Music is one of the things at your wedding, which forms part of your persona and helps you to set the mood for your wedding. It can be the heartbeat of your special day, if chosen and performed correctly. Soft melodies are always appreciated at intimate, small weddings. However, there isn’t any set procedure when it comes to your wedding, so to help you along, we’ve selected 8 classic songs for an intimate wedding that will ooze class and romanticism.
- Cannonball by Damien Rice
Cannonball is a timeless melody that pulls at the heart strings of every listener. It speaks proudly of the vulnerabilities connected to love that we must succumb to. Cannonball is a real tear-jerker and an essential song for any intimate wedding. While the song touches on the hard lessons that Rice has learned from love in the past, there is hope for the future with the tender line:
‘There’s still a little bit of your ghost, your weakness, there’s still a little bit of your face I haven’t kissed.’
2. Bright Blue Rose by Jimmy McCarthy
Bright Blue Rose is probably best known as being sung by Christy Moore, but regardless of the singer, it provides an amazing example of beautiful Irish romance. The rendition will be heard at most Irish weddings due to its highly emotive nature. For small weddings where the guests are predominantly family, this will be a real hit. One of the most famed lines connects to the beauty of the bride:-
‘For she is the perfect creature, natural in every feature
And I am the geek with the alchemists’ stone’
3. Ode To My Family by The Cranberries
Nothing symbolises Irish music and culture quite like ‘The Cranberries’. While ‘The Cranberries’ were renowned for their old school “rock ‘n roll” approach, Ode To My Family is a more uplifting, catchy and sweet song. It reflects on family, friendship and past joys; which are of course key themes for any intimate wedding. The spirit of the song is best captured in the third verse with the repetition of the following phrase:-
‘And we didn’t give a damn
‘Cause we were raised
To see life as fun
And take it if we can.’
4. She Moved Through The Fair
She Moved Through The Fair is probably one of the most ancient of Irish folk songs, dating back to the 1900s, but it still remains very popular in Irish weddings and for modern day audiences. It has a unique sounding melody and tells the story of a young man and the beautiful woman he hopes to marry. The first verse epitomises the young man’s love for his bride to be and speaks to her elegance and beauty as she glides along as the ‘swan in the evening moves over the lake’. Another classic song for close-knit weddings.
5. All Of Me by John Legend
I don’t think any wedding would be fully complete without hearing All Of Me at least once. The song magnificently conveys what it means to be in love. The entire song points out that no matter what, he’ll never see flaws with the girl that she loves – that is, her ‘perfect imperfections’ – as to him, he knows that he’ll be in love with her no matter what.
That no matter what happens, how she’s feeling or what she’s doing, that he’ll always be there and always see her in the best possible light. ‘All of me loves all of you’ – he highlights that he loves everything about her and that it’ll never change.
An absolute must for your wedding playlist.
6. A Thousand Years by Christina Perri
You’d have to have a heart of steel not to be touched by the guitar and piano combo in this classic wedding song. The lyrics speak for themselves and the chorus is incredibly powerful and engrossed with raw emotion.
‘I have loved you for a thousand years; I’ll love you for a thousand more.’
There’s no doubt that this song will be a major hit for any wedding but the true meaning of the song will speak to the bride and groom particularly, along with the family and close friends of both.
7. I’m Yours by Jason Mraz
While I’m Yours is slightly different to some of the aforementioned songs it is equally as powerful. This happy go lucky beat is one of Mraz’s most popular songs and for good reason. For the listener it brings out emotions of hope, happiness and of course love. Whether it’s a bop-along song or slow dance, you really need to add this song to your wedding at some point.
‘But I won’t hesitate no more, no more
It cannot wait, I’m yours.’
8. Make You Feel My Love by Adele
Adele’s voice is stunning in this heartfelt, touching song. The song is essentially about a person who is deeply in love with someone and tells that person that they would do anything to make them feel their love. If you want your wedding to have passion and to tell a story of romance, love and sacrifice then you can’t go wrong with Make You Feel My Love.
Music can help to add an essence of entertainment, fun and of course romance to the enjoyable and auspicious occasion like your wedding. There are countless reasons why you should choose your wedding music properly so we hope the 8 selections above will help to guide you on your way.