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May 6, 2012 12:42 AM   Subscribe

Looking for suggestions for folksy, acoustic love songs for our wedding reception.

We would like suggestions for appropriate recent music to play during cocktail hour and dinner at our wedding reception. Slightly cheesy is fine . Examples of songs already on the list:

Busby Marou "Biding My Time"
Regina Spektor "Real Love"
Eels "The Look You Give That Guy"( Not 100% appropriate but we just love that song)

A friend is covering the dance floor section of the night, but any failsafe dance music is also welcome.

(I have seen these previous questions, however they are mostly older music and more lounge than we are looking for)
posted by arha to Media & Arts (34 answers total) 30 users marked this as a favorite
How recent are you looking for?
posted by moira at 1:25 AM on May 6, 2012

Response by poster: Moira, relatively recent. Last ten years. We will be including older hits, but we pretty much have this covered.
posted by arha at 1:31 AM on May 6, 2012

Best answer: We're playing The First Day of My Life by Brighteyes at some point during our wedding. I can't get enough of it!
posted by schmoo at 1:41 AM on May 6, 2012

Best answer: Seconding Bright Eyes.

Iron & Wine's cover of "Such Great Heights," or possibly "Love and Some Verses."

Full of sweet, but might be a little more upbeat and folksy than you're looking for: Retsin's "Dog and a Butterfly." (I couldn't find a link to the whole song.)

Mirah does a love song, but the last line says "happy birthday."
posted by moira at 2:19 AM on May 6, 2012

Best answer: This is a very fun question. Here's what I've got to suggest:

The Gambler by fun. I freaking love this song. It's sweet, silly, and sentimental, but it hits you right in the gut. Very much an "I'll be with you for the rest of my life" type of song.

Angel by Matt Nathanson.

Dance So Good by Wakey!Wakey!

Marry Me by Train.

Till Kingdom Come by Coldplay.

Love Love Love by The Mountain Goats. (Matt Nathanson also has a very good cover.)

Hold Nothing Back by Copeland. (May be a bit more somber than you're looking for.)
posted by mekily at 3:02 AM on May 6, 2012 [1 favorite]

Best answer: Also may or may not work for you (might be good for the dance floor): Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros - "Home"
posted by moira at 3:42 AM on May 6, 2012 [3 favorites]

Magnetic Fields fan here. Seconding The Book Of Love and also It's Only Time.

Meant To Be by the Squirrel Nut Zippers is also excellent, though it's over 10 years old (1996) and quaint-old-jazzy rather than folky.
posted by Pallas Athena at 3:46 AM on May 6, 2012

Not entirely acoustic, but it has a folksy vibe -- and is incredibly poignant for a wedding (I used it in mine as the first dance!). R.E.M., "You Are The Everything"

My taste runs toward the folksy, too. If I were making a mix for a wedding, I'd be including a lot of Horse Feathers, Iron and Wine, First Aid Kit, Damien Jurado, Dolorean, David Bazan, St. Vincent, The Sunparlour Players, Fleet Foxes, Shearwater, Low, Loch Lomond... There's been a lot of really good, recent, lovely folk songs to choose from! Congratulations.
posted by sweltering at 3:48 AM on May 6, 2012

Best answer: Jack Johnson - Better Together

Not folksy, but acoustic. Great lyrics.
posted by Kevtaro at 4:11 AM on May 6, 2012 [1 favorite]

I've been to a couple weddings where "Wagon Wheel" by Old Crow Medicine Show was played, and it went over well both times. It's a sweet little song.
posted by shortyJBot at 4:22 AM on May 6, 2012

Response by poster: You guys are awesome, please keep them coming. Finding a surprising amount of these searching through our shared libraries, which is a nice metaphor in itself.

