The wedding video is a couple’s culmination of all the best clips from their big day. It will be a beautiful memory for the happy couple to cherish and share for years to come.
If you are a wedding video editor, you must also consider the wedding video songs that pull the whole project together.
Songs have a pivotal impact on the feeling and tone of any project. It’s important to decide upon the type of tone the video should convey in order to produce a successful wedding video that your clients will adore.
Wedding Video Best Practices
Let’s dive into the best methods to follow when editing a wedding video and the best songs to use.
Post The Wedding Video Using The Wedding Hashtag
Wedding hashtags have become the popular way to share wedding content on social media while keeping it all organized under one clever tag.
These hashtags are a fun way for couples and their guests to share their celebration of marriage online. When sharing the wedding video, don’t forget to use the wedding hashtag in order for the video to be easily found and shared.
If you’re looking for a clever wedding hashtag, the professional wedding hashtag writers at Wedding Hashers can help you create the perfect tagline.
Add Candid Moments
When creating a video as personal as a wedding video, it’s important to capture the moment. While the major moments are important, sometimes it’s the smaller moments that will matter the most.
The smaller more intimate moments of a wedding ceremony are what truly separate one wedding day from the next couple’s. Everyone walks down the aisle on their big day. Showcase a more candid side of the ceremony.
When people are aware of a camera, they typically act a certain way. You don’t have to force any shots. Create a video that feels natural and more personal. Make the viewer feel as if they’re attending the wedding all over again.
Use Drone Shots
Drone shots can make your wedding video stand out. Not only are drones a fun cinematic tool to operate, but they also create breathtaking shots.
If the couple is having a destination wedding, the drone shots will serve as a beautiful memory of the couple’s desired destination. In this case, be sure to use the drone to record the surrounding beauty of the selected location, including pivotal landmarks and other well-known sights.
Aside from capturing the venue, church, or location of the wedding you could even use your drone to capture a bit of the action. If the wedding is outside, the drone could easily film the entire ceremony, allowing you to splice in some alternative aerial shots during the video.
If the ceremony is indoors in a more intimate setting, you could use the drone to record a unique angle of the newlyweds and all their happy guests exiting the building once the ceremony is complete.
Including drone shots in the wedding video is sure to add a level of intrigue and professionalism to the project.
Include Interviews From Friends And Family
Unless a couple decides to elope, guests are always a pivotal part of a wedding.
A lot of work goes into perfecting the guest list. Surely, the happy couple would love to see their closest friends and family appear in their wedding video.
Weddings are about sharing your love with a room full of people who mean the most to you. As the attending guests show their support for the couple, interview a few of them to share their messages to the newlyweds.
This wedding video idea is sure to delight the married couple after every watch. Not only will it be a beautiful surprise for them to see their loved ones gush about their relationship, but it will be a lovely memory in the future to look back at all those who meant the most to them.
Find The Perfect Song
Song selection should be at the forefront when editing a wedding video. The imagery and the music must strike a perfect chord in order for the video to truly be successful.
First, it’s important to establish the tone or vibe you wish the wedding video to convey. Are you looking for something romantic or something more classic? Is the vibe on the slower side or more upbeat? Should the tone be serious or funny?
All of the above questions are important to consider before editing the video. Once you establish the video’s tone, it’s easier to narrow in on the perfect song or songs for your project.
Here are the best wedding video songs within five different tonal categories.
Romantic Wedding Video Songs
1. “Endless Love” – Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
A perfect sentiment as two people begin the rest of their lives together.
Lyrics: “You will always be/ My endless love/ Two hearts/ Two hearts beat as one/ Our lives have just begun”
2. “L-O-V-E” – Nat King Cole
A fun and romantic song fitting for any wedding video.
Lyrics: “Love is all that I can give to you/ Love is more than just a game for two/ Two in love can make it, take my heart and please don’t break it/ Love was made for me and you”
3. “All of Me” – John Legend
For a wedding video that proves the couple is all in, ready to love every aspect of their partner.
Lyrics: “Give your all to me/ I’ll give my all to you/ You’re my end and my beginning/ Even when I lose, I’m winning”
4. “Without Question” – Elton John
This beautiful song will make the wedding video feel like a journey through the couple’s relationship.
