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.
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.