The right music can bring a wedding together but finding that perfect song isn’t always easy. If your wedding is carrying that chill vibe, or you’re looking for the perfect, emotional song to get your guests crying happy tears at your entrance, you might want to consider some acoustic songs.
Entrances, exits, first dances, and reception tunes are all covered by the wonderful versatility of mellow guitar, beautiful piano, and emotional vocals. Acoustic music will fit anywhere on your big day.
We’ve put together a list of songs that you can use for your wedding day. Some are acoustic covers of classics, some are beautiful love songs and we’ve included a few unusual ones you might just fall in love with.
And if you’re in a hurry, jump over to our 34 best acoustic wedding songs YouTube playlist. And if you’re curious why we choose all the songs, read on further.
Songs for your Ceremony
Choosing a song to accompany you down the aisle can be one of the most difficult choices you make when wedding planning. You want to find that balance between emotional and romantic but not super cheesy. Or perhaps you want to go for something quirky and original but with enough gravitas for your entry.
The songs in this section would make excellent choices for your entrance or exit from your venue.
1. Every Breath You Take – The Police (Aaron Krause and Liza Anne)
This is such a beautiful cover of an absolute classic. Krause and Anne’s vocals are so hauntingly lovely and would create the perfect romantic atmosphere for your procession.
2. A Thousand Years – Christian Perri
If ever a song was made for weddings it’s this one! Perri’s vocals are strong and full of love, accompanied by the soft piano and guitar, this is definitely a tear-jerker. Personally, I think this is perfect as a processional song or a first dance although the tempo is good for the reception too.
3. Perfect – Ed Sheeran
There isn’t a cover out there that competes with Sheeran’s original. The lyrics are like a love letter and the musical arrangement is so beautiful. This song is a must-have on any acoustic playlist. Whether you use it for entrance music, your first dance, or in your reception playlist, this song is going to be a hit.
4. Your Song – Elton John (Ellie Goulding)
Favored by royalty, Ellie Goulding’s cover of Your Song is a wedding classic. The isolated piano and haunting vocals create so much heartfelt emotion, your guests will be in floods of tears watching you walk down the aisle or sway across the dance floor.
5. Sweet Child o’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses (Taken by Trees)
For those who love a bit of classic rock, this is a great option! Piano and acoustic guitar take the place of Axel Rose’s sick guitar solo and the ethereal vocals create a very folky feeling cover. This would make a really unique wedding song that your guests will remember.
6. Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Isreal IZ Kamakawiwoʻole
For a beachy, chill vibe, check out this ukulele cover of Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Hawian native Kamakawiwo’ole. The beautiful melodious voice of Kamakawiwo’ole almost feels like a lullaby.
7. Use Somebody – Kings of Leon (Pixie Lott)
An indie-rock anthem covered by Pixie Lott, perfect for your grand entrance. The chorus has a dramatic chord and tempo change which will give you and your guests goosebumps.
8. Can you Feel the Love Tonight – Elton John (Chase Eagleton)
A Disney classic, beautifully sung by Chase Eagleton. This could be the perfect music for your entrance or as you sign your marriage license. Eagleton’s soft voice is incredible at creating that warm, romantic atmosphere.
9. All of Me – John Legend
I love all of this song! It’s such a beautiful song. The lyrics are perfect for your wedding day. Promise all of you to your partner by walking down the aisle to this acoustic rendition of the song.
10. Iris – Goo Goo Dolls (Kina Grannis)
A stirring cover of the Goo Goo Dolls hit, this is so emotional you might have to dance through some tears! Happy tears of course! The piano is beautiful in this song and really strikes a chord.
11. This is Me – Keala Settle (Georgia Merry)
The anthem from The Greatest Showman may seem like an odd choice of song for your ceremony, but we think it’s a great way to show that you love each other for who you are and that you are proud to be you.
Songs for your First Dance
Whether you’re a natural dancer or more of a swayer, the music for your first dance should reflect you and your partner’s personalities. It should be a way for you to show off to your guests what you are about and why you fell in love.
An acoustic first dance song doesn’t have to be slow, some of the songs in this section are up-tempo for those of you that really want to show off your skills on the dance floor. Others have a slower, more intimate feeling to them that will give you and your partner a moment to remember forever.
12. Can’t Help Falling in Love with You – Elvis (Pat MacIntyre)
We can’t help including this song! A timeless love song arranged perfectly by MacIntyre, which would make an amazing first dance! It’s just the right tempo for you and your partner to waltz around the dancefloor staring dreamily into each other’s eyes.
13. I Believe in a Thing Called Love – The Darkness (Gareth Bush)
I love the original song, but this acoustic cover blew me away! If you are looking for a way to incorporate a heavier rock song into your procession or as a first dance, this cover is perfect.
14. Dancing in the Dark – Bruce Springsteen (Daniela Andrade and Gia Margret)
You can’t start a fire without a spark says, Bruce Springsteen. The same goes for a marriage. If you want to honor that spark that brought you together, this cover of Dancing in the Dark is a great choice. I love the harmony of the female vocalists and the softness it brings to the song.
