Ideas for songs to walk down the aisle to

Choosing the right wedding ceremony music is an important part of the wedding planning as it has the ability to lift the senses and set the scene, getting your guests in the mood for a memorable destination wedding experience.

Ideas for songs to walk down the aisle to

Live or recorded

The first thing is to decide whether you want live or recorded music. There are countless possibilities with probably the only limitation being cost. Caribbean weddings conjure up visions of a steel band playing or you might like to walk down the aisle at your Hawaiian wedding to the gentle lilting sound of the harp. Just picture a beautiful girl in a colourful Hawaiian dress and a bloom in her long hair, playing a garland decorated harp. Alternatively, how about a local guitarist with a repertoire of Hawaiian music standing barefoot in the sand strumming out some authentic Hawaiian ceremony music. If you're having your wedding in Mexico, then consider hiring a mariachi band – your guests will never forget it. If cost is an issue, then settle for your favourite recording.

When it comes to the choice of music, there's hundreds of pieces, both classical and contemporary which are suitable for a wedding ceremony. Here are a few popular choices:


Classical music can be a little too formal for a beach wedding but there are a few light and airy pieces which would work such as:

  • Flower Duet – Leo Delibes
  • Canon in D – Pachelbel
  • Air From Water Music – Handel
  • Spring - Vivaldi

Instrumental (not classical)

Here's a small choice of pieces with real emotional intensity that have featured in some well known movies and which would make perfect wedding entrance choices.

  • The Wedding – James Horner (from Legend of the Falls)
  • Fairytale – from Shrek – by Harry Gregson-Williams
  • Once Upon A Time – Story Book Love (from Princess Bride)
  • Pelagia's Song (from Captain Corelli's Mandolin)
  • Contemporary Music

For more modern songs which work perfectly with beach weddings, why not consider the following:

  • Hawiaan Wedding Song – Elvis Presley
  • Kiss The Girl – from the Little Mermaid
  • Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World – Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
  • Sand On My Feet – Donna Summer

These are just a handful of choices but you may like to choose a song which has a special meaning for you and your groom. Such as a song which kept being played on your first holiday together, a song which has special words that fit into a part of your lives, or a love song which expresses exactly how you feel about each other.


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