The Best Wedding Love Songs – Gospel, Soul – R& B Music

The Best Wedding love songs 

The best gospel soul wedding songs of love for your ceremony, reception, or party can echo the soundtrack of your couples’ story and personalities. From popular black gospel, classic soul & magical Motown you are spoilt for choice. Your key event deserves to be celebrated, so which songs amplify your love and bring everyone together to make them feel good and at ease?

Well, weddings are a super emotional time for everyone, from feelings of anxiety, adulation to anticipation, lots of emotions spill over into joy and happiness. And music echo this it’s the beating heart of the marriage celebration. Perhaps after hours of listening and looking through your vintage record collection it brought you to my site. Streaming R & B songs on Spotify or YouTube could be your guilty pleasure. But, let’s get back to my question, what (live or recorded) songs complete your wedding soundtrack? And which gospel & soul songs warm the coldest hearts to it’s core?

One thing for certain, the right songs will tie everyone together at your wedding and ransport them to a memorable moment and special place. And whether you settle for a non-religious or religious marriage service in a church. Music evokes and stirs up powerful emotions, it brings harmony. So, set the mood with rare groove, classic & contemporary gospel, soul & Motown. I’ve compiled  a comprehensive playlist to inspire you and your guests. Here are my favorite Gospel soul wedding songs of love. Read on…

Gospel Soul Wedding Songs of Love To Play on Your Big Day

two singers, guests and marriage registrar cheering newlyweds

Gospel soul, blues and Motown tunes to inspire you and your guests to clap, cheer and feel good! Music helps express your truest feelings for one another. It’simage credit Roy Coumans Photography

1• At Last – Etta James | Gospel Soul Wedding Songs

Wedding aisle

Make a dramatic wedding processional entrance with At Last, the sexy bluesy lyrics will surely help you walk down the aisle in style. Build romantic suspense with this romantic song. “At last, My love has come along, My lonely days are over and life is like a song“.

2• Halo – Beyoncé | Gospel Soul Wedding Songs

Wedding processional

Music plays an integral part of weddings and Halo from Beyoncé the Queen of ‘pop’ R&B is a beautiful uplifting song. It unites everyone by marking the wonderful start to the rest of your married life. “ Everywhere I’m lookin’ now, I’m surrounded by your embrace, Baby, I can see your halo, You know you’re my saving grace.”

3• It Takes Two – Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston

First Dance

Planning your wedding soundtrack is the best time in your life. 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 by the marvelous Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston is an alluring soul jam sound for a first dance. “One can have a dream, baby Two can make that dream so real”

4• Endlessly – Randy Crawford Gospel Soul Wedding Songs

Welcome music

Secondly, be inspired by this irresistible wedding love song for your playlist. 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”.

gospel soul wedding songs of love for the first kiss

The best of Etta James embodies the meaning and vibe of wedding love songs. Basically, the language of gorgeous love tunes makes the ceremony more personal and unique.  image credit Picties Photography

5• Natural Woman – Aretha Franklin wedding love songs

Welcome music

It’s important to include a welcome song that highlights, brightens up the guests mood and kick starts the ceremony. In fact, Natural Woman the extremely amorous and sensual vocals from Aretha Franklin engage guests and your H2B. So, if you want a unique opening song at your marriage celebration, book a professional singer to sing: “You make me feel like a natural woman“.

6• 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” is a chirpy Motown classic song. The lyrics of love are fun loving, enjoyable and lively. Imagine this sung live at your ceremony? “Spring is here, the sky is blue, birds all sing as if they knew, today’s the day we say, “I do”. And were gonna get married”!

7• My Guy – Mary Wells

First Dance

The charismatic velvet voice of a live singer or choir entice the guests to sing and clap along during your first dance. In fact, this upbeat and sweet soul song connects hits the right mark. Moreover, it enriches the party atmosphere. “Nothing you can say can tear me away from my guy, Nothing you could do, ’cause I’m stuck like glue to my guy“.

gospel soul wedding songs gospel choir singing and wearing blue and red togas at the Musicdistillery jazz festival in Schiedam

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8• Endless Love Lionel Richie & Dianne Ross

Wedding recessional 

Endless love is blast from the past and the perfect recessional soul love song. It is a moving piece and an evocative slow jam to set the tone of your wedding day. Play it after the ceremony when you, the newly-wedded couple ascend up the aisle followed by your closet family, friends and special guests.

9• Love You I Do Jennifer Hudson

Before reading /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. It is a crowd-pleaser.

10• Happy Pharrell Williams

Wedding recessional

Happy is the perfect soulful wedding love song for your officiant to introduce at the tail end of your ceremony. It’s fun, funky and modern gospel sound brings happiness straight to the heart of your congregation. It entertains and gets them involved. The ideal ice breaker for collective  participation and audience engagement.

11• Stand By Me –Ben E King

Wedding processional

What if you wanted the celebrant/officiant entertain your guests? Well, follow in the footsteps of Harry and Meghan Markle who got married in St George’s Chapel – Windsor Castle. Get gospel with the song Stand By Me. It was originally performed by the Kingdom Choir, this romantic melody works wonders on the guest’s emotions. An old-school slow jam for a sentimental moment!

gospel soul wedding songs choir with bride dressed in white

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

12• Say A Little Prayer – Aretha Franklin

Signing of marriage certificate

And there’s more… Are you free-spirited, a dynamic duo or hopeless romantics? 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.

13• Signed sealed and delivered – Stevie Wonder

Signing the wedding certificate

Signing the wedding certificate is the bit that actually makes your celebrant-led wedding “official”. Together with your witnesses you will stay at the front and sign a symbolic marriage contract. And photos will be taken, too. During this time, it’s important to have music going on. Play “Signed, sealed and delivered” so your guests aren’t sitting in silence.

