For decades, the traditional ‘Here Comes The Bride’ lyrics have been heard in wedding ceremonies across the world. Let’s face it, there are far better options out there now, so let’s move on from the 1850s already.
The wedding playlist could seem like a menial task compared to all the other preparations that have to get done, but in reality, it could make or break the big day. Imagine forgetting to do it and leaving the most important music decisions of the night up to the DJ!
You can stop worrying about that happening though, because Holler has created the wedding playlist of your dreams.
It will cover just about every minute of the best day of your life - all leading up to the moment you’re pronounced married. From the first look, to leaving the celebration as a married couple at the end of the night and everything in between, these 15 songs could be the perfect soundtrack to your occasion.
A wedding day is all about celebrating that fact that you’ve found your person, your partner for life, the yin to your yang.
So picture this: you’re in the middle of the reception, enjoying your first dance together as a married couple and you’re singing Spencer Crandall’s lyrics, “I’ve never been more sure that you’re my person,” as you gaze into each other’s eyes. This is your real-life fairytale moment.
Saying “I do” is the easy part but sticking to the vows once your marriage really begins is where things get a bit more difficult. Clint Black’s duet with his wife Lisa Hartman in ‘When I Said I do’ is proof that true love can conquer all.
This song reiterates the vows you said to one another. In a nutshell, you promised your partner that you will “be faithful and true, devoted to you.”
In theory, presenting your partner with a strand of twine could be a romantic gesture, but we’d play it safe and go for the diamonds. This is probably the most important piece of jewelry one can own in their lifetime and unfortunately, twine most likely won’t cut it.
The important message to take away from Hurd’s ‘Diamonds or Twine’ is that as long as you feel confident in your love for one another, that’s all that really matters in the end.
Once you hear the words “you may now kiss the bride,” you know the picture-perfect moment is finally here. Some couples practice how their first kiss will go in order to avoid an awkward scene in front of the guests in attendance and others decide to wing it, letting their hearts and lips lead the way.
Either way, Faith Hill’s Grammy nominated song perfectly describes the highly anticipated moment you will experience at the end of the ceremony.
A rather new trend, mostly between couples on their wedding day, is taking an extra moment before all the commotion begins, to see each other for the first time that day.
You’re all dressed up in your wedding attire and realize the long-awaited day is finally here. Ideally, feeling overcome with emotions and being speechless is a good thing because that alone will be worth a thousand words for your partner.
Now that we have a good number of slow ballads covered, let's kick it up a notch with Shania Twain’s ‘Love Gets Me Every Time’. Don’t forget that this is a celebration and it’s important to add some songs that you can dance to in a non-waltz style, while maintaining the romantic vibe.
There typically isn’t music playing when the couple says “I do” at the wedding ceremony, but it’s your wedding and you call all the shots. So why not start a new tradition?
Tell your band or DJ to start playing this song softly in the background as soon as you’re about to say these two little words with a whole lot of weight to them. Then slowly they can bring the volume up as you share your first kiss and walk back down the aisle hand in hand.
Of course, a wedding day is mostly about the bride and the groom, but don’t forget it’s just as big of a day for the parents, who have to walk their child down the aisle and give them away as they are to become a husband or wife.
Jason Blaine wrote ‘Dance With My Daughter’ specifically for the special tradition of the father daughter dance, because this moment deserves a song of its own.
If there’s a song for the fathers, the mothers in the room deserve one too. Chris and Morgane Stapleton’s rendition of the 1940 track ‘You Are My Sunshine’ is a tear-jerker at its core, but it’s also a beautiful soulful ballad. This is the perfect song to dance along to with your mother, in honor of her getting you to this point in your life.
Having a strong foundation, a.k.a. “the bones”, according to Maren Morris, is the first step to a long-lasting relationship. And who better to take relationship advice from than Morris and her hubby Ryan Hurd, who helped inspire this song.
This would probably be a good time to examine your relationship as Morris did when writing this song, because now is your last chance to turn around and run from the lifelong commitment you’re about to make. Not saying you should, but if you wanted to, it’s now or never.
After the fun of the wedding day is over, all those life plans you had talked about for months or even years are finally about to come into play. Maybe they will go as you expected and maybe they won’t, but either way, this song could bring you and your partner some hope and inspiration as you embark on your journey as married couple.
Did you find the one you can’t live without? Did you get a ring and let your knee hit the ground, or at least say yes when your partner did this? Well, if you’re listening to this playlist, chances are your answer is yes to all the above.
Jordan Davis makes purchasing dirt sound like the greatest thing in the world. You’re about to start a life with each other and planting your roots is just the next steppingstone on the path.
Married life is a major adjustment from single life because now you have to merge your two lives into one. Suddenly there’s double the clothes, double the mess and double the memories to be made.
When things do get tough, take this reminder from Luke Combs that most things won’t be around forever, but your marriage is something that will last a lifetime.
All those years of heartbreak from relationships that didn’t work out may have felt like your life was over and that love wasn’t real. But now, here you are on your wedding day with the person who finally checked every box off, realising all those years were worth the wait.
As Rascal Flatts would say, bless that broken road because it led you straight to your forever person.
If there’s any song to remember from your wedding day, it’s Vince Gill’s classic country love song ‘Look At Us’. This is the track that you will want to play every year on your anniversary because the story behind it follows a couple who have been married for several years.
The lyrics replicate the admirable love story you’d hear from parents or grandparents who probably have some advice to share about making a marriage work. The characters in this story are “relationship goals” as people would say now.
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