Alternative Wedding Songs

Couples often ask us for recommendations for their wedding songs, and usually my answer is, ask your DJ! They are a wealth of information and probably have suggestions at the tip of their fingers. But after seeing 100+ weddings ourselves, we are happy to provide some alternative wedding songs to get you started! 

My personal favorite wedding ceremony songs are the non-traditional ones, the movie scores or instrumental pop covers of songs that mean something to you as a couple! We have seen all of the below songs at actual weddings, and we hope this list inspires you in your song choices!

Ceremony Processional

Golden Hour (instrumental), Kacey Musgraves

Thinking Out Loud, Ed Sheeran, instrumental cover by Daniel Jang 

First Time Outside, from Secret Garden

Just the Way You Are, Bruno Mars, instrumental cover by Piano Guys

A Thousand Years, Christina Perri, instrumental cover by Piano Guys

Perfect, Ed Sheeran, instrumental cover by Brooklyn Duo

Can’t Help Falling in Love, Elvis Presley, instrumental cover by Vesislava 

Such Great Heights, The Postal Service, instrumental cover by David Fertello

It’s been a long long time, Harry James, instrumental cover on piano

Make You Feel My Love, Adele

Carnival of the Animals- The Swan, on cello & piano

An Asian woman walks her daughter down the aisle. The mother wears a dark blue dress, her daughter wears a white wedding gown.

Photographer: Heba Salama Photography  /  Wedding at The Cloth Mill

Ceremony Recessional

Kiss, Prince

Signed Sealed Delivered, Stevie Wonder

Come & Get Your Love, Redbone

I Believe in a Thing Called Love, The Darkness, instrumental

First Dance

Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves

Heart Beats, José González

Lovely Day, Bill Withers

Long Way Around, The Sweeplings

Galileo, Declan O’Rourke

At Last, Etta James

Collapse the Light Into Earth, Porcupine Tree

Take My Heart, Take My Hand, Emily Hackett & Will Anderson

Fly Me to the Moon, Frank Sinatra 

From the Ground Up, Dan + Shay

Open Arms, Journey

Calico Skies, Paul McCartney

One Woman, Randy Rogers

You Are the Best Thing, Ray Lamontagne

65 More Years, Ron Pope 

You Send Me, Sam Cook

Everything, Michael Bublé 

Always, Frank Sinatra

I Found You, Alabama Shakes

Baby I’m Yours, Arctic Monkeys

Two brides wearing white dresses slow dance under strings of market lights.

Photographer: Rose Trail Images  /  Wedding at The Cloth Mill

A groom and bride dance under colorful paper star lanterns. The groom is wearing a dark blue suit with a yellow tie, the bride wears a long sleeved white wedding gown. He swings her outward, they are both holding one hand and facing the camera.

Photographer: Stephen Thrift Photography  /  Wedding at The Rickhouse

Parent Dance 

In My Life, The Beatles

I Wish You Peace, Eagles

You’ve Got the Love, Florence & the Machine

My Girl, The Temptations

Loves Me Like a Rock, Paul Simon

Wagon Wheel, Darius Rucker

Come & Get Your Love, Redbone

All You Need is Love, The Beatles

What a Wonderful World, Louis Armstrong

Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

You’ll be in my heart, Phil Collins

Wildflowers, Tom Petty

Satellite of Love, Lou Reed