As mentioned on our webpage "Considerations In Choosing Processional Music", if you decide to choose two different pieces for the Processional (one for the bridal party and one for the Bride), the two ought to be at least a bit different.
A Step Up
The music for the seating of the VIPs is a step up from the Prelude music. In a much more dramatic way, the music for the Bridal Party Processional should be a big step up from that of the VIP Seating music. A large part of that big step is volume. Another part can be genre. You are still holding back a bit (after all, you don't want to upstage the Bride's entrance), but you are leaving no doubt that the Processional has begun.
Music For The Children In The Bridal Party
The Bridal Party entrance music can be broken down further into a piece for the Ring Bearer and/or Flower Girl, and a piece for the rest of the party. If you choose to do this, you may want to pick a song that is a bit lighter in nature, and/or one that refers to "children" or "angels", etc.
Bridal Party Entrance Songs
Here are some songs that fit the bill for Bridal Party Entrance Songs. Just click on the song titles to listen to some samples:
Canon In D - Johann Pachelbel
Winter, Largo (from the Four Seasons) - Antonio Vivaldi
Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring - Johann Sebastian Bach
Minuet (from "Water Music") - George Frideric Handel
Ode To Joy - Ludwig Van Beethoven
Saint Anthony's Chorale - Johannes Brahms
The Swan (from Carnival Of The Animals) - Camille Saint-Saens
Te Deum - Marc-Antoine Charpentier
The Prince Of Denmark's March - Jeremiah Clarke
Trumpet Voluntary - John Stanley
Trumpet Tune And Air - Henry Purcell
Tempo Di Minuetto - George Frideric Handel
What God Hath Done Is Rightly Done - Johann Sebastian Bach
The Entertainer - Scott Joplin
Love Theme from St. Elmo's Fire
Reflections Of Passion - Yanni
Drawing A Distinction
If you are getting married in a church that has an organist, one way to draw a distinction between the bridal party entrance and the Bride's entrance is to have your DJ/Musician(s) play bridal party entrance music and let the church organist have at it for the Bride's entrance song.
Consider Your Guests
If you're having trouble picking your processional songs, consider the make-up of your guests. What genre might they enjoy?- Classical? Popular? R&B?, Jazz? New Age? Broadway? Music From the Movies? If you keep in mind some of the important things about the nature of the music (i.e. easy to walk to, flexible, etc.) then there are really few limits when considering genre.
A Unique Entrance
There is an African ritual that sees the Groom in the procession lead up the aisle by drummers in double file. This type of ritual could certainly make your wedding extraordinary. If drummers aren't your style, and the Groom is going to meet the Bride at the altar, perhaps she can be lead up the aisle by bagpipers.
Ok, it's time for the big moment... let's take a look at some songs for the Bride's processional!