Lyrics: “I’d believe in anything were it not for you/ Showing me by just existing only this is true/ I love you, I love you without question, I love you”
5. “Speechless” – Dan + Shay
A perfect addition to a wedding video as the groom seeing his bride for the first time is sure to make him speechless.
Lyrics: “After all this time I’m just as nervous/ Every time you walk into the room/ I’m speechless”
6. “I See the Light” – Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi
For the couple looking for a fairytale feel to their wedding video, this song from Disney’s Tangled is sure to do the trick.
Lyrics: “And the world has somehow shifted/ All at once everything looks different/ Now that I see you”
7. “Make You Feel My Love” – Adele
A powerful song asserting one’s commitment to making their love known.
Lyrics: “I could make you happy/ Make your dreams come true/ Nothing that I wouldn’t do/ Go to the ends/ Of the Earth for you/ To make you feel my love”
8. “Marry Me” – Train
Let the video capture the desire to get married to your soulmate with this special song.
Lyrics: “Together can never be close enough for me/ Feel like I am close enough to you/ You wear white and I’ll wear out the words ‘I love you’/ And ‘you’re beautiful’”
9. “Come What May” – Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman
A beautifully romantic duet from Moulin Rouge! that will make any wedding video feel cinematic.
Lyrics: “Come what may/ I will love you until my dying day/ Suddenly the world seems such a perfect place”.
10. “To My Future Wife” – Jon Bellion
With its captivating rhythm and relationship advice, this song is a great fit for a wedding video.
Lyrics: “They say love’s a winding road/ But it’s simple if we both/ Walk towards love”
Funny Wedding Video Songs
11. “Another One Bites the Dust” – Queen
Wedding video songs like this one can be used in a humorous way to announce the end of one’s bachelor life.
Lyrics: “Another one bites the dust/ And another one gone, and another one gone/ Another one bites the dust”
12. “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” – Elton John and Kiki Dee
This popular, upbeat duet can provide the video with a fun and silly vibe.
Lyrics: “Right from the start/ I gave you my heart/ So don’t go breaking my heart”
13. “Love Hurts” – Nazareth
You can use this song ironically to add some levity to the wedding video.
Lyrics: “Love hurts/ Love scars/ Love wounds and marks/ Any heart not tough or strong enough”
14. “Life’s A Happy Song” – Jason Segel
This silly song from The Muppets is catchy, sweet, and fun.
Lyrics: “Life’s a happy song, when there’s someone by my side to sing along/ I’ve got everything that I need right in front of me”
15. “Everything Is Awesome” – Tegan And Sara
Celebrate the feeling of marriage and togetherness with this fun song from The Lego Movie.
Lyrics: “Everything is better when we stick together/ Some have said you and I are gonna win forever/ Let’s party forever”
16. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” – Elton John
A romantic song written for two lions can be a fun addition to a wedding video.
Lyrics: “When the heart of the star-crossed voyager/ Beats in time with yours/ And can you feel the love tonight?/ It is where we are”
17. “I Will Survive” – Gloria Gaynor
A funny way of expressing how marriage may be difficult, but the newlyweds will survive.
Lyrics: “As long as I know how to love, I know I’ll stay alive/ I’ve got all my life to live/ And I’ve got all my love to give and I’ll survive”
18. “What’s Love Got to Do with It” – Tina Turner
As weddings have everything to do with love, this song will add some irony to the video.
Lyrics: “Opposites attract/ It’s physical/ Only logical/ You must try to ignore that it means more than that/ What’s love got to do, got to do with it”
19. “Stop the Wedding” – Etta James
This funny wedding video song is of course also to be used in an ironic way for a couple with a sense of humor.
Lyrics: “So stop this madness before it starts/ Revenge will only cause regret/ So don’t do it, don’t do it/ Don’t break two hearts”
20. “Never Gonna Give You Up” – Rick Astley
While the lyrics of this song are rather affectionate, the song makes the funny list due to its association as a popular internet meme known as “Rickrolling.”
