100 Instrumental Wedding Songs for the Walk Down the Aisle

Are you looking for that SPECIAL song for your walk down the wedding aisle?  Here is a list of 100 potential wedding songs that might be perfect for your stroll. Find the song that speaks to you!  As you know, the bride’s entrance is the real start to your special day.

Music for Wedding Ceremony by BrideStLouis.com

Walking down the aisle is one of the most special parts of the wedding day. Expect a few tears as your partner sees you for the first time in your dress, and then having your Dad by your side only adds to the emotion.

All eyes on you can be quite scary, and having that special song that you really love can be comforting – as well as help you set the pace for your walk!

 

How to Choose Your Bridal Entrance Song

First, the pace: you don’t want something really fast as you want to walk at a slightly slower than normal pace. If your chosen song is a little too up-tempo, see if there’s a slowed-down acoustic version available. You’ll need to work out when you want the music to fade (if it’s not a live presentation) so time your walk to avoid arriving at the front mid-verse or crescendo.

Again – have fun with your selection – choose something that is important to you.  For example, one bride chose an instrumental version of the Jurassic Park’s theme as it was her husband’s favorite film!  

  • 1,2,3,4 by Vitamin String Quartet  (A string ensemble performance of Feist’s indie pop song.)
  • A Day Without Rain by Enya (Touching instrumental perfect for any outdoor event.)
  • Amazing Grace by Bridesmaids Quartet (It’s timeless!)
  • A Sky Full of Stars by The Piano Guys (A fun piano and cello rendition of Coldplay’s house-pop song.)
  • A Thousand Years by The Piano Guys
  • All I Want is You by Bridesmaids Quartet
  • All of Me by Daniel Jang (It’s a tender violin and guitar composition of John Legend’s soulful love ballad.)
  • All You Need is Love by Guitar Tribute Players  (A soft acoustic tribute of The Beatles’ piece.)
  • And I Love Her by United Guitar Players
  • Ants Marching/Ode to Joy by The Piano Guys (An arrangement of Dave Matthews Band rock song and Beethoven’s classis symphony.)
  • Are you Gonna Kiss me or Not
  • Best Day of My Life
  • Better Together by Romeo Loves Juliet (An acoustic adaptation of Jack Johnson’s folk song.)
  • Black Bird by Peter Pupping and Fred Benedetti
  • Can’t Help Falling in Love by United Guitar Players (An acoustic rendition of Elvis Presley’s love ballad.)
  • Can’t Stop the feeling! By Vitamin Street
  • Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Trio Comodo
  • Calling Dr. Love by Vitamin String Quartet
  • Come Away With Me
  • Counting Stars by Simply Three
  • Daughters by Bridesmaids Quartet (String Interpretation of John Mayer’s blues-rock song.)
  • Despacito by Brooklyn Duo
  • Don’t Stop Believin’
  • Endless Love
  • Everything by Bridesmaid Quartet (A rhythmic cover of Michael Buble’s love song.)
  • Everything I Do, I Do It For You
  • Fallin’ for You
  • Feels Like Home by Edwina Hayes
  • Fields of Gold by 2 Cellos (A moving cello duet of Sting’s rock song.)
  • Forever by Josh Vietti
  • From This Moment On
  • Get Lucky
  • Glasgow Love Them by Craig Armstrong (A heartwarming piano solo.)
  • God Gave Me You (Blake Shelton’s country love song.)
  • Grow Old With You (Remember The Wedding Singer?)
  • Happy by Vitamin String Quartet.  (Pharell’s neo-soul song.)
  • Hallelujah
  • Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
  • Heaven
  • Here Comes the Sun
  • How Long will I Love You (Ellie Goulding)
  • How to Save a Life (the Fray Tribute) by Tribute Players (A melodious piano solo.)
  • Hymn for The Weekend by Brooklyn Duo (Coldplay’s Indie Song.)
  • Hymne by the O’Neill Brothers
  • I Do by Bridesmaids Quartet (A string interpretation of Colbie Caillat’s folk song.)
  • I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing (Aerosmith’s legendary love ballad.)
  • I Want to Hold Your Hand
  • I Will Always Love You
  • I’m Yours
  • In Your Eyes
  • Light My Fire
  • Like I’m Gonna Lose You
  • Kashmir (A String Performance of Led Zeppelin’s metal masterpiece.)
  • Love Me Like You Do.
  • Maestro
  • Marry You (Bruno Mars’s pop love song.)
  • Me and My Cello (Happy Together) by The Piano Guys
  • Mine Would Be You (Blake Shelton’s Country Love Song.)
  • La La Land
  • Our Song (A Taylor Swift Love Song.)
  • Open Arms by Scott D. David (A sentimental piano solo of Journey’s rock anthem.)
  • Over the Rainbow/Simple Gifts by Harold Arlen, J. Bracket, Harburg and Piano Guys
  • Paradise (Coldplay’s Inspirational Indie Hit.)
  • Purple Haze by Kronos Quartet (A dramatic string of Jimi Hendrix’s piece.)
  • Rather Be (Clean Bandit’s dance-pop song.)
  • Rhythm of Love
  • Riptide (Vance Joy’s indie declaration of love.)
  • She Will Be Loved (Maroon 5 Song.)
  • Somewhere in Time
  • Something in the Way She Moves (James Taylor’s Folk Love Song.)
  • Something Just Like This
  • Stairway to Heaven (Led Zeppelin)
  • Stand by Me (Ben E. King’s romantic ballad.)
  • Stand by You (Rachel Platten’s pop love song.)
  • Stay with Me (Sam Smith’s soul pop song.)
  • Take Me to Church
  • Take My Breath Away
  • Teenage Dream (Katy Perry’s pp anthem.)
  • The Best Day (Taylor Swift’s Country Song)
  • The Edge of Glory by The Vitamin String Quartet
  • The Love of Love (Dusty Springfield’s Jazz Hit)
  • The Way I Am
  • Thinking Out Loud (Ed Sheeran)
  • This is What you Came For
  • Time After Time (Cindy Lauper)
  • Uptown Funk (Mark Ronson and Bruno Mar’s hit song.)
  • Viva La Vida (Coldplay’s Rock Hymn)
  • We Found Love (Rihanna electro dance hit.)
  • White Wedding
  • With Or Without You
  • Wonderwall (Oasis’s romantic rock song.)
  • You and Me (Lifehouse’s soft rock love anthem.)
  • You are So Beautiful (Joe Cocker’s famous love song.)
  • You are The Best Thing (Ray LaMontagne’s Folk Love Song)
  • You Raise Me Up (Josh Groban)
  • Your Hand in Mine
  • Your Song (Elton John’s Love Ballad)

