No matter where I play, people and brides that I’m working with always ask me what my favorite songs to play are. In all honesty, I have to take a few steps back and really think on it. Picking favorites becomes hard because different songs work for different situations and different people. When a couple tells me that they want a particular song performed, it is special just for that couple in that particular moment. So it’s really difficult for me to pick a favorite. That being said, I’m going to try to pick favorites anyway for the next couple of posts.
For this post, I’ll focus songs for the Unity portion of a ceremony. This is when when a couple does candle lighting, sand pouring, tree planting/watering, letter writing, or whatever symbolic ritual they have chosen. These are my top 5 picks that I feel are capture that mood very well.
1. “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz
The lyrics to this are very fitting for the Unity portion of a ceremony. I’m not married, but from my understanding it can be hard. I think singing an anthem like this that you’re not going to give up is total perfection.
2. “Hope for Me Yet” by Marc Broussard
I will probably pick this song for this part of my own wedding whenever I get married. First off, I love Marc Broussard. Second, as a singer, vocally this is just beautiful. It’s a real joy when I get to sing it, BUT it’s in a different tuning, so I can’t say it’s my favorite for ceremonies. It requires bringing a second guitar so I’m not tuning while the officiant is trying to talk.
3. “Lovesong” by The Cure (Adele’s version)
https://youtu.be/DyM5jb2ZABs - Adele’s version
This is my alternate choice for my own wedding. I love this one because it is wedding appropriate, but very gender neutral. Let’s be real. Most weddings sway toward a more feminine feel. Due to the many artists who have covered this song, I have found that most guys have a version they like and thanks to Adele there is a female version, so brides are satisfied too. When I play this, I do Adele’s version.
4. “Marry Me”
I honestly feel like this just the perfect all around wedding song. To me, it is appropriate for almost any portion of a wedding. I first learned about finger picking thanks to this song and it’s a lot of fun for me to play on guitar. I’m sure this will make many of my other lists.
5. “A Thousand Years"
I am not a Twilight fan, but I do think this song is great for weddings, especially as the unity song. It fits the more reflective mood and talks about love that lasts for a long time (I'm avoiding the pun here). I think it’s very fitting and I typically see people mouthing the words along with it.
So there you go! My top 5 choices for unity songs! Next time, I’l be talking about Bride Entrance songs. :-)
Until next time!