Lyrics: “Never gonna give you up/ Never gonna let you down/ Never gonna run around and desert you”
Slow Wedding Video Songs
21. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” – Elvis Presley
At 49 beats per minute (BPM), this Elvis love song is nice and slow.
Lyrics: “Darling, so it goes/ Some things are meant to be/ Take my hand/ Take my whole life too/ For I can’t help falling in love with you”
22. “Something” – The Beatles
A beautiful song for a wedding video, coming in at 66 BPM.
Lyrics: “Somewhere in her smiles she knows/ That I don’t need no other lover/ Something in her style that shows me/ I don’t want to leave her now/ You know I believe and how”
23. “At Last” – Etta James
An iconic love song perfect for a slow, wedding video feel at 87 BPM.
Lyrics: “You smiled/ Oh and then the spell was cast/ And here we are in Heaven/ For you are mine/ At last”
24. “Beyond the Sea” – Bobby Darin
If you’re looking for a 1950s feel at 68 BPM, this is the song for you.
Lyrics: “Somewhere beyond the sea/ She’s there watching for me/ If I could fly like birds on high/ Then straight to her arms/ I’d go sailing”
25. “It Had to Be You” – Frank Sinatra
An easy listening love song coming in at 71 BPM.
Lyrics: “It had to be you/ I wandered around and finally found, that somebody who/ Could make me be true/ Could make me feel blue/ And even be glad just to be sad, thinking of you”.
26. “When I Fall in Love” – Nat King Cole
At 81 BPM, this classic love song is beautifully paced for a slower wedding video.
Lyrics: “When I give my heart it will be completely/ Or I’ll never give my heart/ And the moment I can feel that you feel that way too/ Is when I fall in love with you”
27. “Heart and Soul” – Helen Ward
A beautiful love ballad at 83 BPM.
Lyrics: “Heart and soul, I fell in love with you/ Heart and soul, the way a fool would do, madly/ Because you held me tight/ And stole a kiss in the night”
28. “Earth Angel” – The Penguins
Perfect for a wedding video that is romantic and slow at 69 BPM.
Lyrics: “Earth angel, Earth angel, will you be mine?/ My darling dear, love you all the time/ I’m just a fool, a fool in love with you”
29. “Time After Time” – Cyndi Lauper
A classic love song about always being around with a casual pace of 129 BPM.
Lyrics: “If you’re lost you can look and you will find me/ Time after time/ If you fall, I will catch you, I’ll be waiting/ Time after time”
30. “Amazed” – Lonestar
This country-pop song has a BPM of 66. Slowly rock out to the beautiful beats of Lonestar.
Lyrics: “I’m so in love with you/ It just keeps gettin’ better/ I wanna spend the rest of my life with you by my side/ Forever and ever”
Upbeat Wedding Video Songs
31. “You Make My Dreams” – Hall & Oates
This classic love song from the 80s will make you wanna get up and dance.
Lyrics: “What I got – full stock of thoughts and dreams that scatter/ And you pull them all together/ And how? I can’t explain, oh yeah/ Well, well you/ You make my dreams come true”
32. “On Top of the World” – Imagine Dragons
For the happy newlyweds who can’t stop smiling.
Lyrics: “I’ve been waiting to smile/ Been holding it in for a while/ Take it with me if I can/ Been dreaming of this since a child/ I’m on top of the world”
33. “Paradise” – George Ezra
Create an upbeat wedding video that feels like endless paradise.
Lyrics: “But this time it’s real/ It’s something that I fell and/ If it feels like paradise running through your bloody veins/ You know it’s love heading your way”
34. “Walking on Sunshine” – Katrina and the Waves
You can’t go wrong with this classic celebration song.
Lyrics: “I used to think maybe you loved me, now I know that it’s true/ And I don’t wanna spend my whole life just a-waiting for you”
35. “Home” – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Celebrate the couple who finally found the meaning of home.
Lyrics: “Home. Let me come home/ Home is wherever I’m with you”
36. “God Gave Me You” – Blake Shelton
For the religious duo who is thankful for their love.
