Unexpected Ceremony Music and a Trending Tradition

By July 1, 2014Other Goodness

There are a lot of pieces that make up your wedding day, but music is an important part and often very difficult to decide on. Some of the most important song decisions are for the ceremony: the processional and recessional. “Canon in D” by Bach might not ring your bell! “Jesu, Joy of Mans Desiring” might not be your jam!

Some things to think about are the tone you want to set. Do you want to make a grand entrance? Maybe you would like a song that starts slowly and builds up? We’ve put together a few lists of beautiful alternative selections for your short walk to a long commitment.


Photography by The Gemmers.


Ashley Forrette Photography


Processional or Bridal Entrance for:

The “Indie” Couple
Cat Power – “Sea of Love”
Bright Eyes – “The First Day of My Life”
Landon Pigg – “Falling in Love at a Coffeeshop”
Death Cab For Cutie – “I Will Follow You Into the Dark”
Karen O – “The Moon Song”

The “Classics” Couple
Beach Boys – “God Only Knows”
The Beatles – “Here Comes the Sun”
Queen – “You’re My Best Friend”
Elvis – “Can’t Help Falling In Love With You”

The “Modern” Couple
Adele – “Lovesong”
Regina Spektor – “Us”
Penguin Café Orchestra – “Air a Danser”
Michael Buble – “You and I”

After the I Do’s and the kiss, you want a fun and joyous tune to kick off the celebrating. You might even ask your DJ to edit down a song or start at a particular spot for this one. What song will you choose to take your first steps together as newlyweds? Here is a list that has a little bit for everybody.


Ashley Forrette Photography

Recessional Music for:
The “Indie” Couple
The Temper Trap – “Sweet Disposition”
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes – “Home”
General Public – “Tenderness”
Postal Service – “Such Great Heights”

The “Classics” Couple
Stevie Wonder – “Signed Sealed Delivered”
Hall & Oates – “You Make My Dreams Come True”
The Turtles – “Happy Together”
Apollo 100 – “Joy”

The “Modern” Couple
Beyonce – “XO”
Bruno Mars – “Marry You”
Peter Gabriel – “In Your Eyes”
Florence and the Machine – “You’ve Got The Love”


Leah Verwey Photography



One trend we’ve been noticing moving into more West Coast weddings in weddings this year, is couples have been mixing up the timeline and kicking off the dancing with the first dance before dinner has been served. Don’t sit around and be anxious about dancing. This is a party after all!

We spoke to one of our brides on this fun tradition:

“We brought this tradition out from a lot of weddings we’ve attended on the East coast because we want the party to start as soon as possible! And that means music and dancing.
People come to weddings to dance and eat wedding cake and you want your guests to be satisfied, not waiting until after dinner for the fun to start. Also we just want to dance!”

Dancing Girl

Ben Blood Photography



Whatever you decide to choose, just make sure it is authentically you!