Anyone who chooses to have a traditional wedding ceremony is responsible for making so many decisions, it’s enough to make someone want to elope on a private island somewhere instead of dealing with it. From what to wear to who to invite to what song to walk down the aisle to, all of the wedding ceremony details tend to feel like an infinite questionnaire. (Some big day, huh?)
Unfortunately, not everyone has the privilege of escaping the frenzy of wedding planning to jet-set off to remote paradise, so they have to hang in there and face the music — literally. Obviously, song selection is a huge part of any couple’s big day, whether the to-be-wed chooses a dramatic instrumental piece by Mozart, or something more pop and current like Jason Derulo’s “Marry Me.”
OK, so I have to admit that all of this talk about weddings is making me feel a little bit mushy. I’ll blame it on the fact that it’s officially wedding season, and also the fact that the madness of wedding planning is behind me, so I can view it as a bystander instead of through the skewed lens of a Bridezilla on a rampage of indecision and panic.
This was an emotional ride, but here are nine songs to walk down the aisle to:
"When You Say You Love Me" – Josh Groban
This song is absolutely beautiful, but don't expect to make it down the aisle without shedding a tear or two.
"Come Away With Me" – Norah Jones
This is the sweetest song ever, and Jones' lullaby delivery simply warms the heart.
"Thinking Out Loud" – Ed Sheeran
Judging by the popularity of Sheeran songs at weddings, it's not an official ceremony unless the playlist features one of his hits.
"Wedding Song " – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Don't forget the waterproof mascara!
"All of Me" – John Legend
Legend wrote this song for Chrissy Teigen and performed it at the couple's 2013 wedding, so it's a certified wedding playlist addition.
"Lucky" – Jason Mraz And Colbie Caillat
Lucky is the person who walks down the aisle to this song.
"Isn't She Lovely" – Stevie Wonder
For someone who wants to make sure that they're acknowledged by absolutely everyone on their big day.
"At Last" – Etta James
This classic song will always be suitable for a wedding, and it's never too old enough to make everyone in the audience weep uncontrollably.
"All My Life"– K-Ci And JoJo
K-Ci and JoJo's tearjerker ballad perfectly describes that special someone.
I'm not crying, YOU'RE crying.