There are a lot of factors that go into the perfect wedding, and music is one of those. The songs you use tend to stick with people, and making a good impression matters. The most important music on your most important day, however, is which song you walk down the aisle to.
To help you better understand what track might be best for your special day, we will look at the 53 best songs to walk down the aisle to.
1. Air on the G String (Suite No. 3, BWV 1068) – Johann Sebastian Bach
And so we start it off with one of the most common examples of a wedding song. But, to be fair, such tracks are common for good reason: it’s a great choice. It really emphasizes the beauty and elegance of a wedding.
2. All I Want is You – Barry Louis Polisar
When you’re truly in love, you feel like there’s no circumstance that you would ever want to be apart from that person, and this song is a good way to communicate that. It’s incredibly cute to boot!
3. Best Part – Daniel Caesar Featuring H.E.R.
Sometimes, the best parts in life are the little things, and playing the song Best Part on your special day really emphasizes that. The wedding is important, sure, but it is only just as important as your partner remembering the color of your eyes and how you like your coffee.
4. Can You Feel the Love Tonight – Elton John
While this song was one of the most defining songs from The Lion King, it has evolved to have a life all its own. To stare into your partner’s eyes and see the intensity that you know exists in yours is something precious to behold.
5. Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley
Love isn’t a thing you choose to feel, it’s just something that happens, and not even for an explicable reason sometimes! However it happens, as this song notes, we’re all fools for love.
6. Canon in D Major – Pachelbel
Yet again, we have a song that is expected to be heard at a wedding. And again, we ask: so what? Old is gold, so they say, so if this one speaks to you, then you should absolutely use it when you walk down the aisle.
7. Celebration – Kool & the Gang
What is a wedding, if not a celebration? This song by Kool & The Gang will pull you and your loved ones down the aisle at double time, and have fun doing it too. Just make sure that everyone coming down can handle the pace!
8. Clair de Lune – Claude Debussy
The way Clair De Lune starts off a little melancholy might put you off, but isn’t that how it is? Your parents are seeing their child take a big next step, becoming your own person. And as the song progresses, it finally picks up—because, ultimately, this is one of the happiest moments of their lives.
9. Come Away With Me – Norah Jones
The wedding is often the first step in the rest of your lives together, and this song really emphasizes that you are taking the plunge and going on a journey with the love of your life. This journey will take you to some happy places and sad ones, but ultimately, the destination will be worth it.
10. Every Breath You Take – The Police
Your partner is going to be the most important thing in your life, which makes everything about them important as well. Keeping your eye on your partner, looking out for them, and spending time with them, is valuable, down to the simplest breath
11. Falling In Love With You Again – Imelda May
It’s often hard to be sure when you truly fall in love with someone for the first time, but honestly, does it really matter? Throughout your relationship, you are only going to fall in love over and over. And what better time to fall in love again than on your most important day?
12. Firework – Katy Perry
There are many ways to celebrate an important day, but fireworks are certainly one of the most popular ways. And since fireworks aren’t exactly safe for a wedding, a song about them might just be the next best thing. Firework by Katy Perry is definitely a higher-tempo song, but if you can keep up with it, it’s worth it.
13. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – Roberta Flack
There are a lot of firsts when it comes to your partner. Your first kiss, your first date, your first conversation even. But when all is said and done, perhaps the most magical moment is the first time you ever see their faces. It is, in essence, the seed of what would eventually grow into the love you have now, and this song captures that well.
14. Girls Just Want To Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
Two girls falling in love with one another often pick the same songs as any other couple, but sometimes, as this song says, girls just want to have fun! And what’s more fun than having this track play as you and your partner dance down the aisle?
15. Good Life – Kanye West featuring T-Pain
When all is said and done, we all want to have a good life, and the hopes of this wedding are that it will provide exactly that. Good Life by Kanye West featuring T-Pain serves as a wonderful welcome mat for both of you into this life you hope to create for yourselves.
16. Happiness – Florence + The Machines
If you’re looking for a song that is more off-kilter than your typical wedding song, Happiness may be the perfect one for you. It starts off simple, building up as it progresses, almost like it’s building up to the intensity of the love you and your partner have for each other.
