View Full Version : We need Wedding songs! Any suggestions?

9th Mar 2006, 22:10
Hey all.

Me and my better half are getting married this year, and the venue want a list of songs for our civil ceremony.

But.....it's not as easy as it sounds.

There are plenty of traditional options but we do fancy something a touch different.

We both fly for a living, but to be honest don't want anything to do with it at our wedding at all (apart for half the guests being fellow flyers of course!).

So we need.....

1. Song for bride to come in to.
2. Song to sign the register to.
3. Song for happily married couple to leave to.

Let the suggestions....begin!:ok:

9th Mar 2006, 22:19
1. "White Wedding" by Billy Idol.

2. "Sign your name across my heart" by Terence Trent D'arby

3. "I knew the bride when she used to rock 'n' roll" by Dave Edmunds.:ok:

9th Mar 2006, 22:20
When my sister got married the Vicar refused her request for the hymn, "Fight the good fight!"
I went to a wedding recently and the the hymn was "Lord of the dance." It went down ok..

Arm out the window
9th Mar 2006, 22:23
1. Is she really going out with him? - Joe Jackson

2. It's all over now, baby blue - Graham Bonnet

3. Better get a lawyer son - Tex Perkins

Just joking, couldn't resist! Best of luck


9th Mar 2006, 22:26
yes - owner of a lonely heart

meatloaf - bat out of hell

9th Mar 2006, 22:33
Think ahead: "Yes, I remember it well".

"Stormy Weather". . . ?

9th Mar 2006, 22:40
How about "Blood Wedding" by The Oysterband! I sang this at a friend's wedding reception last Saturday!

Do you take this woman: I said, "Yes, I do"
I love her like crazy; I think she loves me too
We could do without the family if it's all the same to you
Happy Ever After

Your mother's a flake, your father's full of shite
Your sister says you married me in white just for spite
A party's not a party 'til it ends up in a fight
Happy Ever After


And there's my lot and your lot and us two in between
Please God this is the last time I get married
Please God this is the last time I get married

My brother's never short of a substance to abuse
Rum, glue, Thunderbird, whizz and Special Brew
Any minute now and he'll show us his tattoos
Happy Ever After

Nephews are obnoxious, nieces are too tall
A dozen drunken uncles pissing up the wall
Granddad is grinning but there's no-one home at all
Happy Ever After


For richer, for poorer, for better or worse
Mow we are married, a blessing or a curse
Kiss me and don't forget - what you see is what you get

And the best man's the worst man, the best man is a beast
Underneath the table with the sister of the priest
The way he's going at it, she's probably deceased
Happy Ever After

Gran is on the brandy getting bleary-eyed
The guys I went to school with want to see me outside
Someone's pulled a bridesmais; has anyone seen the bride?
Happy Ever After

I swear this is the last time I get married
I'm sure this is the last time I get married
Please God this is the last time I get married

I think we've all been to one of THOSE weddings!!

Personally, I walked in to Jeremiah Clarke's Trumpet Voluntary,
Hymns were
Hills of the North Rejoice
Guide Me O Thy Great Redeemer (Bread of Heaven)
I Vow To Thee My Country (actually very hard to sing)
Walked out to the Dambuster's March!!

Widor's Toccatta is a cracking wedding tune to walk into but you may struggle to find an organist skilled enough to play it!

I recommend that you take advice from the organist and/or choirmaster at the church. In particular the organist should know the limitations of that particular instrument (which did limit my choice of music a little - I left the "signing of the register" piece to his judgment) and, if you're lucky, their own limitations!

Lord of the Dance is quite popular as is Jerusalem, All Things Bright and Beautiful, Lord Of All Hopefulness.

Oh and try and have a little imagination when it comes to the readings; if hear the Wedding Feast at Canaa again, I will surely scream!



9th Mar 2006, 22:44
For the bride's entrance, how about 'Jollity Farm' by the Bonzo Dog Band?

Well, you said different.

Oh, and if you want to keep the lady on her toes, always introduce her to people as 'my first wife'! (assuming she is)

9th Mar 2006, 22:45
Abide with me :E


tony draper
9th Mar 2006, 22:55
Alus liked Hava Nagila,preferably played on a Strat. :E

9th Mar 2006, 23:35
How about Lenny Cohen`s "Dance me to the end of love". The original by the man himself isn`t up to much, but the version by Madeleine Peyroux is a belter....lyrics could be sniggered over by the unsophisticated though.

Capn Notarious
10th Mar 2006, 01:56
The other Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band track would be:
My Pink half of the drainpipe ideal for separations.

Dan Bentley
10th Mar 2006, 01:59
Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland. My parents' wedding song.

10th Mar 2006, 02:18

I note that you've made 63 posts, so presume you are fully aware of the dangers of what I'm about to suggest.

