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The 15 Best Instrumental Wedding Processional Songs For Your Nuptials

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Introduction

Getting married soon? Congratulations!

Now, when it comes to picking the songs that will fill up your wedding playlist, there are already a few tried-and-tested hits that come to mind, like Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” or John Legend’s “All Of Me.” 

And while all of those are excellent, we also feel the need to champion instrumental wedding processional songs as well! In fact, as wedding music experts (it’s true, don’t look it up), we think some of the best wedding music of all time is instrumental! (And no, we certainly don’t think that instrumental music is boring and puts people to sleep!) 

So, if you’re thinking of setting aside the lyrics for now, then we have rounded up 15 of the best instrumental wedding processional songs today. Alright, let’s not waste any more time and get right into it!

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"Canon in D" by Johann Pachelbel

There’s a reason why this song remains one of the most popular instrumental wedding processional songs. Its enchanting melody, combined with the gentle tempo that never becomes overwhelming, sets the perfect stage for a wedding processional. For this reason alone, it easily tops our list! 

"Clair de Lune" by Claude Debussy

Want a dreamy and romantic atmosphere for your wedding processional? If so, then this impressionist music masterpiece better be on your wedding DJ’s playlist. With piano notes slowly falling down into place, it sets such a perfect mood that you might wanna walk down the aisle more than once!

"A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri (Piano/Cello Cover)

We already know that Christina Perri’s timeless song about enduring love is a mainstay for wedding playlists. But if you want something slightly different, then how about a piano and cello cover of it? Not only will this add a contemporary twist to a popular hit, but it will also make sure that all of your guests will be familiar with the song!

"Air on the G String" by Johann Sebastian Bach

If you want the wedding processional to feel elegant as they set the stage for the bridal walk, then Bach’s “Air on the G String” wouldn’t let you down. Characterized by its simplicity and grace, this song is perfect for a traditional wedding processional. What’s more, it can also be used for your first dance!

"Marry Me" by Train (Piano/Cello Cover)

Lighthearted but just as emotional, this piano and cello cover of Train’s hit song will surely make everyone hum the song in their heads, all while they watch your wedding processional make their graceful entrance down the aisle.

"Ode to Joy" by Ludwig van Beethoven

Now, we wouldn’t exactly call this song “romantic.” In fact, we think it’s better suited as a triumphant and celebratory piece! But if you think about how your wedding ceremony is a testament to your victory as partners in life, then we think this piece is a great introductory piece for the start of your big day. Think John Bender fistpumping the air at the end of “The Breakfast Club,” because yes, you made it!

A couple in the boat listening to instrumental wedding processional songs.

"Somewhere Over the Rainbow" by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (Ukulele Instrumental)

The ukulele instrumental of this classic song adds a whimsical and joyful touch, perfect for couples seeking a lighthearted atmosphere on their big day! Extra points if the wedding itself is set on the beach or Hawaiian-themed!

"The Ludlows" by James Horner (from Legends of the Fall soundtrack)

Sure, it’s a bit non-traditional, but once the orchestra picks up, you’ll discover one of the most emotionally rich pieces fit for a wedding procession! What’s even better with this piece is that it has plenty of space to breathe, therefore letting every member of the processional have their own moment down the aisle, right before the bride steals the show!

"All of Me" by John Legend (Piano/Cello Cover)

We know we already mentioned “All of Me” in the intro of this blog post, but when you have a romantic ballad this timeless, we can’t help but include it as well! Of course, we’re opting for the piano/cello cover (we’re not cheating here!) because even without John Legend’s soothing voice and heartfelt lyrics, this song still hits all the right spots (plus you already have all the words in your head anyway!)

"Prelude in C Major" by Johann Sebastian Bach

Now, we already know that everybody will let the waterfalls out once the bride makes her grand entrance down the aisle, so why not add some bright and uplifting music beforehand to set the stage for the other members of the wedding precision like the bridesmaids? We think “Prelude in C Major” by Bach is a great pick, what with its cheerfulness and optimism!

"Hoppípolla" by Sigur Rós

Known for its uplifting and cinematic quality, “Hoppípolla” creates a magical and otherworldly ambiance, making it a very unique choice for a wedding processional! We even think it’s especially perfect for the groom’s entrance. What’s more, the song itself is played by a full band, meaning that the drums will surely make everyone tap their feet as they watch the processional walk by.

A couple enjoying some wine while listening to instrumental wedding processional songs.

