Bridal party entrances tend to be romantic and stately, but there’s no rule to say they have to be. This is the time to show some personality, and what better way to do that than with a song? Obviously, you could opt for something slow and romantic if that’s your style, but don’t feel confined by tradition – this is your time to shine, and if you’re going to shine brighter with an uptempo dance number over a slushy ballad, go for it. If you need some inspiration, check out our pick of the 10 most popular bridal party entrance songs.
10. The Darkness – I Believe In A Thing Called Love
It might not be the most poetically romantic song of all time, but as Drsmusic.com says, if you’re a bit out there and quirky, I Believe in a Thing Called Love by The Darkness could be the perfect bridal party entrance song for you. Sure, it’s a hugely overblown piece of throwback hair metal, but the lyrics are sweet and as party-starters go, this is one that’s guaranteed to get your wedding off to a flying start.
9. Kelly Clarkson – A Moment Like This
With lyrics like “A moment like this/ Some people wait a lifetime/ For a moment like this/ Some people search forever/ For that one special kiss/ Oh, I can’t believe it’s happening to me,” Kelly Clarkson’s A Moment Like This could have been purpose-written for weddings. Factor in some powerhouse vocals from Clarkson and an iconic build, and you’re looking at the perfect song for that big entrance. If you like the song but can take or leave Clarkson’s performance, try ‘X Factor’ winner Leona Lewis’ version for size instead.
8. U2 – Beautiful Day
Bono might be a bit of a love-hate figure, but even people who consider him more smug than saintly can’t resist Beautiful Day. Released as the first single from the album All That You Can’t Leave Behind in October 2000, it’s spent the past 20 years providing the backing to countless wedding entrances across the globe.
7. Beyoncé ft. Jay-Z – Crazy in Love
As Wedding-spot.com says, bridal party entrances are a great way to lighten the mood and show some personality. If you want to make the kind of splashy entrance that won’t be forgotten in a hurry, forget about sappy love ballads and keep things sassy with Beyoncé’s Crazy in Love instead.
6. Bryan Adams – (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
Sure, it’s cheesier than a tub of Philadelphia, but there’s no denying the might of Bryan Adams’ (Everything I Do) I Do It For You. Not only is it the only good thing about Kevin Costner’s ‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,’ it’s one of the most successful singles of all time, having spent 16 weeks at No. 1 in the UK and seven weeks at the top of the US Billboard Hot 100. But despite playing out millions of romantic scenes on TV and film since its release, it’s lost none of its charms to ubiquity, and still makes as fine a song for bridal party entrances as it ever did.
5. John Legend – All of Me
John Legend wrote All of Me shortly before tying the knot to Chrissy Teigen, and as you’d expect, it’s a song that’s soaked in romance. Speaking about the meaning behind the song, Legend has explained: “The song is saying things that balance each other out: even when I lose, I’m winning. At the same time as you’re giving everything up, you’re gaining everything, and that’s what the whole song is about. If you’re in love and you connect, then even when you’re giving things up, you’re gaining so much from it.”
4. Chris Brown – Forever
Considering his romantic past, Chris Brown might be a controversial choice for a wedding, but if you can turn a blind eye to his misdemeanors, you might just find your perfect wedding song in his top 10 hit, Forever. Theknot.com has named it to their list of the best bridal party entrance songs, while enough couples have found the romance in lines like “It’s like I waited my whole life/For this one night/It’s gon’ be me you and the dance floor/Cause we only got one night” to make it one of the most popular choices at weddings.
3. Mariah Carey – Thank God I Found You
Mariah Carey’s seventh studio album Rainbow deals almost exclusively with relationship troubles. The exception is the very last song on the album, Thank God I Found You, which was inspired by Carey’s boyfriend at the time, Latin singer Luis Miguel, and is intended to represent the rainbow after the storm. Carey’s relationship with Miguel may have been doomed, but the song endures as a wonderfully poignant romantic ballad that’s played out countless bridal party entrances since it hit the top of the charts in 1999.
2. Savage Garden – I Knew I Loved You
Strangely enough, I Knew I Loved You almost didn’t make it onto Savage Garden’s Affirmation album. It was only when the record label told the band that it wouldn’t be a hit without a song like Truly, Madly, Deeply that Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones went back to the drawing board and came up with I Knew I Loved You. Considering Hayes was going through a divorce at the time, writing such a deeply romantic song wasn’t an easy task, but he managed it so successfully, the song is now one of the most popular bridal party entrance songs around.
1. Lonestar – Amazed
If you’re a country girl or boy at heart, why not revisit Lonestar’s massive chart-topper from 1999, Amazed, for your wedding? Marv Green, Chris Lindsey, and Aimee Mayo wrote it, and considering lyrics like “I’m so in love with you/ It just keeps getting better/ I wanna spend the rest of my life/ With you by my side/ Forever and ever/ Every little thing that you do/ Baby, I’m amazed by you.” love was most definitely on their minds. According to Song Facts, Lindsey and Mayo were actually falling in love during the writing of the song, and drew on their burgeoning romance for inspiration. “Our feelings for each other just started coming out as we were writing,” Mayo says. It’s since become one of the most popular songs for weddings… although the band isn’t quite as thrilled about its popularity as you’d expect. “I have a friend who’s a DJ and he says he plays it at every single wedding that he performs at,” lead vocalist Richie McDonald has said. “The problem is that sometimes you try to recreate that, but you can’t recreate that. You’ve just got to go in. It kind of sets the bar awful high.”