Is money the reason you keep pushing back your wedding?

Affordable Wedding Locations in St. Louis

 

You want a beautiful wedding, something special, something to celebrate with family and friends. And yet, it seems impossible to come up with the cash to have the kind of wedding you want?
Everyone is feeling it! Gas prices are through the roof, food is expensive, and everything just costs more.

While money may have been the major obstacle preventing you from taking that step, there are ways to have a wonderful wedding, even on a tight budget. We’ve got some ideas to help you tie the knot, starting right here with some no cost or low-cost locations, and then we also have an additional 100 Money Saving Tips. (https://www.tinyurl.com/100moneysavingtips). And remember, marriage comes with a host of financial benefits and money-saving opportunities such as being partners in housing expense, insurance benefits, and tax benefits.

Don’t wait for money to marry.  A good park gazebo wedding just might be the answer. Combined that with some of our 100 Tips and you just might be a wifey before you know it.

Low Cost Wedding Locations by BrideStLouis.com

 

 

ST. LOUIS AREA & ILLINOIS LOCATIONS:

Alton Gordon Moore Public Park
Bellevue Park, Belleville. It has a beautiful gazebo and a medium size lake.
Forest Park – Waterfall off Lagoon Street, The Muny Entrance (Gazebo and beautiful lake in front of the Muny), General Grounds, the Basin area, and Old World’s Fair Pavilion are my favorites.
Faust Park – By The Village, Outside the Butterfly House, or at the Thornhill Mansion grounds that is behind the Butterfly House.
Kiener Plaza – The old Kiener Plaza was a beautiful setting. The new one is a bit busy all the time.
Carondelet Park
The Water Tower off Grand
Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit. It’s $5.00 per person to enter, but it’s worth it! They have a beautiful lake and in spring they have 1000s of daffodils.
Oak Knoll Park in Clayton. There is a sunken garden area to the West of the building and also a small lake.
Bee Tree Park in South County.
The City Garden has a nice waterfall
Tower Grove Park – Most everyone knows about the ruins, the lily pond, and the many, many gazebos.
Castlewood State Park off Manchester Road in Ballwin
The J.C. Stage in St. Charles on the Riverfront. It cost a little to rent, but it’s very nice. They also have two other smaller pavilions.
The New O’Day Park in O’Fallon. They also have the O’Day Lodge which rents at a reasonable price.
The Arch Grounds.
Lafayette Square & Park
Laumeier Sculpture Park
Queeny Park in Manchester
Chesterfield City Center Park
St. Ferdinand Park in Florissant – Both Lake & Gazebo.
Various New Town Locations in St. Charles
Drace Park in Des Peres – not well known, but very nice.
Longview Farm off Clayton Road in Town & County.
Creve Coeur Lake Park
Kirkwood Trail Station (Get married inside the train station. A great location when the weather is bad.)
Fort Zumwalt Park
Quail Ridge Park in St. Charles County

Low Cost Outdoor Wedding Locations

Wedding Traditions – Where Did They Come From?

