Looking for easy guitar songs for weddings? You’ve come to the right place! Accompanying vocalists or playing solo guitar at big events like weddings is a great way to share your talents (and even earn some extra cash!). Get a head start on your side business by mastering these easy guitar songs, as compiled by Greeley, CO teacher Andy W.
At some point in your guitar playing life, it’s likely that you’ll get the chance of playing at a family member or friend’s wedding. When that happens, do you accept the challenge or run away thinking that you can’t do it? Well, I bet that you can do it!
This article lists more than 100 different easy guitar songs and some suggestions that will guarantee a memorable performance.
What’s the Easiest Song to Play on an Acoustic Guitar at a Wedding?
It’s hard to say what the simplest song is to learn how to play, since that will depend on your skillset, background, and how much time you have to practice. That said, there are plenty of easy guitar songs out there for you to choose from as you look for the right wedding selection!
These easy songs to learn are guitar are perfect for a wedding or any other formal event:
- Here Comes the Bride
- Ho Hey
- Ave Maria
- Make You Feel My Love
- My Cherie Amour
- You’ve Got a Friend in Me
- Wild Horses
- Love Me Like you Do
- Every Breath You Take
If you’re learning to play guitar for the big wedding in your future, you may want to consider taking lessons to speed things up. Guitar lessons with a professional will help give you the confidence, skills, and song selection ideas you need to nail your performance!
After you have a few lessons under your belt, if you’re still stuck for ideas, be sure to check out this video with more great picks:
Before you select any of these guitar songs to play at a wedding, be sure to check in with the bride and groom about their preferences. They may have some songs they absolutely hate – and some they love – that you might not think twice about playing (or not). So make sure you get their “wish list” and “list of do-nots” before you start making your list.
It will save you a lot of effort!
5 Guitar Songs for Weddings: Easy Tunes to Master!
If you’re a beginner who is starting to learn these songs, I would suggest playing the melody by itself first. Then, play the chords without the melody. For the performance, you can have a singer or an instrumentalist play the melody as you accompany them. Or once you get the melody and chords down, you can eventually combine the two, to play fuller sounding chord/melody arrangements with just solo guitar.
Now, here are our top five easy songs to play on guitar at weddings:
1. Here Comes the Bride
If you’re playing at a wedding, there are good chances that you’ll be asked to play “Here Comes the Bride.” The video below shows how to play a beautiful and easy chord/melody version of it. Also, towards the end of the clip, it goes over how to play “The Wedding March.” This is another traditional wedding song that is great to know.
2. Ho Hey
You can always count on “Ho Hey” to please an audience, and this song is very easy to learn to play. Here’s a great demonstration of how to play this classic love song. The video below does a great job of breaking it down in a very easy-to-understand way.
3. Ave Maria
This is an instantly recognizable classic that has been made famous by many artists and was originally written by Franz Schubert. The video below first shows how to play the melody and then shows how to play the chords. Once you have learned the two parts separately, try playing both at the same time to make your own chord/melody arrangement. This is challenging and takes time, but it’s well worth the effort!
4. Make You Feel My Love
This is a favorite wedding song from the last decade or so. Adele, Billy Joel, and Garth Brooks are some of the many artists to have made commercially successful recordings of this, but it was actually written by Bob Dylan in 1997. The clip below shows how to play an easy finger-style version of the chords. After you get the chords down, learn the melody by ear or by using tabs. Then, try playing the chords and melody at the same time to make your own chord/melody arrangement.
5. My Cherie Amour
This has been a wedding favorite since it was recorded by Stevie Wonder in 1969. It’s a soul classic that is sure to receive a warm reception. The video below shows how to play only the chords. Once you learn the chords, learn the melody separately. Then, try combining the chords and melody to play your own chord/melody arrangement.
Easy Country Songs on Guitar
If you’re looking for an easy country song for beginners on a guitar, wedding classics like these should suit you just fine:
- “God Gave Me You” – Blake Shelton
- “It’s Your Love” – Tim McGraw
- “We Danced” – Brad Paisley
- “Amazed” – Lonestar
- “Your Man” – Josh Turner
- “Butterflies” – Kacey Musgraves
- “Wanted” – Hunter Hayes
- “Rumor” – Lee Brice
- “Remember When” – Alan Jackson
- “Making Memories of Us” – Keith Urban
- “Breathe” – Faith Hill
- “Love Story” – Taylor Swift
Easy Electric Guitar Songs for Weddings
These romantic songs for electric guitar are sure to have the guests crying during the ceremony or reception. Good tears, of course!
Some of these easy guitar songs are better suited for the reception – they’re hard rock songs that are great for dancing (perhaps not so much for the processional or cake cutting, naturally). Use your best judgment when choosing the electric guitar songs you’re going to play, since not all of them will be appropriate for all settings.
