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Love Songs From Musicals for Your Wedding


Say your I Dos to beautiful, romantic songs from the stage.

Did you know that theatre musicals are a great resource for wedding love songs? Most musicals on Broadway (or off Broadway for that matter) have a love story either as a main theme or a sub plot and more often than not there is a beautiful solo or duet that talks of finding love in there.

I know this for a fact because my own wedding had a soundtrack made up entirely of songs from our favorite musicals -- yes I am fortunate to have found myself a husband who appreciates musical theater just as much as I do. But hold on, even if your groom-to-be is not fond of musicals per se, I am pretty sure that he will like these songs I've picked out for you anyway. Read on because I have much to show you (and let you listen to).

Because there are loads of songs and musicals to choose from, I've chosen to focus on the newer musicals and contemporary cover versions of songs from the older ones. Save for Sunset Boulevard, I also avoided picking songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber's musicals since compilation albums of his love songs are readily available.

Main image is a press photo for West Side Story

"Tonight", interpreted by Kenny Loggins and Wynonna Judd - From West Side Story. Music by music by Leonard Bernstein, words by Stephen Sondheim.

West Side Story is one of my favorite musicals of all time and in my humble opinion, Tonight is one of the best songs to ever come out of musical theater. I particularly love this contemporary version by Kenny Loggins and Wynonna Judd. Listen to it, it's ear candy!

* Check out One Hand, One Heart from this musical as well. It was used for the scene in West Side Story where starcrossed lovers Tony and Maria pretend to marry each other. It makes for a good backdrop for when you exchange your vows.

Today, all day I had the feeling

A miracle would happen

I know now I was right

For here you are

And what was just the world is a star


Get it on your mp3 player.

"As Long As You're Mine" - From the musical Wicked. Music and words by Stephen Schwartz

As Long as You're Mine is an intense song from Wicked The Musical, interpreted by original cast members Idina Menzel and Norbert Leo Butz. The song is a duet between the Elphaba (who turns into the Wicked Witch of the West), played by Idina and Fiyero, the man she loves, played by Norbert. Idina Menzel won a Tony for Best Actress for her work in this musical. Listen to the music and see the photo slideshow below.

Just for this moment

As long as you're mine

Come be how you want to

And see how bright we shine...

Get it on your mp3 player.

"Fallin'", interpreted by Victor Garber - From They're Playing Our Song. Music by Marvin Hamlisch, words by Carole Bayer Sager

Fallin' is a beautiful song that talks about being afraid to fall in love but taking the plunge anyway. The video shows Broadway veteran and dramatic actor Victor Garber playing Arthur in the musical They're Playing Our Song, a musical that illustrates the real-life relationship of composers Hamlisch and Sager. I saw this musical long ago and absolutely loved it. Listen to the song below.

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* Check out Fill in the Words from this musical as well.

My head says go and find the door

My heart says I found you

And now I'm fallin

Catch me if you can

Maybe this time I'll have it all

When I fall in love...

Get it on your mp3 player.

"I Will Be Loved Tonight" - From I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. Music by Jimmy Roberts, book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro.

I Will Be Loved Tonight is a very sweet and touching song from the Off-Broadway show I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, a musical that chronicles relationships from the courtship stage to marriage to growing old together. The song talks about finally finding love after years of being alone. I remember seeing this musical at the Westside Theatre alone back in the late 90s and I promised myself that if ever I get married, I would bring my husband to see it too. And I did, in 2005 when my husband and I went to New York for our honeymoon. Listen to it here.

* Check out Shouldn't I Be Less In Love With You? from this musical as well. It's a tender love song sung by one half of a couple who have been together for a long time who realizes that his love for his partner remains the same despite the flaws in their relationship.

So let darkness come, 'cause that will be fine;

for I'll have a soul entangled in mine.

We'll do as we please, and please... hold me tight.

For I will be loved, I will be loved.

Yes, I will be loved tonight.

Get it on your mp3 player.

"With You" - From Pippin. Music and words by Stephen Schwartz.

A tender ballad from the musical Pippin, a show based on the life of Pippin the Hunchback, the son of Charlemagne. The musical is all about Pippiin and his ambitious quest for an extraordinary life. With You is a song he sings when he discovers that relationships without love can leave one empty and unfullfilled.

* Check out Love Song from this musical as well. It's a pretty duet between Pippin and Catherine, a girl he becomes enamored with, distracting him from his quest momentarily.

And time weaves ribbons of memory

To sweeten life when youth is through

But I would need no memories there

If I could share

My life with you...

Get it on your mp3 player.

"I'll Cover You", interpreted by Jesse Martin and Wilson Jermaine Heredia - From Rent. Words and music by Jonathan Larson.

I'll Cover You is an upbeat, unexpected love song from the musical Rent. In the musical you will see that it refers to a pure homosexual relationship between Collins, played by Jesse Martin, and Angel, played by Wilson Jermaine Heredia with him eventually winning a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor. The beauty of this song lies in that it can be sung by and for any gender. RENT is probably the only musical I saw four times on Broadway, twice on $20 lottery and twice using my discount when I was an art student in New York City - that's how much I enjoyed it.

