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The processional and recessional are among the most anticipated moments of your wedding day—and they need background music to match their importance. We asked ceremony music pros from around the country to share the songs that are currently most popular and on the rise. We weren’t surprised to find that the classical favorite Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” is still the most popular processional song, with Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years” coming in a close second, while Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” and “All You Need is Love” by the Beatles share the top spot for the most popular recessional. But there are many more songs to choose from!

Just check out theses these music pro-approved modern processional songs that are being requested more and more.


The Pro: Crystal Yuan of Premiere Wedding Music in Las Vegas, Nevada
The Processional: “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
The Recessional: “Style” by Taylor Swift

The Pro: James Beauchamp of Strings Attached in Houston, Texas
The Processional: “Turning Page” by Sleeping at Last
The Recessional: “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars

The Pro: Mugurel Radu of Philadelphia String Quartet in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Processional: “Gone, Gone, Gone” by Phillip Phillips
The Recessional: “Dear Future Husband” by Meghan Trainor

The Pro: Mitchell Drury of Puget Sound Strings in Seattle, Washington
The Processional: “Your Hand in Mine” by Explosions in the Sky
The Recessional: “Married Life” by Mark Northam from the movie “Up”

The Pro: Nancy Maio of Elegant Music Services in Racine, Wisconsin
The Processional: “Secrets” by OneRepublic
The Recessional: “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay

The Pro: Antonio J. Briceño Jr. of AMI Entertainment Co. in Miami, Florida
The Processional: “Halo” by Beyonce
The Recessional: “Sugar” by Maroon 5

The Pro: Eric Jay of Soli Studios Music in Laguna Hills, California
The Processional: “I’ll Be” by Edwin McCain
The Recessional: “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas

The Pro: Demetria Koninis of Spa City Duo in Saratoga Strings, New York
The Processional: “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen
The Recessional: “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen

The Pro: Shawn Boucke of Shawn Boucke-Violinist/DJ in Waterford, Michigan
The Processional: “All of Me” by John Legend
The Recessional: “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri