Music is an important aspect of any ceremony, especially for the grand entrance. Choosing the type of music is fun. You get to listen to various genres and artists and decide what you see yourself entering the ceremony with. However, this decision can quickly become overwhelming. There are so many choices out there, which one do you choose?

You are not limited to just one style of music, or to just one song during the entrances. You can choose as many or as little as you wish. That is one of the plus sides of having a secular ceremony. You have the option to change the music for each group that walks in, you can have something specifically for the witnesses/guests while they are being seated, something different for when the procession of children walk in, and something unique for the bride and groom. Some choose to have two different types of music for the bride and groom, and some choose to do the same type of music. It is also possible to choose two different versions of the same music for the entrance of the bride and groom; this is what my husband and I decided to do. There are endless choices, and the decision is yours – of course your celebrant will be able to give you plenty of advice and tips!

In traditional ceremonies, the bride and groom enter on softer music that is either instrumental, sung, or a combination of both. This provides a more emotional feel for the bride and groom and their loved ones. However, if a traditional ceremony is not quite the aim, then couples can choose music per their taste, whether it be Rock, Pop, Electro, or Country. However, we must keep in mind that even if the instrumentals of a song sound pleasing, the words being sung might be the contrary, so make sure to listen carefully to avoid something saddening. The important thing to remember is that a secular ceremony has no rules. It is unique and personalized to the couple, and therefore it can be as creative as one wants.

Below are 24 links to various styles of music, and hopefully they will give you some ideas for your own ceremony entrance!



Beautiful – Arrival of the Birds by The Cinematic Orchestra

I recently talked about it on my Facebook page, the beautiful entrance of Bella in Twilight – Turning Page by Sleeping at Last

Among his amazing compositions – Nuvole Bianche by Ludovico Einaudi


Classic Strangers in the Night by Frank Sinatra

Always great to hear – Feeling Good by Nina Simone

What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong


Timeless – When a man loves a woman by Percy Sledge

Stand by me by Ben E. King

Let’s stay together by Al Green


Great cover of Elvis the King – Can’t Help Falling In Love With You by Haley Reinhart

At Last by Etta James, perfect lyrics

Different – Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton


Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol, a well deserved success

Timeless again – Wonderwall by Oasis

November Rain by Guns N’Roses, instrumental version

Trip Hop

For a pure moving moment – Teardrop by Massive Attack

Beautiful by Mandalay

Touching Gabriel by Lamb


For a rythmic entrance – Lose Yourself To Dance by Daftpunk

You and Me by Disclosure

Porcelain by Moby, a gem

French songs

Because this is how we see life on that big day… La Vie en Rose

Quelques Mots d’Amour, by the sorely missed Michel Berger

In English on this occasion – She by Charles Aznavour

World music

Ukulele by Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole and hisfamous Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Reggae beat with Stir It Up by Bob Marley

In the Mood For Love… Yumeji’s Theme by Shigeru Umebayashi