• Tue, Jan 18 2011

7 Great Wedding Songs

Last week, we talked about bad wedding songs. But now, let’s focus on the positive. I would love to title this post “The 7 Best Wedding Songs” but that wouldn’t be correct.  Because the best wedding song out there is the one that speaks to you and your soon-to-be-spouse.  It’s one that makes you smile, or maybe get a little teary-eyed.  It’s the first one you ever danced to or the only one you can both agree on.  It’s whatever song matters most to the two of you.

A couple I know danced first to Moon River, from Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  I love this song more than I can ever express.  But it would’ve been a terrible first dance for me, because my husband isn’t exactly a Hepburn fan.  So I refuse to arrogantly proclaim that I’ve compiled the best list of songs out there.  However, if you’re looking for some ideas, (Jessica… better start obsessing about it now…) here are a few that I really enjoy.  I’ve tried to pick a variety.

If you have a wonderful song that I’ve left off the list, please include it in the comments!

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  • Eileen

    If I ever get married, and that’s kind of a big if, I’m going to do my best to convince my fiance to make “Midnight Train to Georgia” our wedding song. Not because I plan to follow my man blindly around the world, but because the day I find a man I willingly would follow blindly around the world will be the day I decide I definitely want to get married.

  • Rose

    I sang the Ingrid Michaelson song at my brother’s wedding reception, and never care to hear it again for the rest of my life! Aside from the endless practicing, they had a cousin of the bride sing during the ceremony, it was played during their wedding slide show at the reception, AND was their first dance. My performance was the last one (unbeknownst to me when I agreed to do this), and at that point, the entire room was SO sick of it. Pick a song you love, but please don’t play it to death!

  • Anna-Maria

    What about “Let’s stick together” by Bryan Ferry? Not sure if I would pick it but It definitely makes me smile.

  • Colleen

    I think “Songbird” sung by Eva Cassidy and “The Wedding Song” by Sarah Harmer are great choices…beautiful, filled with love, but not so sappy that they are going to make you gag on your wedding cake. :)

    I’ve had friends stress for months about the song. You want a song you can both agree on, that expresses your love, without stalkerish tendencies or dripping with so much sugar, it will put you in a diabetic coma. I had one friend who realized that all the ballads she really loved weren’t love songs, but heartbreak songs, so she was begging everyone for suggestions leading up to the big day! LOL

    • Megan

      Ohhhh…Sarah Harmer…”The Wedding Song” is really, really good. If you were having an outdoor reception, it would somehow be even more amazing.

  • Lilit Marcus

    I used to think that Bright Eyes’ “First Day of My Life” was a perfect wedding song until three friends in a row chose it for their wedding. Now it would be overkill to choose it.

  • magda

    Stolen. by dashboard confessional. Every time i think of a wedding song, thats the song that come to mind. “You have stolen my heart… You are the best one of the best ones”

    • magda

      They used it in the episode of scrubs where eliot gets engaged to the hot intern guy… cant remeber his name. Not JD his tall blonde dreamy competition.

    • Scrubs Fan

      Keith Dudemeister

  • Megan

    My husband and I danced to Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars.” Not your traditional slow dance song, but it definitely works, and the lyrics are perfect. Per-fect. And you could do a lot worse than having that song blasted in your ears at concert volume while everyone who isn’t hanging with Jack Daniels is staring at you.

  • Sara

    When I first met my future husband I was singing the song “Loving You”, by Minnie Ripperton. When I walk down the isle to meet him that song will be playing, when we walk back down as husband and wife, I am thinking “We’ve only just begun” by the Carpenters. I love those two songs and my fiance isnt complaining as long as we play some of his music during the reception.