15. You’ve Got a Friend in Me – Randy Newman (Chris Monaghan)
This one is for all you Disney Pixar lovers out there! Monaghan’s cover of the Toy Story classic is lively enough for a quirky first dance or could make a lovely song for your exit from the church or venue as a couple!
16. Better Together – Jack Johnson
It’s tough to have a list of acoustic songs that doesn’t feature Jack Johnson. A master of beautifully written and composed acoustic songs, Johnson has earned his place on this list. Better Together will inject a sense of calm and chill into your wedding day. The lyrics are a sweet reminder of the joys in everyday life with your partner and couldn’t be more perfect for a wedding song.
17. Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars (Anthem Lights Cover)
A great cover of a great song. If you think your partner is perfect just the way they are, this could be a lovely little tribute and expression of your love. The tempo is perfect for a choreographed dance or a simpler sway around the floor.
18. Heroes – David Bowie (Mackenzie Johnson)
‘We can be us. Just for one day.’ If this doesn’t epitomize everything your wedding should be then I don’t know what does! This is such a stunning cover, Johnson’s vocals have a powerful clarity that creates a lot of passion, perfect for your first dance.
19. Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper (Megan Davies)
This classic is so good as an acoustic song. The lightness of the guitar complements the dueting vocals fabulously. This would be a magical song to dance to, and it’s not too quick for those of you with two left feet!
20. Make you Feel my Love – Adele
Adele’s voice is unbeatable. The emotion she conveys is so real and present. This song is a great first dance, it is so romantic and will make you feel the love in the room.
21. Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder (Callum J Wright)
Such a sweet and sentimental song with a great tempo for dancing, this Stevie Wonder cover is perfect for your first dance. You could do a really lovely choreographed dance to this beautiful song.
Songs for your Reception
With the formalities done, your reception is the place to let your hair down and party! Some might argue that acoustic songs don’t belong on the dance floor but we disagree!
Whether you want a packed, party dance floor or a more chilled, folksy atmosphere an acoustic playlist can cater to all. Your guests will be up on their feet dancing the night away in no time at all with these songs.
22. Closer – The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey (Boyce Avenue ft. Sarah Hyland)
This is 2016 pop hit might seem like an odd choice for a wedding song, but Boyce Avenue and Sarah Hyland have created a beautiful acoustic cover that retains the energy of the original. If you want acoustic songs for your reception, this is a must-have to get people on that dance floor.
23. Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen (The Front Covers)
If you’re looking for some acoustic songs to get people crowding the dance floor, then this cover of Crazy Little Thing Called Love is perfect! It has that Rockabilly vibe that will get everyone swinging and jiving.
24. Crazy in Love – Beyonce (Daniela Andrade)
How do you incorporate the Queen B into an acoustic wedding playlist? Andrade has you ‘covered.’ Her vocals are stunning and the arrangement feels really fresh and romantic! This would get people coupling up on the dance floor in no time.
25. Cheek to Cheek – Irvin Berlin (Síomha)
Made famous by the likes of Fred Astaire, Louis Armstrong, and Ella Fitzgerald, this classic show tune has a jazzy vibe to liven up any reception.
26. Sing – Ed Sheeran
This song is a banger! Definitely one to put on your reception playlist. In fact, most of Sheeran’s songs are great choices for an acoustic reception playlist. His mastery with the guitar and loop pedal is hard to beat!
27. Bad Guy – Billie Eilish (Nicole Cross)
We couldn’t leave out Bad Guy. One of the hit songs of 2019, and rightly so, this cover is a must-have for any acoustic wedding playlist! The tempo and vocals are lively enough to get your party going.
28. I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
A bright, upbeat song for the reception. This song oozes happiness and will put a smile on everyone’s face.
29. Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles (Yoni Schlesinger)
Everyone loves The Beatles and this will be a real crowd-pleaser. The bright guitar riffs and the earthy vocals work together perfectly in this cover. You’ll feel the sun and happiness in your reception with this tune on the playlist.
30. September – Earth, Wind and Fire (Phil Maher)
A party classic is given an acoustic makeover. Maher’s vocal range is amazing and manages all those tricky key changes masterfully! This cover retains the energy of the original and will get your guests on their feet!
31. Cheerleader – OMI (Andy Kong)
A pop hit in 2015, your guests will love this cover. It is vibrant and bright and exudes beachy vibes. Perfect for your evening music set.
32. Fly Me to the Moon – Frank Sinatra (Michael Buble)
A golden oldie, this song is perfect for some smooth dancing on the dancefloor. Originally by Frank Sinatra, this Buble cover will have everyone from your granny to your cousins on their feet and swinging along with the music.
33. Cotton Eye Joe – Rednex (Lonny Eagleton)
Is it even a wedding if you don’t play Cotton Eye Joe? This is a much slower version than the country classic but it’s amazing! The duo guitar and deep vocals have turned the frantic original into a smooth, chilled acoustic hit.
34. You Make My Dreams – Hall and Oates (Alex Francis)
Francis’ cover of this eighties hit is brilliant. His vocals are earthy and folky which suits the song so well. The tempo is slower than the original but still retains the happiness and energy of the Hall and Oates classic.
And here’s our 34 best acoustic wedding songs playlist for you to enjoy all-in-one place.