We like to do things a little bit differently here at J. La Plante Photo and we’re always encouraging our couples to think outside the box and let their individual personalities shine through when planning their weddings.
A few years ago, we did a blog post entitled “5 Unique First Dance Song Ideas” that received a ton of attention from brides and grooms looking for under-the-radar wedding songs that haven’t been played to death. Based on the popularity of that post, we’ve done a whole series of follow-ups, including song ideas for the father-daughter and mother-son dances. Here they are, in case you’d like to go back and check them out:
But there’s another important time during the wedding day that calls for a good song: the processional. So without further ado, here are 5 unique songs to walk down the aisle to. Enjoy!
1) “Thirty-Three” by The Smashing Pumpkins
This is my favorite track off of my favorite album of all time. Unlike the majority of the songs on this two-disc album, “Thirty-three” has a soft, melodic, almost dreamlike quality. Perfect to set the mood for your walk down the aisle.
Fun fact: Billy Corgan (twenty-seven at the time) titled this song “Thirty-three” after a Tarot Card reading in which he was told that his life would completely change at the age of thirty-three.
2) “Songbird” by Oasis
Oasis had a lot of hits in the 1990s and early 2000s, but this ain’t one of them. It was written by Liam Gallagher in 2002 as a tribute to his then fiancé. And damn it, it’s a pretty song. Also, it clocks in a just over two minutes – a perfect amount of time if you have a small bridal party.
3) “Thinking About You” by Radiohead
This one of those love songs that sounds really romantic until you start paying closer attention to the lyrics. That said, it’s a beautiful tune that was, incidentally, a personal favorite of Tom Yorke’s mother. And if you can’t get past the two or three choice lyrics, you can always ask your DJ to kill the vocals and just play the melody.
4) “Poke” by Frightened Rabbit
“There’s one thing we’ve got going and it’s the only thing worth knowing. It’s got lots to do with magnets and the pull of the moon.” I have no idea what that means, but I dig it. Much like the Radiohead song, this one has a line or two of colorful language, but it’s masked quite nicely by Scott Hutchinson’s thick Scottish brogue.
5) “God Moving Over the Face of the Waters” by Moby
A far cry from the electronic pop you probably know Moby for, this plays like a classical composition with a modern twist. It will definitely take your processional to a higher emotional level.
I first heard this song while watching the finale of the Pacino/De Niro movie “Heat.” I won’t ruin the end of the film for you in case you haven’t seen it, but it’s an extremely moving scene made even better by this extremely moving song. Plus, it’s an instrumental, so it will be perfect if you’re looking for something a bit more understated.
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