Not everyone wants straightforward, classic love songs for their wedding. My favorite part about this list of indie wedding songs is that many of them have some kind of dark undercurrent or interesting sentiment that gets you thinking. I guess for me love is not straitforward, and a lot of these songs are willing to address that in different ways.
I Will Follow You Into the Dark – Death Cab For Cutie
We’ve had this song requested more than once for both the pre-ceremony music and the processional, and at first I found it strange that couples would want a song that seemed to be more about dying than living. But the enduring theme is loving someone so much that you can imagine being together in the afterlife. It’s also a great anthem to atheism and I know the composer Ben Gibbard is a recovering Catholic and there are lots of references in the second verse to the hypocrisies of the Catholic Church. Overall, I think this is a classic folk song that will be around longer than Death Cab.
Publish My Love – Rogue Wave
A great one to add for the playlists during the reception. Catchy and full of sunshine.
Naked As We Came – Iron & Wine
Another song about death shrouded in a tale of a lifetime of love. “Eyes wide open, naked as we came, one will spread our, ashes ’round the yard.” I like this one for mid-ceremony.
Falling Slowly – Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
Somehow it is comforting to know that even though Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova broke up at the end of this movie, they were together in real life. There is a lot of sadness in this song, but it is overpowered by hope and redemption, especially during the choruses when the power of their two voices together mix in harmony. I’d love to hear an instrumental version of this for the processional.
Aeroplane Over the Sea
Another classic that will be well-loved throughout the ages. My favorite place for this is as the recessional as either an instrumental or a with vocals and cello/guitar. It is at once so celebratory, wistful and bazaar. My favorite line of any song is the last “When we meet on a cloud, we’ll be laughing out loud, we’ll be laughing at everything we see. Can’t believe how strange it is to be anything at all.”