* Check out Without You from this musical as well, a song that talks about not being entirely complete without the person you love, and of course Seasons of Love.

I've longed to discover

Something as true as this is

So with a thousand sweet kisses,I'll cover you

With a thousand sweet kisses, I'll cover you...

Get it on your mp3 player.

"Soon It's Gonna Rain" - From The Fantasticks. Music by Harvey Schmidt and lyrics by Tom Jones.

Soon It's Gonna Rain is a cute and uplifting love duet from The Fantasticks, which is incidentally the longest-running musical ever. It is sung by the main characters Luisa and Matt as they speak and sing of their love and their dreamed life.

*Check out Try to Remember and They Were You from this musical as well.

Then we'll let it rain.

We'll live and love within our walls.

Happily we'll live and love,

No cares at all.

Happily we'll live and love

Within our castle walls.

Get it on your mp3 player.

"Sun and Moon" - From Miss Saigon by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil.

Sun and Moon is a haunting love duet from the West End musical Miss Saigon, interpreted by original cast members Lea Salonga and Simon Bowman. The song is about two people from completely opposite backgrounds finding love in the most unexpected of circumstances. Lea, a Filipino international recording artist, won a Tony Award for Best Actress for her fantastic work in this musical and my husband and I were fortunate enough to have seen her perform the role when she reprised it in a special re-staging just a few years ago.

* Check out The Last Night of the World from this musical as well.

You are sunlight and I moon

Joined by the gods of fortune

Midnight and high noon

Sharing the sky

We have been blessed, you and I

Get it on your mp3 player.

"Some Girls" - From Once on this Island. Music by Stephen Flaherty, book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens.

Some Girls is a tender ballad from Once on this Island, a one-act musical with a book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty. Based on the novel My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy, the musical is a retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid set in the French Antilles in the Caribbean Sea. In the play, the lead character Daniel is betrothed to another but sings this song to Ti Moune, the girl he really loves.

* Check out The Human Heart from this musical as well.

You are not small talk or shiny cars

Or mirrors or French cologne.

You are the river, the moon, the stars.

You're no one else I've known.

(The video below is the best interpretation I could find of the song online but you'll have to forward it to around 2:46 to hear the song.)

Get it on your mp3 player.

"The Perfect Year" interpreted by Dina Carroll - From Sunset Boulevard. Book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Dina Carroll's version of The Perfect Year is a lovely rendition of the song from the tragic musical Sunset Boulevard. In the musical, it is sung by Norma Desmond, a faded star of the silent screen era, to young screenwriter Joe Gillis, with whom she has fallen in one-sided love with. Despite the tragic circumstances in the story, it is still a lovely song to sing or dance to. Our wedding date is just a couple of days shy from January 1st so my husband and I chose this song for our first dance as a married couple.

* Check out As If We Never Said Goodbye and Too Much In Love To Care from this musical as well.

We don't need a crowded ballroom

Everything we need is here

And face to face we shall embrace

The perfect year.

Get it on your mp3 player.

If you can carry a tune (or not, it doesn't really matter. It's your day after all!), it would be great if you and your groom can perform the songs yourselves! Check out the links to sheet music below.

Andrew Lloyd Webber: Love Songs - The king of contemporary musical theatre.

Andrew Lloyd Webber is undoubtedly the most successful musical composer of all time and many of his songs became standards not only in the theatre history, but also as tops on the charts.

The Greatest Love Songs From The Musicals - A Musical Compilation

There are many other love songs from musicals that you can use for your wedding though if you're not familiar with musical theatre, this album is a good place to start.

Nothing's more fun than putting together a playlist, especially if it's for your special day. Let me know what you think of the music I've featured. Thoughts on this lens are most welcome too.

Will you consider playing love songs from musicals at your wedding? - Which ones? I would love to know!

Karen White from California, LA on November 17, 2019:

Nice! I take some songs for my video

Charito Maranan-Montecillo from Manila, Philippines on January 25, 2014:

I love these musicals you featured! I have some of them in my collection.

Charito Maranan-Montecillo from Manila, Philippines on December 27, 2013:

Thank you for featuring all these popular musicals I also love, like "Pippin", "They're Playing Our Song" and "Once On This Island". I'm glad we have the same tastes in music. - Ms. Charito from the Philippines

chat2vishakha on September 06, 2013:

Excellent post.I really like your selection of songs.Thanks for sharing this awesome collection of romantic songs.

Marc from Edinburgh on February 13, 2013:

Brilliant selection of songs. I was thinking "Without You" from Rent would be a good...kinda sad, but a very moving love song.

anonymous on November 09, 2012:

I am a huge lover of musicals. Was planning on One hand One heart for unity candle ceremony. and though it is less well known I love the song Believe from The Scarlet Pimpernel. Look it up, its great for a wedding. Really liked the picks you made here. Fallin' is the only one I'm not familiar with but it sounds like a great song.

