Weddings are amazing opportunities for couples to highlight what makes their love special, but there are a ton of details that go into a day-long celebration and music isn't usually a top-tier priority.
Maybe that's why so many weddings are ruled by Top 40 banality. Or why even decent pop songs (hi Adele, Bruno Mars) start to grate on the nerves because of their first-dance ubiquity.
But there are some amazing non-mainstream love songs floating just under the radar, everything from gorgeous R&B and pop ballads to heartfelt folk declarations and punk confessionals.
So let CBC Music help you make your marriage/civil union/commitment ceremony as unique as the love you're celebrating. Below, you'll find 30 songs from a range of artists and bands, including Bahamas, Whitehorse, Laura Mvula, the Februarys, Two Hours Traffic, Birdy, Jill Barber, the Blow and more.
Hooded Fang, 'Laughing'
Maylee Todd, 'Baby's Got It'
Lucia, 'Hide (Like Stars)'
Bahamas, 'I Got You Babe'
Sarah Harmer, 'Open Window (The Wedding Song)'
Birdy, 'Light Me Up'
Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs, 'I Wanna Hug You, Kiss You, Squeeze You'
Stars, 'My Favourite Book'
Joel Plaskett Emergency, 'I'm Yours'
Said the Whale, 'The Light is You'
The Blow, 'Parentheses'
Peace, 'Your Hand in Mine'
Ingrid Michaelson, 'The Way I Am'
Laura Mvula, 'Green Garden'
Lianne La Havas, 'He Loves Me'
Rose Cousins, 'Celebrate'
Whitehorse, 'Mismatched Eyes (Boat Song)'
Jill Barber, 'Chances'
Mike Edel, 'Two of Us'
Two Hours Traffic, 'No Advances'
Matthew Barber, 'Ring Upon Your Finger'
City and Colour, 'The Girl'
The Februarys, 'Meant for Each Other'
Royal Wood, ''I'm So Glad'
Diamond Rings, 'Runaway Love'
Sloan, 'I Can Feel It'
Matt Epp ft. Serena Ryder, 'When You Know'
Kalle Mattson, 'Singing Knives'
Future Bible Heroes, 'All I Care About Is You'
F--ked Up, 'Queen of Hearts'
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