Turns out that I’m the sort of person who is more concerned with what music they’re going to play at their wedding than what they’re going to wear. Yeah… I know. One of the first things I did after we booked our date was set up a wedding day playlist on Spotify which, over time, me and my fiancé are going to be filling with music we love.
Traditionally there are three moments we should spend some extra time on our song of choice: the procession (walking down the aisle) song, the ‘exit’ song, and then the first dance. So, as I’ve been spending a lot of time on the subject myself, I’ve put together a playlist of some great alternative ideas for walking down the aisle songs that you might not have seen crop up anywhere else.
And hey, if you’re not into wedding themed posts and aren’t planning a wedding then please treat this playlist as my gift to you of some songs I really like.
Googling ‘alternative wedding songs’ turns up hundreds of articles all claiming to house the definitive list, whilst every writer has different taste in music there is still a lot of overlap. The songs I’ve included on mine are all songs I love but I’ve seen ‘I Will Follow You Into the Dark’ by Death Cab For Cutie on quite a few other lists too. I guess none of us are quite as original as we thought ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
When picking your song to walk down the aisle there are a couple of things you might want take into consideration. Firstly, what’s the intro like? There are some beautiful songs that I really wanted for my own wedding, but something wasn’t quite right with the intro. Some were way too long, such as ‘Sound and Colour’ by Alabama Shakes, it’s a short walk down that aisle and I don’t want the trip to be over before the track even kicks in. Or for some the intro can be wildly different to the rest of the song, like ‘Love Letters’ by Metronomy; I’m really not into the thought of walking down the aisle to trumpet parps!
Secondly, consider the tempo of the song. Slow and schmaltzy songs can be amazing for that big dramatic moment at the top of the aisle but very often they could be better used for your first dance. Having a mid-tempo uplifting song with a great melody can be such a positive move. It will have you dancing down the aisle either to, or with, your other half. I’ve put a mixture of both on the playlist though, as there’s tons of value in each option.
Lastly, do you love the song? Does it mean anything? If you want to use a song that means something to you, or one you both just really like, then honestly disregard all of my previous advice and just use it! I’ve put ‘Do You Realise?’ by Flaming Lips in this playlist, even though it’s a gorgeously heart-filling song (one of the most joyous moments of my life was hearing this song played live in the middle of a field surrounded by hundreds of sweaty people) but y’know it does include the lyrics ‘everyone you know some day will die’. Which not everyone will feel is wedding appropriate, I guess!
Having said all this, I still haven’t chosen my own song for walking down the aisle but it’s looking very likely that it’ll be one from this playlist 👀 We knew what we’d be having as our ‘exit’ song straight away (more on that in an upcoming post), but I think I fell victim to overanalysing it a little. In a way, part of the reason for my writing this post is to reason it out to myself!
So my real last piece of advice is: don’t overthink it, if you’re struggling to choose or are overwhelmed by options, just pick a nice song that you both don’t hate and focus on having a great day.