In the creation of timelines and confirming details for our clients, one of the questions we ask is what songs are part of the ceremony, in particular the processional (officiant, groom, groomsmen, bridesmaids, parents, the bride!) and the recessional (everyone walking back up the aisle to head towards pictures and the reception). Today's post though is all about the processional, and picking music that is a little different than the standard Pachelbel's Canon in D or Wedding March (fun fact: this originates from Shakespeare's Midsummer's Night Dream!). Most of the music featured in this article will be instrumental, some churches and venues have restrictions on music with words. So, without further adue, let's get on to Poppy Lane's Fall 2016 Processional picks!
Turning Page (Instrumental) -- Sleeping at Last
Yes, this piece is from Breaking Dawn's Soundtrack, much like the super popular Thousand Years performed by Christina Perri (our favorite cover though is by the Piano Guys), but there's something so incredibly soothing and soft about this music, and we think it's a perfect alternative to walk down the aisle to!
Can't Help Falling in Love with You -- Samantha Harvey
Oh. My. Goodness. This Elvis Presley cover speaks for itself. We also like this for a first dance song...cue the tears!!
Arioso from Cantata BWV 156 (Adagio) - Bach
A classical piece if there ever was one. "Adagio" is a music term for a slow, steady beat, a desirable quality and a necessity for processional music and a timed entrance. We find more traditional of nontraditional couples like this piece.
Thinking Out Loud -- Daniel Jang (Original by Ed Sheeran)
Can't go wrong with a piano and violin duet, most especially when it's covering a song like Thinking Out Loud. This makes us think of Spring and Summer outdoor ceremonies with a gentle breeze, and two people laughing and crying because they love each other so much.
Love Never Fails -- Brandon Heath
This song loosely follows Corinthians 13, and then turns into a series of verses regarding true love, your relationship together, and promising to be with each other until death to you part. 10/10 would recommend with and without the lyrics attached.