Wedding songs for cool kids (validated or otherwise)


This blog entry is NOT meant for:

  • men with beards and assertive eye wear
  • ironic drinkers of canned Pabst Blue Ribbon
  • anyone who bought clothes from American Apparel in the month of October and it WASN’T for a Halloween costume.

This blog post is not for contrarian hipsters. I fear their judgment and/or mocking of this list. Listen, hipsters!  I may be slightly over 30, but I got street cred. Phoenix was on my first generation iPod 5 years before they were featured in that commercial. Besides being a photographer, I fancy myself a singer and a music aficionado. See that top image? Those are records. Jazz records. Yeah, they’re mine. I can see that you’re impressed.  It happens. Just in case you’re not, I once wore a tee shirt that says “I listen to bands that don’t even exist yet” to Brooklyn while wearing skinny jeans and plastic framed glasses. Okay, I might have made up that last bit.

Not me, although I do wear this tee shirt with that facial expression.

Originally, this list swelled to the point of ridiculousness. Paring down became essential. I then cross referenced lyrical content and found many titles were not the happy, lovely dove-y messages that I thought they were. So, without further adieu...the much debated…overly analyzed….longest blog idea to ever execute…my top 5 favorite indie songs for weddings:

No One\’s Gonna Love You by Band of Horses

Somersault by Zero 7

Somebody\’s Baby by El Perro del Mar

Get Better by Mates of State

Reason To Love by Meiko

We had a contest on Facebook to generate more song ideas for this list.

Re: Stacks by Bon Iver

Alone With You by Sufjan Steven

The Luckiest by Ben Folds

Long Way Round by Stereophonics

Fade Into You by Mazzy Star

Maps by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Book of Love by Peter Gabriel

Like marble columns, a string quartet adds instant class to your wedding. Want a really unique song to walk down the aisle? Check out “VSQ Film School: Cult Classics and Indie Favs” by the Vitamin String Quartet for ideas. Their classical interpretations of popular songs are perfect for weddings. I recommend “Falling Slowly” from the movie Once. And although mentioning Coldplay anywhere near the word “indie” will get me shunned by any self-respecting hipster or worse, my Spin subscription revoked, you might be interested in the Vitamin String Quartet tribute album to Coldplay.

And finally, I want to mention an up and coming singer / songwriter, Rock Rock. Her video for “How” showcases a  haunting voice paired with lovely lyrics.

Happy dancing, friends!
Full-Time Photographer, Pretend Rock Critic