Any list of popular Wedding Processionals would be suspect if “Jesu Joy Of Man’s Desiring” were not included. This perennial favorite from the fertile mind of J.S. Bach is one of those songs that seems as though it must have been composed for a wedding ceremony.
The gently rolling 8th note pattern that continues throughout most of the song is quite peaceful by itself, and then the simple legato melody enters, mimicking the voices for whom the song was originally written.
This may be the most popular wedding processional for bridesmaids of the last few decades, though in the last few years I suspect Pachelbel’s Canon in D has overtaken it. If the music of Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring stops naturally when all the bridesmaids (or bride) have reached the front of the church, it has a very settled and natural ending, setting a relaxed and reverent mood for the rest of your wedding.
Alternately, instead of a wedding processional, you may choose it for the prelude, or seating of family members. Wherever you decide to use it, Jesu is indeed a perfect song for your wedding day.
You can find the album with 19 Processionals for Bride and Bridesmaids here.