Song Ideas for Your Wedding Ceremony

Acoustic Wedding Songs Ideas 

Picking out songs for key moments in your wedding celebration can be a daunting task. You have seemingly endless choices and you want your songs to be authentic, meaningful, and just right. Therefore, it may come as no surprise that we are asked for recommendations almost every week.

As a result we have created an inspirational list of acoustic wedding songs, all of which we have performed in the last few years. We hope it inspires you and helps you find your perfect songs!

 

Modern

Yours - Russell Dickerson

The Story - Brandi Carlile

Tennessee Whiskey – Chris Stapleton

More of You - Chris Stapleton

Love Story - Taylor Swift

Yellow - Coldplay

I Choose You - Sara Bareilles

Perfect - Ed Sheeran

Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran

Photograph - Ed Sheeran

A Thousand Years - Christina Perri

Better Together - Jack Johnson

Banana Pancakes - Jack Johnson

Marry Me - Train

Marry You - Bruno Mars

I Do - Colbie Caillat

Lovesong - The Cure

All of Me - John Legend

Today - Smashing Pumpkins

You Are the Best Thing - Ray LaMontagne

Hold You in My Arms – Ray LaMontagne

Make You Feel My Love - Bob Dylan  (Adele)

Home - Edward Sharpe & Magnetic Zeroes

I Will Follow You Into the Dark - Deathcab for Cutie

First Day of My Life - Bright Eyes

When the Right One Comes Along - Striking Matches

Ho Hey - Lumineers

Everything - Michael Buble

1,2,3,4 - Plain White Ts

Darlin’ - Dave Barnes

When the Right One Comes Along - Striking Matches

The Luckiest - Ben Folds

Everything – Michael Bublé

Kiss Me – Sixpence None the Richer

 

 

Oldies (1930 - 1999)

Can’t Help Falling in Love - Weiss/Creatore/Peretti (Elvis)

Your Song - Elton John

Fly Me to the Moon (Howard) - Frank Sinatra

My Funny Valentine (Rodgers, Hart) - Frank Sinatra

The Way You Look Tonight (Fields, Kern) - Frank Sinatra

This Must Be the Place - Talking Heads

Ripple - Grateful Dead

Friend of the Devil - Grateful Dead

Wonderful Tonight - Clapton

Wedding Song (There is Love) - Peter, Paul & Mary

Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Garland

Dancing in the Moonlight - King Harvest

Ashokan Farewell - Ungar

We Are the Champions - QUEEN

Somebody to Love - QUEEN

Grow Old With Me - John Lennon

Close to You - Bacharach (Carpenters)

The Girl From Ipanema - Antonio Carlos Jobim

Unchained Melody - North/Haret (Righteous Brothers)

Don’t Stop Believin - Journey

Friday I’m in Love - The Cure

Stand by Me - Ben E King

The Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra

La Vie en Rose - Louis Armstrong (Edith Piaf)

Light My Fire - The Doors

How Sweet it is to be Loved By You - Marvin Gaye

500 Miles – Proclaimers

Everywhere – Fleetwood Mac

 

 

Beatles

Blackbird

Something

I Will

Octopus's Garden

I’ve Just Seen a Face

Here Comes the Sun

In My Life

Penny Lane

All You Need Is Love

I Want to Hold Your Hand

Free as a Bird

I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party

When I’m Sixty-Four

 

 

Country

Lullaby - Dixie Chicks

Walk Through This World With Me - George Jones

My Heart Skips a Beat - Buck Owens

Walk the Line - Johnny Cash

Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash

You Are My Sunshine - Traditional

The Lucky One - Alison Krauss & Union Station

Danny Boy - Irish Traditional

In Spite of Ourselves – John Prine, Iris DeMent

 

 

Classical & Traditional

Canon in D - Pachelbel

Air On a G String - JS Bach

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring - JS Bach

Wedding March - Mendelssohn

Ave Maria - Schubert

Ave Maria J.S. Bach

Bridal Chorus - Wagner

Ode to Joy - Beethoven

Trumpet Voluntary - J Clarke

Good Good Father - Chris Tomlin

How Great thou Art - Traditional

Let there Be Peace on Earth - Traditional

We are also always happy to learn songs beyond this list for your celebration!

Wedding Venues in the Southeast

Where We Are Celebrating in the Beautiful Southeast

Adventure awaits all throughout the Southeast! From breathtaking mountains to magnificent waterfalls to stunning beaches to modern architecture to elegant estates - North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee (& Virginia) have it all!

We are so grateful and honored to have celebrated at a number of venues and estates throughout the Southeast and look forward to expanding on this list next year. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all the incredible couples who have welcomed us into their lives on one of the most important days of their lives! We love celebrating you and your love story!

Southeast Wedding Venues & Estates

Brown Mountain Beach Resort

Old Edwards Inn

Sawyer’s Family Farmstead

Lonesome Valley

The Farm

William Aiken House

The Omni Grove Park Inn

Merrimon-Wynne House

The Cabin Ridge

Pretty Place Chapel

Chestnut Ridge

The Century Room at Pack’s Tavern

Trillium Links & Lake Club

Separk Mansion

Isles Restaurant

Fields of Blackberry Cove

Paint Rock Farm

Highland Lake Inn & Resort

Laurel Ridge Country Club

Rumbling Bald Resort

Capital Club of Asheville

Patriot’s Point

Graylyn Estate

Timberlake Nature Sanctuary

Highland Brewery

Sugar Creek Brewing

Hi-Wire Brewing

Hotel Domestique

McGuire's Millrace Farm

The Cotton Gin at Mill Creek

Vic's on the River

Sugar Mountain Resort 

Brevard Lumber Yard

& Private Estates

Where are a Few Places on Our Wedding Bucket List Outside of the Southeast?

