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Top Ten: Contemporary Ceremonial Music

While many brides choose to walk down the aisle with a traditional wedding march, there are other options, both classical and contemporary…

‘Gift of a Thistle’ – Braveheart (1995) soundtrack

Composed by James Horner for this epic drama film about the Scottish warrior, William Wallace. Starring Mel Gibson.

‘Now We Are Free’ – Gladiator (2000) Soundtrack

Composed by Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard for the award-winning film starring Russell Crowe.

‘Bittersweet Symphony’ – The Verve (Urban Hymns, 1997)

This is an adaptation of the Rolling Stones song, ‘The Last Time’, and it reached Number Two on the UK Singles chart.

‘Hallelujah’ – Rufus Wainwright

Composed by Leonard Cohen and featured in the award-winning animated film, ‘Shrek’ (2001)

‘Beautiful Day’ – U2 (All That You Can’t Leave Behind, 2001)

One of the Irish rock band’s biggest hits to date, Bono describes the song as being about losing everything but still finding joy in what you have.

‘Chasing Cars’ – Snow Patrol (Eyes Open, 2006)

Was featured in the second season finale of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and was one of the first songs to reveal the impact of legal downloads on single sales in 2007.

‘At Last’ – Etta James

Etta James is an American blues and jazz singer-songwriter. She was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001. This is her best-known song.

‘Kissing you’ – Romeo and Juliet (1996) Soundtrack

The Love Theme from director Baz Luhrman’s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s classic love story.

‘Butterfly’ – Celtic Women

Celtic Woman is an all-female musical ensemble which blends traditional Irish folk music with pop music elements. Butterfly is their best-known song.

And for a dramatic entrance…

‘Carmina Burana’ – Robert Wells (1922-1998)

Robert Wells was an American singer, songwriter and composer. Carmina Burana is a choral piece composed by Carl Off in 1936.

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