Kristen from Wisconsin on May 21, 2012:

Fantastic Lens! I will be featuring it in my Unique Wedding Ceremony Music Lens! Thanks!

anonymous on May 13, 2012:

Excellent! I wouldn't have done "Tonight", though, I would have chosen "One Hand, One Heart" in favor. I also include "All I Ask of You". I'm so glad you said "Sun and Moon". That's one of my favorites and it's always overlooked.

anonymous on May 13, 2012:

Excellent! I wouldn't have done "Tonight", though, I would have chosen "One Hand, One Heart" in favor. I also include "All I Ask of You". I'm so glad you said "Sun and Moon". That's one of my favorites and it's always overlooked.

anonymous on March 20, 2012:

Am planning a wedding and we want all the music to be from the shows. Your website has been really useful - thank you very much xx

nuestraherencia on August 25, 2011:

What a great idea for a lens...beautiful songs...You have inspired me to write again :-)

StellaSingles on June 18, 2011:

"Tonight" from West Side Story is just beautiful. Great Lens!

smithlights on May 19, 2011:

I would totally consider it! I love musicals! You added some I hadn't thought of, and left some of my favorites out. Great lens!

Wedding Mom on March 13, 2011:

More great choices for music for a wedding. Nicely done

anonymous on March 13, 2011:

Given me food for thought! I've got a harpist for the ceremony but want a musical number to walk down the aisle to. Any ideas from anyone what will sound nice on a harp?

UKGhostwriter on March 09, 2011:

Brilliant! - fantastic lens

anonymous on February 28, 2011:

Not planning marriage, but these are some fresh and unique songs for someone who is.

stevembetts on February 23, 2011:

I love the songs! They are a great and beautiful classic.

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anonymous on February 16, 2011:

Where can I find accompaniment CD tracks for these great Broadway love songs? Thank you for compiling them!

anonymous on January 28, 2011:

oops, forgot to mention, lensrolled to my Top 10 Wedding Songs of All Time lens.

anonymous on January 28, 2011:

What a wonderful and unique idea! The musical fans out there are going to just love this!

LauraMarie LM on January 09, 2011:

Great lens with some beautiful songs that would be appreciated at a wedding.

howdoyouspellst on November 15, 2010:

Great idea!! I think I'll definitely have some musical music at my wedding!!

tssfacts on November 10, 2010:

Great selection. There were a couple that I wasn't sure about. But after thinking and listening to it you're right they do fit.

Evelyn Saenz from Royalton on November 08, 2010:

Wonderfully romantic love songs. Musicals sure know how to combine love with music.

Mona from Iowa on November 08, 2010:

A really great assortment of music here. Nicely done!

Sarah Switalski from Iowa on October 29, 2010:

Wonderful collection of love songs from musicals! We're trying to find a song for our first dance and maybe I will be able to talk my fiancé into one of these :)

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on September 30, 2010:

I hadn't considered some of these songs for weddings before, but you are right. They are all wonderful!

JoyfulPamela2 from Pennsylvania, USA on September 26, 2010:

Cynthia, you've chosen some wonderfully beautiful songs that any couple would love! Many of the weddings I have played music for have asked me to perform songs from musicals. The songs can be so touching. : )

anonymous on September 10, 2010:

Great list of love songs for someone's wedding. You have just made some bride to be very happy I am sure.

anonymous on September 10, 2010:

Great list of love songs for someone's wedding. You have just made some bride to be very happy I am sure.

anonymous on June 03, 2010:

Still not sure what music we'll be using for the wedding, although I did sing "With You" from "Pippin" to my fiancé right before proposing. It really was a perfect song for the occasion.

norma-holt on April 12, 2010:

I had to come back with wings on and bless this lovely lens. Its also featured on my blessed lens site.


FlynntheCat1 on March 30, 2010:

Very nice lens - have you seen Once? I'm lensrolling it to my lens about that film, anyway!

norma-holt on February 17, 2010:

Loved the songs and the lens. Romance is in the air with these great tunes. Top marks and lensrolled to How to have a great wedding Day where I will also feature it. Thanks for the blessing on How to Build a Lens, Cynthia, it was so much appreciated

Norma .

Indigo Janson from UK on November 23, 2009:

I really enjoyed my visit, and loved listening to some new songs on the videos. Very nicely put together!

Cynthia Arre (author) from Quezon City on November 20, 2009:

@Heather426: Thank you Heather, I really appreciate it! (:

Cynthia Arre (author) from Quezon City on November 20, 2009:

@justholidays: Thank you so much Dom, once again your kind words have made my day (:

Heather Burns from Wexford, Ireland on November 20, 2009:

Wonderful lens and blessed by a squid angel.

justholidays on November 20, 2009:

This is once again a well crafted and informative lens at once; which is not easy to do!


Cynthia Arre (author) from Quezon City on November 19, 2009:

Thanks for dropping by (and lensrolling!) Robin & Patricia (:

Patricia on November 19, 2009:


Robin S from USA on November 19, 2009:

Terrific! Lensrolling this to my mother-son wedding songs.

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