11 Best Mariah Carey Wedding Songs for Your Endless Love

Finally, sitting down to plan your wedding playlist? It wouldn’t be complete without a few Mariah Carey songs, because she’s the Mariah Carey. An icon. A diva of the highest order. An insanely successful pop star with an unparalleled voice.

I’m about to age myself by saying this, but contrary to popular belief, Mariah Carey is so much more than the artist who sings “that one Christmas song.”

While yes, she is clearly a holiday powerhouse, she has a massive repertoire of love songs from the 90s and 2,000s that are catchy, sweet, and utterly groove-able, making them perfect for wedding playlists.

Check out our list of the best Mariah Carey wedding songs to fill your special day with unforgettable tracks.

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“Dreamlover”

This darling gem of a song starts with Mariah Carey’s iconic whistle register. It’s upbeat, delightful, and perfect for a cocktail hour playlist.

Just about anybody who hears this song will have it stuck in their head in the best way.

Lyrics you’ll love:

“Dream lover, come rescue me / take me up, take me down / take me anywhere you want to, baby, now.”

“Visions of Love”

This passionate Mariah Carey song has it all, soul, power ballad vibes, and an excellent build-up, making it perfect for a first dance option. If you and your future forever have the kind of love that feels like a godsend, like the sunshine after a storm, like a manifestation come true, this is the song for you.

Lyrics you’ll love:

“I’ve realized a dream / and I visualized the love that came to be / Feel so alive / I’m so thankful that I’ve received / The answer that heaven has sent down to me”

“I’ll Be There”

This song is simply about steadfast and trusting love. When looking at the lyrics, could be interpreted in a few styles, but overall, the message is clear. When you have that kind of unrelenting, dependable love and trust between two people, it’s pure magic.

Lyric’s you’ll love:

“Let me fill your heart with joy and laughter/togetherness, well, it’s all I’m after / Just call my name and I’ll be there”

“Emotions”

Being in love is the best, isn’t it? From the heady, all-encompassing crush of meeting someone new, to the realization that “Oh no… I think I’m actually falling for them!” The feeling of being in love gets captured by Mariah so succinctly in this catchy tune.

Kick off your grand march with something upbeat and uber-easy to sing along to! (You’ll get a kick out of everybody trying to hit those notes- especially at the end of the song.) Your bridal party can dance their way into the reception and bust out those awesome dance moves.

“Emotions” is simply a great candidate for your wedding reception playlist, regardless of where it goes.

Lyrics you’ll love:

“In the morning when I rise / You are the first thing on my mind / And in the middle of the night / I feel your heartbeat next to mine”

“Fantasy”

This might be the most iconic “having a crush” song. When it comes to being a fan of “Fantasy,” I’ve observed a generational divide: either you grew up hearing Soo Yung belt this song out in the movie Rush Hour, or maybe you’ve just discovered it on the radio recently!

It’s sampled by Latto, but real fans know, “Fantasy” samples a completely different song originally penned by the Tom Tom Club. No matter where you heard it first, this song is an absolute banger, relentlessly catchy, and perfect to get people grooving on the dance floor like there’s no tomorrow.

“Thank God I Found You” ft. 98 Degrees

Mariah Carey is not just the whistle register queen! This slow jam highlights her lower register, which is sultry and soulful. She teams up with 98 Degrees for this song that encapsulates the kind of gratitude and appreciation you have for a partner that’s been your ride-or-die.

This song has a lot of first dance potential. It’s romantic, deeply moving, and shows how thankful you are to have (and to hold) each other!

Lyrics you’ll love:

“Looking back (Looking back) / I guess it shows that we were destined / To shine over the rain to appreciate / The gift of what we have / And I’d go through it all over again / To be able to feel this way”

“One Sweet Day” ft. Boyz II Men

Weddings are absolutely a time to celebrate and throw a raging, unforgettable party. On the other side of the coin, there is definitely a time and place on your wedding day for solemnity and remembrance, and this Mariah Carey song is a popular choice for those who have lost someone special.

“One Sweet Day” envisions a moment when you can be reunited with your loved one again. If you’ve lost a parent or someone dear to you before the wedding and wish to keep their spirit close on your big day, this is a very fitting song.

Lyrics you’ll love:

“But I always cared / And I miss the love we shared / And I know you’re shining down on me from heaven / Like so many friends we’ve lost along the way”

“Endless Love” ft. Luther Vandross

Mariah Carey teams up with the late, great, Luther Vandross for this romantic and enduring love song. Sharing your life with someone is a pretty big deal, so it’s worth celebrating with a timeless love song!

This slow jam is perfect for a swoon-worthy first dance with your beloved.

Lyrics you’ll love:

“And I / I want to share / All my love with you / No one else will do”

“All I Want For Christmas Is You”

Having a winter wedding ceremony? You can’t miss an opportunity to play this hit!

Famously covered by Michael Buble, this uber-festive holiday song is perfect for a wintry cocktail hour or even during the reception dance! It’s so immediately recognizable; play it at the height of the festivities and you just might blow the roof off the entire venue!

Lyrics you’ll love:

“I just want you for my own / More than you could ever know / Make my wish come true / All I want for Christmas is you”

“Lead The Way”

If there’s one thing Mariah Carey can do well, it’s a love song. And a love that is transformative, transcendental, and true… well, isn’t that what a wedding is for? “Lead The Way” could be the song for you to make your journey down the aisle, or even for the first dance with your sweetheart.

Lyrics you’ll love:

“And I’d given up hope / Losing the faith that love / Could be mine to treasure / And now nothing’s the same / I found myself reborn / On the day I met you”

“Heartbreaker” ft. Jay-Z

You may be asking what place a song about heartbreak (technically speaking) has on a wedding playlist, but just trust me! This song is all pop goodness, and an excellent jam to dance to at the reception.

I’d say most weddings I’ve attended in the past year have had this song played- it’s a late 90s anthem that every generation can relate to! For anybody who has been in love, you know exactly what it’s like when you feel utterly powerless to resist that one special person.

Lyrics you’ll love:

“Boy your love’s so good / I don’t want to let go / And although I should / I can’t leave you alone / ‘Cause you’re so disarming / I’m caught up in the midst of you /And I can not resist”

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