I’m going to compile a list of 50 Great Wedding Songs you can use at your next wedding. I want to collect great marriage songs and love songs from a number of different musical genres, but we’ll start with 10 great wedding love songs from classical composers. While these might not all be about love, they all sound like they were written for lovers.
Best Classical Wedding Songs – Classic Weddings Songs For Your Marriage
You could probably stage a wedding with these ten classical wedding songs alone, if you wanted to purely go with a classical or traditional wedding arrangement. The first couple are standard in most weddings, while the other eight are great background music while you’re waiting for the bride to walk down the aisle.
1. Bridal Chorus – Richard Wagner – This is the song you’re going to hear when most brides are walked down the aisle. It comes from Richard Wagner’s opera, Lohengrin, though in the opera, the song comes as the bride is being marched to the bridal chamber, and the marriage is quickly a complete disaster.
2. Wedding March – Felix Mendelssohn – Written for an 1842 production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Mendelssohn, this song didn’t become popular at weddings until Victoria, the Princess Royal (oldest child of Queen Victoria) chose it for her wedding in 1858. You’ll usually hear this song as the groom and bride walk out of the church, after taking their vows.
3. The Princess of Denmark’s March – Jeremiah Clarke – A little bit more formal and less festive song that sometimes replaces the Bridal Chorus at weddings. Also a traditional wedding song, especially across the Atlantic. Came into fashion again when played at the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Di.
4. Canon in D – Pachabel – A song often played in the moments leading up to the wedding ceremony as a place sitter. One of the more recognizable classical songs you’ll ever hear.
5. The Rejoicing – George Frideric Handel – Familiar tune from The Royal Fireworks, that has nothing to do with a wedding per se, but does have a lot to do with joyful occasions.
6. Arioso in A – Johann Sebastian Bach – A sweet-sounding classical piece that sounds of tenderness and romance. This song made it into a Woody Allen movie, but I can’t remember which one off the top of my head.
7. Air From The Water Music – George Frideric Handel – Another pleasant and understated song from Handel, this time from Water Music, that often makes it into a wedding atmosphere.
8. Largo from Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor – Johann Sebastian Bach – In my opinion, this movement contains some of the sweetest notes ever written for violin, but then I’m a J.S. Bach freak.
9. Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – George Frideric Handel – This is a little bit livelier tune, but The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba celebrates womanhood and contains just the right amount of violin music for a wedding.
10. Ave Maria from Ellens Gesang III – Franz Schubert – Schubert wrote tender melodies with the best of the them, and his Serenade from this piece is absolutely one of my favorite Franz Schubert tunes. Contains tender melodies few composers could write.
Wedding Love Songs – Songs Before the Wedding
11. You Are The Love of My Life – George Benson & Roberta Flack – Nothing is more appropriate at a wedding than a love song duet, and this song’s lyrics are straightforward, clear and perfectly a propos.
12. The Wedding Song – Kenny G – For those people who want to add some romantic saxophone music to the proceedings, Kenny G wrote this for just such occasions.
13. I Get a Kick Out of You – Frank Sinatra – Another sweet, familiar love song from Old Blue Eyes. This one speaks of a familiarity and warmth between a couple that seems to fit at a marriage ceremony.
14. La Noyee – Yann Tiersen – If you don’t recognize the name, this is the accordian song from the scene in the movie “Amelie” where the title character walks with the blind man, describing the scene around him. The French know how to write romantic music. What can we say?
15. Maybe I’m Amazed – Paul McCartney – This song tells about a man’s dumbfounded excitement at the propect of meeting his great love. Just a great love song.
16. Our Way to Fall – Yo La Tengo – Just a quietly cool love song with an organ in the background and the singer speaking most of the words. A good set-up song for the guests’ pre-wedding sit.
17. On Bended Knee – Boyz II Men – Okay, he’s on bended knee to pop the question, but apparently begging for her to take him back. But these songs are usually quieter and in the background, so it shouldn’t matter too much. Great romance song.
18. When You Say Nothing At All – Alison Krauss – Another song that’s a great table-setter. Alison Krause has a sweet, clean voice that speaks of earnestness and depth of feeling.
19. No Ordinary Love – Sade – This song is just about as romantic as it gets and makes for a great wedding love song. Sade adds a touch of sorrow to the lyrics, but “No Ordinary Love” is a sentiment all married couples think of their marriage (hopefully).
20. A Whole New World – Peabo Bryson & Regina Bella – Once again, we get a love song from a cartoon, but this is a great wedding love song from a cartoon. I think this love duet was from Aladdin.
First Dance Songs
21. It Had To Be You – Frank Sinatra – What’s better than Sinatra for a wedding? You could just about make a list of “50 Frank Sinatra Wedding Love Songs”, but I’ll settle for two on this list.
22. From This Moment – Shania Twain – This song brings a touch of country flavor for those who like such things, and the crispness of the lyrics and the slow beat of the music makes it perfectly suited for the first dance of the wedding couple.
23. Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion – Here’s a love ballad standard found in a lot of wedding. Some people really dislike Celine Dion songs, just because she was ubiquitous for a few years, but this is still a great wedding song.
24. True Companion – Marc Cohn – There probably aren’t more appropriate marriage partner lyrics on this whole list. Marc Cohn keeps alive the tradition of the singer-songwriter.
25. You Had Me From Hello – Kenny Chesney – Another song for those who want a country standard for their first dance. Obviously, Kenny Chesney had his ex-girlfriend, Renée Zellweger, in mind when he wrote this song.
26. Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You – Frankie Valli – What better sentiment for a love song than for a man telling his wife he can’t take his eyes off of her? This song has the right amount of desire and playfulness.
27. All My Life – K-Ci and Jojo – If you want to add an R&B touch to your first dance, there are few sweeter songs than this pair of brothers formerly of Jodeci. All My Life has been a standard at weddings since it was released in 1996.
28. At Last – Etta James – There’s probably no more classic wedding song than “At Last”, because it speaks to a couple’s long road to marriage through the ups and downs.
29. Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley – What’s better than having Elvis serenade you when it’s time for the bride and groom’s first dance. This is a quintessentially American wedding song?
30. Just The Way You Are – Billy Joel – This song has always made me think that Billy Joel was really in love when he wrote this song, because it comes across as a simple, honest expression of a man’s devotion for his love.
31. Butterfly Kisses – Bob Carlisle – Start playing this song for the father & daughter’s moment and it will melt the heart of everyone (but the cynics) in the room.
32. Daddy’s Hands – Holly Dunn – “I remember Daddy´s hands, folded silently in prayer/And reaching out to hold me, when I had a nightmare.” Written from a daughter’s perspective, this country ballad talks about a girl’s love for her daddy.
33. Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder – This song focuses on the daughter, but is so sweet and tender that one can imagine a father dedicating this song to his child.
34. Dance With My Father – Luther Vandross – Back when I was a child, before life removed all the innocence My father would lift me high and dance with my mother and me…And I knew for sure I was loved.” Great song. Can’t imagine a better song for a father-daughter dance.
35. Can You Feel the Love Tonight – Elton John – This is a song about the moment and about the warm feelings that permeate the setting. You can’t go wrong with a song from a Disney movie.
36. And Then They Do – Trace Adkins – Trace sings about a father’s thoughts on seeing his children grow up, including a line about a young man who wants to pop the question to his daughter. “Can’t believe how much you miss/All they do and all they did/You want all the dreams they dreamed of to come true/Then they do.”
37. Daddy’s Girl – Red Sovine – Now, this is old school music for the daddy’s girl sentiment. Pure country, but pure loving gold, too.
38. In My Daughter’s Eyes – Martina McBride – Martina McBride delivers what will end up being a timeless ballad about a parent’s love for her (or his) daughter.
39. Daddy’s Little Girl – Kippi Brannon – This song has such a tinge of sadness, I’m not sure you’ll want to play it, but I wanted to point it out, anyway.
40. Hero – Mariah Carey – An early Mariah Carey offering, one of her most recognizable songs. I’m not sure if this was written for a father or not, but it just as easily could apply.
Wedding Love Songs – Love Ballads
41. Yellow – Coldplay – “Look at the stars,Look how they shine for you/And everything you do, Yeah, they were all yellow.” Just a quiet, simple little love song. Not always sure if all the references to yellow make sense in this song, but that doesn’t detract from it for me.
42. Always and Forever – Heatwave – You don’t get a love ballad much smoother than “Always & Forever”. “Take time to tell me you really care/And we’ll share tomorrow together. I’ll always love you, forever”.
43. Save The Best For Last – Vanessa Williams – “Sometimes the snow comes down in June, sometimes the Sun goes ’round the Moon.” This song made Vanessa Williams a mega-star back in the Nineties.
44. I Can Love You Like That – John Michael Montegomery – This sounds like a guy on the outside, but it still makes the list, because it’s so darned romantic. For the country and the southern crowd.
45. Our Love Is Here To Stay – Johnny Mathis – Written by George Gershwin and performed by dozens of different artists, this is probably the classic version.
Wedding Love Songs – Celebrating Love and Family
46. We Are Family – Sister Sledge – I guess this is what it’s all about. One of the most celebratory songs ever written about familial love.
47. You Sexy Thing – Hot Chocolate – “I believe in miracles since you came along, you sexy thing.” Men can move mountains when they’re in love.
48. Sugar Sugar – The Archies – Another song that just celebrates being in love. Been used for seemingly a hundred commercials over the years, usually having to do with cookies. The Archies aren’t singing about cookies, though.
49. I Got You (I Feel Good) – James Brown – An unabashed declaration of love and joy by the The Godfather of Soul. You might have heard this song so you your ears bleed, but it’s perfect to celebrate a wedding.
50. Goodnight Sweetheart – The Spaniels – This is a great way to wind down the night, especially when it’s 3:00 in the morning and everyone has had a drink or two too many.