You’re the bride. It’s your big moment. As soon as those doors open, you and your bridesmaids are going to be walking down that aisle. All eyes are focused on you. This is it. In mere minutes, you’ll be married to the love of your life. What song do you want to play as you take that walk?
Well, if you’re looking for the best R&B wedding songs for bride entrance, then we’ve got plenty of choices for you.R&B is one of the biggest musical genres, with thousands and thousands of songs to choose from, covering a whole host of different musical styles.
Many of them could have made this list. However, we chose these songs because not only are they beautifully sung, but they really showcase the love that you have experienced.
The Best R&B Wedding Songs For Bride Entrance
You will also like our other top recommendations for the ultimate play list on your wedding day:
1. ‘Stand By Me’ – Ben E. King
Lyrics You’ll Love: Oh, I won’t be afraid / Just as long as you stand / Stand by me
When you get married, you are pledging that you will stand by your partner for the rest of your life. Through thick and thin (or in sickness and in health, as the saying goes), you’ll be there by your partner’s side, constantly giving your love. Why not make that promise as you walk down the aisle?
‘Stand by Me’ by Ben E. King is a classic R&B tune. King sings about how love conquers all. It doesn’t matter what life throws at you, as long as you have your partner by your side, you have the strength to get through everything.
It is a very unique bridal entrance song, but one that we think works very well when you listen to the lyrics.
2. ‘Halo’ – Beyonce
Lyrics You’ll Love: Everywhere I’m lookin’ now / I’m surrounded by your embrace
We know that there’ll be a few people that turn their noses up at this. The pop tunes of Beyonce are not normally the sort of thing people waltz down the aisle too. But, like all the songs on our list of the best R&B songs for a bride entrance, it just works.
Beyonce serenades us with an amazing tune about how she was willing to open up and embrace love, and she had no reservations about doing it. She believes that the person she is singing to is her angel (‘I can see your halo, you’re my saving grace’).
We are sure that this is how you feel about your partner, so why not let him know when you walk down the aisle?
3. ‘At Last’ – Etta James
Lyrics You’ll Love: At last / My love has come along / My lonely days are over
Yes. ‘At Last’ by Etta James is probably one of the most-played bridal entrance songs ever (or at least first dance tunes), but there is a reason; there is no song that describes love better than this one.
As you walk down the aisle, imagine Etta James singing about how you have finally found the love of your life. You know that the second you say ‘I do’, you are never going to feel lonely again. You’ve found the perfect person. Sounds great, right?
Yep! This is how you know this is going to be a great bridal entrance song.
4. ‘Have You Ever’ – Brandy
Lyrics You’ll Love: Have you ever loved somebody / So much it makes you cry
We’re going back to the 1990s with this classic track from Brandy. It was a stable for many R&B bridal entrance music back then. It doesn’t get as many appearances nowadays, but we think it should. It is a beautiful song.
When you are in love, you often cry with happiness. We’ve all been there. Wondering how you deserve somebody so wonderful in your life. That’s what this song is about.
Loving somebody harder than you have ever loved somebody before, not knowing how to tell them, but knowing that they love you too.
Your partner won’t have a dry eye as he gazes upon you in your beautiful dress as he hears the lyrics ‘Have you ever had someone, steal your heart away’.
5. ‘Ain’t Nobody’ – Chaka Khan
Lyrics You’ll Love: Happened so naturally / Did not know it was love / The next thing I felt was you / Holdin’ me close
Love is supposed to feel natural. It is supposed to feel completely effortless. Chaka Khan describes this wonderfully well in ‘Ain’t Nobody’.
One of the lyrical highlights is ‘I hope this night will last forever’. We are sure that is exactly how you are going to feel about your wedding. You want to feel that happy every moment for the rest of your life, and you will. You have the right partner for it.
This song is very upbeat, and it certainly isn’t your traditional one of the R&B songs for bride entrance, but the lyrics make sense, and the fast tempo and pop sounds will guarantee everybody will have their eyes on you.
6. ‘Fortunate’ – Maxwell
Lyrics You’ll Love: I’m so glad you’re in my world / Just as sure as the sky is blue / I bless the day that I found you
Sure, this is a guy singing about a girl, but that’s fine. The lyrics are still heavily steeped in romance and, once again, about finding the perfect person.
We especially love this song because Maxwell sings about a lot of ‘firsts’, implying that this is the first time that he has ever felt this deeply in love with somebody.
If you’re going to have this as your bridal entrance song, we suggest that you make sure that the very first verse is belted out. It is the best. It describes how the entire view of a world changes when you’re in love. You look at things differently.
Chances are, that’s how you felt when you realized you loved your partner.
7. ‘You Are’ – Charlie Wilson
Lyrics You’ll Love: It’s so easy to love you baby / We’re compatible, incredible and natural we are
When you’re deeply in love with somebody, you connect with them on every single level. You believe that they are made for you. There is nobody else that suits you better than that person.
The whole reason you are getting married is because you feel that connection with your future spouse, so why not have a song playing that really shows this part of your love off?
