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Wedding Songs for your Ceremony, First Dance and Parent Dances!

The 2019 wedding season is about to come to an end. I have one more left on November 2nd and then my second season is a wrap! This one has been everything: a learning experience, exciting, challenging, inspiring, frustrating, just everything all in one! I got to experience and help plan weddings for different cultures and had the pleasure of getting to know 14 new clients and their families.

Just because the 2019 season is ending does not mean things are quiet! I am almost fully booked for 2020 so there is a lot to do to ensure I set my third season up for success. As I progress in planning with clients, I notice a lot of the same questions come up again and again. I’ve been filing these questions away and plan to create blog posts to answer all of them!

This first one is going to be entirely about music choices! I get asked all the time about song choices for the wedding party processional & recessional, first dance songs, and parent dance songs.

I always encourage clients to first think about any songs that have meaning to them and try to find ways to incorporate it into your day. Music can be so powerful (those wedding highlight reels you see, would it feel the same without the song in the background?!). Just because a song doesn’t seem like “the right fit” doesn’t mean you can’t choose it. For example, the song Mexico by James Taylor was mine and my dad’s dance song. He used to play it for me when I was little and I grew up loving it and associating it with him. I decided to choose it as our father/daughter dance song. If you know this song, it is not at all your typical wedding parent dance choice but we loved it and it was right for us. We took a handful of dance classes to work out a short routine so we felt comfortable dancing to a non-traditional song. You can make any song work for you!

So, let’s take a look at some great options for your big day! I hope you find something you love!


A Thousand Years by Christina Perri or The Piano Guys version

Marry Me by Train

Somewhere over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole

Perfect by Ed Sheeran

Higher Love by James Vincent McMorrow (this was my song!)

Lucky by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat

Anything by Vitamin String Quartet (just Google Vitamin String Quartet Wedding Songs for tons of great options, instrumentals only)

Anything by The Piano Guys (instrumentals only)

Here Comes the Sun by Imaginary Future or Sleepy Time Players

How Will I Know by Sam Smith

I Do by Westlife

Let Her Go by Music Lab Collective (instrumental)

You are my Sunshine by Kina Grannis

Heaven is a Place on Earth by Grace George (Acoustic)

Without You by The Piano Guys

Heaven (Candlelight Mix) by DJ Sammy & D/O

Fix You by Boyce Avenue

Love Me Like You Do by Brooklyn Duo


I’m Yours by Jason Mraz

Marry You by Bruno Mars

Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Stevie Wonder

You Make My Dreams by Hall & Oates

You are the Best Thing by Ray LaMontagne

Better Together by Jack Johnson

Something Just Like This or A Sky Full of Stars by Coldplay

You’re My Best Friend by Queen

Best Day of My Life by American Authors

Ho Hey by The Lumineers

Anything Could Happen by Ellie Goulding

The Power of Love by Huey Lewis & The News

Everywhere by Fleetwood Mac

Everything by Michael Buble

Love by Matt White

Love on Top by Beyonce

I Choose You by Sara Bareilles

I Do by Colbie Caillat

Beautiful Day by U2


Amazed by Lonestar

From This Moment by Shania Twain

Beautiful in White by Matt Johnson

Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran

Crazy Love by Michael Buble

Come Away With Me by Norah Jones

A Moment Like This by Leona Lewis

All of Me by John Legend

Stay with You by John Legend

Speechless by Dan & Shay

Lost in this Moment by Big & Rich

At Last by Etta James

In Case You Didn’t Know by Brett Young

How Long Will I Love You by Ellie Goulding

Born to Love You by Lanco

Your Song by Elton John

Say You Won’t Let Go by James Arthur

Yours by Russell Dickerson

I Get To Love You by Ruelle

My Best Friend by Tim McGraw


(Some are more geared to Father/Daughter and some Mother/Groom but many are universal)

Footprints in the Sand by Leona Lewis

What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong

How Sweet It Is by James Taylor

You've Got A Friend - James Taylor

Whenever I See Your Smiling Face by James Taylor

Because You Loved Me by Celine Dion

My Girl by The Temptations (more father/daughter)

Daughters by John Mayer

Days Like This by Van Morrison

I’ll Be There by Jackson 5

I Loved Her First by Heartland

My Wish by Rascall Flatts

Humble & Kind by Tim McGraw

Forever Young by Rod Stewart

Walk With You by Edwin McCain

Child of Mine by Carole King

The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra

In My Life by The Beatles

I Hope You Dance by LeeAnn Womack

You Raise Me Up by Josh Groben

I hope you all found this list helpful! As always, Happy Planning!




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