Are you looking for some great songs about getting married? If so, I provide you with a list of some of my absolute favorite songs on this subject!
Whether you’re about to get married and you’re looking for some great wedding songs, or you just love listening to songs discussing the idea of marriage, here is a collection of some of my absolute favorite songs about weddings and marriage. Hopefully, you enjoy them as much as I do.
Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran
When you’re engaged and ready to say “I do,” you’re not just making a promise to be together in the here and now, you’re pledging yourself to one another for years to come. The promise that no matter where the road takes you both, your love will never cease to remain strong is exactly what makes this song so impressive.
The lyrics highlight this sentiment, like, “When my hair’s all but gone and my memory fades,” and “…your soul can never grow old” showcase the long-lasting love and commitment both people made to each other.
Though this is my wedding song, I promise I’m not biased by adding it to this list. The song is a beautiful reminder about voicing your love for your spouse at every stage of life. Physical appearances will change over time, but this song serves as a reminder that it’s what’s inside that truly makes the person. Their character, their personality, and their quirks is what you really fall in love with.
Marry You by Bruno Mars
Honestly, it doesn’t get much more precise than this song! The premise of the song is simple: it’s a beautiful night, so why not get married?
On the surface, this song is about two lovers being drunk and deciding to impulsively get married, but I love the fact that it shows that not every wedding story has to involve a church and a huge guest list.
Sometimes, deciding to get married is as simple as being young, in love and impulsive. As someone who eloped, this song is perfect for those couples craving a little spontaneity as opposed to a long, drawn-out engagement.
Going to the Chapel of Love by Dixie Cups
I guarantee you’ve heard this song a million times – and that’s because of how quintessential it is to weddings. This song exudes love and joy, as it chronicles the bride’s excitement about going to the chapel and finally getting married to the love of her life.
This song is about love in its purest form, which is why it not only ranks on this list, but will probably forever be used as one of the most popular wedding songs of all time.
Marry Me by Train
What happens when you experience love at first sight? Well, this song answers that question.
“Marry Me” has a gravitational pull to it. Monahan’s lyrics bring you into the moment that anyone in love has felt. There’s a severity and desperation of wanting to be near that person—of loving them so much that the thought of them consumes your waking hours.
While it may not be what the song is about at its core, for me, it reminds me of those feelings in an early relationship. It brings you back to those first moments of meeting someone special and imagining what your life is going to be like together. It’s pretty magical.
Love Story by Taylor Swift
Love Story by Taylor Swift is a modern re-telling of William Shakespeare’s classic, Romeo and Juliet. But for these lovers, they thankfully have a bit more of a happier ending.
This song talks about what it’s like to be young and in love, especially when the people around you don’t necessarily make it easy to be together, which is not an uncommon occurrence when parents think you’re too young to be that serious with your significant other.
Love Story tends to hold a special place in my heart, because of when it came out and how it correlated to my life at the time. I was 18 years old in 2008 and engaged to my high school sweetheart, to which nobody was supportive. My parents hated the idea. Teachers and peers at school teased me.
Despite how in love I was, everyone around me told me it was a mistake. So, when this song came out, it made me feel less alone. Though that marriage would end a few years later, I’ve never regretted it because I got married for the right reason: love. Though our story had its ups and downs, it’s a love story I’ll always be proud of.
As Swift says in the song, “I love you and that’s all I really know.” Sometimes, that’s all that matters.
I Do by Colbie Caillat
“It’s always been about me, myself, and I. I thought relationships were nothing but a waste of time. I never wanted to be anybody’s other half. I was happy saying I had a love that wouldn’t last. That was the only way I knew ‘til I met you.” – Colbie Caillat on “I Do.”
Oh boy, how many of us can relate to that? Sometimes love graces our life when we least expect it, and that’s what this song is about. Maybe you’ve been scorned by past relationships that made you fall out of the idea of love…and then BAM: suddenly the love bug bites you and everything you never thought you wanted is now everything you need.
Love can do that. Love DOES do that. On the night I met my current husband, I kept thinking to myself, “What if I meet someone tonight?” Though another guy talked to me first that night, firecrackers lit up when I sat down to have a conversation with my now-husband. I had been single for four years, hitting nothing but a stroke of bad luck but when the timing’s right, the timing’s right.
Marry Me by Meghan Trainor
A lot of times, people want to get married for the wrong reasons. While marriage is supposed to be about a lifelong partnership, some people can get too caught up in the pageantry of the entire occasion.
