With the recent success of movies like Pitch Perfect, Acappella or vocal music has become more popular than ever.
Even though there are no guitars, drums, or other instruments like in traditional musical performances, Acappella musicians use their voices to mimic the sounds of a drum or guitar.
There are some original Acappella favorites, but for the most part, it’s more often than not an updated version of a well-known song. These Acappella wedding songs will provide a sweet way to set the mood of your wedding day and celebrate your love through music.
“Can’t Help Falling in Love” – Julia Westlin
Memorable lyrics:“ Take my hand, take my whole life, too / For I can’t help falling in love with you”
Like many songs that are on this list that are covers of famous original songs, “Can’t Help Falling in Love” is an Elvis Presley song covered in numerous ways. This swoon-worthy love song, with beautifully apt lyrics, makes it a natural fit for your wedding ceremony.
This ethereal cover will work well as the bride walks down the aisle or for the couple’s first dance. A wonderful song with a lovely message, “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” is a beautiful tribute to your love story.
“All Of Me” – The Filharmonic
Memorbale lyrics: “Give your all to me / I’ll give my all to you / You’re my end and my beginning”
Written and performed by John Legend, “All Of Me” is a popular wedding song, and for good reason. Following in the tradition of all the best love songs, the song talks about the deep love you experience with your soulmate, despite their flaws.
The Acappella cover by The Filharmonic delivers beautiful harmonies alongside Legend’s beautiful lyrics. Consider this song as a romantic but upbeat addition to the cutting of the cake moment or when the newly-wed couple arrives at the reception.
“Hallelujah” – Pentatonix
Memorable lyrics: “I’ve seen this room and I’ve walked this floor / I used to live alone before I knew ya”
Made famous by singer Rufus Wainwright, Pentatonix’s version of “Hallelujah” is as moving as the original, if not more so.
Surrender to the beautiful chords and lush instrumentation in this song, perfect for pre-ceremony music. We can almost guarantee there won’t be a dry eye in the house!
“Perfect” – Pentatonix
Memorable lyrics: “Baby, I’m dancing in the dark, with you between my arms / Barefoot on the grass, we’re listening to our favorite song”
Another Pentatonix addition to this list, their cover of Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” is a great Acappella wedding song. Their impressive harmonies provide exciting layers to this romantic song, while the waltz tempo makes it easy to dance to.
“Stay With Me” – Street Corner Symphony
Memorable lyrics: “You’re every line, you’re every word, you’re everything / You’re a carousel, you’re a wishing well”
If you are looking for a great wedding group dance song, the slow and powerful ballad “Stay With Me” will bring everyone together on the dance floor.
First popularized by Sam Smith, this version by Street Corner Symphony is as powerful with its beautiful harmonies. It’s perfect for the bride who wants to walk down the aisle with the sounds of a gospel choir accompanying her.
“Keep Us Close” – Siedd
Memorable lyrics: “You changed my life that day / And I thank The Lord / For placing a love like this in our beatin’ hearts”
With a similar tune to “Say You Won’t Let Go” by songwriter James Arthur, “Keep Us Close” by Siedd is an Acapella love song about long-distance love and the power of religious faith. If this sounds like your love story, this would be a great song to add to your special day.
“I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” – No Comment
Memorable lyrics: “But I would walk 500 miles / And I would walk 500 more / Just to be the man who walked a 1, 000 miles / To fall down at your door”
This is a great sing-along song at the best of times, originally done by the Scottish band, The Proclaimers.
While No Comment’s acapella version is slower-paced and a little moodier than the original, it’s still an excellent choice for those tender moments at a wedding, like the first dance, or lighting of the unity candle.
“(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” – Julia Westlin
Memorable lyrics: “Look into my eyes / You will see what you mean to me / Search your heart, search your soul / And when you find me there, you’ll search no more”
Another 90s classic, “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You”, is a heartwarming and dramatic song. Initially performed by Bryan Adams, this song is a powerful declaration of love.
The Acappella version by Julia Westlin would be an excellent choice for the lighting of the unity candle or for the procession of the wedding party.
“Stand by Me” – Julia Westlin
Memorable lyrics: “If the sky that we look upon / Should tumble and fall / Or the mountain should crumble to the sea / I won’t cry, I won’t cry / No, I won’t shed a tear / Just as long as you stand, stand by me”
Originally performed by Ben E. King, this song has a swing rhythm that makes you want to snap your fingers and tap your feet.
This makes this tune a great choice to lure guests of all ages onto the dance floor. It’s such a popular choice, it was even included at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in 2018.
