How long is a wedding procession?

Pav Chudiak


Last edited on 14 November 2017.

You’ve found the perfect musician or band for your procession, great! Now it’s time to make sure the music is played for the right length. First things first, get a list of songs together that are going to help make that special moment memorable forever. I've put a bunch of tips that will help you choose which music styles or songs could be played during the processional. 

 

Walking down the aisle: the procession

The decision to choose a live musician over an iPod or DJ could be a critical decision for you for a few reasons. 

First, you’ll want to have enough time for your bridal party and more importantly, you, to walk down the aisle. Second, it is one of the most important moments of your love and you should take the time to share it face-to-face with your fiancé in front of the people you love.

Here is a list of 20 popular processional songs to use or inspire you:

Contemporary songs:

  1. Better Together” by Jack Johnson
  2. A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri
  3. Big Jet Plane” by Angus and Julia Stone
  4. Home” by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zero’s
  5. The Book of Love”, Peter Gabriel version
  6. XO”, John Mayer version (written by Beyoncé)
  7. Have I Told You Lately” by Van Morrison
  8. I Was Married” by Tegan and Sara
  9. At Last” by Etta James
  10. This Old Love” by Lior
  11. Somewhere Only We Know” by Lily Allen
  12. Make You Feel My Love”, Adele version (written by Bob Dylan)
  13. Stand By Me” by Ben E. King
  14. All I Want” by U2
  15. All of Me” by John Legend

Traditional songs:

  1. Canon in D” by Johann Pachelbel
  2. Ave Maria” By Franz Schubert
  3. Here Comes the Bride (Bridal Chorus)” by Richard Wagner
  4. Prelude 1 in C major” by Johann Sebastien Bach
  5. Clair de Lune” by Claude Debussy

 

Things to watch out for:

You don’t want to be restricted by the length of the song you’ve chosen to rush the bridal party and more importantly you, down the aisle. If your procession takes four and a half minutes but your song is three and a half minutes, being stuck in the middle of the aisle, to put it mildly, would be horrifying! A live musician can seamlessly repeat sections of the song and smoothly stop on cue. Imagine what it would be like if you had to start the track over again! Do you stop walking or keep walking?! How long your procession is, is up to you just make sure you have the music side of things covered.

Tip: 

If that perfect song you’ve chosen to be played for the procession is a full band pop/rock song and you’ve booked a solo acoustic guitarist, ask the musician what they can do with the song. Musicians love getting creative and working some magic to adapt the song to suit the occasion. Experienced wedding musicians can easily create a more appropriate acoustic version of a song specifically for you. What could be better than having an original version of your ‘walk down the aisle’ song performed especially for you.

 

Pav Chudiak is a Melbourne-based professional musician with over 20 years experience playing at all types of events. He is also a co-founder of tremolo.com.au and a tertiary music teacher of over 10 years.

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