"River Flows in You" by Yiruma

This one is another instrumental wedding processional song staple, thanks to its very recognizable piano melody! Despite that, the song itself stays simple all the time, making it an excellent background choice for a traditional wedding processional. Warning though, tears might start falling as soon as the first note plays!

"Trumpet Tune" by Henry Purcell

Planned a grand wedding? If so, then it’s only appropriate that the song that will welcome the wedding processional down the aisle sounds just as big and ceremonial! If this is the type of theme that you’re going for, then we strongly suggest “Trumpet Tune” as one of the best instrumental wedding processional songs available today. Real big Disney vibes on this one!

"Concerning Hobbits" by Howard Shore (from The Lord of the Rings soundtrack)

Going for a fantasy-themed wedding? Then we have the best instrumental song for a wedding processional for you! Ripped straight out of the iconic The Lord of the Rings soundtrack, “Concerning Hobbits” is a charming and instrumental piece that will surely boost everyone’s mood, almost as if you’re all coming home back to the shire… after defeating the evil Sauron (could be uncle bob, we think)

"Moon River" by Henry Mancini (Instrumental)

Popularized by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Moon River is perfect for when you want some sophistication during the start of the ceremony! Now that’s one way of making your wedding feel more like a movie!

Why Instrumental Songs are Ideal for Wedding Processions

A newlywed couple taking photos together.

Here are some of the reasons as to why we, as wedding music experts (again, don’t look it up because it’s true!), think that instrumental songs are perfect for weddings, whatever the theme might be! 

Universality – One of the best reasons is simply their universality! Thanks to the lack of lyrics and focus on melodies instead, good instrumental music transcends language barriers, making it universally understood and appreciated by all guests, regardless of their cultural background.

Timelessness – Instrumental pieces, especially classical compositions, have also stood the test of time, and remain just as beautiful today as they are when they were first composed.

Focus on Emotion – Since there are no lyrics to worry about, guests will instead focus on the emotion portrayed by the instrumentals, letting them connect easily with your wedding playlist! 

Customization – Instrumental songs can be customized to fit the length and timing requirements of the processional, since there are no lyrics that will have to be cut. So make sure to ask your wedding DJ about this! 

A couple listening to instrumental wedding processional songs at the reception party.

How to Pick the Best Instrumental Wedding Songs for Your Wedding

Choosing the perfect instrumental wedding processional songs requires thoughtful consideration from both of you and your partner. As such, here are some helpful tips that will help you make an informed decision: 

Consider the Theme of Your Wedding – Think about the overall theme and ambiance you want to create for your wedding. Whether it’s classic, romantic, modern, or even whimsical, choose songs that best fit this mood. If you want, you can also pick a number of similar songs, and make your way up from there. 

Listen to Various Genres  – Explore instrumental songs from various genres, including classical, contemporary, and cinematic. You can even look at country music, as they particularly fit wedding playlists very well! Don’t limit yourself, as the perfect song might come from an unexpected source.

Collaborate with your wedding DJ – Work closely with your wedding DJ to explore options and discuss how the instrumental songs can be tailored to suit the flow of your ceremony. Remember that they are the experts for this, and can give you advice and suggestions that you might haven’t thought of previously! 

Test the Acoustics – If possible, visit your ceremony venue and test the acoustics with the instrumental songs you’re considering. Ensure that the music will be audible and enhance the atmosphere without overpowering the space. What’s more, some venues may have noise restrictions, so keep that in mind too!

Be Open to Unconventional Choices – Don’t be afraid to choose instrumental songs that might be unconventional or unique! If a particular piece resonates with you, then who’s to say it can’t be a part of your wedding playlist? For example, bagpipe music may not be the first thing you think of when it comes to weddings, but our blog post about the best bagpipe music for weddings says otherwise! 

Get Feedback – Finally take some time to play your potential instrumental songs to close friends or family members and get their feedback. Sometimes, an outside perspective can help you gauge the emotional impact of a song! 

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Final Thoughts

And there you have it, 15 of our favorite instrumental wedding processional songs for a more romantic wedding day! While there are countless instrumental songs out there, we hope our list helped you narrow down your top picks for your upcoming big day.

And just in case you still don’t have a wedding DJ to pull this off, why not work with us here at DJing.ca? As Canada’s largest DJ company, we’ve handpicked the top 1% of DJs here from a pool of over 5,000+, all of which are backed by years of experience.

We also have a stellar 5-star rating, and have performed in more than 1,000+ events! So, why wait? Reach out to us or fill up our quote form and we’ll immediately be in touch to help you with the perfect instrumental song for your wedding processional!

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