Here’s a full list of some of the best options:
Electric Guitar Songs for the Ceremony:
- “Love Walks In” by Van Halen
- “Canon Rock in D Major” by Jerry C
- “White Wedding” by Billy Idol
- “Wedding March” from Heavy Metal Wedding
- “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” by The Darkness
Songs for the First Dances:
- “Close My Eyes Forever” Ozzy Osbourne and Lita Ford
- “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake
- “I Remember You” by Skid Row
- “I’ll Be There For You” By Bon Jovi
- “Love of a Lifetime” by Firehouse
- “To Be With You” by Mr. Big
- “Love You To Death” Type O Negative
- “More Than Words” by Extreme
- “Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica
- “Love Song” by Tesla
- “Under Your Scars” by Godsmack
- “Without You” by Motley Crue
Electric Guitar Songs for the Reception
- “Bawitdaba” by Kid Rock
- “Bodies” by Drowning Pool
- “Bring the Noise” by Anthrax and Public Enemy
- “Chop Suey!” by System of the Down
- “Click Click Boom” by Saliva
- “Cult of Personality” by Living Color
- “Cum On Feel The Noize” by Quiet Riot
- “Get The Funk Out” by Extreme
- “I Wanna Be Sedated” by The Ramones
- “In The End” by Lincoln Park
- “Kickstart My Heart” by Motley Crue
- “Kiss Me Deadly” by Lita Ford
- “Land of Confusion” by Disturbed
- “Last Resort” by Papa Roach
- “No One Knows” by Queens of the Stone Age
- “Nookie” by Limp Bizkit
- “Paradise City” by Guns N’ Roses
- “Paralyzer” by Finger Eleven
- “Rock and Roll All Nite” by KISS
- “Rollin’” by Limp Bizkit
- “Since U Been Gone” by A Day To Remember
- “Smooth Criminal” by Alien Ant Farm
- “Superbeast” by Rob Zombie
- “The Beautiful People” by Marilyn Manson
- “The Trooper” by Iron Maiden
- “We’re Not Gonna Take It” By Twisted Sister
- “Wild in the Streets” by Bon Jovi
- “Word Up” by Korn
- “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC
Great Electric Guitar Songs for the Cake Cutting
- “Sweet Emotion” by Aerosmith
- “Pour Some Sugar On Me” by Def Leppard
- “Cherry Pie” by Warrant
- “Sugar, We’re Goin Down” by Fall Out Boy
- “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses
Electric Guitar Songs for the Bouquet Toss
- “Girls Girls Girls” by Motley Crue
- “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor
- “Nothin’ But A Good Time” by Poison
More Easy Acoustic Guitar Songs for Weddings
If you plan on playing the acoustic guitar at the wedding, try to master a few of these basic tunes:
- “Addison’s Walk”
- “All you need is Love”
- “At Last”
- “Beautiful Day”
- “Count On Me”
- “Crazy In Love”
- “Earned it”
- “Everytime We Touch”
- “Fragile Forest”
- “Guitar Dispatch”
- “Harvest Moon”
- “Higher Love”
- “I Am Yours”
- “La Vie en Rose”
- “I Do”
- “I Believe In A Thing Called Love”
- “Love Me Like You Do”
Here are 21 more easy acoustic guitar songs for weddings:
- “On Eagles Wings”
- “Renaissance Blues”
- “She’s The One”
- “Somebody to Love”
- “Stand By Me”
- “Sweet Child O’ Mine”
- “That’s When I Knew”
- “The Lady of My Dreams”
- “Tight Trite Night”
- “We Found Love”
- “Wedding Song”
- “Wild Horses”
- “You You You You You”
- “You & Me (acoustic)”
- “You and Me Song”
- “You’re My Best Friend”
- “You’ve Got A Friend In Me”
What is the #1 Wedding Song on Guitar for Beginners?
When you’re trying to find easy guitar songs to master for the next wedding you need to play, it can be tempting to obsess over finding “the easiest” one of all time. Consider whether you’re looking for a processional, recessional, or reception song for starters – that might help you narrow down your list.
It’s also important to recognize that a song that is easy to master for one person might not be as easy for another. Consider your playing preferences, abilities, and background as you’re trying to decide.
That said, mastering a few easy guitar chords for wedding songs can help make your life a bit easier, too. Check out this list of guitar chords for some ideas of which ones you should learn.
Whether you decide to broaden your horizons by taking guitar lessons or not, I hope that this list has given you some confidence to say “yes” to playing at weddings. These 100+ easy guitar songs can be played easily and are sure to win over an audience!
Andy W. teaches guitar, singing, piano, and more in Greeley, CO. He specializes in jazz, and has played guitar for 12 years. Learn more about Andy here!
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