What Is a Love Song? If you want to find the best love songs for weddings, first you have to answer this question: What makes a good love song?
You have to consider those moments in movies, books, or songs when your toes curl up because of true love.
What about “Jerry McGuire,” with Renee Zellweger telling Tom Cruise, “You had me at hello?”
In “Gone With the Wind,” forget Scarlett—the film tells us the truth about love when a weary, hungry Melanie realizes that the soldier traipsing up the driveway is not just another soldier stopping for help on his way home, but her own Ashley who has returned to her.
Have you seen “An Officer and a Gentleman” when Richard Gere strides into that factory?
And many people believe there is nothing more moving than Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman having their moment of honesty just before the plane leaves in “Casablanca.”
If it’s thrills in books you want, just try “The Scarlet Pimpernel” (also a movie), when Lady Blakeney realizes who her hero is.
Your wedding is more than the dress or the flowers or the food; it ultimately represents the two of you joining to create your own new family. To commemorate the day you move forward together in life as a couple you need the songs that will curl your toes, as we said, and curl the toes of your guests! But people are as different as movies, so it’s a good thing there are so many songs to choose from.
- Tonight I Celebrate My Love by Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack…two voices join together, just like the two of you.
- Can You Feel the Love Tonight by Elton John, from the Lion King movie, tells us “There’s a rhyme and reason…when the heart of this star-crossed voyager beats in time with yours.”
- How Deep Is Your Love by the Bee Gees promises, “And the moment that you wonder far from me, I want to feel you in my arms again”—and it’s easy dancing, too.
- Evergreen by Barbra Streisand… “One love that is shared by two, I have found with you.”
- Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me by Mel Carter, when he says there’s never been anything like, “When you take me in your arms and drive me slowly out of my mind…”
- Grow Old With Me by Mary Chapin Carpenter, with Robert Burns’ immortal words, “Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be.”
- How Do I Live by LeAnn Rimes, asking, “If I had to live without you, what kind of life would that be?”
- Always, by Atlantic Starr, proclaiming, “And we both know, that our love will grow, and forever it will be, you and me…”
- Halo, by Beyonce, singing the words that make you realize “You’re everything I need and more…”
- I Want to Spend My Lifetime Loving You, by Tina Arena and Marc Anthony: “I will want nothing else to see me through, if I can spend my lifetime loving you…”
If the two of you want something a little more upbeat, try one of these love songs for weddings:
- Cherish by Madonna, crooning “Cherish the thought, of always having you by my side.”
- I’ve Got You Babe, from Sonny and Cher’s Sixties hit, “I got you to hold my hand, I got you to understand.”
- Hallelujah I Love Her So, by Ray Charles: “That’s why I know, oh I know, Hallelujah I love her so.”
- Love Is Strange by Mickey and Sylvia, probably best known from the Dirty Dancing movie, “Ohhh Baby, my sweet baby, you’re the one.”
Maybe the two of you want to stir up some good old fashioned cheesy fun on the dance floor…
- You’re So Sweet, Horse Flies Keep Hanging Round Your Face, by none other than Neil Diamond!—another country sound.
- She’s Got Freckles, probably something from Dr. Demento, also credited to Larry Vincent of the Pearl Trio. If your DJ doesn’t have this, look it up on YouTube. It’s a howl!
- Escape (the Pina Colada Song) by Rupert Holmes… “If you like making love at midnight…”
- Baby Got Back by Sir Mix-A-Lot…’nuff said.
All the best with your wedding day,