How romantic is a nature-inspired outdoor wedding?! More and more couples are turning to Mother Nature for inspiration when selecting a location for their wedding ceremony. Whether near the ocean, on a river, in forests, on mountains and other beautiful organic locations, the options are endless and form a mesmerising backdrop as couples exchange vows and become united in love.
Selecting music for the ceremony which compliments the beauty of the surroundings and is also a metaphor that speaks to the couple’s love may present a bit of a challenge. Luckily here is a list of 10 Perfect Nature Inspired Songs for your Ceremony which do just this…
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Processional (Walking Down the Aisle)
“Somewhere Over the Rainbow / What A Beautiful World” – Israel “Iz” Kamakawiwoʻole
This hauntingly beautiful rendition paints an image of an ideal world to wish for on your wedding day: “Someday I’ll wish upon a star And wake up where the clouds are far behind me… Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue and the dreams that you dare to dream, really do come true.”
“Here Comes The Sun” – The Beatles
The song’s light-hearted nature and new beginnings message makes it a perfect choice for the trip down the aisle. “Here comes the sun, Here comes the sun, and I say It’s all right”. Everybody wants sunshine on their wedding day, right?
“Tenerife Sea” – Ed Sheeran
This song is filled with so much meaning (as only Ed Sheeran can). A man loves a woman and his love for her makes him feel like nothing else matters but her. Comparing her eyes to the Tenerife Sea (Tenerife is part of the Canary Islands). “I’m so in love, so in love, so in love, so in love, You look so beautiful in this light, Your silhouette over me, The way it brings out the blue in your eyes is the Tenerife Sea, And all of the voices surrounding us here they just fade out when you take a breath. Just say the word and they’ll all disappear into the wilderness.”
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“Somewhere Only We Know” – Lily Allen
This is about a couple finding or, perhaps more accurately, rediscovering, a secret place that meant so much to them. It could be a physical place, but I’ve always thought it meant a place in each other’s hearts where they felt perfectly comfortable and at ease with one another. “I came across a fallen tree, I felt the branches of it looking at me, Is this the place we used to love? Is this the place that I’ve been dreaming of?”
“Turning Page” – Sleeping At Last (Instrumental Version)
Obviously, no lyrics in this version, but is just hauntingly beautiful for a ceremony in the forest.
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“Fields of Gold” – Sting or Eva Cassidy or Katie Melua
The music and lyrics are very deep and full of emotion. To me, it is a song about a love which is worth more than gold. A shared special bond which is very special and transcends everything else. “So she took her love, For to gaze awhile, Upon the fields of barley, In his arms she fell as her hair came down, Among the fields of gold.”
“Songbird” – Fleetwood Mac or Eva Cassidy
Christine McVie from Fleetwood Mac, who wrote the song has said, “it’s about nobody and everybody…in retrospect, it’s like an anthem…a little prayer of sorts.” A songbird is a bird that produces musical sounds which are like singing. There are many different kinds of songbird. “To you, I’ll give the world., To you, I’ll never be cold., ‘Cause I feel that when I’m with you, It’s alright, I know it’s right., And the songbirds are singing, like they know the score., And I love you, I love you, I love you, like never before.”
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“Handmade Heaven” – Marina
A song which is an ode to the beauty and wonder of nature and that special feeling you get from being connected with people that you are on the same wavelength with. “But in this handmade heaven, I come alive, Bluebirds forever colour the sky, In this handmade heaven, we forget the time, ‘Cause birds of a feather fly together”.
“Oh, What A World” – Kacey Musgraves
A song in appreciation of beauty and being grateful for the world…and that special person. “Oh what a world, don’t want to leave,” she sings, “There’s all kinds of magic, it’s hard to believe.” “Thank God it’s not too good to be true… Oh, what a world, and then there is you”…
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Recessional (Up The Aisle Post Ceremony)
“River Deep Mountain High” – Ike & Tina Turner or Jimmy Barnes
This song expresses an overwhelming devotion, with a love that is deeper than any river and higher than any mountain. It is upbeat and perfect for the recessional as it celebrates the happiness of the newly married couple! “Do I love you, my oh my? Oh baby, River deep, mountain high, If I lost you would I cry, Oh, how I love you, baby, baby, baby, baby”.
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Check out the playlist of ceremony songs by Serge from DJ: Plus! Entertainment!
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