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Folk Songs for Wedding Videos

August 10, 2006

We had a question like this a few years back, and we had lots of responses. Any ideas to help out a fellow Folk Alley listener?

"I'm making a home video to show at my granddaughter's reception following her wedding. I'm looking for the "perfect" song to play during the videos/pics of she and her new husband, growing up from a baby to adult. I thought it should be two songs, but perhaps could be the same song????

Any ideas? All input appreciated.

Mark Taylor"

Posted by Ann VerWiebe at August 10, 2006 12:37 PM


I'd certainly recommend Joni Mitchell's "The Circle Game" for any sequence dealing with childhood.

Posted by: Stephen Taylor at August 10, 2006 12:40 PM

Wedding Song (There is Love) by Peter, Paul and Mary.

Posted by: Jim Pipkin at August 10, 2006 12:43 PM

I love "My Gift To You" - Dana Cooper

Posted by: JL Braswell at August 10, 2006 12:44 PM

My song "Forever Love".

Posted by: Richard Schletty at August 11, 2006 1:27 PM

One that I've always thought would be great for a wedding is "Bless the Road" by Mary Black. It is on the "A Woman's Heart: A Decade On" CD that Mary compiled. You can hear a bit of it on Amazon at the following link:

Posted by: Ronald McDaniel at August 13, 2006 4:03 AM

"Amelia Almost 13" by Carrie Newcomer on the CD "My Father's Only Son"

Posted by: Michael Rogers at August 13, 2006 11:40 AM

Stephen Moore's "Mountain Love Song" would be a stunning choice for wedding videos.

Posted by: Joan Kennedy at August 14, 2006 11:10 AM

Also, Tracy Grammar singing Dave Carter's "Gentle Soldier of My Soul."

Posted by: Joan Kennedy at August 14, 2006 11:11 AM

Oysterband's "Blood Wedding" for an example of how NOT to behave during the reception.


Folk? Maybe not, but I'm sure it could be rearranged.

Posted by: Don Rosenow at August 14, 2006 11:39 AM

But seriously...

Strong Hand (Just One Miracle) - Emmylou Harris

Posted by: Don Rosenow at August 14, 2006 11:43 AM

Joan got me thinking about all the open mic possibilities- instead of the usual songs. I found a couple that would be funů

Cullen Bay Jig of Slurs, Picken Berries (This way, no one would mess up their mascara)

Fiddle & Guitar, Dan Chavers (Ironically about Tracy Grammer & Dave Carter)

Posted by: Shannon McDaniel at August 14, 2006 9:39 PM

How about the Beatles' "In My Life"? It goes something like... "there are places I remember in my life, though some have changed.... Though I know I'll never lose affection for people and things that came before; I know I'll often stop and think about them... in my life, I'll love you more.

Posted by: Barb Heller at August 17, 2006 2:32 PM

Well, at our reception the band played Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust".


Posted by: Jim Pipkin at August 17, 2006 6:16 PM

In the '60's The Kingston Trio did a rendtion of "Turn Around" which might work quite well. The refrain was something like "..turn around and your tiny, turn around and your grown, turn around and your a young wife(?) with babes of your own." I never had a daughter but I do have a granddaughter now, albeit she's only two, but God-willing I hope to live long enough to attend her wedding! Good luck! JM

Posted by: John Mitchell at August 24, 2006 2:56 PM

Just me again. Harry Belafonte did a great version of "Turn Around" as well. It may be on his "Greatest Hits" cd.

Posted by: John Mitchell at August 24, 2006 3:53 PM

Girl from the Hiring Fair - Ralph McTell - for him to sing.

I was best man at a wedding between two busy professionals. They decided that a poetry reading would be nice, but busy people they are, they didn't have time to read up. The bride stuck her finger in a book and came up with a poem (which she subsequently did not read all the way through). During the reading the trouble with this poem emerged with the line - "You are the end of self-abuse", at which point the reader paused to scan the next few verses and decided that here was a good place to stop. There was much ribaldry from the reception.

The groom had chosen a nursery rhyme from Edward Lear - the Owl and the Pussycat. After being primed by the initial piece of wanton erotica, we sat and rocked with uncontrollable delight as the reader struggled through the oft repeated chorus "Oh lovely pussy, my pussy, my love..."

At a more manic (and younger) wedding, the bride and groom danced their first dance to "The Female of the Species is More Deadly than the Male" by Space. With the (very drunk) huge best man officiating over the pair of them like a voodoo priest. Excellent!

I could drink a case of you. Joni Mitchell?

Posted by: Huw Pryce at August 31, 2006 10:45 AM

Most popular song at the poetry wedding was Delila by Tom Jones, sung by everyone at 1.30am, very, very loudly. The people in their nightclothes looking over the bannisters of the Edgerton Grey Hotel were smiling for the most part!

Every morning when I wake up, I thank the Lord I'm Welsh - Catatonia

Posted by: Huw Pryce at August 31, 2006 10:48 AM

The poem was Valentine by John Fuller - looking at it now it doesn't seem all that bad - but this guy is not the eternal feminine by any stretch of the imagination.

Posted by: Huw Pryce at August 31, 2006 10:58 AM

Of course none of this addresses the question at the top of the page...

Posted by: Huw Pryce at September 6, 2006 9:30 AM

I'd go with somthing new, like That's Love to Me, by Jim Photoglo on his Sparks on the Radio CD, 2004. It is very sweet and intense at the same time.

Posted by: Barbara Pagani at September 6, 2006 8:22 PM

Huw Pryce - YOU are my Hero!!!
(I'm gonna need an operation now for this busted gut o' mine!)

Posted by: JL Braswell at September 9, 2006 7:00 PM


I'll be out of circulation for a couple of weeks - busted gut!

With any lick I'll be able to haul myself down the stairs and into my office, but if not, nil deperandum.

Posted by: Huw Pryce at September 13, 2006 7:23 AM

Heal well, Sir. You'll be missed -

Posted by: JoLynn Braswell at September 14, 2006 8:02 AM

Jonathan Edwards does a song entitled "Little Hands" about watching a little girl grow up. very nice, I hope to use it for my daughter some day

Posted by: Wes Foraker at September 18, 2006 6:48 AM

Or for a small German bloke?

Posted by: Huw Pryce at September 20, 2006 8:17 PM

Wedding Dress by the Pentangle is a wryly funny comment on the difference between the sexes - She wouldn't say yes, wouldnt say no. All she'd do was sit and sew...

Posted by: Huw Pryce at September 24, 2006 12:49 PM

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