Planning a Christian wedding but not sure what music is appropriate?— You’ve come to the right place!
Christian weddings are usually held in a church, where the ceremony itself will involve many hymns and lots of communal singing. However, this isn’t the only opportunity to praise the Lord through music at your wedding.
Be sure to include some Christian pop and rock classics in your wedding playlist to get the whole family up on their feet.
Christian love songs work great at weddings, too. They’re particularly popular for newlyweds having their first dance at the wedding reception. Using songs that speak to you and your faith, or have been the soundtrack to your relationship, is a beautiful way to customize your big day.
Let’s dive in...
1. God is Able - Hillsong Church
If you’re a regular at church, you’re probably familiar with the group Hillsong. Their songs get millions of views on YouTube. Their hit song God Is Able resonates with many Christians. This is because it focuses on the idea of hope and faith, and sends the message that regardless of struggles and suffering, God will help you find happiness. It’s an inspirational and uplifting Christian ballad, making it perfect for a church wedding.
Favorite Lyric: “God is with us. God is on our side. He will make a way far above all we know. Far above all we hope. He has done great things.”
2. Indescribable - Chris Tomlin
This song is probably one of the most inspirational Christian songs out there, without really sounding like a worship song. This song was written as a way to express the awesomeness of God. It helps to portray a kind-hearted creator, making it ideal for your special day.
Favorite Lyric: “Indescribable, uncontainable. You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name. You are amazing God”
3. The Marriage Prayer - John Waller
This track is a stunning duet featuring the voices John Waller and his wife Josee. The message of this song is very biblical and uplifting, and focuses on the theme of marriage. The words of the song are used to inspire and strengthen marriages.
Favorite Lyric: “Father, I said till death do us part. I want to mean it with all of my heart. Help me to love you more than I love her. Then I know I can love her more than anyone else”
4. He Has Chosen You for Me - Sarah Pipes
This song is written from the perspective of the bride-to-be. The words of the song reflect how grateful she is for having found the perfect Christian groom. Many Christian women like to include this track in their wedding playlists for this reason.
Favorite Lyric: “God has saved us, washed us white as snow. And now we’re together, cause he has made it so”
5. When I Say I Do - Matthew West
This track by singer/songwriter Matthew West is used time and time again at Christian weddings. This is because it makes great background music or walking down the aisle, the first dance, or even taking pictures. The words reflect the epitome of what Christian marriage represents, making it perfect for your big day.
Favorite Lyric: “There must be a God, I believe its true. Cause I can see His love, when I look at you. And he must have a plan for this crazy life. Because He brought you here and placed you by my side.”
6. Love Never Fails - Brandon Heath
This tune is perfect for a Christian wedding as the words are sincere and heartfelt, and primarily focus on the notion of love. The moody bass helps to add weight and value to the words. Certain parts of the song also include passages taken directly from the Bible, making it that much more fitting.
Favorite Lyric: “When my heart won't make a sound. When I can't turn back around. When the sky is falling down. Nothing is greater than this.”
7. The Prayer - Josh Groban (with Charlotte Church)
Josh Groban and Charlotte Church are in perfect harmony in this stunning ballad. While this song has been covered over and over again with various vocalists and styles, we think this one sounds the most appropriate for a Christian wedding.
Favorite Lyric: “When shadows fill our day, lead us to a place. Guide us with your grace, give us faith and we’ll be safe.”
8. How Great Thou Art - Carrie Underwood
This sweet rendition of the popular song How Great Thou Art is a firm favorite among those planning a Christian wedding. Carie Underwood’s brilliant vocals bring this version of the song to life. Give it a listen, we guarantee you’ll have goosebumps!
9. Amazing Grace - Andrea Bocelli
Bocelli’s rendition of this Christian classic is absolutely stunning. The Italian opera singer’s take on the John Newton number is enough to reduce anyone to tears. It’s extremely atmospheric and was famously performed live in Central Park by Bocelli back in 2011, which resulted in an increase in people using it in their wedding playlist.
Favorite Lyric: “'Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far and Grace will lead me home. The Lord has promised good to me. His word my hope secures. He will my shield and portion be, As long as life endures.”
10. Multiplied - Need to Breathe
Multiplied is a beautiful and unique blend of old and contemporary style gospel music. The song comes from the Christian rock band Need To Breathe, but their music often has a Southern feel. It’s a super-uplifting track that makes a perfect addition to any Christian wedding reception.
Favorite Lyric: “God of mercy sweet love of mine. I have surrendered to your design. May this offering stretch across the skies, and these Halleluiahs be multiplied.”
