20 Alternative Songs To Walk Down the Aisle To

September 7, 2014

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Music is pretty darn important to most Rock n Roll brides, and I’m often asked by my readers for suggestions of alternative songs to walk down the aisle to. I think this list tells you a LOT about my music taste..!

Bring on the 80s power ballads!

1. Stand by Me, Ben E King

2. Somewhere over the Rainbow, Israel “IZ” KamakawiwoΚ»ole

3. November Rain, Guns N’ Roses

4. White Wedding, Billy Idol

5. Wedding Song, Yeah Yeah Yeahs (acoustic)

6. Canon in D, Pachelbel (rock version)

7. All I Want Is You, U2

8. Marry Song, Band of Horses

9. Sea of Love, Cat Power

10. Edge of Seventeen, Stevie Nicks

11. First Day of My Life, Bright Eyes

12. Marry Me, Train

13. Always, Bon Jovi

14. Home, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

15. Unconditionally, Katy Perry

16. Passenger, Deftones

17. Love Is A Battlefield, Pat Benatar

18. These Dreams, Heart

19. I Walk the Line, Johnny Cash

20. Can’t Help Falling In Love, Elvis Presley

Fancy telling me what you’re walking down the aisle to?

72 comments

  1. Laura

    I am a wedding photographer and I swear to god if I hear that “Over The Rainbow” cover at another wedding I will lose my mind.

  2. Alison

    In response to Laura, I live in Honolulu and I HATE the somewhere over the rainbow cover song. Lol. Ism why they just don’t make it Hawaii’s national anthem!

  3. Lauren G

    I walked down the aisle to an acoustic version of maps by yeah yeah yeahs

    I just LOVE Karen O’s voice!!

  4. Amy Horsfall

    On 26/7 this year I walked down the aisle to the accoustic version of Everlong by Foo Fighters πŸ™‚

  5. Emma Matchett

    I wanted November rain as my isle sobg but its a bit too long. So I am going with something alot different, my song is from a game πŸ™‚

  6. Laura

    I walked down the aisle to First Day of my Life in 2008. It was second time for both of us, but truly the first day. We saw Connor Oberst support Springsteen on the Vote for Change tour in Cleveland in 2004 and a love affair blossomed. Amen to alternative wedding songs.

  7. laura wade

    We have really struggled with this. We have decided on walking out music (Kenny Rodgers , just dropped in) and 1st dance. (Arcade fire, wake up) but this is hard. Needs to be long enough to walk down to as well!

  8. Bekki Bullough

    I walked down the aisle to ‘Grow Old With You’ from the Wedding Singer. Still makes me smile every time I hear it!

  9. Sarah Jane

    My wedding is in 6 months and Iv decided to walk down the aisle to Etta James At Last…..love the words x

  10. Sara

    My aisle song was an instrumental version of Bitterest Symphony ^.^
    Our exit song was I write sins not tragedies by Panic at the disco πŸ˜› the film clip for that was the inspiration for our entire wedding πŸ˜€

  11. Rhian Davis

    I walked in to Moon River by Louis Armstrong and walked out to Silly Love Songs by Wings πŸ™‚ 1st dance was grow old with you off the wedding singer…brilliant song n only a minute n half long! X

  12. charlotte

    I walked down the aisle to an instrumental version of Bryan Adams heaven. Bit cheesy but very emotional. We had loads of fab tracks while the guests assembled…the doors-love me two times, elvis can’t help falling in love with u, green day-last song on earth, Beatles all u need is love and we walked out of our ceremony to Queen crazy little thing called love. Music is a big part of our history. Our first dance was Fleetwood Mac songbird.xx

  13. Vicky Prodrick

    I had November rain. I made my bridesmaids walk done first each had a differey ‘boomp’ to go on. Admittedly the words are not great for a wedding! Five years on from splitting up I can smile at the irony of the lyrics – nothing lasts forever and we both know hearts can change! As a bridesmaid I have walked down to the music from the hobbit and twin peaks.. I love how it just makes it all so personal. I am getting married again and will walk down to gigantic by the pixies.

  14. Kim

    I walked down the aisle to a Vitamin String Quartet version of the Pumpkin’s ‘stand Inside Your Love’ and for the rest of the ceremony we had ‘Best Friend’ by Queen, Rains of Castamere, ‘Love You To Death’ by Type O Negative and a violin piece by Emilie Autumn. πŸ™‚

  15. Eva Szymczyk

    I walked down down the aisle at the church with Who wants to live forever from Queen and walked out by Beatle’s All you need is love .

  16. Gemma

    I really really really wanted to walk down the aisle to November rain, until I realised that at the end of the song after Slash’s epic guitar solo they sing “you’re not the only one for me” over and over! Didn’t think it sent the right message for my last walk as an unmarried girl…! :-/

  17. faye

    I am walking down the aisle to zeldas lullaby from the computer game the legend of zelda and it will played om harp and flute. Bit ramdom but its my fiances fave game growing up and tje somg sounds beautiful.

