Classic Gospel, Soul & Motown Wedding Love Songs

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Recorded and live wedding love songs are the beating heart of your non-religious or religious ceremony. Completing your bridal soundtrack, the lyrics of upbeat black gospel, slow jam songs and sweet soul music express your truest feelings for one another.

In fact, moving pieces of music transports you and your guests to a certain time and place. But which perfectly timed new and old classics enrich your celebrations? Perhaps after hours of listening and looking through your vintage record collection it brought you to my site. In fact, streaming songs on Spotify or YouTube could be your guilty pleasure.

One thing for certain, like me you are hooked on rare groove music, great artists and gorgeous love tunes. So, have a safe bet and spare yourself the agony of finding marvelous hits. Here’s my playlist to inspire dramatic gestures of love. Scroll  these classic gospel, soul & Motown wedding love songs now.

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The best of Etta James embodies the meaning and vibe of wedding love songs. Basically, the language of music is more personal and the more unique, the better.  That’s why the importance of these songs highlights and brightens up our mood. image burgundy productions

1• At Last – Etta James | one of the best wedding love songs

Bridal processional

Music plays an integral part of weddings. From uplifting gospel songs and soul classics unite family and friends by marking the wonderful start to the rest of your married life. At Last blues lyrics will surely help you do that, ” At last, My love has come along, My lonely days are over and life is like a song”.

2• It Takes Two – Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston

Bridal processional

Chances are the spring in your step make you feel lucky in love because the bells are going to ring. Whatever the case, It Takes Two Motown lyrics are is an alluring soul jam sound. “One can have a dream, baby Two can make that dream so real”

3• Endlessly – Randy Crawford wedding love songs

Welcome music

Secondly, be inspired by this irresistible wedding love song. It’s a personalised tune for your H2B and an excellent bridal march up the aisle with your dad. “Higher than the highest mountain and deeper than the deepest sea. That’s how I will love you, oh, darling, endlessly”.

4• Natural Woman – Aretha Franklin wedding love songs

Welcome music

In fact, the extremely amorous and sensual vocals from Aretha Franklin integrate guests and your H2B into your celebration. So, if it’s a pre-recorded version make sure it’s high quality vibe. “You make me feel like a natural woman”.

5• Going to the Chapel – Dixie cups

Welcome music

In addition, before the marriage celebrant officiates the ceremony, build up even more anticipation for your grand entrance. “Going to the Chapel” lyrics of love is a fun loving, enjoyable and lively Motown song. Imagine this sung live at your ceremony? “And I’m gonna get married”!

6• My Guy – Mary Wells

Welcome music

The charismatic velvet voice of a live singer or choir entice the guests to sing and clap along to. In fact, this song connects and hits H2B’s right spot. “Nothing you can say can tear me away from my guy, Nothing you could do, ’cause I’m stuck like glue to my guy”.

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7• Endless Love – Lionel Richie & Dianne Ross

Bridal recessional 

Officiated wedding ceremonies and symbolic marriage services are complete with love songs. So, play this evocative slow jam song before, after or during the bridal recessional. It is a crowd-pleaser. Basically, pulling at everyone’s heartstrings, it gives a sense of belonging.

8• Love You I Do – Jennifer Hudson

Before reading of wedding vows

Alternatively, play a medium uptempo gospel ballad or instrumental throughout the reading of your wedding vows or exchanging of rings.  “Love You I Do”; is a jaw-dropping and fun signature tune. It is a modern take on a bride confessing and yearning for undying love.

9• Happy – Pharrell Williams

Bridal recessional 

What if you wanted the celebrant/officiant to entertain your guests? Well, Happy is the perfect song for them to introduce at the tail end of your wedding. It’s a fun, funky and modern gospel sounding song. The lyrics of love go straight to the heart of your  entourage and congregation. Seen the video?

10• Stand By Me (Royal wedding love song) – Ben E King  

Bridal processional

Follow in the footsteps of Harry and Meghan Markle who got married in St George’s Chapel – Windsor Castle. Stand By Me, originally performed by the Kingdom Choir, the romantic melody works wonders on the guest’s emotions. An old-school slow jam.