 

If you have ever attended a wedding, then you have seen wedding traditions.  You probably never thought about why does the bride where white? Why does the groom have his own cake? Bury the Bourbon, what for? Why do the bride and groom cut the cake at the reception? So let’s take a look at some of most popular wedding traditions.  Let me help you understand where they came from and why we do them.

Bridesmaids – where did they originate from?

Have you ever been curious as to why we ask our friends to wear matching dresses and help the bride get ready for her big day? Originally bridesmaids did not wear colored gowns that would help the bride stand out.  Bridesmaids originally wore gowns that were very similar to the bride.  This was to confuse her exes and outsmart the evil spirits.  By wearing a gown similar to the bride, the evil spirits would not know who was actually getting married.

In early Roman era, it was the bridesmaids’ duty to surround the bride in a protective shield as they walked into the grooms village. The maids were dressed similar to the bride and if someone was to try to harm the bride, it was the maids’ duty to protect the bride at all costs! Maybe even with their life. Aren’t you glad that today, you just have to carry a bouquet and smile – not fight off evil or exes?

The Wedding Cake – Ring Cake Push– Why?

In the past it was a tradition for the groom to take a bite of bread after the ceremony.  Then it was also tradition for the groom to crumble the bread over the brides head for good luck.  Then the guests would surround the bride and try to collect some of the crumbs to get some of the good luck from the bride and groom.

Later the tradition changed to the Ring Cake Push.  What is the cake push you might ask?  Well, I am going to be honest, I had no idea about this tradition – however, it does lead to why we eat cake.  The cake push is where the bride push pieces of her wedding cake through her new wedding ring and hand it out to the guests.  The guests do not eat this, they take it home, place it under their pillow and hope that they will have good luck.  Now today, we just get to enjoy eating some yummy cake at the reception!

Best Man at Weddings - Where did the Tradition Come From

The Best Man

Originally the term “Best” Man did not refer to the grooms best friend, brothers, or comrades. The “Best” was added to the title of the man that was the strongest and most capable of being able to use a sword or weapon to fight off enemies and rival attackers during the ceremony. The “Best” man was also responsible to keep the bride from running away before the ceremony, making sure she didn’t escape and even kidnapping her at times.

Luckily today the honor of “Best” man is a title that goes along with planning the bachelor party, keeping the groom calm, making sure all the groomsmen are present and dressed correctly.  He will also be the one that will need to remember the rings and give a great toast at the reception.  Now, I am sure that the “Best” man is relieved that they do not have to do any of the hard stuff like the “Best” men of the past.

White Dress – Why does the Bride Where White?

The color white is the purest of all colors.  White is serene and calming that symbolizes new beginnings.  A white wedding dress is meant to represent purity, meaning that the bride is innocent and pure.  However, did you know that the originally wedding dresses were not white… they were gold or blue or even red. Dark Blue and Black were also worn a lot as these were the colors of the best dresses that the bride might own if she could not afford to purchase a new dress for the wedding.  White wedding dresses were worn in history; however, having a white wedding dress meant that you were wealthy or royal.

The tradition of wearing a white wedding dress caught on after Queen Victoria around 1840 wore it to get married. After that the white wedding dress was worn by brides to represent their purity and innocence.  Today, Brides are can wear whatever color they choose, but the tradition of the white wedding gown is still very prevalent and embraced by brides everywhere.

“Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue” –

This tradition started back in the Victorian era, to bring good fortune to the bride, especially when they were all worn together during the ceremony. The “something old” was worn to connect the bride to her past, “something new” was to signify the start of a new family and life.  “Something borrowed” is to something that would be taken into the new marriage, to bring the new happy couple good luck and good fortune. And then we have the “something blue” represents faithfulness and loyalty to the new union of lives.

There is an often forgotten line that comes at the end of the poem – “sixpence in my shoe” – So what is “sixpence” you might ask, “sixpence” was a former British monetary unit that was equal to six pennies. The “sixpence in the bride’s shoe” was given to her by her father to represent her with good luck just before she walked down the aisle, for extra luck, the coin was from the year that the bride was born.