  18. Katie

    My husband and the bridal party walked in to an acoustic guitar version of “Don’t Worry Baby” by the Beach Boys. My dad and I walked down the aisle to acoustic guitar of Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love”, and Matt and I walked out to acoustic guitar of “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong. Our first dance was “When I’m 64” by the Beatles and we cut our cake to “The Girl” by City and Colour (LOVE THAT SONG!). I danced with my dad to Paul Simon’s “Fathers and Daughters” and Matt and his mom danced to “In My Life” by the Beatles.

  19. Carly

    I walked down the ‘aisle’ to PJ Harvey’s “Good Fortune” and once we were pronounced hubby and wife KISS'”Love Gun” was played. Both were acoustic, played by our brothers. So good.

  20. Claire F

    I’m walking down to ‘Nine Million Bicycles’ Katie Melua and first dance is ‘Forever in Blue Jeans’ Neil Diamond. Can’t wait πŸ™‚

  21. alexandra h

    Ime walking in to paramore into you walking out to snow patrol chasing cars and our first dance is blue suede hooked on a feeling πŸ™‚ ya no just to mix it up a bit and give the guests something to talk about πŸ™‚

  22. Emily

    Noel Gallagher “high flying birds” was the song I walked down to. It makes me feel even more special that no one else has mentioned it yet lol. And Jason Mraz “I’m yours” was our first dance.

  23. Marney McMahon

    I love Edward Sharpe’s Home and really want it as our first dance- my fiancΓ© has totally shocked me by wanting a very slow dance! We may have to have 2 or a mash up!
    My talented cousins are playing Elbow’s One Day Like This for me as I walk down the aisle- I cannot wait!

  24. Ashley D

    I walked to “Honey” by Dustin Ruth. Beautiful song and funny to walk to since my husband and I had been engaged for almost 10 years. There were lots of happy tears and we received so many compliments from guests about the song

  25. So many great songs! I knew I wanted to walk down the aisle to Green Day. I went for their song “Last Night on Earth”. I still well up when I hear it now!!

  26. Excellent alternative isle songs! Three weeks ago I walked down to eels – fresh feeling and our outro music was Karen o – all is love. To me they’re both uplifting tunes πŸ™‚

  27. Jasmin

    Hoping to find someone to play piano version of I Will on my way down the aisle and Mr. Sandman on the way out. It just sounds so celebratory!

  28. Aluka

    I’m getting married in January. My boyfriend will walk with “Why canΒ΄t we be friends” and I will with Star Wars’ The Imperial March (aka Darth Vader’s theme). To walk out/fist dance we will use “This Must Be the Place” by Talking Heads.

  29. I used to play in a drum & bugle corps, and my D&B buddies were gracious enough to play at my wedding! I walked dow the aisle to Somewhere Over the Rainbow, and we walked out to When I’m 64. Our first dance was to Thank You For Loving Me by Bon Jovi.

    Today is actually our one year anniversary, so the timing of this post is perfect! πŸ™‚

  30. Nancy

    I walked down to the instrumental version of Breathe by Pearl Jam & we walked out to Caught Up in You by .38 Special. Our first dance was DMB, You & Me!!

  31. Orsi

    We haven’t had a proper wedding yet, but I might go with Thin Air by Pearl Jam or my absolute favourite Vivaldi’s 4 Seasons, Winter 2. largo

  32. Lady

    Walked down the aisle to “Morning Has Broken” even though it was the afternoon πŸ˜‰

    Bridal party entered to the Disco Star Wars medley, then the first dances were the theme to Great American Hero, We’re the Same (Matthew Sweet). And til There was You (Beatles).

    We enjoyed ourselves so very much πŸ™‚

  33. Gem

    I had The Ecstasy Of Gold – Metallica version – as a pre song, All You Need Is Love to walk down to and after the wedding ceremony our guests followed us out to God Gave Rock and Roll To You – Kiss. So happy! πŸ™‚

  34. I walked down the aisle to Richard X’s remix of ‘Fade Into You’ by Mazzy Star featuring Jarvis Cocker. It’s a really beautiful song!

  35. Yolanda Amor Allan

    When we got married,my husband entered to Angry Birds orchestral theme,he loves it so much!I walked down the aisle to ‘Everlong’ by the Foo Fighters, we walked back out to Elbow’s ‘One day like this’ and our first dance was to ‘Nothing Else Matters’ by Metallica.

  36. Aimee

    I get married in December this year! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ ahhh!

    I’m walking down the aisle to How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding

    It says everything about my Love for my beau

    Great blog πŸ™‚ x

  37. Quetzalli

    I’m from Mexico, so weddings here are pretty classic, so we asked our friend to play Foo Fighters “Times Like These” acoustic version as an entrance song, and as we walk out “everlong”, that was actually a dream come true!

  38. Beth

    I walked down the aisle last year to “In Good Faith” by Survivor – sung by the great and late Jimi Jamison. We walked out to “My Everything” by W.E.T πŸ™‚

  39. BettyBabydoll

    We’re having a 50’s themed wedding so I’m walking down the aisle to Etta James – At Last. H2B is picking what song we walk out to and our first dance is Take That – Rule the World πŸ™‚ x

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