Beach-themed weddings can be a lot of fun. To add to the fun, you’ll need some great beach wedding songs. These songs will help set the tone of the wedding and give your wedding a relaxed, beachy, nautical feel.
But remember, it’s not just the songs that help set the tone, it’s also the instruments. For a beach wedding, you’ll want instruments with a distinctive tropical, Caribbean, Hawaiian or surf-rock feel.
Some ways of achieving that are with Caribbean steel drums, acoustic guitar, slack key guitar or a ukulele. These instruments can also be accompanied by a vocalist as well, if you want.
Now that you know what instruments to have at your wedding, here’s a list of beach wedding songs to play:
Beach Wedding Processional Songs:
Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World is a medley of Judy Garland’s Somewhere Over the Rainbow and Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World performed on ukulele by Hawaiian musician Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. Released on Kamakawiwo’ole’s 1993 album, Facing Future, the song became a hit in the United States in January of 2004 and has been featured in numerous t.v. shows and movies, such as E.R., Charmed, Scrubs, 50 First Dates and Finding Forrester.
Sleep Walk – Santo & Johnny
Sleep Walk is an instrumental song written and performed by Johnny and Santo Farina. Released on the Farina’s 1959 album, Santo & Johnny, the song became a number one hit in the United States in September of 1959.
Better Together – Jack Johnson
Better Together is a song written and performed by Jack Johnson. The song was released on Jack Johnson’s 2005 album, In Between Dreams.
Ke Kali Nei Au (Hawaiian Wedding Song) – Charles E. King
Hawaiian Wedding Song was written by Charles E. King in 1926. In 1959, Andy Williams recorded and released his version of the song, which became a hit in the United States. The song has since been recorded by many other artists including Elvis for a wedding scene in his 1961 film Blue Hawaii.
Into the Mystic – Van Morrison
Into the Mystic is a song written and performed by Van Morrison. Released on Morrison’s 1970 album, Moondance, the song was listed on Rolling Stones Magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and has been featured in numerous movies, including the 2003 film American Wedding in which the song was played as the main character’s first dance as a married couple.
God Only Knows – The Beach Boys
God Only Knows was written by Brian Wilson and Tony Asher and performed by the Beach Boys. It was released on The Beach Boys’ 1966 album, Pet Sounds. The song was listed in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Is This Love? – Bob Marley
Is This Love? is a song written by Bob Marley and performed by Bob Marley and the Wailers. Released on the band’s 1978 album, Kaya, it is one of Bob Marley’s best known songs, even though it was never a hit in the United States.
Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles
Here Comes the Sun was written by George Harrison and performed by the Beatles. It was released on their 1969 album, Abbey Road.
Wouldn’t It Be Nice – The Beach Boys
Wouldn’t It Be Nice is a song written by Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Tony Asher and performed by The Beach Boys. Released on the Beach Boys’1966 album Pet Sounds, the song became a worldwide hit in the summer of 1966. In the 1996 documentary about the Beach Boys, titled Endless Love, Brian Wilson explained the song is about “what children everywhere go through … wouldn’t it be nice if we were older, or could run away and get married.”
Escape (The Pina Colada Song) – Rupert Holmes
Sittin’ on The Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding
Rockaway Beach – The Ramones
Rock Lobster – The B-52s
Orinoco Flow (Sail Away) – Enya
Come Sail Away – Styx
Beyond the Sea – Bobby Darin
Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffett
Surfin’ USA – The Beach Boys
Wipeout – The Safaris
Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys
Stir It Up – Bob Marley
Sail My Vessel – Garth Brooks
Summer Wind – Frank Sinatra