Weddings are an expression of love. To each other, to family, to friends, and to the world. Wedding music captures and expresses that love throughout the day, from the ceremony, through to the first dance and beyond. There are plenty of beautiful love songs, but the best wedding love songs carry the pure messages of a love that will last. So no hidden messages of regret, or settling. This is the real thing.
Here is a selection of piano songs in the flowkey app that will work perfectly. Some of them have been specifically arranged for weddings by our amazing partners. Get ready, it’s going to get romantic.
Bridal Chorus - Richard Wagner
You might know this as “Here Comes the Bride”. Partly because it is traditionally used as the bridal “processional” music (when the bride enters), but mostly because you can sing the words “Here Comes the Bride” over the first four notes. It has become a little clichéd over time, but definitely worth learning to get into the wedding mood.
Wedding March - Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Just as the Bridal Chorus is the traditional entrance music, Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” is the exit music, the “recessional”. It’s grand, and a little overblown, but can’t fail to make an impact in churches or large venues. The theatrical nature of the piece makes sense, since it was composed as an accompaniment to Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.
Canon in D - Johann Pachelbel
This walking-down-the-aisle favourite was written by Pachelbel as chamber music in the late 1600s, but lost popularity for centuries. It was rediscovered in the 1960s, and since then, the distinctive recurring progression has been taken on countless forms, while the original version can be heard at some point during many weddings.
Since it is such a wedding mainstay, pianist-composer Paul Hankinson created Wedding Versions that combine it with the next three songs to create something magical.
Can’t Help Falling in Love (Wedding Version) - Elvis Presley, Bach, Pachelbel
The refrain of this song alone captures exactly what a couple promise to each other on their wedding day: “Take my hand, take my whole life too, for I can't help falling in love with you.” It’s no wonder people use it so often for their first dance as a married couple. In the flowkey app you will find a Wedding Version that combines the song with wedding classics Pachelbel’s “Canon” and J.S. Bach’s “Air”.
Interestingly, the melody was originally based on French love song "Plaisir d'amour", and though it’s mostly been covered by male singers, it was originally written for a woman. This is why the third line “Would it be a sin” doesn’t rhyme with the fourth: It was originally intended to be “in love with him”, not “in love with you”.
A Thousand Years (Wedding Version) - Christina Perri, Bach, Gounod, Pachelbel
This song provides a grand exaggerated statement of love with lyrics like “I have loved you for a thousand years and I'll love you for a thousand more”. Even without words, the message comes through in the first few twinkling piano notes alone. This is another song with a Wedding arrangement in the flowkey app that interweaves the song with Gounod’s “Ave Maria” and, of course, Pachelbel’s “Canon in D”.
Thinking Out Loud (Wedding Version) - Ed Sheeran, Pachelbel, Wagner
The most recent choice on this list, it has quickly become a first dance mainstay. No wonder, since so much of the song mirrors the wedding vows, with lines like “Darling I’ll be loving you until we’re seventy” and “I fall in love with you every single day.
To bring everything together, the “Wedding Version” in the app combines the song with Wagner’s “Bridal Chorus” and, you guessed it, Pachelbel’s “Canon”.
Can You Feel the Love Tonight - Elton John
This is the cheesiest of choices, for a couple who want to feel like they are living out a Disney movie. It’s their day, so they can choose what they want.
That said, if you want to sing along to it, avoid the “Lion King” film version as sung by the characters, which ends “In short, our pal is doomed”. Instead, pick this Elton John version, with lines that make sense for the starry-eyed couple: “When the heart of this star-crossed voyager beats in time with yours”. Much better.
All of Me - John Legend
A song rarely comes along that speaks of pure, unconditional love. It’s hard to make it compelling without sounding corny. John Legend got it right with “All of Me”. Not only does it describe the day-to-day feelings of love, it communicates perfectly what a wedding represents, the giving of two people to each other: “I give you all of me. And you give me all of you”. Get the tissues ready...
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