20 Jan 10 Wedding Songs That Will Touch Your Soul
When you decide to hire a wedding band, one of the most exciting elements is being able to choose the songs that you’ll hear live during your ceremony and reception. However, the act of settling on songs that will be both meaningful and timeless can sometimes be easier said than done.
Regardless of whether you’re having a modern ceremony or one that’s focused on tradition, here are wedding song ideas guaranteed to touch your soul.
1. Shania Twain – From This Moment On
Initially written with fellow Canadian songstress Celine Dion in mind, Shania Twain has performed this song on every tour ever since it was recorded. A duet, complete with a symphony orchestra, there’s nothing subtle about this arching love song.
2. Josh Groban – You Raise Me Up
If you’re doubting the emotional power of this ballad, consider this anecdote: “I once started crying at a wedding when—before the ceremony event started—a guy played ‘You Raise Me Up’ on the piano,” says one woman.
3. Bright Eyes – First Day of My Life
A favourite amongst the indie set, Conor Oberst’s lyrics are for the romantic realist: “With these things there’s no telling; We just have to wait and see; But I’d rather be working for a paycheque; Than waiting to win the lottery”.
4. Sara Bareilles – I Choose You
If you’re bored of the same old standards and are looking for modern wedding ceremony songs, one recent bride put us on to “I Choose You”. We also recommend you check out the video, which features Bareilles helping two real-life couples delivering proposals.
5. Jack Johnson – Better Together
“I’ve always loved the lyrics: ‘It’s not always easy and sometimes life can be deceiving; I’ll tell you one thing, it’s always better when we’re together,’” says one bride, who chose it as her wedding song recently.
6. Crowded House – Fall At Your Feet
Written by NZ band Crowded House, it’s been an Australian classic love song for over 20 years. What more can we say? It’s one of the many romantic acoustic songs that we can play at your wedding.
7. Christina Perri – A Thousand Years
As a wedding band, there are songs that we look forward to playing time after time, and this is one of them. You can hear us play it (and find other favourites) by browsing our Popular Wedding Song List.
8. Al Green – Let’s Stay Together
Ranked by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, it’s been used in countless romantic comedies and television shows over the last 40 years—and even performed by Barack Obama!
9. Ball Park Music – Exactly How You Are
The Brisbane-based band’s “Exactly How You Are” is a good PG-alternative to the sweet, but profanity-laden, iFLY. (It’s also a really easy singalong later in the night for your guests!)
10. Louis Armstrong – What A Wonderful World
Sometimes, coming up with wedding song ideas doesn’t have to mean reinventing the wheel. Classics like “What a Wonderful World” stand the test of time, will bring your guests to tears, and deliver a beautiful note on which to start your life together.
If you’re looking for a wedding band to play one of these songs or another one of your favourites, please get in touch today.