11. You Raise Me Up - Westlife
Although Josh Groban’s rendition of You Raise Me Up is a firm favorite among Christian wedding planners, why not consider the Westlife version? The band helped to introduce the song into the mainstream, so everyone at the wedding is sure to sing along! If you’re a sucker for a good boyband ballad, You Raise Me Up is an excellent choice.
Favorite Lyric: “You raise me up so I can stand on mountains. You raise me up to walk on stormy seas. I am strong when I am on your shoulders. You raise me up to more than I can be.”
12. First - Lauren Daigle
This modern Christian tune from Lauren Daigle is perfect for a wedding. The contemporary beat is sure to get everyone up and dancing at the reception. Also, the words of the song address turning to God before making life decisions; whether big or small. This is a song that many Christians will be able to relate to.
Favorite Lyric: “Before I speak a word, Let me hear Your voice, And in the midst of pain. Let me feel Your joy”
13. Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me) - Casting Crowns
Many praise and worship bands opt to cover this great track by Casting Crowns. The lyrics are appropriate for a Christian wedding and the tempo is catchy and powerful. Although the song itself is many years old, it has been completely re-energized by this new tune.
Favorite Lyric: “One day when Heaven was filled with His praises. One day when sin was as black as could be. Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin. Dwelt among men, my example is He. Word became flesh and the light shined among us, His glory revealed”
14. I Give You My Heart - Hillsong Church
This song is a wonderful example of the sincere worship of God, something that’s central when planning a Christian wedding. The lyrics address the love they have for God and it makes a perfect soundtrack to your day.
Favorite Lyric: "This is my desire, to honor You. Lord with all my heart I worship You. All I have within me. I give You praise, All that I adore is in You.”
15. Dave Barnes - Good Day For Marrying You
While this track doesn’t address God or Christianity, it focuses on traditional marriage. Dave Barnes writes about being so in love that he is certain he has found the girl he is going to marry. There are mentions of white dresses over and over again, making it catchy yet appropriate. It’s a fun tune that the whole family can dance along too!
Favorite Lyric: “The sun is shining. Dogwoods are comin' in bloom. Put on your white dress. Yeah 'cause, oh baby, it's a good day for marrying you.”
16. Meant to Be - JJ Heller
Although this song is a little lesser known than a lot of the others in this list, it’s still a banger! Indie singer-songwriter JJ Heller doesn’t disappoint with this charming love song. The lyrics touch upon the day-to-day blessings of living with someone you love, making it ideal for a Christian wedding.
Favorite Lyric: “When God made you, He already knew that we were meant to be.
With love as deep as the big blue sea. We were meant to be.”
17. With Every Act of Love - Jason Gray
With Every Act of Love is a beautiful track that encourages the listener to love others selflessly. The words used are very touching and address how even the smallest acts of love and kindness can truly change the world. The melody is super-fun and catchy, too!
Favorite Lyric: “With every act of love, Jesus, help us carry You.
Alive in us, Your light shines through. With every act of love. We bring the kingdom come.”
18. My One Safe Place - Andrew Peterson
In this track, Andrew Peterson beautifully sums up how he views marriage as a gift from God and refers to it as almost a peaceful oasis amid life’s storms. It’s a great song to remind the newlyweds just how thankful they should be for each other.
Favorite Lyric: “I believe in the love of the Father. I believe in the power of grace. I believe that He brought us together. You are my one safe place.”
19. This Is Love - For King & Country
This track from the Australian Christian pop duo is a great choice for your wedding playlist. The lyrics themself mention traditional wedding vows, but the overall message the band is trying to convey is that your union is blessed by God, so everything is going to be great.
Favorite Lyric: “For rich or poor. Better or worse. We'll be together. Yeah, we'll make it work. Love is patient. I know love is kind. Thank God I saw the sign.”
20. Everything - Lifehouse
Since its release back in 2000, Lifehouse’s Everything has been used time and time again at church ceremonies, worships, and weddings. The lyrics mention a girl who initially starts out loving God, but gradually becomes involved with other things that become more harmful. This is a great number for those who are striving for a great relationship, and the best versions of themselves.
Favorite Lyric: “You calm the storms, And you give me rest. You hold me in your hands, You won't let me fall. You still my heart, And you take my breath away. Would you take me in, Take me deeper now.”
21: Beautiful Love - The Afters
Although this song doesn’t mention God specifically, The Afters are a Christian band. In fact, this is the only song on their album that isn’t considered ‘strictly Christian,’ and this is because it can be interpreted in a few different ways. The song has a beautiful sweeping feeling that will make you want to run away at midnight to find your true love!
Favorite Lyric: “Larger than the moon, my love for you. Worlds collide, as heaven pulls us through. The secret of the world is written in the stars. I'm carrying your heart in mine.”