Every year, about 2.5 million couples get married. Among those millions of couples, the majority of them will host some kind of formal ceremony for their family and friends. Beyond picking out the dress, wedding flowers, and cake, there are small details that simply must be included in the planning. Music is absolutely one of those details.
The majority of couples will have a selection of songs to play at their big event. There will be one specific song, though, that plays at a pertinent point. It holds some true significance in the relationship. Whether the song is played just before the vows, during the first dance, or someplace else, this piece will commemorate the moment. Down the road—when the bride and groom—it will bring about a flood of memories of that special day.
Just one song can leave a lasting impression on both the couple and the guests. So, music selection is a choice that you and your partner really should make carefully. Some wedding songs fit in with more casual events, while others may work best in an upscale ceremony. With all of the songs out there, narrowing down to just a few can be tricky. To make the process easier, here are 10 wedding songs to give you a few ideas for your special ceremony.
Upbeat and lighter than a lot of traditional wedding music, "Marry You" by Bruno Mars is a playful song. It just captures the feeling that marrying someone can be all kinds of fun. In true Bruno Mars style, the song is catchy enough to make you want to sing along. The more playful tone is ideal for those less-traditional wedding ceremonies that are meant to be more laid back and casual.
Did you know that Etta James originally recorded "At Last"? In the early 90s, Etta Jones re-recorded it, specifically because so many people constantly confused her name with James. Jones's version of the song has risen like a shining star in the world of weddings. Part of the reason is that its soulfulness is so carefully emphasized by swing-style music tones. The velvety sound of Jones's voice, paired with the deeply emotional lyrics, exude passion, making this song perfect for nuptial events.
Released in 1967 by Frankie Valli, "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" starts off slow and dramatic. It gradually builds into an upbeat song with a Sinatra-style sound. Hundreds of artists have covered the song, including some pretty well-known R&B singers like Lauren Hill. So, finding a version you really love or that fits in with your style is an easy thing to do! Many couples pick this song as their first-dance song because it is not so slow and dramatic throughout, which can inject a little playfulness into the event.
John Legend is known for his beautifully crafted love songs, and "All of Me" easily stands as one of the most-used wedding songs of the modern day. The collaboration of only Legend's voice and the piano is nothing short of hypnotizing. Every note, sung or played, comes across with so much authentic emotion that it just makes the heart flutter. Regardless of the wedding theme, this song works for couples who don't mind showing the intensity of their relationship before a crowd—it is bound to bring that fire between you out on your wedding day.
Flip through old country love songs and you can find many that have a powerful message for weddings. However, few are as impactful as Blake Shelton's "God Gave Me You." The song starts off slow and melodic. It quickly picks up the tempo in the chorus as Shelton delivers the primary words. Couples who have their sights set on a country-themed wedding often pick a country tune to use, and "God Gave Me You" is easily one of the top picks.
Originally written and composed for the movie Blue Hawaii in 1961, "Can't Help Falling In Love" is one of those timeless love songs that finds its way to weddings across the globe. Whether you go with the Elvis Presley version with that low-tone voice and smoothness or a more modern version, this song sends a beautiful message about how easy it is to fall in love with the right person. Brides and grooms who choose this song often play it during the ceremony. The classic, though, could just as easily stand as the song used during a first dance.
Some couples veer away from tradition and pick songs that are a little funky, a little upbeat, and a little, well, happy. "Happy" is one of those songs that makes you want to tap your feet, get up and dance, and just feel the joy of the moment. These features make the song so perfectly fitting for a light-and-happy wedding theme. It usually shows up at the wedding reception when couples want to get the room involved in their own happiness of the wedding day.
A song titled "From This Moment On" naturally falls right in line with the beginning of a new life together, so it was bound to become one of the most popular wedding songs of all time. The lyrics consistently make references to the beauty of two lives evolving into one and promises of what the future will hold. With strong instrumental breaks and a slight country twang, "From This Moment On" melds well with rustic or country-themed wedding events. However, the lyrics deliver a classic message that would be fitting for almost any wedding or couple.
Likely popularized because of the Twilight movies, "A Thousand Years" is a strongly emotional love song with leading piano and softly sung lyrics. The poetic lyrical statements can be somewhat cliché, but cliché is no bad thing when a song is produced so perfectly. Numerous couples use this song for their first dance, and it is easy to see why. The chorus and name say everything that needs to be understood about the sheer romance this song bleeds. This song works well for the most romantic and traditional wedding days, but you could just as easily add it to something less traditional, and it will still fit right in.
From the moment this classic comes on, you can hardly feel anything but love and emotion. "Unchained Melody" has been a popular wedding song from the time it was created for a film in 1955. Since then, more than 670 different artists have reproduced it! Whether you like the most classic version or prefer only an instrumental one, "Unchained Melody" is one of those songs that naturally fits in at a heartfelt event. If you are planning a truly classic wedding with the most traditional music, this song is one that will highlight that idea perfectly.