The Real Meaning Behind Wedding Songs

By February 11, 2020Events, Wedding

What does it all mean?

Many song writers write about what they know, what they feel, what they have experienced and what they dream of. When these lyrics are added to a melody and the tempo is set, the original meaning behind the words can often get skewed or even lost in translation.  

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At Black Tie Events, our experienced Melbourne DJs have received all sorts of wonderful (sometimes weird) wedding song requests. Choosing your wedding playlist (or DO NOT play list) is one thing and this can certainly be fun and break a few rules/traditions, but when it comes to choosing the songs for first dance as a married couple, a special dance with a parent or even a flash-mob style entourage dance – be sure to make your choices wisely.

You and your significant other might have a song that means something special to you, it may have been playing the first time you met, or when you first kissed and it’s great that you want to include it in your wedding celebration – but if that song was Justin Timberlake’s ‘Cry me a river’ or Rhianna’s ‘Unfaithful’ – you might like to rethink that one . . . . 

Chat with our Melbourne DJs at Black Tie Events if you are unsure about what songs to pick – we have a great list that could help you out. 

Go modern?

A few modern choices you might consider would be these lovely tunes:

Thinking out loud – Ed Sheeran

This sweet melody from 2014 from Ed Sheeran, still has couples dreaming of growing old and dancing together well into their 70’s and is as popular as ever with today’s couples. It even has a stunning dance routine you could emulate – if rolling around on the dance floor in you wedding finery in something you’re looking to do.

A thousand years – Christina Perri

If you can forgive the Twilight movie connection from the early last decade, this beautifully emotional song has and will be used for first dances and for brides walking down the aisle for many years to come.

All of me – John Legend

You can’t get much more romantic than a song written and sung by a vocal genius for his stunning wife! Dedicating all of yourself to your partner on your wedding day is certainly captured in the lyrics of this song.

Or, keep it classic?

Here are some classic, first dance, wedding songs that will never let you down:

At last – Etta James

Originally recorded 60 years ago, and remastered in 2008 by Beyonce, this slow, stong female voiced ballad is a showstopper that tends to leave your guests with goosebumps and lots of love.

Unchained Melody – Righteous Brothers

Originally written and released for a prison movie in 1955, the Righteous Brothers re-released it in 1965 and another little movie starring a deeply in love couple played by Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore saw this song rise to fame again in 1990. 

Can’t help falling in love – Elvis Presley

Another song more than half a century old and still appearing in Melbourne weddings. Made famous by the man with the swivelling hips, this classic love song about giving your body and soul to the person you love still resonates in 2020. 

The choice is yours

Whatever you choose, make sure your first dance is to a song that has a special meaning to you both and one that you will remember fondly for years to come. 

If you need some guidance or advice, our talented Melbourne DJs and MCs are here to help you make the right decisions and provide some helpful suggestions along the way. Contact Mark on 0400 447 552 to discuss your upcoming wedding or event –  or send an enquiry online for an appointment.

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