Post # 1
I am getting married in a Lutheran church and unlike other Lutheran weddings that I have attended (many) this Lutheran church is pretty picky about the wedding music
Our songs have to refer to God in them
My fiancé and I listen to Alkaline Trio, Against Me, Death Cab for Cutie, Say Anything, etc.
This has been a very difficult aspect in our wedding planning. We don’t want anything too cheesy because it does not reflect us at all
I did find a song by The Postal Service called Grow Old With Me, which is kind of cheesy, but mentions God.
Does anyone have any other suggestions
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Post # 4
Hmmm. the song that comes to mind that is semi wedding nice is Phil Wickham’s ‘Divine Romance’. It is a really nice song. I think you will like it. Go to YouTube and you can hear it. Any of his songs are really nice though… =o) When I hear it, it makes me happy. ;o) Listen to the acoustic version online.
Post # 5
- Wedding: February 2009 - Small church ceremony with mountain-view log cabin reception
What about Audio Adrenaline? I think the song is called Lifts Me higher or something like that.
Our first dance song is "Bless the Broken Road" by Rascal Flatts. I know it’s country and all, but it mentions God! Just a thought:)
Post # 6
Do you like Postal Service? Such Great Heights mentions God
"I am thinking it’s a sign that the freckles
In our eyes are mirror images and when
We kiss they’re perfectly aligned
And I have to speculate that God himself
Did make us into corresponding shapes like
Puzzle pieces from the clay"
The original song is a bit fast paced for a wedding but Iron and Wine did a cover of the same song, it’s acoustic and slower and very very pretty. I kept wanting to use it for something for my wedding!
Post # 7
What about an instrumental version of a song you like that doesn’t mention God? The Vitamin String Quartet has done many, many "tribute" albums that cover rock and alternative bands. The only one on your list they have is Death Cab, but there are a slew of others that you may like. Here is a list. I think most are available on iTunes.
Post # 8
There is a beautiful Nellie McKay song called Face of Faith or Face of a Faith that doesn’t mention God specifically but is definitely spiritual. Could be a first dance song, too.
Post # 9
Do you like Jason Mraz at all? He has a song called "God moves through You" which is really beautiful and (in my opinion) not cheesy. Look it up on youTube! Good luck!
Post # 10
Lily Allen "Oh My God" (or Kaiser Chiefs)
Lenny Kravitz "Believe"
Beach Boys "God Only Knows"
John Lennon "Grow Old With Me"
Many "God Bless the Child"
Real 80’s fromage – Mr. Mister "Kyrie Eleison"
Post # 11
Wow! That is an interesting stipulation!
I totally love all the bands you mentioned… and want to suggest Mae’s song "Giving It Away." It is a romantic song, but could be a double entendre for God as well, being that various band members are Christian.
Mae in general is great–you should check them out, especially the Everglow album.
A very religiously worded, but beautiful song is Jon Foreman’s song "Your Love is Strong"–it’s written specifically for God. It’s off his EP "Spring" I actually am married already (need to update my alias on here) and had a friend play a pared-down piano version of this song for my own (Anglican) wedding. It’s at least worth a listen.
Post # 12
I love Ben Harper’s "Two Hands of a Prayer" and "Waiting on an Angel." He has a lot of songs that mention God, or at least religous references, if you like his sound.
Post # 13
I walked down the aisle to "God Blessed Our Love" by Al Green. it’s a beeeaaaauuuuuuuutiful song. still makes me cry, hehe.
Post # 14
I just heard Sarah Brightman’s (original Christine from Phantom of the Opera) new album (A Winter Symphony)..and there are 2 songs that would be lovely…more formal and absolutely beautiful.
Her versions of "Ave Maria" and "Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring" are nothing short of elegance and awe -inspiring.
Beautiful for a church wedding imho.
Post # 15
We just got married and we used the Iron and Wine cover of the postal service song "Such Great Heights" and Josh Radin’s song "Today". THe Josh Radin song says "I thank God I met you" or something like that.
My attendents walked down the aisle to the Josh Radin song and we used the Iron and Wine song for the unity candle.
We got married in the Catholic church and he just made us let him approve the lyrics. Maybe if you spoke to the minister and showed him what you wanted, he would do that. I walked down the aisle to Bright Eyes "First Day of My life" and the priest was totally cool with it.
P.s. I listen to all those bands too and I really felt like those songs were a good respresentation of us.
Post # 16
We’re using Matt Maher’s Set Me As A Seal for a communion song. It doesn’t mention God outright, but is based on the Songs of Solomon. Also, it is beautiful. I cry everytime I listen to it:
While it is not exactly on the same frequency as your musical tastes, it is a beautiful Christian song that can be used outside of church. There are so many similar songs as Christian music gains more influence and acceptance from pop culture.
I, too, recommend visiting http://www.vitaminrecords.com, for their extensive library of instrumental popular songs.
Also, get a breakdown of the ceremony, so you know exactly how many songs to look for, and what meaning they should convey. That will help in your search. If you find an indie/rock song that you would prefer to use as a recession, for example, check on the back story or meaning. Who knows – the band might have actually written it about God. The recession is really the most personal song, as it is the song that seems to present the new couple to the congregation. Natrually, you would want your personalities to shine through at that moment.