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Here at Stitely, we can count on our hands the number of times we’ve actually played Wagner’s Bridal Chorus as a wedding ceremony processional. While this is a great choice for the traditional bride, classical-loving couples often opt for other pieces such as Pachelbel’s Canon in D, Handel’s Largo from Xerxes, or even Satie’s Gymnopedie No. 1. However many couples are now choosing a more contemporary route, or for eclectic personalities, a mix of classical and contemporary. Here are a few intriguing choices for ceremony processionals and recessional, that with the right instrumentation can create the perfect modern atmosphere for your wedding ceremony.



“First Day of My Life” – Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes

This acoustic ballad of the highest caliber carries a lot of meaning for many couples, and it’s catchy to boot!

“In the Aeroplane Over the Sea” – Neutral Milk Hotel

Jeff Mangum, frontman of the long-defunct NMH, reveals wisdom on high in this atypical serenade.

“Chicago” – Sufjan Stevens

Sufjan Stevens’ signature song lays bare the idealism of youth, so harmful and yet so good.


“Theme to The Muppets Show”

A wedding ceremony is a great time for childhood throwbacks!

“Sweet Disposition” – The Temper Trap

This complex tune is just as amazing with an acoustic guitar playing the driving rhythm while a violin or cello plays the lovely melody.