By Jacqueline Tynes
Finding wedding processional songs can be quite the task, especially if you really want to give your guests all the feels. Of course there are the go-to songs like “Canon in D Major” or the ultra-popular “A Thousand Years,” but if you’re really aiming for a wedding processional song to give your loved ones goosebumps, you’ll need to dig a little deeper. That’s why we created a wedding ceremony playlist filled with tear-inducing contemporary love songs.
These modern processional songs are guaranteed to set the tone for a memorable wedding ceremony.
“First Day Of My Life” by Bright Eyes
This song’s sweet and catchy beat is ideal for couples wanting a more modern processional song. The lyric “yours is the first face that I saw” is perfect for when you and your S.O. first lock eyes during the processional.
“Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Haley Reinhart
Haley’s vocals of this classic Elvis Presley song makes our hearts flutter. It is a perfect song choice as you and your S.O. start your new lives together.
“Fix You” By Boyce Avenue
Fans of this Coldplay song will love this rendition as well. The cover is beautifully done with Tyler and Boyce’s vocals, an acoustic and electric guitar and even some percussions.
“Better Together” by Us The Duo
A Jack Johnson cover, this sweet song is perfect for showing how it really is always better when you and your S.O. are together.
“Flightless Bird, American Mouth” by Iron & Wine
This indie-folk love tune is a great choice for couples wanting a wedding march song filled with emotion. This favorite can be performed by live musicians for a bigger impact.
“Here Comes The Sun” by Sleepy Time Players
A timeless classic by The Beatles, this happy song works as a lovely instrumental too. The violins and piano will give everyone goosebumps.
“Higher Love” by James Vincent McMorrow
If you love Steve Winwood’s upbeat song, definitely take a listen to this acoustic version. With just the vocals and a soft piano, it’ll be hard not to reach for a tissue.
“Rose’s Theme” by James Horner and The Studio Sound Ensemble
If you cry every time you watch Titanic then we recommend this timeless tune as a modern wedding processional song. The theme of this classic love story will make any lover of love tear up.
“Beneath Your Beautiful” by Labrinth feat. Emeli Sande
This pop song makes us swoon. Not only is it a duet, but the lyrics and beat of this tune are ideal for a couple wanting something more modern, but still emotional.
“Hoppipolla” by Sigur Rós
This song definitely makes you feel like you are in a dream. With a piano, some percussion and other instruments you’ll feel like you are on cloud nine as you’re heading to the altar.
“I’m Kissing You” by Des’ree
We first heard this song while watching Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet, and it is oh so romantic.
“Make You Feel My Love” by Adele
With Bob Dylan’s lyrics combined with Adele’s sultry vocals, we can’t help but get teary-eyed with this cover.
“Marry Me” by Train
The title alone says it all. Train’s slow and pretty love song is a great choice for any wedding ceremony.
“The One” by Kodaline
If you are looking for a more upbeat love song that still gives you goosebumps, then we suggest this modern wedding processional song by Kodaline. The lyric “The first day that I met you I was never gonna let you/let you slip away” couldn’t be more perfect for a processional.
“Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
We adore this lighthearted cover, which makes an ideal wedding ceremony song. Not only is it soothing, but it’s perfect for a summer or tropical destination wedding.
“Unchained Melody” by Lykke Li
If you’re looking for an updated version of the classic wedding processional song by the Righteous Brothers, ultra-romantic cover definitely gives us all the feels. It’s sure to make hearts skip a beat as you enter your ceremony.
“When I Said I Do” by Clint Black
Country music lovers will swoon as they hear this duet, which tells the story of a devoted couple who has found true love.
“She Is Love” by Parachute
We love the opening of this processional song. This tune can be covered easily or played through speakers and will still evoke all the emotions as a modern processional song.
“Only You” by Joshua Radin
Joshua Radin’s hit is more of an upbeat wedding processional song, but it still works well for a walk down the aisle. His soft and raspy voice will have both you and your S.O. wiping away tears.
“Shallow” by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga
You’re certainly going to hear this song at many a wedding ceremony in 2019. The tune also works well as a prelude song or for the wedding party processional.
“I Choose You” by Sara Bareilles
Wedding processional songs don’t have to be ultra-slow to be ceremony-appropriate. This sweet Sara Bareilles song is upbeat and peppy, yet is still romantic enough to serve as the backdrop for a walk down the aisle.
“Good Life” by OneRepublic
Another lighthearted wedding processional song, this tune has an almost dreamy quality that makes it an appealing choice. We love the lyrics, “I’m taking a mental picture of you now/’Cause hopelessly/The hope is we have so much to feel good about.”
“Wild Horses” by The Sundays
You probably heard the Rolling Stones’ version of this song, but may not be familiar with the more modern update. It’s a unique choice for a processional song, to be sure, but still oh-so romantic.
“God Gave Me You” by Blake Shelton
Country music is having a moment at weddings right now (according to the 2019 WeddingWire Newlywed Report, 1 out of 4 couples perform their first dance to a country song). If you’d like country music to be a theme throughout your big day, this is a lovely choice for a wedding processional song.
“Make You Feel My Love” by Adele
This modern wedding processional song is sure to bring a tear (or many!) to your guests’ eyes. We particularly love this song for a couple who has overcome adversity in their relationship.
“Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Kina Grannis
We audibly gasped during the processional scene in Crazy Rich Asians and not just because of the incredibly beautiful décor (and that gown!). The song, a cover of the Elvis Presley classic, provides such an emotional and romantic to the moment. It’s certainly a worthy pick for a memorable ceremony.
“Marry You” by Bruno Mars
If you want a modern wedding processional song that’s sure to get your guests dancing (and chuckling), this joyful Bruno Mars song is it. We’ve seen lots of couples and wedding parties boogying down the aisle to this song,
“All of Me” by John Legend
This song has been a favorite first dance tune for a while now, but it also makes a fantastic wedding ceremony song. You can choose to have it played with the lyrics or as an instrumental, if you prefer.
“Somewhere Only We Know” by Lily Allen
We love the dreamy, magical quality to this cover, and could imagine it sounding particularly lovely at an outdoor ceremony.