Post # 1
I’m really torn and can not make up my mind about the song that I want to walk down the aisle to. I decided to go the non-traditional route for my garden ceremony and hire a guitar player for the music. He plays classical, acoustic and ukulele.
I originally wanted him to play “Somewhere over the rainbow” (the Israel Kamakawiwo’ole version) on ukulele. I dreamed of using this song since the first time I heard it.
However, since then my brother in law’s mother died and they used this song on loop at the funeral. Now I associate it with the funeral and I’m afraid of triggering those feelings with my family too.
So the other song I love is “Marry Me” by Train. It’s pretty much perfect for this purpose but I feel like maybe its too I don’t know.. expected?
What do you think bees?
Post # 3
I am walking down the ailse to Train. I love that song and I can’t wait for my guests to hear it. I think everyone is expecting me to go traditional. I was orginally going to use the Cannon in D. What a change!!
I am personally not a big fan of the over the rainbow for weddings but if it has special meaning for you go for it!
Post # 4
Have you listened to anything else? I wouldn’t do “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” because of the funeral, but I do think it is a great song.
Post # 6
I would look for something else. I think both have become SOOOO popular and overplayed at weddings that if I were to hear it at a wedding I wouldn’t be very moved, and that’s what you want people to feel when you’re walking down!
Post # 7
i think you should pick what means the most to you. my friend who gets married in about 6 weeks is walking down the aisle to True Compainion by Mark Cohl but a friend is singing it live with piano so they are changing the lyrics a little bit
Post # 8
@scadadle15: It’s also a very good way to have him there as well. A little nod that only you and your family will understand. It doesn’t have to be sad, it could be a great private way to honor him. I say go with Izzy.
Post # 9
I walked to Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Iz and so did the girls. We were on the beach which made it super special. You can make it YOUR song, it does not have to be associated with your in-law.
Do what feels good to you. I Had to listen to a bunch before I decided.
Post # 10
- Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ
While I agree that Marry Me has been overplayed at weddings at this point, I think you should use a song that you really love, and if that’s it: go for it. That said, you have a long time to decide. We did our music dead last. 😉 I personally wouldn’t consider the other song because of the funeral if it had that association for me. We used Over the Rainbow in our prelude though (while guests are being seated). It is a lovely song. I walked down to May it Be by Enya.
Post # 11
This has happened to me. The song by Josh Groban “To Where You Are” was played at my cousins funeral, and no one in our family can listen to it without emotion. Same with my grandma, I played an instrumental piece I had loved, and now it’s a sad song for me. I would recommend not playing a song recently in a funeral… You want people to celebrate your wedding day!
That being said, I voted for Marry Me, but if you think it’s too “expected” than I say keep looking. There are also some great instrumental songs out there! I chose River Flows in You by Yiruma and my little brother played it as I walked down the aisle (Youtube Link).
Do you and your FI have a song of special meaning, maybe the song you heard on the radio on your first date or something like that?
Post # 12
I like the train song. I’m personally walking down the aisle to a romantic spanish guitar.
Post # 13
I think the “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” has been played to DEATH!!! I am having a beach wedding and everyone keeps saying, “Are you walking to Somewhere Over the Rainbow?” Umm, no! Just because I’m getting married at the beach doesn’t mean I need to walk down to that. My FSIL has already mentioned she wants that as her funeral song, so I don’t want to do that.
I don’t like Marry Me by Train. Just because I’ve always been annoyed by the song. I don’t like the words. But, I also agree that it has been run into the wedding ground this past year.
However, I am not a big fan of traditional wedding marches, either. I guess you might call me weird. I’ve considered so many different songs, and I’ve seen so many other creative ideas. Vitamin String Quartet does orchestral versions of popular songs. Look them up on Youtube. I really like their version of “Great Gig in the Sky”.
Post # 14
Expected or not, I’m walking to “Marry Me” 😀
Post # 15
Thank you everyone for your responses. I know i have lots of time but it’s one of those things that I’ve been thinking about alot and I know it will take me a while to make a decision.
I loved Over the Rainbow for so long – before it was overplayed at weddings and had always pictured using that but now it just doesn’t feel right. I guess I’m having a hard time letting that little bit of “wedding dream” go. I really don’t want to think of a funeral for even one second at my wedding and I don’t want my guests to either.
Marry me is just so beautiful and I think it would be fantastic live on an acoustic guitar. I do have a live guitar player so no matter what I choose, it will sound slightly more original than if I were to play the actual track. I think that will help.
But keep the ideas coming – I’d love to hear them!
Post # 16
I love both of the songs you mentioned! I am using “Here Comes the Sun”, but I can’t decide if I will use the acoustic guitar version or string quartet.