17. Happy – Pharrell Williams
Walking down the aisle to a slow-tempo song is a popular choice, but it is not a hard rule. Sometimes, you want to get down the aisle fast and have fun doing it. So what better way to do it than with Pharrell Williams’ Happy? Not only is it a nice break from tradition, but it’s a great way to express that nothing can bother you when you are as happy as you are.
18. Horizon – Luna Blake
Even if you’ve spent years with a person, there’s still a lot you can learn about them. People spend years learning more about their spouses! Horizon conveys that well, with marriage being the next horizon, among many.
19. How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding
Many uncertainties exist in life, and the last thing you want to be uncertain about is your love for your partner. This song is a message to your partner and the whole world: it’ll last longer than the stars above if you can help it.
20. I Do – Colbie Caillat
This is the kind of song you pick when you want to make sure that your partner has no doubts whatsoever about what you intend to say when you meet them at the altar. Those two words are just too powerful.
21. I Don’t Want To Miss a Thing – Aerosmith
In life, it feels like things can pass in the blink of an eye, which makes it all the more important to not take things for granted. This song not only talks about how important this wedding is to you both but every moment after that as well.
22. If Our Love is Wrong – Calum Scott
Not everyone is going to accept who you love, and as unfortunate as that is, you can’t let it get you down. This song tells us that whether you love a man or a woman, your love can’t be affected by the judgment of others.
23. Iris – Goo Goo Dolls
In a lot of relationships, you will see partners call each other their own personal angels. And once you find that kind of person, you realize exactly how they felt. Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls speaks of how your love is more important than anything else, and the closest to heaven that they will ever be.
24. Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars
No matter who you are, a man, a woman, or something else, it is not at all uncommon to feel self-conscious about your appearance, especially on your big day. This song tells us that no matter how we feel about the way we look, we have those who will always love how we look, no matter what.
25. Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
Let’s Stay Together represents a promise made, an intention to never be apart as long as the happy couple can help it. It can sometimes be a hard promise to keep, but it’s a promise worth keeping.
26. Love Never Fails – Brandon Heath
Love Never Fails seems to speak of absolutes of what love is, but in truth, it actually speaks to how fluid it is. That no matter what, you should pursue love in the way that feels right for you and yours. So long as your love remains true, it will prevail between you.
27. Love Shack – The B-52’s
When you’re walking down the aisle, sometimes you want to be a little goofy, and Love Shack is a good way to pull that off. Your guests will be in for a surprise, at least!
28. Love Story – Taylor Swift
Many of the greatest love stories follow a basic concept, but one that works. Two people falling in love, going through hardships, and having to prove their love. Love Story is a great way to tell everyone what you’ve overcome.
29. Marry Me – Jason Derulo
When you have a partner, there are so many things going through your head about what you want to do for them. This song tells us the extent of how love can drive you to do everything for the one you love.
30. My Heart Will Go On – Céline Dion
You may have heard this song a million times due to the popularity of Titanic, but that doesn’t take away from the emotional impact it carries. This song tells us that, no matter how far apart you are, your love will remain strong.
31. Nothing Else Matters – Metallica
You’re walking down the aisle, and you see your partner standing at the altar. They look stunningly dressed up, and you can’t help but get emotional at the sight of them. There are a million different things that might be racing through your head, but in the grand scheme of things, at this moment, nothing else matters.
32. On This Day – David Pomeranz
Marriage is an important commitment and one that people put a lot of their hearts into. On This Day emphasizes just how strong a promise being made on your special day truly is.
33. The One – Kodaline
“Love at first sight” feels like something out of a storybook, but it’s amazing how real it actually is. Sometimes, all it can take to know that someone is “the one” is a single glimpse.
34. Only One – Kanye West
A lot of people want to be seen as number one in their partner’s eyes, and Only One is a good way to convey that. It’s a song about loving your partner for who they are, flaws and all. We’re not our worst mistakes, after all.
35. Only Time – Enya
Thinking about the future is fine, especially when you’re marrying the love of your life, but you don’t want that to take away from what you have now. Only Time tells us to appreciate what we have now, and look forward to seeing what time brings us.
36. Perfect – Ed Sheeran And Beyoncé
Nobody’s truly perfect, but when you are in love, it’s all too easy to argue against that logic. This song is a great way to lay bare just how much you love each other to all your guests.
