Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Wedding Songs to Make the Day Special

There is nothing like the perfect tune to capture the wonder and happiness felt while a bride makes her way down the aisle. A well-chosen father-daughter or mother-son dance can leave all of your guests sniffling. Use our curated song lists to choose your wedding soundtrack for those special moments on the big day.


Richard Wagner’s Bridal Chorus or “Here Comes the Bride” has held its place as a traditional wedding song since 1850. However, there are many different versions of this well-known tune. If you want a more modern sound, try Jonathan Cain’s Bridal March. Click here to listen.  

more contemporary entrance songs

Thinking Out Loud- Ed Sheeran 

Marry Me - Train 

Hallelujah Instrumental - Jeff Buckley 

The Luckiest Piano - Ben Folds 

Your Guardian Angel - Red Jumpsuit Apparatus 

First Dance

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All I Ever Want is You - Megan Davies

Amazed - Lonestar 

Never Stop - Safetysuit 

Bring Me the Night - Sam Tsui and Kina Grannis

Gone, Gone, Gone - Phillip Phillips

Father-Daughter Dance

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The father-daughter dance is always an emotional part of the reception. Choose a song that reflects how you want this moment to feel-- uplifting, sweet, or even fun! Think about what the song will mean to your father.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow - IZ Kamakawiwo'ole

You Raise Me Up - Josh Groban 

Butterfly Kisses - Bob Carlisle 

I Loved Her First - Heartland 

Kind and Generous - Natalie Merchant 

My Little Girl - Tim McGraw 

My Wish - Rascal Flatts

Mother-Son Dance

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The mother-son dance is a beautiful moment where the groom can give a tribute to his mother and all of the things she has taught him. The songs below capture the friendship and bond between mother and son.

Everything - Michael BublĂ© 

Child of Mine - Carole King 

Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel 

Do I Make You Proud - Taylor Hicks 

What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong 

For all of the music on your wedding day, choose songs to reflect your personality and the relationships with all of the important people in your life. Happy listening!

Resource: Laich, C. (2010, September 23). History of Here Comes the Bride and the Wedding March.

*Sara Steinhoff contributed to this article.