Talking music all month long means we’re committed to filling your brain with all kinds of ideas on how to include amazing songs throughout your day. Today, we’re getting specific! You have a song you adore, it’s the song you dance to in your kitchen, that instantly reminds you of that road trip, that first date. You have a song that makes you cry, or evokes the love you feel. You have a song that tells your story, or tells your hopes and dreams.
Today, we’re giving you all the ideas you need, for how to weave your favourite songs into your wedding day because you don’t need to be limited to your first dance!
Your Walk Down The Aisle
The next best place for your favourite song? Your walk down the aisle! It’s a common practice to choose something slow and steady for the processional, but we say if your favourite song is a speedy one? Use away! There is something incredibly, well – magical about walking down the aisle to the song that you hold dear to your heart.
Your Wedding Vows
Now that we have the expected options out of the way, have you ever thought of using your favourite song as parts of your wedding vows? There are often lines in our favourite songs that sum up how we feel beautifully or are just incredibly written (we’ve added a few of our favourite songs for this down below).
This is probably one of my favourite ways of using your favourite song. Songwriters know how to nail a love story in lyrics, and those words can be easily transformed into wedding readings. No law has ever said a wedding reading must be a poem or sonnet, it can be your favourite verse that sums up everything you adore about one another.
Your Celebration Walk
You’re married, and now you get to take your first steps into the married life. Why not use your favourite tune to serenade you back down the aisle? A celebratory tune is always fun for this, because the moment, is of course, joyous. This is also a great idea if you are opting for something slower for your processional or first dance, and your favourite song for your celebration walk is an upbeat sound.
If there is a particular lyric you adore, why not add it throughout your day? Start with using it as a quote on your stationery, use it on your order of service, your wedding menu, your wedding signage. There is utter beauty in lyrics like “Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars” that can set the scene for the romance of the day.
Your reception entrance
It’s time to eat! And celebrate! Your reception entrance (for you and or your wedding party) is a fun way to use an upbeat song you adore. Consider this tune one to get your guests in the mood for the day (or night!) of celebrating ahead.
Like your wedding vows, your speeches don’t have to be dull. Again, sometimes songwriters just know how to say what we mean in the most beautiful of ways. Use song lyrics to convey what you love about your newly minted husband or wife, use songs to thank your family, to explain how happy you are. Be creative!
Your Cake Cutting
The cake cutting is another traditional time to pick a song and it’s a beautiful excuse to have fun with it (and if you want to play to the food and sugar theme, we say go for it!).
Your Decor & Details
We mentioned using song lyrics in your stationery, but don’t let yourself be limited there! A dance floor decal with your favourite dance inspired hit. A sign to welcome your guests with your favourite romantic lyric, a personal lyric hand painted onto the ribbon tied around your bouquet, a lyric embroidered into your wedding gown. Signs to get guests onto the dance floor, to invite them to take a drink, leave a note. Musical lyrics have so many possibilities when it comes to wedding decor.
Your First Dance
The obvious choice, of course, is to use your favourite song as your dance floor debut. This is the ultimate (and expected!) way to use your first dance. Don’t feel limited if your favourite song is fast, consider it a hint that the dancing has just begun. Your first dance is a brilliant way to make new memories with your favourite tune.
Songs To Inspire You…
We’re big fans of making what you love work for you – it doesn’t matter if your favourite song is not the most romantic. What matters is that it is yours. But we know it can be overwhelming to choose one, so here’s a selection of tunes that might just appeal to you.
“Forever” by The Beach Boys
“If every word I said could make you laugh, I’d talk forever. I ask the sky just what we had, it shone forever. If the song I sing to you could fill your heart with joy, I’d sing forever. I’ve been so happy loving you.”
“Such Great Heights” by The Postal Service
“I am thinking it’s a sign, that the freckles in our eyes, are mirror images, and when we kiss they’re perfectly aligned”.
“Dance Me To the End Of Love” by Leonard Cohen
“Dance me to the wedding now, dance me on and on, Dance me very tenderly and dance me very long, We’re both of us beneath our love, we’re both of us above, Dance me to the end of love.”
“When I’m Sixty-four” by The Beatles
“When I get older losing my hair, many years from now. Will you still be sending me a Valentine, birthday greetings, bottle of wine. Will you still need me, will you still feed me when I’m sixty-four. You’ll be older too and if you say the word, I could stay with you. I could be handy, mending a fuse when your lights have gone. You can knit a sweater by the fireside. Sunday mornings go for a ride, Doing the garden, digging the weeds. Who could ask for more? Give me your answer, fill in a form. Mine for evermore.”
“Thank You” by Led Zeppelin
“If the sun refused to shine, I would still be loving you, When mountains crumble to the sea, There would still be you and me.”
“Perfect” by Ed Sheeran
“Well, I found a woman, stronger than anyone I know. She shares my dreams, I hope that someday I’ll share her home. I found a love, to carry more than just my secrets. To carry love, to carry children of our own. We are still kids, but we’re so in love. Fighting against all odds, I know we’ll be alright this time. Darling, just hold my hand. Be my girl, I’ll be your man, I see my future in your eyes.
Baby, I’m dancing in the dark, with you between my arms. Barefoot on the grass, listening to our favourite song. When I saw you in that dress, looking so beautiful. I don’t deserve this, darling, you look perfect tonight.”
“Halo” by Beyonce
“Hit me like a ray of sun, burning through my darkest night. You’re the only one I want, think I’m addicted to your light. Everywhere I’m looking now I’m surrounded by your embrace. Baby, I can see your halo, you know you’re my saving grace. You’re everything I need and more, it’s written all over your face. Baby, I can feel your halo, pray it won’t fade away.”
“Love Should” by Moby
“Morning sun is sweet and soft on your eyes, Oh my love, you always leave me surprised, I feel my heart starts to burst, With all my love for you, I know how it rains, I know how it pours, I never could feel this way, For anyone but you”.
“Latch” by Sam Smith
“You lift my heart up, When the rest of me is down, You, you enchant me, even when you’re not around
If there are boundaries, I will try to knock them down, I’m latching on babe Now I know what I have found.”
“The Luckiest” by Ben Folds
“Now I know all the wrong turns the stumbles, And falls brought me her, And where was I before the day
That I first saw your lovely face, Now I see it every day, And I know, That I am, I am, I am, the luckiest.”
“Nine Million Bicycles” by Katie Melua
“There are six-billion people in the world., More or less, And it makes me feel quite small, But you’re the one I love the most of all.”
“Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
“When your legs don’t work like they used to before, and I can’t sweep you off of your feet. Will your mouth still remember the taste of my love, will your eyes still smile from your cheeks. And darling I will be loving you till we’re 70, and baby my heart could still fall as hard at 23. And I’m thinking ’bout how people fall in love in mysterious ways, maybe just the touch of a hand…So honey now, take me into your loving arms.
Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars, place your head on my beating heart. I’m thinking out loud, maybe we found love right where we are. ‘Cause honey your soul can never grow old, it’s evergreen. Baby your smile’s forever in my mind and memory.”