37. Secret Wedding – David Arkenstone
The instrumentals at play here are simply marvelous and are able to tug at the heartstrings of many. Plus, it’s a great song for anyone who has some Celtic blood in them.
38. Shut Up and Dance With Me – WALK THE MOON
This song is an excellent way to communicate that, for all you can talk about how much you love someone, the best way to show that love is to act. Keep telling your partner how much you love them, but never forget to sometimes shut up and dance with them.
39. Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours) – Stevie Wonder
The process of marriage, in one way or another, involves giving yourself to someone, and them to you. So what better way to emphasize that than to walk down the aisle to the hit Stevie Wonder song Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)? Just think of a wedding as the delivery method.
40. Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) – Beyoncé
Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) has a very simple message: put a ring on it! Granted, it’s kind of to be assumed that this will happen quite soon, but as many married ladies will tell you, they were once single ladies looking to settle down with their partner. And when you’re so close, it only gets you more excited than ever.
41. Somewhere over the Rainbow – Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole
From an allegorical standpoint, getting married is a lot like crossing that rainbow. It’s a beautiful sight, it’s a long journey, and you never know what’ll be waiting for you at the end. But you and yours hope it will be something just as lovely as the journey was.
42. Stand By Me – Ben E. King
A partner can be many things to you, but sometimes, you just need someone who can be your rock. No matter how scared, angry, sad, or whatever difficult emotion you are struggling with, a partner at your side can help steady you.
43. Stuck Like Glue – Sugarland
If you’ve seen this music video, this would seem like a strange choice, but work with us here. This song is perfect if you’ve got a partner with a sick sense of humor, and having a good laugh at your wedding can be the best gift you can receive.
44. Take My Breath Away – Berlin
Have you ever seen someone so beautiful that it actually causes you to stop breathing? Then Take My Breath Away will feel all too familiar. Sometimes, a person’s beauty is just too captivating for words.
45. A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
Entering into a relationship is a scary thing, but as this song emphasizes, that fear often goes away the moment you find “the one.” It’s almost like this person was destined to be yours.
46. Time After Time – Eva Cassidy
In a relationship, knowing that you have someone who will protect you from misfortune is one of the most secure feelings you can have, and Time After Time speaks to the importance of having your partner’s back.
47. La Vie En Rose – Edith Piaf
This beautiful, classic song speaks of just how powerful the simplest things can be when they’re from someone you love. A soft whisper and a tight hold can make all the difference to a person in love.
48. We Are Family – Sister Sledge
Family can be used to mean a wide variety of things. Blood family, found family, family through a new relationship, etc. However, when all is said and done, these families are all just as important as each other, and We Are Family is a great way to express how two families come together to form one.
49. What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
There may be a lot of hardships in your life. Many go through great loss, even during their best moments. Louis Armstrong’s What A Wonderful World serves as a good reminder of just how good things are. Because no matter what you are going through, you know that you are with the person you love most in the whole world.
50. What is Love – Haddaway
Sometimes, you wanna have a real bop accompanying you as you walk down the aisle, and What Is Love is the perfect choice for that. The only real problem with this song, though, is that your bridesmaids might start headbanging and ruining their hair.
51. With You – Justin Jet Zorbas And Noxive
Too often, we seek out lyrics in music to convey the feelings we have for another. But sometimes, the best way to tell someone is through song. With You is purely instrumental but is able to convey so much emotion with just that.
52. Without You – Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey’s rendition of Without You may feel sad, but there’s so much more to it. Rather than being a song of what once was, it is one of what will always be so: your lives are now intertwined.
53. You’re the Inspiration – Chicago
In life, we look for things to give us meaning, to define us. And while it is important for meaning to come from within, it is often that the one we love proves to be what inspires us to dig deep and find that part of ourselves.
There are a lot of important things to consider when picking the perfect song to walk down the aisle to. For example, if your song has too fast a tempo, it may make the walk a little too frantic. Too slow, and it can be a little awkward.
A lot of brides and grooms attest to how important it is to pick a song that speaks to who they are. There’s nothing wrong if you chose one because it sounds nice or is a traditional wedding song. If that’s what gets your motor running, then you do you!
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