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Long and repetitive melodies create a solemn and dark music atmosphere at your wedding.

11• Say A Little Prayer – Aretha Franklin

Signing of marriage certificate

And there’s more… Are you free-spirited and a hopeless romantic? Well, pick this and enjoy a pre-recorded version of an upbeat wedding love song. The lovey dovey Motown lyrics written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David for Dionne Warwick will have everyone grabbing their tissues.

12• Here come’s the bride – Wedding love songs

Wedding aisle runner

ABC Gospel Choir’s soul rendition of the classic “Bridal Chorus” composed by Wagner is perfect for your wedding. Basically, the three part harmony ceremonial march has great lyrics of love and is adapted to accompany you up your church or venue aisle.

13.This Will Be (an Everlasting Love) – Natalie Cole 

Bridal recessional 

What’s more, crying before and after the special event can be a worrying thought. However, feeling nervous on your wedding day is normal. Although, these sensations may be true, your top wedding day priority is to be like a princess and ooze pure romance. This classic slow jam will enhance your mood.

14. Kissing You church wedding love song  – Des’ree

Time for reflection

This powerful love song taken from the film Romeo and Juliet adds a touch of elegance to your wedding. A classical singer or jazzy voice echos your walk down the aisle or elevates the words of your guests’ wedding reading. Absolutely fantastic!

15. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – Roberta Flack

Time for reflection

Additionally you can walk leisurely down the aisle to this famous slow jam song taken from the film Misty. It creates a cosy atmosphere and invites guests to sit up straight in their seats and listen intently. It’s light and airy, no-one will be able contain themselves, guests will need weepy wipes.

16. Until You Come Back To Me – Aretha Franklin

Before the ring exchange

This beautiful medium-tempo number promises a positive life. As newlyweds you deserve to have a good time. Validate your love to one another and share your happiness, hopes and new lives together with this special love song. Hire a gospel choir to add the perfect finish to the end of your wedding ceremony.

17. You Raise Me Up – Josh Groban

Lighting of the candles or collect

Another thing during the ceremony you may have thoughts swirling around your head. And at the lighting of the candles or collect you may enjoy this spiritual and uplifting song. It will reflect the mood of your religious wedding ceremony more.

18. Hallelujah church wedding song– Leonard Cohen

Exchanging of personal vows

Although, your guests are joyous at the prospect of your wedding, how do you create a romantic ambiance? Good spiritual music keeps you both featured as the main attraction: the focal point. It’s like clinking champagne glasses to solidify your love and friendship.

19.  Ave Maria church wedding song-  Beyonce Knowles

Lighting of the candles or collect

After you’ve forged a strong bond of love by saying YES, I’m sure you will be really excited and happy to continue the celebrations. Sung by an classic singer you have a wonderful ceremony.

20. The Rose church wedding song – Bette Midler

Bridal processional

It is common to have a classical soprano singer, choir, harpist or string quartet perform live at a church wedding. But what sort of songs appeal to you? In truth, guests will be in awe of your chosen songs and give you positive reactions.

Are you the bride who wants to thank her intended husband with wedding love songs? Chris and Claire’s wedding | image credit Roy Coumans Photography

21. Make You Feel My Love – Adele

Lighting of the candles or collect

Additionally, this amazing song from Adele creates an overall feeling of authenticity and inspires enthusiasm in your guests. So, if you get a suddenly rush of overwhelming sentiment.

22. Your All I Need To Get By – Marvin Gaye

Bridal recessional 

With this romantic hit sparks will fly, you’ll be in 7th heaven and look like movie stars for guests to admire and adore. This is awesome song that unites both families and friends will feel valued. Make your big day perfect with this perfect hit!

23. My Special Prayer church wedding song- Percy Sledge

Signing of marriage certificate

In addition, this very unique number can be performed by a male singer. Accompanied with a gospel choir you’ll be serenade with a personalised  rendition of a very special prayer.

