So you’re engaged! Congratulations! You’ve shown the diamond to your whole (extended) family, all your (Facebook) friends and any unsuspecting person who asks you what your plans for September are (A FALL WEDDING? HOW UNHEARD OF!)
The vows have been written, the cake has been ordered, the venue booked. But what soundtrack have you chosen to serenade you on the happiest day of your life? You can’t just play any song. There must be party bangers so show-stopping to make even the most conservative of grandmothers bust a move, celebrations of love so touching that even your bachelor uncle who is convinced “getting married is for suckers” tears up by the end. It’s a tall order.
Not to fear, though…Jellynote is here to help! We’ve compiled a setlist of some of our favourite wedding-appropriate songs to take the pressure off as the big day approaches!
Something – The Beatles
Understated. Contained. Romantic. Perfect for the first dance.
Escape (The Piña Colada Song) – Rupert Holmes
Yes, this song is technically about a couple that has lost its spark and plan on leaving each other, BUT by the end of the song, both realise that there is so much left to explore in their relationship. Any couple self-aware enough to play this at their wedding is bound to last.
Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) – Beyoncé
Weddings are hard for single people so please give us something to remind us that we are too young to be bitter.
My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion
Intense, emotional, massive…and that’s just Aunt Carole. We suggest playing this one before the cocktails come out…
Anything by Shania Twain.
A staple of any wedding because what’s more romantic than changing your whole personality, and developing a nicotine addiction, all for a man who looks somewhat decent in leather? That said, it is a crowd pleaser and there will no doubt be riots if you refuse to play it.
The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra
This rendition of the classic song is the perfect way to set the mood. We envisage something classy and sophisticated. Black tie, naturally.
I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers
Picture the scene. You’re somewhat drunk, you’ve received some cracking gifts, you are full and happy. Suddenly your family burst onto the dance floor and start the routine they’ve been practising for the last 6 months. The horror!
Anyone Else But You – The Mouldy Peaches
A song about finding love despite your imperfections, “Anyone Else but You” isn’t concerned with high-flown declarations of everlasting adoration. It’s down to earth, and yet, still beautiful.
Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper
What. A. Ballad. An iconic song choice that is guaranteed to get every singleton on the chairs and flinging their underwear at the nearest eligible bachelor.
Avoid at Any Costs:
“It Must Have Been Love” – Hardly appropriate.
“The Thong Song” – There is NOTHING romantic about this song.
Taylor Swift (unless you’re anticipating a very messy divorce).
Can you feel the love tonight? Why not try playing one of these songs at jellynote.com? We have sheet music for piano, voice and a whole range of other instruments, so get practicing!
Feeling intimidated by the prospect of reading sheet music? Check out our guides on how to read music here.