Ceremony Countdown: Top Ten Tunes at Weddings

Ever wondered what music people pick to walk down the aisle to at weddings? Seeing as we’re heading towards the end of the year, I thought I’d run down some of the top tunes from 2014. I’ve thrown in the popular, the stylish and the random, all picked by couples to soundtrack their entry into married life. Here we go!

10. Marry You – Bruno Mars

This is a nightmare for a Marriage Celebrant! If you listen carefully to the words, he sings about getting married tonight because he’s got nothing better to do (sorry Bruno, you have to give at least one month’s notice), “Don’t say no no no, say yeah yeah yeah yeah” (consent to marry must be real, no pressure), “Who cares if we’re trashed, got a pocket full of cash”, (I can’t marry you if you’re drunk), “I know this chapel on the boulevard, no one will know”, (Erm, you have to provide two witnesses over 18 years old). Or am I being a killjoy here? :-D

9. For Me Formidable – Charles Aznavour

Sung half in English, half in French, listen to it once and I defy you to see if you can get it out of your head afterwards. It’s an original choice, and it’s a LOT of fun!

8. It Had To Be You – Harry Connick Jr

From When Harry Met Sally. This song’s appearance at the 1989 romantic comedy’s climax (“I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, and the thing is, I love you.”) forever solidified it in the hearts of lovers everywhere. “It Had to Be You” has been covered by everyone from Billie Holiday to Frank Sinatra.

 7. Everything – Michael Buble

It’s fun, it’s upbeat, it does what it says on the tin. And it puts a smile on your face too!
 

6. Better Together – Jack Johnson

Better Together is a song written and performed by Jack Johnson. As well as being the first track on Johnson’s album In Between Dreams, which was released in February 2005, “Better Together” was released as a single in January 2006. I was going to describe this as another oldie, but we’re only talking 9 years. Let’s go for “classic” instead!

5. New Moon – Alexandre Desplat

Several Bellas walking towards their Edwards this year. Although nobody’s sunk their fanged teeth into the bride’s neck yet. A kiss will suffice, thank you very much.

4. Higher Love – James Vincent McMorrow

Move over Steve Winwood (unless you’re having an 80s themed wedding). Wikipedia says the cover by James Vincent McMorrow is notable for being a complete reworking of the original. I say it’s notable for him reaching those higher notes. Don’t ask how he did it.
 

3. Your Song – Ellie Goulding

English recording artist Ellie Goulding performed “Your Song” at the reception party of Prince William and Catherine Middleton’s wedding at Buckingham Palace on 29 April 2011, to which the newly married Royal Couple shared their first dance. If it’s good enough for Wills and Kate, it’s good enough for us commoners.
 

2. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran

The video has a bride and groom as the stars. Sheeran has described the piece as a “walking down the aisle song”. No room for any doubt whatsoever.

1. All of Me – John Legend

Far and away, the most popular entrance song of the year. I now know all the words and can sing along should the iPod fail. But let’s be honest, bleeding ears at a wedding is SO not a good look.

Finally, I’m still waiting for this one. The day it happens, my life as a Celebrant will be complete!!

Written by Stephen Lee
Young Male Sydney Marriage Celebrant