(Closed) Now I know why everyone picks Pachabel's Canon….

posted 6 years ago in Music
Post # 33
91 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

We used Jesu, Joy for the bridesmaids and Trumpet Tune (different than Trumpet Voluntary) for our recessional, both of which were mentioned before, and are beautiful.

For my entrance we used Handel’s Gavotte in C, which wasn’t something I had heard before my musician suggested it, but it was the right balance for us of majestic and cheerful without being too over the top.

Good luck! There are lots of classical pieces to choose from that are beautiful, it just takes a while to find the right one!

Post # 35
244 posts
Helper bee

Perlude in C by Bach – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlAic9aPoqs

Minuet in G by Bach – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=on1DDSLdDOo

Minuet in G by Beethoven – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSXRJwspGU0

Jupiter by Holst from 3minutes 55 seconds is really beautiful – http://youtu.be/Nz0b4STz1lo?t=2m55s

Piano Concerto no. 21 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=df-eLzao63I (I think I’m going to walk down the isle to this one) 



Post # 36
2521 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

There are a ridiculous number of classical choises out there- you just have to look a little bit further than a google search for “most popular wedding processionals.”  

My husband and I wanted to do everything a bit different for our wedding- including the music.  It definitley helps that I’ve studied classical music for my entire life.  

I walked down to Bach Arioso- it is such a gorgeous piece.  

My bridesmaids walked down to the promenade from Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.  That would have also worked well for me.  

We used a bunch of other Bach and Mozart for music as guests walked in- most of them would have worked as a processional as well.  


I have also heard of people using Holst “Jupiter”- starting at the main theme about 3 minutes in.  That works very nicely too.  


Honestly- there are about a billion pieces of music that are better than the Pachabel.  It is some of the most bland, generic, boring filler music ever created.  Have your instrumentation in mind when choosing too if using live music (and in my opinion that really adds a lot to a ceremony).  I used organ, but I might have choosen differently if I used piano.  And there are many great string quartet option, vocalist, or trumpet options as well (love seeing trumpeters at weddings).  Ask your musicians for suggestions too.  They will probably be thrilled you asked and have a lot to offer to you   

Post # 37
5408 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

We used Canon in D as well (: It’s so classic and beautiful and really made me feel like a bride! The bridal party walked to Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 Prelude. I love both songs!

Post # 38
371 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013


View original reply
Rose214:  I used River Flows in You, and to me, this is the PERFECT song to walk down the aisle too!  That would be my vote…not that you are looking for votes:)

Post # 39
466 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Have you listened to anything by Vitamin String Quartet? They turn popular music into beautiful instrumental arrangements.

I walked down the aisle to Dare You to Move performed by Vitamin String Quartet.

Post # 40
3562 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

View original reply
Rose214:  I did use Canon in D for the bridal party entrance, but I walked down the aisle to an instrumental version of “Can you feel the love tonight” by Elton John as a surprise to DH because The Lion King is his fav. I found a version I liked, and edited it to start at an “uplifting” part for when I walked in. 

ETA: I also used a ton of Vitamin String Quartet songs to play while guests were arriving/being seated…and also during cocktail hour. 

Post # 41
2742 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

I played Butterfly Waltz by Brian Cane for my friends Promenade and it was beautiful.

Post # 42
2536 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I admit I had this song as my processional. To be fair, I had only been to one other wedding that had it!

Post # 43
2504 posts
Sugar bee

View original reply
Rose214:  I think Pachabel’s Canon in D is lovely and I’ll be using it as well 🙂

One of the few traditions we are using!

Post # 44
5217 posts
Bee Keeper

Because of this thread, I have been YouTubing songs all morning that started with Bach and has now ended with me listening to Christmas music….

Post # 45
11050 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

View original reply
Rose214: I had Canon in D and it felt so right. I think I know and like Jesu Man of Joy’s Desiring. My other favourite classic is Clare De Lune (spelling?)

The topic ‘Now I know why everyone picks Pachabel's Canon….’ is closed to new replies.

Find Amazing Vendors