We Love These Nontraditional Bridal Processional Songs

Walk down the aisle to something unexpected.

Sabrina walking down the aisle by herself

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Walking down the aisle has long been synonymous with certain traditions, from walking with your father, not seeing your partner beforehand, and “Here Comes The Bride” playing as you make your way to the altar. But just because it’s tradition doesn’t mean you’re required to do it. It’s your wedding day after all!

If a classic processional song isn’t your vibe, we’ve rounded up a few alternative songs to walk down the aisle to. You'll find a little bit of everything, genre-wise, in the list below, including artists like Sade, John Mayer, Bon Iver, and Chris Stapleton.

01 of 19

"Beth/Rest," by Bon Iver

Lyrics of Love: "Heavy mitted love, our love is a star/Sure some hazardry/For the light before and after/Most indefinitely"

02 of 19

"Kiss the Girl," by Brent Morgan

Lyrics of Love: "There you see her/Sitting there across the way/She don't got a lot to say/But there's something about her/And you don't know why/But you're dying to try/You wanna kiss the girl"

03 of 19

"Holy Water," by Brett Eldredge

Lyrics of Love: "You are my holy water/You are my river thee/Wash me away and take me higher/'Cause somethin' 'bout your love just sets me free"

04 of 19

"Lover," by Taylor Swift

Lyrics of Love: "Can I go where you go?/Can we always be this close forever and ever?/And ah, take me out, and take me home/You're my, my, my, my/Lover"

05 of 19

"A Thousand Miles," by Vanessa Carlton

Lyrics of Love: "If I could fall into the sky/Do you think time would pass me by?/'Cause you know I'd walk a thousand miles/If I could just see you tonight"

06 of 19

"XO," by John Mayer

Lyrics of Love: "In the darkest night/I'll search through the crowd,/Your face is all that I see/I'll give you everything/Baby, love me lights out"

07 of 19

"The Bones," by Maren Morris

Lyrics of Love: "When the bones are good, the rest don't matter/Yeah, the paint could peel, the glass could shatter/Let it break 'cause you and I remain the same"

08 of 19

"Black and White," by Niall Horan

Lyrics of Love: "Yeah, I see us in black and white/Crystal clear on a starlit night/In all your gorgeous colors/I promise that I'll love you for the rest of my life"

09 of 19

"Wonderful Tonight," by Eric Clapton

Lyrics of Love: "I feel wonderful because I see the love light in your eyes/Then the wonder of it all is that you just don't realize/How much I love you"

10 of 19

"Iris" (Acoustic) by The Goo Goo Dolls

Lyrics of Love: "And all I can taste is this moment/And all I can breathe is your life/And sooner or later, it's over/I just don't wanna miss you tonight"

11 of 19

"How Long Will I Love You," by Ellie Goulding

Lyrics of Love: "How long will I love you?/As long as stars are above you/And longer if I can"

12 of 19

"No One," by Alicia Keys

Lyrics of Love: "You and me together/Through the days and nights/I don't worry 'cause/Everything's gonna be alright"

13 of 19

"Somewhere Only We Know," by Lily Allen

Lyrics of Love: "And if you have a minute, why don't we go/Talk about it somewhere only we know?/This could be the end of everything/So why don't we go somewhere only we know?"

14 of 19

"Sparks," by Coldplay

Lyrics of Love: "My heart is yours/It's you that I hold on to/Yeah, that's what I do"

15 of 19

"I Do," by Colbie Cailat

Lyrics of Love: "You make me wanna say/I do, I do, I do, do-do-do-do-do-do-do/Yeah, I do, I do, I do, do-do-do-do-do-do-do"

16 of 19

"Joy of My Life," by Chris Stapleton

Lyrics of Love: "She's sweet to me/Must be the luckiest man alive/Did I tell you, baby/You are the joy of my life?"

17 of 19

"She," by Elvis Costello

Lyrics of Love: "She may be the reason I survive/The why and wherefore I'm alive/The one I'll care for through the rough and ready years/Me, I'll take her laughter and her tears"

18 of 19

"Real Love," by Regina Spektor

Lyrics of Love: "All my little plans and schemes/Lost like some forgotten dreams/Seems that all I really was doing/Was waiting for you"

19 of 19

"By Your Side," by Sade

Lyrics of Love: "Oh, when you're cold/I'll be there/Hold you tight to me"

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