Your guests—and your future spouse—won't see these tunes coming.
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When the bride makes her debut at the top of the aisle, all eyes are on her. The only thing that can enhance a moment that beautiful is the music that goes along with it. Many contemporary brides are replacing their mother's generation's instrumental rendition of "The Wedding March" with something a little more personal. That's why we asked the editors at Apple Music to share their tips and tricks to navigating this particular song choice. Here's everything you need to know about finding a surprising processional track that'll wow your guests and spouse-to-be (almost!) as much as your wedding day glow. For more inspiration, check out our curated playlist below, featuring tunes that just might be your own personal hit.

Surprising doesn't mean unrecognizable.

If you are going to break with tradition, it's important to at least choose songs that resonate with your guests. "It's always nice when parents, grandparents, peers, and your adorable nieces and nephews can dance and sing along," the editors say. Other than that? "The sky's the limit."

Choose a unique song that matches your personality.

Are you the comedian in your family? Florence + The Machine's "Dog Days Are Over" has a "bit of tongue-in-cheek appeal," say the pros at Apple. Are you more low-key? Ed Sheeran's "Kiss Me" is both calm and a crowd-pleaser. The same rules apply when choosing a song by tempo. Choosing an upbeat track or something more mellow should be determined by who you are as a couple. "The most important thing is that the song is representative of their union," the editors add.

Once you've found the track, keep it a secret.

If you want this song have the utmost possible impact, the most important thing to do is to keep it under wraps, the experts say. That includes keeping it a secret from your future spouse!

Here, a few tracks that are bound to make a major impact.

"Here Comes the Sun" by Nina Simone

"XO" by Beyoncé

"Harvest Moon" by Neil Young

"Arrival In Nara" by alt-J

"Tethered" by Sleeping At Last

"Sea of Love" by Cat Power

"Just Breath" by Pearl Jam

"A Sunday Kind of Love" by Etta James

"Waiting On a Friday" by The Rolling Stones

"The Wind" by Yusuf/Cat Stevens


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