(And right on our taste. We had asked my brother and my niece to perform Book of Love for the ceremony. Just need to convince my niece that the Magnetic Fields version is in fact the correct one)
posted by arha at 4:47 AM on May 6, 2012

My Love Will Keep by Adrienne Young
posted by Pater Aletheias at 5:47 AM on May 6, 2012

Best answer: We walked down the aisle to Just Because by Gaia Consort (mp3, lyrics).

You may also like Tanglewood Tree by Dave Carter.
posted by 168 at 6:23 AM on May 6, 2012

Best answer: Eva Cassidy's cover of Fleetwood Mac's Songbird. It was our first dance song.
posted by JoeZydeco at 6:41 AM on May 6, 2012

Plan to Marry by Lucinda Williams
posted by Betelgeuse at 6:42 AM on May 6, 2012

Best answer: We used Joel Gibb's That's Us/Wild Combination as our recessional.
posted by hydrophonic at 7:21 AM on May 6, 2012

Best answer: Anyone Else But You by the Moldy Peaches
The Apple Tree by Peter and the Wolf
posted by to recite so charmingly at 7:22 AM on May 6, 2012

Yo La Tengo - Our Way to Fall
posted by hydrophonic at 7:26 AM on May 6, 2012

"When people use 'The Book of Love' as a wedding song I want to scream, 'But I have a better one!' Now I decree that everyone can get married." (Stephin Merritt)
posted by verstegan at 8:06 AM on May 6, 2012

Definitely "The Wedding Song" by Angus and Julia Stone.
posted by tegna56 at 8:30 AM on May 6, 2012

Slightly jazzy, but Sarah Harmer's Open Window is a sweet acousiticy song we used for our wedding song. Mason Jenning's If You Ain't Got Love is quiet but very pretty.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 8:45 AM on May 6, 2012 [1 favorite]

California Stars is most definitely both folksy and acoustic!
posted by showbiz_liz at 9:00 AM on May 6, 2012

Best answer: The Weepies are great for this: "Gotta Have You."
posted by purpleclover at 9:38 AM on May 6, 2012

Best answer: So many Avett Brothers possibilities, but my two favorites for this situation would be Swept Away (there's also a faster version, same record) and January Wedding.
posted by smirkette at 9:51 AM on May 6, 2012

If you're willing to play a little fast and loose with your definition of "recent," go directly to "A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow" from A Mighty Wind. Ms. Mintcake & I included it in our pre-ceremony music and apparently it melted a lot of our guests the same way it melts us, even without the context of the movie.

I also can't second "It's Only Time" hard enough. Sigh.
posted by mintcake! at 10:05 AM on May 6, 2012

Best answer: It's short, but Tom Wait's I Want You is fantastic. (Not to be confused with Elvis Costello's which is good too, but creepy and not so good for a wedding.) Wait's Little Trip to Heaven is also charming and wonderful.
posted by montaigneisright at 12:12 PM on May 6, 2012 [1 favorite]

Lion Song - I think the commercial version you can buy on iTunes would be listed as "Brian Funck and Jason Harrod." Jason still does the song live, and here is a video - it sounds similar in the record version.

It may be a stretch to claim Jason as a personal friend, but friends of mine have sponsored him in house concerts, and he is phenomenal and everyone should run out and get his albums.
posted by randomkeystrike at 3:58 PM on May 6, 2012

Ryan Adams My Love For You Is Real

Nickel Creek When You Come Back Down

Josh Ritter Baby That's Not All

Ben Taylor Surround Me
posted by SarahElizaP at 7:44 PM on May 6, 2012

Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours"
posted by soelo at 9:47 PM on May 6, 2012

Slightly cheesy, but sweet - Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat's "Lucky."
posted by dlugoczaj at 1:17 PM on May 7, 2012

Response by poster: Thank you all so much, still going through these! Fantastic songs.
posted by arha at 3:07 PM on May 7, 2012

Pandora just threw "Off With Our Heads" by Red Heart the Ticker at me. Well into folk territory; maybe too far? Might be worth a listen, anyway.
posted by moira at 12:38 AM on May 8, 2012

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