As a wedding singer, you have a big task ahead of you. As a performer on their special day, you are responsible for choosing songs to sing at their wedding ceremony that represents the couple and their love story. And that can feel like a lot of pressure! You might already know how fun (and let’s face it: lucrative) it can be to offer wedding gigs, but part of being a successful wedding singer involves knowing just the right songs to perform.
Sometimes, the happy couple knows exactly what they want as far as the song goes. Some couples will provide you with a carefully curated list of romantic wedding songs they want you to perform, while others may provide you with a certain music genre or theme to follow. But often, they are certainly open to suggestions from the professional! As you’re working with the bride and groom, it’s a good idea to ask about their preferences and style. Do they want you to perform lively, danceable tunes or more slow and sappy ones?
Once you get a feel for the couple and their wedding theme, check out our list of some of the best songs to sing at a wedding. You can’t go wrong when you perform these romantic wedding songs!
30 Songs to Sing at a Wedding
Traditional/Classical Songs to Sing at a Wedding
Beautiful and melodic? It’s no wonder so many many wedding singers turn to these tried-and-true numbers. Choose from any of these traditional and classic wedding songs, and the happy couple will be pleased you did.
1. “Let the Bright Seraphim” – Handel
2. “Panis Angelicus” – César Franck
3. “Ave Maria” – Bach/Gounod
4. “Bist du bei mir” (If you are with me) – Bach
5. “Irish Wedding Song” (Traditional)
6. “Ich Liebe Dich” (I Love You) – Beethoven
7. “You Raise Me Up” – Josh Groban
Pop Songs (Old and New) to Sing at a Wedding
If you want everyone out on the dancefloor, then you’ll definitely want to belt out some of these iconic sing-alongs. These romantic wedding songs will have everyone slow dancing and singing along.
1. “We’ve Only Just Begun” – The Carpenters
2. “At Last” – Etta James
3. “Just the Way You Are”- Billy Joel
4. “I Can’t Wait” – Ben LaRue
5. “All of Me”- John Legend
6. “Could I Have This Dance” – Anne Murray
7. “Here and Now” – Luther Vandross
8. “Here, There and Everywhere” – The Beatles
9. “Thinking Out Loud”- Ed Sheeran
10. “From This Moment On” – Shania Twain
Broadway and Movie Songs for Weddings
No one can resist a good Broadway tune! These fun show tunes are a great addition to any wedding party. Ask the couple about their favorite musicals and surprise them with one of these on their special day.
1. “Sunrise, Sunset” from “Fiddler on the Roof”
2. “Someone Like You” from “Jekyll and Hyde”
3. “Till There Was You” from “The Music Man”
4. “One Hand, One Heart” from “West Side Story”
5. “A Thousand Years” – Sung by Christina Perri, from “Twilight”
6. “Can’t Help Falling In Love” – Elvis Presley, from “Blue Hawaii”
7. “Evergreen”- Barbra Streisand, from “A Star is Born”
8. “There You’ll Be” – Faith Hill, from “Pearl Harbor”
Duets to Sing at Weddings
If you’re performing with a band or a partner, wow the wedding crowd with one of these legendary duets. Whip out your best Lionel Richie and Diana Ross performance or channel Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. Duets promise double the fun!
1. “Endless Love” – Lionel Richie and Diana Ross
2. “It’s Your Love” – Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
3. “The Closer I Get to You” – Roberta Flack and Donnie Hathaway
4. “E Più Ti Penso” (The More I Think of You) – Andrea Bocelli and Ariana Grande
5. “Lucky” – Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat
If you’re still having a hard time choosing which songs to sing at a wedding, think about the following:
Consider the couple.
Begin by getting to know the couple. Are they die-hard country fans or jazz fanatics? Understanding their music preferences can help guide you when choosing what songs to sing at a wedding ceremony. If the couple is young and hip, they may prefer current hits and contemporary music. Alternatively, if it’s an older couple, they may want an old standard or to go with the classics. If you know the couple personally, you might already know what kind of music they like.
Consider the ceremony.
Another important thing to consider is whether the event is super formal or more casual. For example, if the wedding is a small and intimate gathering in a tiny venue, you may decide to go with an acoustic set or choose wedding songs that are more light and airy. But if it’s a larger wedding in a bigger space, you can get away with songs with fuller sounds. Meanwhile, a beautiful classical song is ideal for a formal wedding in a church, but you may want a more current love song for a backyard wedding with a more laid back vibe.
Consider your own strengths.
The final thing to consider is… YOU! When selecting any song, you have to think about your voice type, vocal ability, range, and styles that you sing comfortably in. A Handel aria would be out of some pop singers’ ability, and likewise, an opera singer may sound completely awkward singing the Beatles. It’s also a good idea to go with songs that you are already familiar with. You don’t want to choose a song that makes you nervous or one that you have a difficult time hitting the high notes or nailing a certain part.
You can also check in with a voice teacher for more advice on which songs to sing. Brainstorm together, keeping your vocal strengths in mind, to really come up with something that’ll impress the couple! Your teacher can also help you prepare for the big event, so you feel confident. You can even take advantage of our online singing lessons, which let you receive instruction where and when works best for you. As long as you have internet access, you can connect with your private teacher whenever is most convenient for you!
At the end of the day, choosing and performing which wedding songs to perform should be a fun and exciting task. Weddings are beautiful, and it’s such a great feeling knowing you’re contributing to the experience of both the bridal party and the guests. Follow our list of the best songs to sing at a wedding, and you’ll be stage ready before you know it!
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