Two of the biggest considerations in planning a wedding are the flowers and the music. Finding the perfect band, DJ or other musical act is a key part of setting the right tone for your nuptials and the reception afterward. And don’t get us here at Beneva Weddings started on how important it is to find the right florist.
We say, why not combine these two major items on your wedding to-do list and have a little fun? Compose a romantic floral-inspired playlist to play at the reception or to listen to as you drive to your various appointments with vendors. Let these sweet, sweet tunes set the mood for love.
Flower Playlist: A Top Ten
“The Rose,” Bette Midler’s iconic 1979 ballad, played during the end credits of the film of the same name, will definitely tug at those heartstrings. This emotionally powerful song is sure to please every generation on the dance floor.
Are you having an outdoor wedding, preferably set by the water on a full moon night? Then do yourself a favor and add Jeff Buckley’s 1994 version of “Lilac Wine” to the mix. We love Nina Simone’s 1954 take too, but there’s something about Buckley’s lilting, sweeping vocals that give this undeniably romantic song its ballast.
Everybody loves Seal’s 1991 hit “Kiss From A Rose.” A passionate, powerful ode to a lady love, this song is sure to have couples swaying and singing on the dance floor.
If you’re getting married in the winter, Tchaikovsky’s “Waltz Of The Flowers” from the Maestro’s Nutcracker score could add a beautiful orchestral layer to your nuptials.
Looking for a song to please the older set? Try “Roses Are Red (My Love)” by Bobby Vinton. It has that classic, dramatic vibe—owing to the full choir and strings—and the lyrics are over-the-top romantic yet sweet.
“Wildflowers” by Tom Petty is a plucky, pretty ballad about a girl so special she belongs among the wildflowers. This is the perfect selection for a rustic, boho wedding that celebrates nature.
There are so many fabulous versions of Edith Piaf’s “La Vie en Rose” out there. The song has been performed by everyone from Dean Martin to Donna Summer. The French ballad from 1947 is wistful, nostalgic and utterly romantic.
For something a little more sultry but not lacking in romance, try “Forget Me Nots,” sung by Patrice Rushen in 1982. This enticing ballad will give everyone a reason to both slow it down on the dance floor and add a little funk to their step.
Ani DiFranco may not be known for her shy, sweet ballads, but “This Bouquet” proves that she’s as sentimental as the rest of us. Play this beautiful track to remind everyone of the first blush of falling in love with someone.
The yearning in J.J Cale’s “Magnolia” will leave your wedding guests swooning, crooning and wishing this song was a lot longer than it is.