Why are Wedding Veils used - What's the Tradition behind them?

Bridal Bouquet

In Ancient Greek times, the brides would carry cluster of herbs and spices.  The herbs and clusters were used to ward off evil spirits. That bundle of herbs and spices was believed to have magical powers that not only warded off evil spirits, but was also to bring the new couple good luck. The bouquet of herbs and spices transitioned to aromatic bouquets of beautiful flowers.

The Veil

The Veil originated in Ancient Greece and Rome and was used to keep the bride from receiving the “Evil Eye” from a family member that was not overly thrilled with the marriage.  It was later used to confuse evil spirits and even the devil from knowing who was getting married.  As some countries entered the time of “arranged marriages” the veil was used to mask the bride before the ceremony and then she could be “unveiled” to her new husband. Today, thankfully the veil is an accessory that some brides chose to wear and others chose not to. 

Saving the Top Layer of the Cake

 

Did you know that saving the top layer of your wedding cake was not originally started for you to be able to revisit your wedding a year later on your anniversary? This longstanding tradition actually is related to the rhyme that you might all be familiar with from childhood – “first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in a baby carriage”. In the past it was customary for the newlyweds to announce that they were expecting a baby by their first anniversary. The top layer of the wedding cake was then used as a celebratory cake announcing the impending arrival of the baby.

 

 

And Finally, the Wedding Rings

The very first documentation of wedding rings date all the way back to the Ancient Egyptians.  The Ancient Egyptians exchanged braided reeds and hemp, then they placed them on the fourth finger of the left hand as they believed that there was a “vein of love” that ran from this finger directly to the heart.

In Ancient Rome and Greece, the ring symbolized that the bride now belonged to someone, and the ring was a dowry for the purchase of the bride.  Thankfully, today, the ring symbolizes the never ending circle of love.  As a ring has no beginning and no end, and the love that you have for your partner also has no ending.

So, there you have some of the wedding traditions that we still use today in one way or another. There are many more traditions that we will be discussing at some point, so look forward to learning more about the wedding traditions and why we have them!

Written by Tracee Storie

 

 

Traditions that come from Irish Weddings

Traditionally in Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is considered the luckiest day of the year to be married. Whether you have ancestral roots in Ireland or just want to add a little luck o’ the Irish to your celebration, we are sharing some ways to bring some Irish wedding traditions into your wedding day!
Origin of the “Honeymoon” – Did you know in ancient Ireland, newlyweds were toasted with a mead made of honey, and were given the brew to drink for 30 days, or otherwise known as a moon’s cycle? Hence the honeymoon!
It’s an Irish Wedding Tradition to incorporate Irish Lace. Queen Victoria transformed bridal fashion with her white Irish lace gown for her 1840 wedding, and in more recent times, also by Princess Diana and Duchess Kate Middleton.
And in Celtic tradition, braids represent female power and good luck.
One of our most famous and signature traditions, the term tying the knot actually comes from the ceremony tradition of wrapping the couples hands in fabric, knotting the couples’ hands together. This gesture of the love knot represents unity through thick and thin. We’re proud to see it recreated in many wedding ceremonies across the world!
And then at the end of your event, be sure to serve some Irish Coffee!

Wedding Gown Shopping?

Wedding Gown Shopping?

13+ Tips for Stress Free Wedding Gown Shopping

1.       Create a budget.  Most brides will spend about 10% of their wedding budget for their dress.

2.       Start shopping early. It takes anywhere from six to twelve months from the time you place the order to when you bring your wedding gown home. Bridal designers need four or five months to make it, and then you need to schedule fittings.

3.      Know what kind of dress you want. Love satin, hate lace…let your stylist know what you love and what you hate.

4.      What kind of wedding are you having? Destination wedding, outdoors, grand ballroom, barn/country….this decision will play some kind of role in selecting the right dress for the mood of your wedding.

5.      Most bridal shops prefer appointments, but most are happy to work with walk-ins too. Saturdays can be crazy busy, so why not try a weekday appointment for a more private and relaxing experience.

6.      Bring one or two people whose opinion means the most to you. The reality bridal TV shows show brides bringing a huge group of family and friends – and that just add drama and indecision to the process.

7.      Get ready for your appointment and bring items you want to wear down the aisle. Wear a strapless nude bra and a seamless thong or brief.

8.      Some dresses look better on you than on the rack. Let the stylist help choose a style which will flatter your body. Keep an open mind. Try different silhouettes to see which one makes you feel stunning.

9.      Forget about “sizes” in the wedding gown industry. Every designer’s size charts are different. Taking in a gown is easy; letting it out is difficult.

