Wedding Songs

Written by Samuel Wong
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Certain songs have become so widely used at weddings that people are now keeping track of which songs are requested most at certain points in a wedding ceremony or reception. Today, nearly every bridal magazine or wedding planning book lists which songs work best for certain dances. These lists can even be tailored to fit the theme of your wedding, making the planning phase so much easier.

Some people are looking for alternatives to the traditional wedding march. However, they still want the music to be as touching and heartfelt as that time-tested song. Many people are choosing to walk down the aisle to "Con Te Partiro," or "Canon in D." Some people have also chosen to walk down the aisle to newer songs, such as ABBA's "Dancing Queen" or "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do" as seen in the film "Muriel's Wedding." My parents chose John Denver's "Sunshine on My Shoulders" as their wedding march song.

The Soundtrack to Your Wedding

After the march down the aisle, people are also choosing newer songs to play at special dances during the reception. Many couples have swayed to the music of Etta James's "At Last" or Shania Twain's "From This Moment On" as their first formal dance as husband and wife. Older songs such as "Unforgettable" by Nat King Cole and "The Way You Look Tonight" by Frank Sinatra are popular even with couples who grew up to the music of Madonna and Guns 'n' Roses.

There are also popular songs for the father/daughter dance and the mother/son dance. These songs can signify a parent's acknowledgement of his or her child's adult status and mark the change from a child's reliance on his or her parents to reliance on his or her spouse. Popular father/daughter songs include "My Girl" by the Temptations and "Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bette Midler. "Blessed" by Elton John and "In My Life" by the Beatles are popular choices for the mother/son dance.

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