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By Luke Bourchier
There is so much amazing music around at the moment. This makes it almost impossible to choose songs for your wedding day. As long as it has a smattering of gooey love-y dove-y lyrics, you should be right. Right?
Or, you know, you could choose songs you actually like; songs that mean something to you and your partner. There are a lot of great love songs out there and some, it seems, have even been written with weddings in mind (Train – ‘Marry You’, The McClymonts – Forever Begins Tonight etc). There’s also a lot of great songs with strong messages which aren’t quite as gooey, if that’s not your cup of tea.
Playing at a lot of wedding ceremonies and receptions, I’ve come across some incredible tunes. Here’s the top 10 songs to consider for your 2016/17 wedding:
10) Have I Told You Lately, Van Morrison
This has been played at weddings for over 25 years and for good reason. It’s still romantic and, despite having lost its shine a little, in the hands of the right artist, it can sound brand new again.
9) Five Years Time, Noah and the Whale
For something quirky, a little bit cheeky and a whole lotta fun, check out Noah and the Whale. This optimistic song is all about the future.
8) In Your Arms, Nico & Vinz
Relatively recent, Nico & Vinz touch on some challenges that we all face, but then it’s all okay “when I lie down in your arms”.
7) Thinking Out Loud, Ed Sheeran
This has probably been the number one song in recent years and rightly so. It’s jam-packed full of dreamy lyrics, the film clip looks like a bridal waltz and well, it’s Ed. Need I say more? Still worthy of being in the top 10, due to its ridiculous popularity, it has probably slid down the list a little.
6) Fly Me To The Moon, Frank Sinatra
This sweet little ditty was recorded by Frank Sinatra over 50 years ago. “You are all I long for, all I worship and adore”. Pure romance!
5) I Won’t Give Up, Jason Mraz
This is gooey love song at its best. I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve performed this one at weddings. As the only song on the list with 6/8 timing (technical music talk), I really wanted this to be higher on the list. This song is gorgeous.
4) This Old Love, Lior
Here’s one from left-field, but it’s perfect for a wedding ceremony. It certainly has a mysterious feel, but the melody is beautiful, as is the message. Check it out.
3) Home, Philip Phillips
Perfect for a recessional (as you leave the ceremony), or a bridal waltz, ‘Home’ is not your standard cliché love song, but it’s very fun, with delicious harmonies all throughout.
2) Real Love, John Lennon / Regina Spektor
As one of the greatest songwriters of all time, John Lennon is right on the mark with this song. The Regina Spektor version is particularly beautiful in all its subtlety.
1) The Luckiest, Ben Folds
Well, here it is. This has quickly become my favourite song to perform at a wedding. Well, to perform anywhere for that matter. The lyrics aren’t like a pop song, with lines feeling unfinished, having unusual content, but it’s a song about growing old together in love. This is the one you’ve been looking for.
Special Mention: The Way You Make Me Feel
MJ’s hit is a fun bridal waltz, if you’re not really into slow dancing. Worth thinking about!
So there we have it. Ten great songs to consider having somewhere on your wedding day. Some of these songs are more particularly suited to the wedding ceremony, but really could be played anywhere throughout your day.
Have a listen, and you decide. If you’re still struggling to choose, get in touch. In the end, like I said, there’s so much great music out there – it’s about choosing what is right for you.
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