What’s great about Marry Me is that Meghan removes all of the glitz, glamor, and gloss off the whole wedding concept. Unlike many brides, she doesn’t need a fancy wedding cake. And, in her words, “a fancy wedding’s not for me.”
No, on this track, Trainor has the right mindset—what matters most is the person you’re meeting at the altar—not where the altar is located or how many people people or photographers are in attendance.
There’s not necessarily a whole lot to this song—the verses are incredibly short—shorter than the chorus, in fact. But it’s the message behind the song that makes this one of the better songs about getting married.
And they say, “Keep your heart safe”
But I can’t, I can’t wait, no
Yeah, they say, “Keep your heart safe”
But I can’t, I can’t wait, no
A Thousand Years by Christina Perri
Like all the songs on this list, A Thousand Years by Christina Perri is about love, particularly how it feels to fall in love when you’re so used to guarding your heart.
It’s hard to let yourself fall in love after you’ve been hurt. When my husband and I first started dating, I was terrified by how much he liked me. While it sounds like a funny statement to make, those of us who have had our hearts broken understand the trepidation of putting ourselves out there again, fearful of a similar outcome. We laugh about it now, but I tried breaking up with him twice in one week because of how scared I was.
But every day I’m glad I didn’t, because he’s the person I couldn’t ever imagine my life without. No one makes me laugh as much as him, or makes me feel as beautiful and valued as he does. At the start of every morning and the end of every night, I think about how lucky I am to go through this life with him by my side. As Perri says, “I have loved you for a thousand years. I’ll love you for a thousand more.”
While it’s a beautiful sentiment that talks about loving someone forever, this song was also written for the movie Breaking Dawn Part 1, which is about vampires who literally live forever.
Married Life from Up
No, this song doesn’t have lyrics, but everything you could surmise about a beautiful life together can be summed up in this instrumental song from the Disney-Pixar movie, Up.
If you’re a Disney fan, then you already know what this song means, but if you’re not, let me catch you up. This song is played during a montage of Carl and Ellie—a married couple that experiences all the ups and downs of life together. The song starts when the two characters are getting married and it concludes after Ellie tragically passes away.
But before you say that music about getting married should be nothing but happy, hear me out about why this song works so well. Not everyone’s love story comes easy. Some couples get married later in life after their children are grown or after experiencing tragedy. Some couples find love after divorce. And some couples just haven’t had it easy before they tie the knot. But despite the adversity you may have faced, you survived the trauma together.
That’s what makes Married Life from Up so powerful, as it describes what it’s like to love someone so fiercely that you stand by them through thick and thin—even when life seems insurmountable.
I relate to this song because my mom died while my husband and I were in the middle of planning our wedding. Three days before our actual wedding, we went down to Disney World and eloped because it was too hard to go through with the wedding day. My husband supported me enough to change plans when I needed it, just like Carl did for Ellie after they lost their baby in the montage.
The song’s tempo changes throughout the montage, with the happier joyful times having music to match, while the tempo slows down and becomes a little softer during trials and tribulations. If you’re a Disney fan having a Disney wedding, or you’re just looking for something to play in the background, this song adds the perfect touch.
At the end of the day, Married Life (both literally and metaphorically) is all about getting through life’s sweet and sour moments together.
Bless the Broken Road by Rascal Flatts
Those rough moments. Those heartbreaks. That pain. Somehow, all of it can lead you to ultimate happiness—and that’s what this song by the Rascal Flatts is all about. You can hear this through lyrics such as, “others who broke my heart, they were like Northern stars pointing me on my way into your loving arms.”
The singer uses the comparison of these failed relationships as stars, stating that each one served as a guide in getting the narrator to his current relationship. We’ve all been through this journey. I think back to my current marriage, and had it not been for the experiences I had with other boyfriends, chances are, I wouldn’t be where I am now.
All those experiences, both good and bad, shaped me and taught me about what I wanted most from a relationship. Without those lessons, I probably wouldn’t have gone out with my current husband. Maybe I wouldn’t have even gone to the party where we first met.
Life works in mysterious ways, and when you fall in love and find the one, you end up knowing that better than anyone.
Music can say what words are sometimes unable to do. When it comes to weddings and starting your married life with the one you love, there’s nothing better than turning to songs about getting married to fully capture what those emotions feel like.
As they say, every love story is beautiful. Let these songs capture that beauty.
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This article was written by Courtney, with a selection addition by Michael.