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What songs would be best for acoustic guitar for our wedding?

Asked by LC_Beta (1883points) March 24th, 2011
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My brother would like to play acoustic guitar as I walk down the aisle. He’s a pretty good guitarist, but not classically trained. I’m looking for a song he can fingerpick which will be meaningful and beautiful, but not overly complex. I’d love your suggestions!!

This will be an evening wedding, indoors.

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Haleth's avatar

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! Wait by Alexi Murdoch is one of my favorite songs. It’s just so sincere.

Bellatrix's avatar

At my wedding, my daughter played Fields of Gold by Sting. It is a beautiful song and it was a lovely moment and so, so special because it was my daughter’s own special gift to us. She learned to play it just for us and is incredibly shy so it was a big thing for her to play publicly.

shpadoinkle_sue's avatar

I think this is an okay cover of it. Love this song. Love You Til The End by The Pogues. Congrats much to you and your wedding. It sounds like it’ll be very lovely.

Judi's avatar

The Beatles song “Something in the Way She Moves”

RareDenver's avatar

I Will Follow You Into The Dark or Somewhere Over The Rainbow

harple's avatar

Anything by Eva Cassidy can be beautiful…

Do note that walking down the aisle takes about 20–40 seconds (40 being a LONG walk, or a good wait before you walk….).... If you want to make your walk longer you could send attendants down first, spaced out, then follow when they’ve reached the front…...... You won’t want to continue standing there waiting for music to finish, so he’ll want to choose something that can have a natural sounding end once you’ve reached the front.

(I’ve played at over a hundred weddings in my time…)

Written's avatar

Sting has some amazing love ballads. [happy and sad ones, so pick carefully] And then there’s the Beatles.

It’s not classic, but it’s even better for such an occasion. [congratz by the way :)]

filmfann's avatar

Wedding Song by Paul Stookey is an obvious choice, or at least it was for someone my age.

Mr_Grimm's avatar

Otherside – Red Hot Chili Peppers

marinelife's avatar

Awww, @filmfann got to it before I did. I love that song (The Wedding Song).

Judi's avatar

@filmfann; I actually convinced my daughters friend to do that song. This generation has never heard it. The equivalent in our parents era was Oh Promise Me

janbb's avatar

“Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon and Garfunkel

erichw1504's avatar

(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – Rolling Stones

erichw1504's avatar

Baby – Justin Bieber

Randy's avatar

Closer Than We Are by The Damnwells is an AMAZING choice for such an occasion!
First Day Of My Life by Bright Eyes.
Landing Feet First by Bayside.
For You by Angus And Julia Stone.
Home by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros if he slowed it down quite a bit.
I Can Love You by Gary Allan.
I Saw Lightning by Telekinesis.
Angel by Jack Johnson. It’s a very easy song to play.
First In Line by Matthew Mayfield.
Easy by Cory Branan.
I’d Rather Be With You by Joshua Radin

Some of those might need a little tweaking to turn them into “walking down the isle” songs but they are all beautiful and if nothing else, hopefully give you some ideas. Congrats on the wedding!

dxs's avatar

Before I answer I want to know if you are religious or not?
So I don’t waste my time writing hymns down for nothing

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Haleth's avatar

@Randy Those are some wonderful music selections! I’m especially enjoying “Home.” It’s so catchy.

aseymour's avatar

Forever acoustic version. doesnt seem too difficult with practice. It was played at my brother in laws wedding as they left the church and was beautiful. Many congratulations to you BTW

12Oaks's avatar

Stairway to Heaven is a fingerpick song, a touch complex but not over the top, and the slower beginning part of it lasts just about long enough for your seemingly 20 minute walk up a 75 foot aisle.

SamIAm's avatar

Sweet Child o Mine by Guns and Roses

longtresses's avatar

This is one of my favorite….. makes me teary.
Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwo╩╗ole

Mr_Grimm's avatar

@erichw, bieber is only for 8 year old weddings… you should do Hotel California – The Eagles

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aseymour's avatar

Ooh good suggestion @longtresses thats a beautiful song!

LC_Beta's avatar

Everyone—my delayed thanks for your help and suggestions! @Judi ‘s suggestion got me thinking about the Beatles & we ended up choosing an acoustic version of “In My Life”. It was amazing!!

Judi's avatar

When was the wedding? Congratulations !!

RareDenver's avatar

In My Life. One of my favourite songs, makes me remember my mother. Hope you had a great day.

harple's avatar

@LC_Beta Really nice of you to get back to us, it’s lovely to know how these things turn out! Congratulations :-D

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