Wedding Songs 2018

Welcome to the Brightside Duo guide to wedding songs 2018. We are asked for song suggestions very often by our couples, so we thought we’d throw this information together in a post. Read on for wedding song suggestions for your wedding, from the ceremony right through to the dance floor!

Wedding Songs | Ceremony

For most ceremonies in Australia you will need to choose 3 songs

  1. Walk down the aisle
  2. Signing of the Registry
  3. Conclusion (Recessional)

In addition to these songs, a wedding band like us will usually provide about 20 minutes of background music before the bride arrives.

Walk down the Aisle Songs

You ideally want to choose something that is special to you both. A skilled wedding band will be able to fade the song out at the exact right moment. And yes, you can change the lyrics to songs if they don’t quite suit the situation. Below are some suggestions.

  • This Year’s Love – David Gray
  • Adore – Amy Shark
  • A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
  • XO – John Mayer
  • Marry me – Train
  • Pachelbel’s Canon in D
  • Say you won’t let go – James Arthur
  • Here comes the Sun – Beatles
  • First time ever I saw your face – Roberta Flack
  • Songbird – Fleetwood Mac
  • Heartbeats – José Gonzalez
  • Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
  • Can’t help falling in love – Elvis Presley
  • Somewhere only we know – Keane
  • No one’s gonna love you – Band of Horses
  • You and me – Lifehouse
  • The one – Kodaline
  • Nothing else matters – Metallica
  • All I have to do is dream – Everly Brothers
  • Better together – Jack Johnson
  • Even when I’m sleeping – Leonardo’s bride
  • Grow old with me – Tom Odell
  • All I want is you – U2
  • All of me – John Legend
  • Everlong – Foo Fighters
  • Have I told you lately that I love you – Van Morrison
  • Stand by me – Ben E King
  • To make you feel my love – Bob Dylan/Adele

Signing of the registry

The signing of the registry can take a few minutes, so having background music is a great idea. We will usually play through the song a number of times adding solos and repeating sections. Most of the songs from the list above will work here too. Here are some suggestions:

  • That’s all – Michael Buble
  • The way you look tonight – Tony Bennett
  • Romeo and Juliette – Dire Straits
  • One crowded hour – Augie March

Ceremony Conclusion (Recessional)

This song should have a bit more “zing” than the others. Something fun and up tempo works really well here. Some suggestions:

  • I’m a believer – The Monkees
  • Here comes the Sun – The Beatles
  • I gotta feeling – Black eyed Peas
  • My Girl – Temptations
  • You make my dreams come true – Hall and Oates
  • I feel good – James Brown
  • Home – Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
  • Sky full of stars – Cold Play

Wedding Songs | Reception

The really serious business is complete, and now it’s time to have some fun. But before the real fun stuff kicks off you need to have your first dance with your partner! Read on for our first dance and other wedding song tips.

Best wedding songs for first dance

It goes without saying that you should choose a song which is special to you and your partner. We know this can be easier said than done, so if you are having trouble choosing a song we have a few suggestions to get you started! We learn many many songs for weddings every year, so if you don’t see your favourite on this list please feel free to ask.

  • Everlong – Foo Fighters (acoustic version)
  • Perfect – Ed Sheeran
  • Thinkin’ out loud – Ed Sheeran
  • Dream Lover – Bobby Darin
  • Can’t help falling in love – Elvis Presley
  • XO – John Mayer
  • My Girl – Temptations
  • Never tear us apart – INXS
  • You are the best thing – Ray LaMontagne
  • Say you won’t let go – James Arthur
  • Moon Dance – Van Morrison
  • Wedding Song – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • You’re my best friend – Queen
  • Halo – Beyonce
  • At Last – Etta James

Best wedding songs for dancing

It’s party time! The formalities are done and dusted and the dance floor is filling up. You might not have any of these songs on your super hip spotify play list, but we can tell you from experience that these old and modern classics will get your party started. 

Remember that there will more than likely be a wide range of people at your wedding, from grandma and grandpa, down to little kids. So your song selection should reflect this and cover a wide range of styles and eras. The key theme should be FUN.

Classic Wedding Songs

  • Foot loose – Kenny Loggins
  • Twist and Shout – The Beatles
  • Higher and Higher – Jackie Wilson
  • I’m a believer – The Monkees
  • Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
  • The way you make me feel – Michael Jackson
  • I wanna dance with somebody – Whitney Houston
  • Summer of 69 – Bryan Adams
  • Proud Mary – CCR
  • Shake a tail feather – Ray Charles
  • Take on Me – Aha
  • Blister in the Sun – Violent Femmes
  • Faith – George Michael

Modern Classic Wedding Songs

  • Mr Brightside – The Killers
  • Shut up and dance  – Walk the moon
  • Castle on the Hill – Ed Sheeran
  • Wake me Up – Avicii
  • Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars
  • Valerie – Amy Winehouse
  • I don’t care I love it – Charlie XCX
  • Firework – Katy Perry

Current Hits

  • One kiss – Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa
  • Solo – Clean Bandit
  • Flames – David Guetta & Sia
  • No tears left to cry – Ariana Grande
  • Remind me to forget – Kygo

Bogan Bangers (guilty pleasures)

  • Run to paradise – Choir Boys
  • Am I ever gonna see your face again? – Angels
  • 500 miles – Proclaimers
  • Horses – Daryl Braithwaite
  • The Gambler – Kenny Rogers
  • Khe sanh – Cold Chisel
  • Living on a Prayer – Bon Jovi
  • You’re the voice – John Farnham

So there we have it, the Brightside guide to weddings songs in 2018. We hope you have found some of our suggestions helpful and we wish you all the best for your big day!  We have played all of the songs on this page at Melbourne weddings and they have all worked a treat. As always, you should feel free to totally ignore these suggestions – it’s your day!

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