HAPPY FRIDAY!!! I don't know about you, but I'm super happy for the weekend to finally be here!
The other day, I was listening to my iPod while walking to meet a friend, when a very special song came on that literally made me tear up out of nowhere. Do you have songs like that on your playlist? You know...those songs that have special meaning, or maybe remind you of a certain time in your life? Admittedly, not every one of these meaningful songs bring back good memories (after all, doesn't everyone have at least one breakup song?), but the one that I heard the other day was definitely a happy-kind of special song. It was the instrumental version of "Edelweiss" by the O'Neill Brothers, and it was the song that I walked down the aisle to when I married Dale over 15 months ago. I really, really love it; I get that warm and fuzzy feeling whenever I hear it!
I actually knew that I wanted "Edelweiss" for our ceremony all along, because it had special meaning for me to begin with. You may remember the song from the popular movie and musical, Sound of Music, which was my mom's favorite movie as a kid, and I remember watching it with her many times growing up (although My Fair Lady was always my personal favorite ;) I think it ultimately was a somewhat unique choice; one that I haven't heard at any other weddings that I've ever been to, which makes the song feel as if it's really ours, too! And now, whenever I hear it, I always think of our wedding day, which was definitely one of the best days of my life.
I actually received several compliments on my song choice from my guests, as well! I even had somepone tell me how nice it was to hear "Edelweiss" because he felt it had special meaning to him growing up, too. If this song isn't the one for you, I would also recommend the rest of the O'Neill Brothers' dedicated A Day To Remember album, which includes classic piano instrumentals like "Canon in F," "The Wedding Song," and "Bridal Chorus" (Here Comes the Bride).
I'm sure that whatever songs you happen to choose for your wedding ceremony will be special - traditional or not. I certainly encourage you to search your memory for any special songs or lullabies that would have personal meaning to you for your walk down the aisle. I was pretty amazed at how emotional I got just hearing the song play at the start of the ceremony, before I had even begun my walk down the aisle. I get a heavy feeling in my chest just thinking about it! Anyway, in case you're looking for a ceremony song that isn't your typical "Here Comes the Bride," I've compiled a short list of tunes that I have particularly enjoyed. I tried to stay away from the obvious choices, and I tend to prefer the instrumental songs (no lyrics) for the big walk down the aisle, so that's what I've included in my list below.
Photos by Erick Rodriguez
Contemporary Ceremony Songs for your Walk Down the Aisle
- All You Need Is Love by the Vitamin String Quartet, The Rock 'n' Roll Wedding Collection
- Butterfly Waltz (which you'll recognize from Edward and Bella's wedding in Breaking Dawn), by Piano Tribute Conservatory
- Can You Feel the Love Tonight? (instrumental/karaoke version), originally by Elton John
- Chasing Cars (originally by the Snow Patrol) by the Vitamin String Quartet, The Modern Wedding Collection
- Fireflies (Tribute to Owl City), by Piano Tribute Conservatory
- Have I Told You Lately? (orig. by Van Morrison) by the Vitamin String Quartet, The Rock 'n' Roll Wedding Collection
- Hey There Delilah (Tribute to the Plain White T's song), by Piano Tribute Conservatory
- I Don't Want to Miss a Thing (originally by Aerosmith), by the Vitamin String Quartet
- Make You Feel My Love (instrumental/karaoke version), originally by Adele
- Marry Me (instrumental version), by Train
- Moon River (theme from Breakfast at Tiffany's) by Phil Thompson, Love Themes from the Silver Screen
- She Is Love (instrumental/karaoke version), originally by Parachute
- Someone Like You (instrumental/karaoke version), originally by Adele
- You're Beautiful (orig. by James Blundt) by the Vitamin String Quartet, The Modern Wedding Collection
- Your Song (instrumental/karaoke version), originally by Elton John
Have any other unique suggestions? What did you, or what do you plan to have playing for your special walk down the aisle? Please share! :)