If you’re a big musical theater fan like me, you might want to incorporate a song from your favourite genre into your wedding day. As I’m a big musical theater lover I seem to attract a lot of clients who love musical theater too. Not surprisingly I’ve shot a couple of weddings in theatres and even more of them used musical theater songs during their wedding.
I thought the interwebs would be filled lists of musical theater songs that are appropriate to use during the wedding ceremony, while dancing the first dance or to have someone play in the background during dinner. But not so much, in fact I only found 2! Nevertheless they appeared to be very old fashioned in my eyes. Lots of 80s musicals seemed to have made the cut and they all seemed to be the kind of songs that everyone, even musical theater haters, know. Which is fine of course, if you love a song it doesn’t need to be hip or recent. But I think it’s very important to have a wedding day that is personal. So if you choose a song, choose it because it signifies something for you or the both of you.
How to incorporate your favorite musical theatre song into your wedding?
Your favourite musical theater song can of course be performed during your wedding ceremony but alternatively a reading of the song might be even more effective in some cases. Different ways to incorporate a song into your wedding:
-As entrance music; the music on which the wedding party enter the ceremony venue and on which you all walk down the aisle.
-As a performance or reading during the ceremony.
-As filling while the married coupled signs the registry.
-As exit music at the end of the ceremony.
-As an intermezzo during dinner.
-During the first dance/the father-daughter dance/mother-son dance.
-Exit music when the newlyweds exit the party.
List of musical theater wedding songs
Next 10 minutes – Last 5 Years
Someone to fall back on – Jason Robert Brown
I do – Mamma Mia
It takes two – Into the Woods
Seasons of love – Rent
One hand, one heart – West Side Story
Tonight – West Side Story
We go together – Grease
Falling slowly – Once
Being Alive – Company
Can you feel the love tonight – Lion King
A Whole New World – Aladdin
A heart full of love – Les Miserables
One second and a million miles – The Bridges of Madison County
I’ll Cover You – Rent
I’ll Cover You Reprise – Rent
What about love – The Color Purple
So in Love – Kiss Me Kate
In whatever time we have – Children of Eden
Something Good – The Sound of Music
Not a day goes by (reprise) – Merrily We Roll Along
De-lovely – De-lovely
Night and Day – Cole Porter
A Foggy Day (in London Town) – A Damsel in Distress
As Long as You’re Mine – Wicked
For Good – Wicked
Come what may – Moulin Rouge
Elephant love medley – Moulin Rouge
Your song – Moulin Rouge
Embraceable You – Crazy for You
City of Stars – La la land
Some Enchanted Evening – South Pacific
Rewrite the Stars – The Greatest Showman
Sun and moon – Miss Saigon
You are my lucky star – Singin’ in the Rain
You were Meant for Me – Singin’ in the Rain
Time of my life – Dirty Dancing
Or apparently ‘One Day More’ from Les Miserables, if you can appreciate it if your family and friends organise a flash mob like this one ;)
But obviously the best song would be a song that means something to the two of you. Personally I would consider Sunday from Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George. When my boyfriend and I were just dating we went to a performance of this show and then a couple of months later when I was compiling a musical theater concert he pointed my attention to a performance of the song Sunday performed by a huge choir during a BBC Night of the Proms. I remember getting a lump in my throat when I heard it when we watched the whole show but now the beauty of the song really spoke to me. We still both get quiet whenever it comes on while we’re in the car and I believe the harmonies are so breathtaking it would be perfect during the start of a ceremony.
More theater themed wedding tips
Would you like to know about more ways to incorporate your love for theater in general or your love for musical theater in particular? Have a look at this blog post I wrote with 11 tips on planning a theater themed wedding.
Are you looking for a wedding photographer who thrives at shooting wedding and also understands theater lighting? Or will your wedding not be in a theater but you’d still like a photographer who loves musical theater just as much as you? Quick, send me a message, so I can check if I’m still available for your wedding date!