‘You Are’ is another of those non-traditional bride entrance songs, but we like that. Everybody should have a unique wedding. Just bear in mind that this certainly isn’t a slow song, but that will give you a chance to have a bit of a bop as you walk down the aisle!
8. ‘All My Tomorrows’ – Kevin Lattimore
Lyrics You’ll Love: Sign your name on my future / Write your name on my heart/ You’re the one that I need in my life and my arms.
Kevin Lattimore sings about actually getting married when he sings ‘Sign your name on my future’. This is before he launches into a ballad about how he cannot wish to spend every tomorrow with who he loves. He doesn’t see a future without her.
Since this song is about getting married (and walking down the aisle), then it should make a great option for a bride’s entrance song.
9. ‘Back at One’ – Brian McKnight
Lyrics You’ll Love: One, you’re like a dream come true / Two, just wanna be with you
Brian McKnight is a staple when it comes to R&B wedding songs. We’ve chosen ‘Back at One’ as the best choice for a bride’s entrance. Brian McKnight lists all the steps for being in love with somebody.
This means treating them properly, and if he ever fails in that goal, he is going ‘Back at One’ and trying it all over again. The meaning? He is never going to let that love fade and will do everything possible to ensure that he continues to be loved.
You’re going to be making the same promise when you marry your spouse, so why not show him this promise through the words of Brian McKnight as you strut down the aisle looking more beautiful than ever?
10. ‘Stay With You’ – John Legend
Lyrics You’ll Love: We’ve been together for a while now / We’re growing stronger everyday now / It feels so good and there’s no doubt / I will stay with you as each morning brings the sunrise
You pick almost any song from John Legend’s back catalog and you will have the perfect wedding song. For the bridal entrance, we’ve chosen ‘Stay With You’. We love how John sings about how love continues to grow stronger, and that love is like a sunrise every single morning.
Beautiful voice too. People will love this song!
11. ‘Let’s Stay Together’ – Al Green
Lyrics You’ll Love: And I want to spend my life with you
Al Green is a classic R&B artist, and while the entire song is fantastic, we really enjoy the line ‘I want to spend my life with you’. You’re going to be saying those words to your future spouse pretty soon, and you’ve probably said them a lot already.
Why not give him one last reminder that he is the only person you want in your life?
12. ‘If I Ain’t Got You’ – Alicia Keys
Lyrics You’ll Love: Some people want it all / But I don’t want nothing at all / If it ain’t you, baby
We don’t think anybody could argue with this; Alicia Keys is one of the best female singers in history. She has an amazing range, and she really shows that off in ‘If I Ain’t Got You’.
The lyrics talk about how life can only be complete when you are with the person you love. In fact, if that person isn’t by your side, then everything that happens is meaningless. What better song to walk down the aisle to?
You’re about the pledge yourself to somebody for the rest of your life, after all.
13. ‘Endless Love’ – Lionel Richie & Diana Ross
Lyrics You’ll Love: My love There’s only you in my life
This Lionel Richie and Diana Ross classic is normally reserved for a ‘first dance’ track, but we love it more as an entrance song for the bride. They’ll sing about sharing love with one another (‘I want to share/All my love with you’).
Again, another song that really highlights the promise that you’re about to make to your future husband!
14. ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’ – Lauryn Hill
Lyrics You’ll Love: You’re just too good to be true / Can’t take my eyes off of you
This isn’t a Lauryn Hill original, but she turns this classic ballad into a fantastic R&B song. The song talks about all the feelings about love. The being weak at the knees. How they are the only person you want to look at, and how you genuinely believe they are far too good to be true (because they are perfect).
Everybody in that room will have heard ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’ before, but very few will have heard the Lauryn Hill version, and that makes it all the more special.
15. ‘You For Me (The Wedding Song)’ – Johnny Gill
Lyrics You’ll Love: It seems like forever / That I have waited for you
The clue is right there in the name – this song is made for weddings. Johnny Gill sings about the journey of love, from loneliness to finding the person that you want to spend the rest of your life with. A journey that you no doubt have been through.
This is why this song is perfect as an entrance tune; it’ll conjure emotions in both of you (and probably every in-love couple in that room).
We hope that you like our suggestions! We know that there are plenty of other R&B wedding songs for bride entrance that we could have included, so sorry if we didn’t include your favorite. However, we hope we have shown you that R&B is a musical genre with a lot of different styles.
You can make your entrance with any music that you see fit. Your song should be as unique as you and the love you have is. Whatever song you do choose, we are sure it will be amazing.
What is the best R&B song to walk down the aisle to?
Do you have to tell the groom what bridal entrance music you’re using?
While some brides will tell the groom what music is being played, most don’t. It is going to be just as much of a surprise as the dress you are wearing.
Does your bridal entrance music need to be slow?
Absolutely not! Choose a song that you like. Choose a song that is right for your personality and the love that you share. There are no rules when it comes to bridal music (or any music on your big day, for that matter).