Movie Wedding Music I bet you remember “I’m A Believer” from the closing scene of Shrek. “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole was featured in “50 First Dates”…what a touching moment!And some of us recognize “Storybook Love“, the theme from Princess Bride – but there was too much fast paced action at that juncture, so it wasn’t played at the wedding. Here are a few more samples of movie wedding music:
Forrest Gump’s wedding music was beautiful, but I don’t know the name of the song. The Godfather opens with a wedding scene and the song “Tarantella”. Then there is the “Korobushka Polka” from the Wedding Scene in The Deer Hunter; a bit later underneath dialogue, still at the wedding celebration, we hear the 2-beat strains of “Katyusha”, a song first sung by female Russian students to soldiers leaving to fight against Nazi Germany in 1941. This song title was later borrowed for Russian rocket launchers used by the Red Army in WWII. How appropriate for this momentous movie about ‘Nam.
Remembering Movie Wedding Music is a tough one. Pretty hard to remember what songs were played during famous movie weddings, unless you really like the film and have watched it a number of times, are a romantic at heart, or have a digital memory.
Don’t forget “Sunrise, Sunset” from Fiddler On The Roof, and The Carpenters “For All We Know”, written for the movie “Lovers And Other Strangers.”
Paul Simon’s “Sounds Of Silence” is associated with the film The Graduate.
Pachelbel’s Canon in D was featured in “Father Of The Bride”, the comedy that featured Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, and Martin Short. Haven’t found any music yet for “Four Weddings And A Funeral” but that would probably top the worst wedding music list…still searching.
“Rachel Getting Married” might top the “Most Wedding Music In A Movie” list.
It would be interesting to try and figure out how many of our wedding songs have been used in major motion pictures. “Pachelbel’s Canon In D” would make it, since it’s in this post. And you can be sure the traditional Bridal Chorus and the Mendelssohn Recessional have been worn out at the movies, especially older ones. “All You Need Is Love” and “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” are both featured on our site and have made it to wedding movie scenes, but I don’t recall the titles.
And remember, if our music is a part of your wedding, and it’s recorded visually, you have helped make our songs into movie wedding music…
You just might find a version of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” similar to Israel K’s on one of our collections in future incarnations of our site. One of the best remakes ever of one of the Top 10 Best Songs Composed for Movies.