“From This Moment On” – Shania Twain
Memorable lyrics: “I give my hand to you with all my heart / I can’t wait to live my life with you I can’t wait to start /You and I will never be apart / My dreams came true because of you”
Is it just us, or do so many incredible Acappella wedding songs come from the 90s? Another great song that fits that description is “From This Moment On”, a song originally made famous by country superstar Shania Twain.
It’s the perfect song to perform as the couple walk down the aisle as Mr and Mrs, or for the first dance.
“Have I Told You Lately” – Waako Acapellas
Memorable lyrics: “Have I told you lately that I love you / Have I told you there’s no one else above you / You fill my heart with gladness / Take away all my sadness / Ease my troubles, that’s what you do”
This song’s beauty is in its simplicity, contained completely within its title: have I told you lately that I love you?
Written and performed by Van Morrison, the Northern Irish singer, and songwriter, and covered by other greats, including Rod Stewart, Kenny Rogers, and Engelbert Humperdinck, this version provides an R&B flair to this classic song, with sweet and clear vocals.
“I’m Yours” – King’s Singers
Memorable lyrics: “Look into your heart and you’ll find love, love, love, love / Listen to the music of the moment, people dance and sing, we’re just one big family”
This irresistible Jason Mraz tune from the 2000s provides a lighthearted and upbeat feeling to your wedding day, whether you choose to include it during the cocktail hour or when everyone’s dancing.
The Acappella version is also an excellent option for pre-ceremony drinks or for a beach wedding.
“Wonderful Tonight” – Nino & the Ebb Tides
Memorable lyrics: “I feel wonderful / Because I see the love light in your eyes / And the wonder of it all / Is that you just don’t realize how much I love you”
This beautiful ballad was made famous by singer, songwriter, and legendary guitarist Eric Clapton in the 70s. The Acappella version by Nino & the Ebb Tides gives this song a doo-wop sound that really works. If you’re having a cool, retro wedding, it’s a must-have on your playlist.
“You Raise Me Up” – BYU Vocal Point
Memorable lyrics: “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”
This stirring and powerful ballad will lend a dramatic emotion to your wedding ceremony, perfect for filling a cathedral or other grand space. The original version was performed by contemporary classical powerhouse Josh Groban and his world-famous baritone voice.
If you’re looking for an Acappella version, you’ll be spoiled for choice. BYU Vocal Point is an obvious choice, but for a real goosebump moment, listen to Peter Hollins and the 200 strong choirs of children.
“Take Me To Church” – Julia Westlin
Memorable lyrics: “Offer me my deathless death / Good God, let me give you my life”
Also popular at weddings, “Take Me to Church” is an emotion-filled ballad about powerful relationships. Julia Westlin’s Acappella cover combines her clear vocals with the song’s emotional vocals.
This would be a good song to include in a group dance to evoke the song’s emotions with a group of people who know all the words.
“First Day of My Life” – Julia Westlin
Memorable lyrics: “And you said / This is the first day of my life / I’m Glad I didn’t die before I met you”
One of the most heartwarming modern love songs, “First Day of My Life,” perfectly describes the emotion of understanding love for the first time.
Julia Westlin’s Acappella talent makes another appearance on our list, with her ethereal vocals taking this profound love song to a new level.
“I Swear” – Home Free
Memorable lyrics: “Cause I’ll stand beside you through the years / And you’ll only cry those happy tears / And though I’ll make mistakes, I’ll never break your heart”
If you’re looking for a smooth, R&B classic to add to your wedding day playlist, this cover of All-4-One’s “I Swear” by Home Free is a great choice.
This cover is very true to the classic 90s slow jam and will provide a smooth and sensual option for a slow dance. This sweet ballad is all about true love and what it takes to stay together – it’s a great choice for your wedding day.
“Never Enough” – Citizen Queen
Memorable lyrics: “I’m trying to hold my breath / Let it stay this way / Can’t let this moment end / You set off a dream in me”
“Never Enough” from the movie The Greatest Showman is already anthemic, but the Acappella version by Citizen Queen is beyond words! This song would be an excellent fit for pre-ceremony snacks and drinks, in a great space, like a cathedral or large hotel ballroom.
“Imagine” – Julia Westlin
Memorable lyrics: “You may say I’m a dreamer / But I’m not the only one / I hope someday you’ll join us / And the world will live as one”
One of the most famous songs ever written also makes a lovely song for your wedding day. “Imagine,” the unforgettable song performed by John Lennon, encourages others to dream about a perfect, harmonious world. What better time than a wedding to share this sentiment?
Julia Westlin provides a lovely cover of this iconic song, with her signature delicate vocals floating these beautiful lyrics. Consider including this cover when you are lighting the unity candle for a perfectly memorable and symbolic moment during your ceremony.