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

First Dance

Additionally, 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 feel amazing and ooze pure romance. This classic slow jam and R & B hit will enhance your mood during the first dance.

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

Wedding aisle

Incorporating Kissing You a powerful love song is a beautfiul way share and echo your love for one another. It is taken from the film Romeo and Juliet and adds a touch of elegance to your wedding.

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

Time for reflection

Additionally you can walk leisurely down the aisle to this famous soulful 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.

 17. 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.

 Romantic wedding songs for a ring ceremony

Gospel songs and soul classics amplify your walk down the aisle or elevates the words of your guests’ wedding reading. Absolutely fantastic! Picties Photography

18. 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.

19. 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.

20.  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.

gospel soul wedding songs for gay couples

A classical singer or jazzy voice echos your wedding music playlist! Mikhail Nilov via Pexels

21. The Rose church wedding song – Bette Midler

Wedding 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.

22. We Belong Together – BoysIIMen

Lighting of the candles or collect

This a nostalgic ’90s love song from BoysIIMen to play at your wedding. It’ s a slow soul jam that creates an overall feeling of authenticity and inspires enthusiasm in your guests. So, imagine a sudden rush of overwhelming sentiment and sheer delight it will bring to all. This awesome soul song unites you as man and wife and joins your families and friends, as one. Everyone will feel warm and fuzzy inside.

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

First Dance

Are you hooked on love? This is a memorable song to celebrate your first dance. With this romantic hit sparks will fly between you and your new hubby. You’ll be in 7th heaven and dash across the dance floor. What’s more, you’ll look like movie stars for guests to admire and adore. Make your big day perfect with this perfect hit!

gospel soul wedding songs singers standing outside a white church in Terheijden

Are you the bride who wants to thank her intended husband with wedding love songs?  image credit Roy Coumans Photography

24. Always & Forever – Heatwave Gospel Soul Wedding Songs

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.

25. 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.

26. How Deep Is Your Love PJ. Morton

Welcome music

And there’s more.. real love feels pure and authentic and 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.

vaulted church ceiling with spire and chequered floor surrounded by chairs

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

27. If I Ain’t Got You – 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.

28. 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.

29. 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. 

soul music to play while you cut the cake

image credit Picties Photography

30.  I belong to you – Brian Mcknight

Exchanging of personal vows

This is the ultimate soul song for your partner for life. In fact, it is a personal and emotional 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.

31. Sweet love – Anita Baker Gospel Soul Wedding Songs

Wedding recessional 

This is a beautiful wedding 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.

32. My Cherie amour  – Stevie Wonder

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.

Alyssa Swedick – Pexels

33. Ave Maria – Beyoncé Gospel Soul Wedding Songs

Wedding ritual moment

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.

34. Higher and Higher  – Jackie Wilson

35. Get Here – Oletta Adams Gospel Soul Wedding 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.

36. Oh Happy Day – Edwin Hawkins Singers

Recessional song

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

37. Let’s Stay Together – Al Green

Wedding entrance

Let’s Stay Together is a soulful classic and the perfect wedding love song for your walk up the aisle to your life partner. “(Let’s stay together. I’m, I’m so in love with you. Whatever you want to do. Is alright with me.). Source: genius.com

 38. Gonna Be A Lovely Day – Kirk Franklin

Before reading of wedding vows

And don’t forget the most modern gospel soul wedding songs of love. Gonna Be A Lovely Day by Kirk Franklin is a beautiful rendition of Bill Withers song. Kirk Franklin’s choir has given it a new lease of life. It’s uplifting and a great tune to play before your wedding vows. “Just one look at you, then I know it’s going to be, a lovely day.”

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

Recessional song

And 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!

40. The Greatest Love of All – Whitney Housten

Recessional song

Finally, did you know the one of the best gospel soul wedding songs of love is “The Greatest Love of All sung by Whitney Housten. It was written and recorded to be the main theme of the 1977 film The Greatest, a biopic of the boxer Muhammad Ali. In fact, it was performed during the opening credits.

41. Rescue Me – Fontella Bass

 Wedding aisle

Rescue Me by Fontella Bass is a rhythm and blues song. Why not consider it for your  wedding aisle opening number. It adds an extra ‘wow’ factor. Classic Motown and gospel soul wedding songs of love can be sung by a soul sing or gospel choir.

42. You’re the best thing that ever happened – Gladys Knight.

Opening dance

So, how do you save time looking for a first dance number? What gospel soul wedding songs of love suit your opening dance? You could consider ‘You’re the best thing that ever happened’ by Gladys Knight the signature wedding tune to demonstrate your love for one another.

43. When Love Comes to the Rescue – Oletta Adams

Signing of marriage certificate

Finally, Oletta Adams song: When Love Comes to the Rescue is a fitting soul song for during the signing of the declaration of marriage. ‘ Come let me kiss those tears away, Discover a reason to celebrate with you, That’s what we should do
When love comes to the rescue. (Bonus track: Midnight train to Georgia – Gladys Knight & the Pips – ‘I’ll rather leave in his world, than live without him in mine’.

Gospel Soul Wedding Songs of Love For a Church Wedding

Are you religious or non-religious? Whatever your faith remember to check with the officiating priest and get his/her approval. Find out if the above non-traditional church gospel soul wedding songs of love are suitable for your spiritual marriage ceremony. And, if the officiant says, “YES” add a bonus track such as number 41 – see above.

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About Clover Jean: I'm a London, UK celebrant based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Officiating weddings, renewal of marriage vows and naming ceremonies is my passion. My guilty pleasures are singing with my Gospel & Soul choir, 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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