A couple’s first dance song is one of the most important songs to decide on. Depending on their history together, it may just be an easy choice to make. However, a lot of thought may be spent on the song for the first dance that the rest of the playlist – especially for the ceremony – may be overlooked.
Hiring a wedding band is not an excuse to slack off of planning the songs to add to your playlist. On the contrary, having someone else play your music for you should get you to act quickly on compiling a list of songs NOT to play on your wedding day, and most especially not when you’re marching down the aisle.
To help you get started, here are a few songs that are inappropriate for your wedding playlist.
1. Every Breath You Take (The Police)
While some parts of the lyrics may make you think that it’s romantic, the whole song literally screams stalker in a creepy way.
2. My Heart Will Go On (Celine Dion)
Aside from the fact that this song has been eternalized with the story of Jack and Rose from the Titanic movie in which Jack died and the boat sank, it also tells of moving on after someone you love died. Not a good song choice for the day that signals the beginning of a life together.
3. Chariots of Fire (Vangelis)
It’s dramatic, yes, but while it would be great as an opening salvo for a sports event or production number, it’s not such a good idea when it comes to wedding music. Just think – walking down the aisle to this tune while looking gorgeous, but all the while, your guests keep thinking of those men running in the music video for this song.
4. Marry You (Bruno Mars)
“Hey, baby! I think I wanna marry you!”
It screams marriage – but not when that line comes after singing “…we’re looking for something dumb to do”. No, it just doesn’t work that way.
5. Jar of Hearts (Christina Perri)
The first two lines of the song goes: No, I can’t take one more step towards you / Cause all that’s waiting is regret. It kind of stops you from walking further down the aisle.
6. Beauty and the Beast (Peabo Bryson)
It’s a beautiful song, with a beautiful melody that tells a beautiful story. But comparing your soon-to-be husband to a beast isn’t exactly a good thing.
7. Lips of An Angel (Hinder)
The title seems so sweet, but the lyrics of the song tell of a husband or boyfriend talking on the phone with an old flame and telling her that he still dreams of her. Trouble in paradise this early? Nah!
8. D.I.V.O.R.C.E. (Tammy Wynette)
It spells DIVORCE. Enough said.
9. Send In the Clowns (“A Little Night Music” Broadway show)
While it sounds beautiful and comes off as a wonderful ballad, the song’s lyrics tell otherwise. This should most definitely not be in the wedding ceremony at all. Clowns, in this case, refer to fools, and you wouldn’t want this type of song to be playing while you’re walking down the aisle.
10. And I Will Always Love You (Whitney Houston)
This song is another one of those whose titles don’t really tell the story we believe them to be. While one may think of a love that lasts forever by simply reading the title of this Whitney Houston track, on the contrary, it tells the story of one saying goodbye to a loved one. Best to give this a pass!
The songs mentioned above are great. But just because they feature a wonderful melody, or dramatic arrangement that allows for your wedding band or soloist to go all out, the lyrics or the story behind the music may not be so appropriate. For more wedding song ideas, you can contact live music agencies such as Music For Scotland.
About the author: With over four years of professional writing experience, Tara Bernal currently writes wedding articles for Music For Scotland, a music agency that features a selection of the best wedding bands in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Ayrshire, and across Scotland.