Alternative/Indie Wedding Songs

posted 6 years ago in Music
Post # 4
261 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Our first dance was “By and By” by Brett Dennen and we cut the cake to “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

I would have loved to include more indie music, but our families wouldn’t have “gotten” it ๐Ÿ™‚

New songs I’m obsessed with: We Are Young by Fun and Sweet Darlin’ by She & Him


Post # 5
2589 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Here’s a few from our list so far:

The Cult – She Sells Sanctuary

Florence and the Machine – Cosmic Love (I think we’re walking out to this one)

Love you till the End – The Pogues

Go Do – Jonsi

Human – The Killers

All the Small Things – Blink182

Electric Feel – MGMT

Midnight City – M83

Cant Hardly Wait – The Replacements

Going Out in Style – Dropkick Murphys

Post # 7
26 posts
  • Wedding: June 2013

If I weren’t so out of it right now I could be better help. All I have in my head right now is “Plastic Stars” from Freezepop. Not really indie, but it’s certainly different. I always figured I’d have it at my wedding. Also “Question” from the Old 97’s is super sweet. The Avett Brothers have some good songs, too.

When I wake up a little I could probably think clearer and throw out some more suggestions.

Post # 8
1015 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Not sure if you consider KT Tunstall indie or not, but I love her music. She has this song “The universe and you” which I find beautiful. 

Post # 9
261 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011


Go give them a listen and let me know what you think!!

I’ll keep thinking of more! Do you want upbeat happy ones, or things you can dance to? 

Post # 10
7904 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Sincerely, Severly by Morningbell

Dog Days Are Over by Florence and the Machine

A Girl Like You by Pete Yorn

Post # 11
2589 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We really wanted to play this:


…. but my mom said NO.    ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 12
261 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011


HAHAHA we almost played that too! It would have been worth it to see the look on my MIL’s face. 

Post # 13
1576 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Our prelude – In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel

Processional = Nothing Else Matter as performed by Apocalyptica

Recessional = Nothing Else Matters – Metallica

Post # 15
118 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Can’t help falling in love-Ingrid Michaelson

Raindrops-Regina Spektor

The Girl-Color in City

First day of my Life-Bright Eyes

Do you Realize-The Flaming Lips

The Sore Feet Song – Ally Kerr

Home-Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros


Post # 16
13 posts
  • Wedding: March 2012

We’re using these during the time the guests wait for the ceremony to start:

Toothpaste Kisses — The Maccabees

We all Know — Devendra Benhart

Our Way to Fall — Yo La Tengo

Built for This — Ben Sollee

Love and Some Verse — Iron and Wine


Some songs we have during the reception:

Your Happiness — The Compulsive Gamblers

Wreck My Car — Scott H. Biram

Sophisticated Honky — Orgone

Here Comes the Sun Again — M. Ward


We made a decided effort to tone down our “indieness” during the reception, and to use a wide variety of music.  We were able to do this without resorting to anything underwhelming or overplayed.  (Our goal is to get a diverse group of people of different ages, tastes and backgrounds to dance, and much of the music we really love would have had most people shuffling around uncomfortably…)


Good Luck!


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