10.  For most shops, a 50% deposit is required when you order.

11.  Don’t be afraid to say “yes” to the dress on your first attempt. When you know, you just know. If you feel exceptional in that dress, it’s your dress.

12.  Move around – sit – dance a bit. You want to be comfortable.

13.  Gowns are made to order, so minor details can be customized or switched. You can add a belt to add some sizzle, or add some colored tulle underneath to add contrast. Straps can be added or you might want to order a small jacket or fur for those cooler months.

 

And a few extra tips –

 

Fit is everything, which is why, when it comes to your wedding dress, alterations are everything. You can splurge on a pricey dress, but if it’s not altered properly it won’t look any better than a gown that’s a tenth of the cost.

Budget for Alterations: Bridal Alterations can add up. Some shops charge per service ($200 to shorten your gown, $150 to resew seams, etc.) while others charge a flat fee that covers anything you’ll need to make the dress fit you perfectly. Design changes can cost anywhere from $50, to cut a sweetheart neckline, to hundreds of dollars.

Don’t Buy a Gown to Small: Never buy a too-small dress, thinking you will lose the weight. It’s easier to take in a larger dress, than to let a smaller one out.

Wear your Wedding Shoes: A seamstress will adjust the hem based on the shoes you’ll be wearing at the wedding. If you haven’t picked out your wedding shoes yet, bring a pair with a comparable height. Your hemline should gently graze the ground, so that you don’t trip.

 

So, where are you buying your dress? Be sure to choose a reliable, bridal store that cares about helping you be your very best on your special day. There are some disreputable stores, that have poor service after the sale. Even some of the larger chains have bad reputations. There are both good and bad online bridal stores – and once you purchase your dress, it’s yours. Use care when going that route as well.

 

Be a beautiful, happy bride in the dress you love!

 

 

 

Bridesmaids Dresses – Past, Present & Future

Bridesmaids Dresses - Past Present and Future
A hot topic of discussion when wedding planning is the bridesmaids dress. In past years, this is the dress that costs a small fortune and your bridesmaids will most likely despise it. The role of bridesmaids has changed over the past few centuries – they were once dowry holders to now the devoted best friends – and with the changes so has the fashion. From the days of rainbow colors, hoop skirts and ruffles that plagued the 80’s, bridesmaids fashions have greatly changed, and I might dare say for the better.
The 1980’s
In 1980’s the fashion industry changed when Princess Diana walked down in the aisle in a gorgeous ball gown. Her bridesmaid debut the puffy sleeves and taffeta that would remain for the entire decade. Flower crowns and the color pink were exactly what every bride wanted for her big day towards the end of the 80’s decade.
The 1990’s
Fashion in the 90’s swiftly changed to minimalism. This decade had colors that were dark – think navy, black and burgundy – and the dresses were simple and sophisticated. In the middle of the 90’s the color lavender took over for pink as the most popular color because Princess Theodora of Greece chose to wear it to an English wedding. The 90’s also was the debut of the high-low hem line and floral maids’ gowns.
The 2000’s
By the time the 2000’s began, it was fashionable to wear full length satin dresses. This is when the rainbow wedding colors began to be front and center but in the pastel colors. Strapless gowns became very popular during the early 2000’s and have actually stuck around. Also, in the mid 2000’s the maid of honor wearing a different shade became popular. We also saw the halter top become popular during this time, along with chiffon fabric and pleating in the front.
The 2000’s
In 2010, Carrie Bradshaw (from Sex and the City) paved the way for the loosening of the reins by the bride when it came to bridesmaid dresses and colors. She had her bridal party in not one, but three different haute couture dress and they were each in a different color. This began the mix and match trend.
The 2011
In 2011 all eyes were on the royal family again, as Kate Middleton married Prince William at Westminster Abbey. Kate brought a full does of tradition back into focus. Pippa Middleton, as maid of honor, wearing all white, brought the age-old trend of all white wedding parties back into focus. All white wedding parties go back to Queen Victoria, who was one of the first to wear all white on her wedding day in 1840. Things started to get natural and organic around 2015. Brides began to use colors like sand, blush and stone for maids. Steel blue, also declared a neutral color was the most popular bridesmaid color in 2019.
The 2020’s
Now as we are in our second year of the 2020’s, we find that brides want options for their bridesmaids. The designers are answering this by making a wide variety of silhouettes and colors to please any bridal party. I do see a some 1970’s inspired looks that go with the bohemian vibe. The colors are all across the board but in 2022, you will see more bold and vibrant colors taking the stage! It is the perfect time to be a bride and bridesmaids as your choices are endless!