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Song Ideas for Parent Dances

 Bride smiling during Father Daughter Dance at her wedding reception at Chestnut Ridge in Asheville, North Carolina, Music played by Benjamin T Warner DJ & Musician, Photography by Amanda Sutton Photography

Bride smiling during Father Daughter Dance at her wedding reception at Chestnut Ridge in Asheville, North Carolina, Music played by Benjamin T Warner DJ & Musician, Photography by Amanda Sutton Photography

Parents Dance Song Ideas

Choosing a song for a Parent Dance can be surprisingly difficult. We have therefore compiled some of our favorite Parent Dance Song Ideas.

Butterfly Kisses - Bob Carlisle

What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong

My Wish - Rascal Flatts

Cinderella - Steven Curtis Chapman

Isn’t She Lovely - Stevie Wonder

I Loved Her First - Heartland

My Little Girl - Tim McGraw

Then They Do - Trace Adkins

Father and Daughter - Paul Simon

Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Judy Garland

Everything - Michael Buble

Don’t Blink - Kenny Chesney

I Hope You Dance - Lee Ann Womack

You’ll Be In My Heart - Phil Collins

Humble and Kind - Tim McGraw

Simple Man - Lynyrd Skynyrd

What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong

My Wish - Rascal Flatts

Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Judy Garland

Everything - Michael Buble

We hope these Parent Song Ideas are helpful and cannot wait to hear what you will choose!

Photography by Amanda Sutton Photography

 Beautiful photo of the Father of the Bride fighting tears during the Father Daughter Dance at Chestnut Ridge in Asheville, North Carolina, Music played by Benjamin T Warner DJ & Musician, Photography by Amanda Sutton Photography
 Father of the Bride and Bride hugging just after their Father Daughter Dance at Chestnut Ridge in Asheville, North Carolina, Music played by Benjamin T Warner DJ & Musician, Photography by Amanda Sutton Photography

How to Find Your Ideal Wedding DJ

 asheville wedding dj benjamin t warner

What to Look for in a Wedding DJ

Your event is a unique expression of you. Your music selections and celebration style are sure to be just as unique. Music can make or break a party, and weddings are no exception.

1. Style

Finding the best DJ for your event begins by finding the person who best matches your personal style and vision for the event. Picking the right sound and mix of entertainment for your event will not only help set the tone but also ensure that your guests have a night to remember. When you contact your DJ, be thinking about what type of music you like and what kind of experience you want your guests to have. 

2. Professionalism

Two additional aspects that are important to keep in mind are professionalism and passion. Find someone who loves their work and that passion is sure to show through to the dance floor. It is also crucial to hire a DJ that is personable, reliable, punctual, has excellent communication skills, and a system to handle potential emergencies. 

3. Experience

Another crucial element is experience. Years of wedding experience will equip your DJ with the ability to seamlessly direct the party throughout the evening with customized music and non-cheesy MC skills. It will also allow them to efficiently and gracefully address sudden weather emergencies and last minute changes in plans. In addition to the years, finding a DJ who has experience as a sound engineer, lighting designer, musician, or even in standup will add greatly to their service and your experience.

4. Equipment

Last but certainly not least is the quality, quantity, and variety of equipment. Whether you are expecting 50 or 500 guests, have 1 or 10 locations on the big day, or if there is power available at each location - there is equipment available to meet your needs. If you are a very visual person, you may also want to ask about custom designs for the DJ booth, dance floor, lighting, and more. With the right equipment and customization, your day can look as good as it sounds. 

 

Photography by Lauren Bender Photography

Wedding Timeline Ideas

 Elegant natural white wedding cake with white rose floral accents and unique golden deer wedding cake topper

The Ultimate Wedding Day Timelines

Are you hoping for a really fun and (mostly) stress-free wedding day? Creating a wedding day timeline can be a big help for making your day run smoothly. That is why we are happy to present three Wedding Timeline Ideas that we have seen make for an amazing reception and event!

 

 
 Newlywed couple during their first dance
 

Option 1: First Dance First

Just after your Grand Entrance, continue that note of joy & excitement while all eyes are on you and begin your First Dance.

Ceremony

Cocktail Hour/Brief Photo Session (30-45min)

Grand Entrance of Bride/Groom + Wedding Party

Welcome/First Dance

Dinner

Toasts

Cake Cutting

Parents Dances

Open Dancing (30min)

Bouquet Toss

Open Dancing til End of Night

 

 
 Newlywed Couple making their grand enterance at their reception
 

Option 2: Say Hello & Thank You!

While your guests are still completely focused on you both after the grand entrance, use the moment to say a few words of welcome.

Ceremony

Cocktail Hour/Brief Photo Session (30-45min)

Grand Entrance of Bride/Groom + Wedding Party

Welcome

Dinner

Toasts

Cake Cutting

First Dance

Parents Dances

Open Dancing (30min)

Bouquet Toss

Open Dancing til End of Night

 

 
 Beautiful wedding cake
 

Option 3: Have Your Cake & Eat It Too!

Let your guests enjoy the sweetness of your cake cutting and your delicious cake immediately after dinner. By doing your cake cutting before dinner, you will allow your servers the time needed to cut the remaining cake while dinner is enjoyed.

Ceremony

Cocktail Hour/Brief Photo Session (30-45min)

Grand Entrance of Bride/Groom + Wedding Party

Welcome/First Dance

Cake Cutting

Dinner

Toasts

Parents Dances

Open Dancing (30min)

Bouquet Toss

Open Dancing til End of Night

 

We hope this gives you a good starting point and takes even just a little bit of the stress away. There are endless possibilities for your timeline and what you choose to include in it. We hope you have an amazing time planning with your finance and whole vendor team!

 

Photography by Stephanie Nachtrab Photography