I’m safe, we’re fallin’ like the stars, we’re fallin’ in love
Higher Love – Kygo & Whitney Houston
Bring higher love (My love)
Bring higher love, oh (Oh)
Beyond – Leon Bridges
I’m scared to death that she might be it
That the love is real, that the shoe might fit
She might just be my everything and beyond (beyond)
Live Forever – Kane Brown
If all we get is just to be together
It makes me wanna live forever
You make me wanna live forever
Stand By Me – Florence + The Machine
2016, Pop Rock
No, I won’t be afraid
Oh, I won’t be afraid
Just as long as you stand, stand by me
Better Together – Us The Duo
It’s not always easy and
Sometimes life can be deceiving
I’ll tell you one thing, it’s always better when we’re together
Electric Love – BØRNS
2015, Alternative Rock
I can’t let you go now that I got it
And all I need is to be struck
By your electric love
I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – Sleeping At Last
But I would walk 500 miles
And I would walk 500 more
Just to be the man who walks a thousand miles
To fall down at your door
Times Like These (Acoustic) – Foo Fighters
I’m a new day rising
I’m a brand new sky
To hang the stars upon tonight
Best Day of My Life – Vitamin String Quartet
The Man – Aloe Blacc
Yeah you can tell everybody
Go ahead and tell everybody
I’m the man I’m the man I’m the man
Marry Me – Jason Derulo
I’ll say, “Will you marry me?”
I swear that I will mean it
I’ll say, “Will you marry me?”
Grow Old With You – Ortopilot
2012, Singer Songwriter
I could be the man who grows old with you
I wanna grow old with you
Marry Me – Train
2009, Pop Rock
Love has surely shifted my way
Today and every day
When I Say I Do – Matthew West
Now for better or for worse are so much more than only words
And I pray everyday will be the proof
That I mean what I say when I say ‘I do’
Bless the Broken Road – Rascal Flatts
Pointing me on my way into your loving arms
This much I know is true
That God blessed the broken road
That led me straight to you
Let’s Get Married (ReMarqable Remix) – Jagged Edge feat. Run
Meet me at the altar in your white dress
We ain’t gettin’ no younger, we might as well do it (we ain’t gettin’ no younger, girl)
Been feelin’ you all the while, girl, I must confess (feelin’ you all the while)
Girl, let’s just get married
Yellow – Coldplay
Do you know
You know I love you so
You know I love you so
Men In Black – Will Smith
Here come the Men In Black (Men In Black)
Real American – Rick Derringer
(Hulk Hogan’s theme song)
I am a real American fight for the rights of every man
I’m a real American
Fight for what’s right fight for your life
Sharp Dressed Man – ZZ Top
They come runnin’ just as fast as they can
‘Cause every girl crazy ’bout a sharp-dressed man
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