Post # 1
I submitted my wedding program to my church a few weeks ago and it got approved. Just about a week from wedding, after sending final draft, I am told the “Bridal Chorus” is banned from our Catholic Church! I was told Canon in the D will be for both bridal party AND me! I have dreamt about walking down to “Here comessss the brideee”.. Obviously there is bad history with that song hense it being banned but WHAT NOW?! I feel I should have my own song to walk down to right? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Post # 3
Sorry to hear this! I’ve heard a lot of secular wedding music is banned from Catholic Churches.
Will they let you choose another song for you to walk down the aisle to, or are you required to walk to the same song as the bridal party?
Post # 4
@carrotstick: They suggest I walk down to the same but I have the option. I feel I should have a separate song. I don’t know what to chose though? I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a bride walk down to anything other than “Here comes the Bride”..
Post # 5
@daralyn4: This website has a few other suggestions for Catholic-approved wedding songs:
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (J. S. Bach)
Trumpet Tune (Purcell/Clarke)
Trumpet Voluntary (also known as The Prince of Denmark’s March) (J. Clarke)
Trumpet Voluntary (Stanley)
Overture from Royal Fireworks Suite (G.F. Handel)
- Rondeau from Premier Suite (J.J. Mouret)
You could always look them up on Youtube if you want to hear them. 🙂
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2014 - UK
Yeah, Wagner’s a dicey composer to deal with, given his history and the way he was sort of co-opted by the Nazi party…
Have you looked for a classical song that is special to you aside from that? I’m looking at maybe Autumn from the 4 Seasons, but I also do love Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony. There is some beautiful music out there – lots much more beautiful than the Bridal Chorus imo.
I’m sorry that you’re disappointed, but maybe look at this as a chance to explore some other choices that are personal to you? Maybe you could get your FH to help?
ETA: if it makes you feel better, I think just about every bride over here I know of has walked down to Pachebel’s Canon – and for my cousin’s wedding the bridesmaids and the bride all walked down to it (and we did it a bit quick because it was a tiny church, and we ended up stood at the front waiting for it to finish!)
Post # 7
Oh, and just to add, I’m not walking down the aisle to the Bridal Chorus and neither are most of the bees on this thread. Most of those songs probably won’t work for you because they’re secular, but you can see that a LOT of people walk down the aisle to something different.
Post # 8
@carrotstick: +1, great list.
We’re using Clarke’s Trumpet Voluntary. It sounds incredibly full and beautiful on an organ. I’m pretty sure it’s in D Major which is uplifting.
Post # 9
Personally, I think Canon in D is one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever, and perfect for a wedding…but that’s just my opinion. Like other people mentioned, can you pick another classical piece if you really don’t like Canon? Air on G is also gorgeous and amazing for a wedding. Good luck!
Post # 10
I want to walk down the aisle to Canon in D (it’s one of my favourites) or Jesu Joy.
as the PP have said, there’s a lot of great music out there, I’m sure you’ll find something you love even more!
Post # 11
@daralyn4: I walked down to Cannon in D but my BM’s walked in to Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring. You could do Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring since that is very beautiful piece. I also walked back down the asile with my DH to the Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn.
Post # 12
My girls walked down the aisle to an acoustic guitar version of Canon in D and I walked to a harp version of the Game of Thrones theme song. If you don’t like the classical Cannon in D what about switching up the instrument? The Bridal March was probably banned from your church because it was created by an atheist who was anti-church. There are plenty of great soungs out there, just search on iTunes and submit it to them for approval.
Post # 13
@daralyn4: I know a lot of people are doing it but I am walking to the cello and piano cover of ‘A thousand years’ by Christina Perri. I love the words of the song and the cover is so gorgeous.
Also, I didn’t know it had a twilight connection until after I had chosen – but I don’t care – it’s to pretty to change
Post # 14
I don’t think you’ll find a single Catholic church out there that will allow ‘Here Comes the Bride.’ I’d specifically ask what guidelines your song must meet, because many also don’t allow any secular music. Important to know before you fall in love with another song you can’t use!
Post # 15
Not Catholic but the BP walked down to Jesu Joy and I walked down to Canon in D.
Post # 16
I just picked out my song a few days from getting on the plane 😛 but I’m walking down the aisle to Rose of my Heart from Johnny Cash….but everytime I listen to it I cry, so I have to build up some immunity to its power!