24. When A Man Loves A Woman – Percy Sledge

Welcome music

This classic soul song tells of your grooms love for you. You can hire a jazz singer to perform this beautiful ballad. And make sure to keep the suspense going until you leave the church.

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Get into the spirit of the happy wedding occasion and arouse your guests with personalised ballads of love. Posthoornkerk – Amsterdam, Holland

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25. How Deep Is Your Love – PJ. Morton

Welcome music

And there’s more.. this gospel rendition of the Bee Gee’s hit How Deep Is Your Love is a great choice for a spiritual wedding. In truth the  sounds fulfill your soul, soothe and entertain you. Guests get excited and will not sit still.

26. If I Ain’t Got You – wedding love song – Alicia Keys

Signing of marriage certificate

By adding this special signature tune from the soul princess Alicia Keys your marriage celebration ceremony will have the wow-factory. Moreover, you’ll massively boost the mood and release any tense emotions. So, let reflect the ambiance of a special gathering.

27. Bleeding Love – Leonie Lewis

Recessional song

Have you spent a lot of time hunting for the most meaningful song for your special day? It’s an icebreaker to evoke a good feeling. And this joyous recessional song for stomping feet, clapping hands and getting guests singing along.

28. Love x Love – George Benson

Exchanging of personal vows

Fancy a tissue issue song? The ideal show-stopper before or after you speak your vows. What’s more, this will capture every one’s attention. A storybook love song guarantees a happy tears moment and happy ending. 

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29.  I belong to you – Brian Mcknight | wedding love songs

Exchanging of personal vows

This is the ultimate soul song for the man of your life. In fact, it is a personal track for your wedding ceremony. More importantly, a great time will be had by all. Are you having a church wedding? Arrange  the right church wedding songs with a “social music” feel.

30. Sweet love – Anita Baker | wedding love songs

Bridal recessional 

This is a beautiful bridal party song. Have it performed before you enter the church or venue. It will put all your guests at ease and the kids, too. It makes everyone feel part of your day.

31. My Cherie amour  – Stevie Wonder | wedding love songs

Exchanging of personal vows

This enchanting song can be sung by a choir, vocalist or even played on a harp. It makes your ceremony more special than ever before. So, calm your emotions and add a touch of sophistication to your wedding day.

32. Ave Maria – Beyoncé | wedding love songs

Lighting of the candles or collect

This memorable piece of music leaves a lasting impression on everyone. This is a great soulful rendition of a classic, true heartwarming wonder hit. Add this to your wedding day soundtrack for the wow-factor.

33. Higher and Higher  – Jackie Wilson

34. Get Here – Oletta Adams | wedding love songs

Exchanging of personal vows

Amazed by your entrance family and friends are present and ready to celebrate with you. Even more special, it’s the moment to hold your darlings’ hand and beam with pride. Basically, create fond memories for you and your guests.

35. Oh Happy Day – Edwin Hawkins Singers

Recessional song

And what about this classic black gospel song “Oh Happy Day” helps lift you gracefully over the final hurdle. This is the moment you and your partner as newlyweds, cross the threshold into married life.

36. Aint No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye & Tammy Terrell

Recessional song

Lastly, don’t worry if you burst into tears of joy when you hear “Aint No Mountain High Enough, to keep me from getting to you babe”. Just ensure your guests have some tissues to cry along with you too!


Are you religious or non-religious? Whatever your faith remember to check with the priest and get his/her approval. Find out if the above non-traditional church wedding songs are suitable for your spiritual marriage ceremony. Additionally, if the priest says, “YES” add bonus tracks: You are the best thing that ever happened – Gladys Knight.

Video courtesy (as seen on of Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir sing ‘Stand by Be’ from the West End of the Chapel.


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About Clover Jean: I'm a Londoner based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Being a ceremonial wedding - symbolic marriage officiant with a gospel & soul choir is rewarding work. So, my guilty pleasures are fine dining, travel hot spots and on-line retail therapy. What's yours? Get in touch, via Instagram #cloverjeanamsterdam or Facebook. LIKE, SHARE, SPREAD THE LOVE & see you soon!

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