When planning your wedding, choosing a theme can often be one of the earliest yet most difficult choices. Many couples these days are choosing to add magic and wonder through subtle nods to that most enchanting theme – Disney. What better way to set the scene for your fairytale day than by including a selection of iconic Disney love songs…
Timeless, elegant and memorable, the best Disney weddings have details which simply gesture towards the classical films, rather than attempt to recreate the fairy tales themselves. Beauty and the Beast centrepieces, a glass slipper cake topper and evening fireworks will all add whimsical fun to your nuptials, but to really set the ambience for your Disney wedding day, choosing the right music should be high on your priority list. Those classic songs from Disney’s renaissance in the early 90s and beyond will add a spark of nostalgic excitement amongst your guests, while they indulge in the magic from your very own love story.
As a wedding pianist, I’ve had the privilege of playing at several Disney-inspired weddings. Couples are always keen to hear Disney wedding song suggestions. To that end, I have recorded some of my favourite Disney songs to inspire your own wedding music:
Tale As Old As Time – Beauty And The Beast
Moving away from the fact that this is about a beauty and a beast, the lyrics of the song perfectly describe the whirl wind of unexpectedly falling in love. The rich melody immediately brings to mind the stunning dance from the film, a tamed beast and a misfit turned belle, perfectly in step having learned to accept one another for who they are…surely a metaphor for any marriage.
A Whole New World – Aladdin
What song better fits a wedding than one about a couple exploring ‘a whole new world’ together? The major key and rising melody of this favourite Disney song are fantastic metaphors for taking off on the magic carpet ride of married life.
Some Day My Prince Will Come – Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs
Another Disney song seemingly written for the first dance as a married couple. As a Waltz, it’s also the ideal piece to play as your guests take their seats, awaiting the arrival of the prince and princess.
When You Wish Upon A Star – Pinocchio
You’d have to be made of stone not to be moved by this beautiful song. The dreamy high notes bring to mind the visions of the beautiful fairy, the joy of Geppetto and the selflessness of love. The connotations of dreams coming true, the impossible becoming possible and happiness unbounded are all brought to the fore as this song plays. It works almost anywhere, but in particular would be great to have for walking down the aisle…symbolising one’s wishes are about to come true.
I See The Light – Tangled
This is another ideal song for walking down the aisle. The gentle melody at the beginning builds to a beautiful, heart-wrenching climax, lending itself wonderfully to the timing of the procession. The slow beginning allows everyone to take in the beauty of the bride, then as the piece reaches the precipice, the groom is standing face to face with his wife to be as he ‘sees the light’.
True Love’s Kiss – Enchanted
A calm and gentle piece that is full of hope and happiness; this is a wonderful piece to be played as you sign the wedding register. Following your own ‘true love’s kiss’ during the ceremony, it’s a beautiful way to have Disney music form part of the narrative of your wedding day.
You’ll Be In My Heart – Tarzan
Tarzan is all about the joining of two unlikely souls, that are somehow the perfect fit for one another. What better way to reflect the joining of your soul to your partner following your ceremony. The song’s connotations of togetherness, wonder and love against the odds will highlight those same emotions in you.
Married Life – Up
An entire life in melody and a joyous representation of the marriage vows (for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health). The melody’s ‘UP’s and downs beautifully represent marriage in microcosm, the continuous melodic motif throughout acting as a synonym for the strength and unity of marriage despite its occasional battles and hardships. The song’s bouncy melody makes it the perfect fit for welcome drinks as guests catch up after the ceremony.
You’ve Got A Friend In Me – Toy Story
This joyful Disney/Pixar piece is a great choice for adding ambience at any time during the day. Randy Newman’s masterful songwriting will have all your guests smiling and singing along, creating some fantastic candid photo moments. Perfectly at home on the piano, this song will have feet tapping, children and grown-ups dancing and infectious joy spreading through your gathered throng.
Can You Feel The Love Tonight – The Lion King
An Elton John masterpiece, instantly recognisable from the first five chords…this will have everyone’s hearts melting. It’s the ideal piece to have played during your ceremony, drinks reception or wedding breakfast, setting the mood for love, happiness and celebration.