Invite all Ppruners to your wedding and make selection of music a poll. If you can weather that you and Mrs WLITS have probably got what it takes! :ok:

10th Mar 2006, 06:48
Always had to ask a slightly delecate question at receptions, when one was performing at one and the same still applies now.......

"Would the playing of RoyC's Shotgun Wedding be deemed in poor taste"!:ouch:

Solid Rust Twotter
10th Mar 2006, 07:02
Love Minus Zero/No Limits - Dylan

Suite: Judy Blue Eyes - CSN&Y

Long May You Run - Neil Young

Helplessly Hoping - CSN&Y

Forever Young - Dylan

Horses Through a Rainstorm - CSN&Y

Always a Woman - Billy Joel

Your Smiling Face/You've Got a Friend - James Taylor

Have a Little Faith - John Hiatt

Leave a Tender Moment Alone - Billy Joel

Through Your Hands - John Hiatt

Love Like Blood - John Hiatt

10th Mar 2006, 07:07
Wind beneath my wings?.....

Farmer 1
10th Mar 2006, 08:40
Fight the Good Fight.

Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow.

surely not
10th Mar 2006, 09:21
How about 'Oh God Our Help in Ages Past' ?

10th Mar 2006, 09:21
For the bride's entrance how about Aerosmith- Walk this way.

10th Mar 2006, 09:28
The soon to be Scoggette & I are doing the same thing later this year, so had to give some thought to the same problem. Our original choices;

1. Tainted Love - Marilyn Manson
2. Please don't touch - Motorhead/Girlschool
3. Highway to Hell - AC/DC

Seemed a bit to up-tempo for Aged P's so had to re-think. Latest of a long list;

1. Kashmir - Led Zeppelin (Fading out, it's a bit long...)
2. Will You? Hazel O'Connor
3. Hard to Handle - Black Crowes (cover of James Brown's original).

Have a feeling there'll be more revisions before Sept. Good luck to you both :ok:

10th Mar 2006, 09:42
Hmm, "Will You?", I probably would have had that at mine if I'd have thought of it.

Instead, we went for "We Have All the Time in the World" - Louis Armstrong.

10th Mar 2006, 09:47
This is uncanny.
I am also in the same situation - we chose some music for before and after the ceremony - some opera duets we both like for before, and some more upbeat stuff after - including a bit of Ella Fitzgerald in fact...
But Bride's entrance :uhoh: music ? Tricky. The missus to be is a bit self conscious about making some big arrival - but what else can you do - you gotta get in there somehow.
So I was thinking it needs something a bit more strident and perky than the laid back pump-up music beforehand - to get everyone's attention and change the mood.
But there's so much FROMAGE out there - cheesy cheesy cheesy.
I'll let you know if we come up with anything !

Windy Militant
10th Mar 2006, 10:53
I suggested these for a mates recent nuptuals. For some reason they didn't seem that keen.:}

Roy C 'Shotgun Wedding'
Darts 'Shotgun'
Nick Lowe 'I knew the Bride when she used to rock n roll'
Kim Weston 'It should have been me'

Can't think why ;)

10th Mar 2006, 12:31
'Winner takes it all' ABBA.

Seriously, congratulations, hope it goes well.

10th Mar 2006, 14:40
Bride in to

Walk Like an Egyptian - Bangles

Sign Register with

Signed Sealed Deliverd I'm Yours - Stevie Wonder

Hury out with

Walk Don't Run - by Ventures or Chet Atkins

13th Mar 2006, 21:48
Brides entrance - Arrival of the Queen of Sheba.

13th Mar 2006, 22:07
Yep, Whirls has it right - check what they can do at the venue! I was lucky - had the choir and organist from when I was at Uni, so came in to a setting of "Oh Praise God In His Holiness" (fabby C major chord opening, if you weren't standing before you were by the time they'd sung the first line!!), a William Matthias piece "Let the People Praise Thee" followed by darling brother (operatic training) doing a Schubert song, then out to the Widor, fortunately well within capabilities of organist and organ!

Another thought, if you fancy organ music - a truly superb variation on "Nun Danket Alle Gott" (now thank we all our God) by a geezer called Karg-Elert. Good exit music.

For me the Louis Armstrong piece is now irrevocably linked with the ambush scene at the end of OHMSS - great song, sad association.

Edited to add - forgot hymns. Please, please, please, avoid Bind Us Together Lord, and One More Step Along the World I Go.

13th Mar 2006, 22:15
Have you seen the movie Old School? At the reception they dance to Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart". Slightly different version to normal, but much improved I think....

".....turn around, bright eyes, every now and then I get a little bit terrified, I see the f**king look in your eyes! Turn around, bright eyes, every now and then I fall apart....and I need you now tonight....I f**king need you more than ever....."

Classic cinema!!!!!

13th Mar 2006, 22:15
'Fight the good fight'


'He who would valiant be'