Lyrics: “You’ll always be love’s great martyr/ And I’ll be the flattered fool/ And I need you/ God gave me you for the ups and downs”
37. “Feel So Close” – Calvin Harris
Add in some electronic dance music for a wedding video that will get everyone on their feet.
Lyrics: “Your love bows down, I mean surround me like a waterfall/ And there’s no stopping us right now/ I feel so close to you right now”
38. “Melt With You” – Modern English
Catchy love songs from the 80s are always an upbeat vibe.
Lyrics: “I’ll stop the world and melt with you/ You’ve seen the difference and it’s getting better all the time/ There’s nothing you and I won’t do”
39. “Burning Love” – Elvis Presley
Heat up the pace of your video with this upbeat Elvis song.
Lyrics: “Your kisses lift me higher/ Like the sweet song of a choir/ You light my morning sky/ With burning love”
40. “You’re The One That I Want” – John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
Nothing says upbeat quite like this catchy song from Grease.
Lyrics: “To my heart I must be true/ Nothin’ left for me to do/ You’re the one that I want/ You, oo, oo, honey/ Are what I need/ Oh, yes indeed”
Classic Wedding Video Songs
41. “This Magic Moment” – Ben E. King and the Drifters
Make the wedding video feel magical with this classic love song.
Lyrics: “Everything I want to have/ Whenever I hold you tight/ This magic moment/ While your lips are close to mine/ Will last forever/ Forever, till the end of time”
42. “What a Wonderful World” – Louis Armstrong
Reinforce that feeling of wonder with this perfect wedding video song.
Lyrics: “I see trees of green/ Red roses too/ I see them bloom/ For me and you/ And I think to myself/ What a wonderful world”
43. “In Your Eyes” – Peter Gabriel
Recreate that iconic feeling of John Cusack with his boombox from Say Anything.
Lyrics: “In your eyes/ I see the light and the heat/ In your eyes/ Oh, I want to be that complete/ I want to touch the light/ The heat I see in your eyes”
44. “You Are So Beautiful” – Joe Cocker
Capture the couple’s love with the assistance of Joe Cocker’s gritty, bluesy, and beautiful voice.
Lyrics: “You are so beautiful/ To me/ Can’t you see/ You’re everything I hoped for/ You’re everything I need”
45. “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” – Frankie Valli
Catch the newlyweds lovingly staring at each other while playing this song in the video.
Lyrics: “You’re just too good to be true/ Can’t take my eyes off of you/ You’d be like Heaven to touch/ I wanna hold you so much”
46. “You Make Me Feel So Young” – Frank Sinatra
Celebrate the joy of a love that never ages with this classic tune.
Lyrics: “And even when I’m old and gray/ I’m gonna feel the way I do today/ Cause you make me feel so young”.
47. “You Send Me” – Sam Cooke
Send this song to the top of your list for that classic love song vibe.
Lyrics: “At first I thought it was infatuation/ But wooh, it’s lasted so long/ Now I find myself wanting/ To marry you and take you home”
48. “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)” – Marvin Gaye
A sweet song for a sweet wedding video.
Lyrics: “I needed the shelter of someone’s arms and there you were/ I needed someone to understand my ups and downs and there you were/ With sweet love and devotion”
49. “For Once in My Life” – Stevie Wonder
The perfect song for the couple who found their perfect match.
Lyrics: “For once in my life, I have someone who needs me/ Someone I’ve needed so long”.
50. “Stand by Me” – Ben E. King
This classic tune asserts how much better life can be with your soulmate by your side.
Lyrics: “If the sky that we look upon/ Should tumble and fall/ Or the mountain should crumble to the sea/ I won’t cry/ No, I won’t shed a tear/ Just as long as you stand, stand by me”
Pick Your Music, Then Start Editing
Hopefully this list has inspired the music selection for your wedding video.
Remember, music has a heavy influence over a project. You don’t want your video to have rapid cuts combined with a slow-paced song or vice versa.
Once you discover what songs and tone you wish to use, the editing process will become more purposeful. Now let loose and edit to the beat!
Cristian Stanciu is a freelance video editor, owner, and post-production coordinator of Veedyou Media – a company offering video editing services to videographers, marketing agencies, video production studios, or brands all over the globe.