50 Best Sister Songs
Most sisters grow up close to one another — though they may have argued about bathroom time or stealing one another’s clothes (or boyfriends). Sisters help one another in hard times and celebrate in good times. Your sister is just as important to you now that you’re a bride, as she was during your childhood — maybe more. So, why not honor her?
What is a Bride-Sister Song?
As a bride, you may want to offer a bride-sister song to dedicate to your sister and your special relationship. Your sister may want to do the same. Bride-sister songs are songs that speak to the relationship between you and your sister or sisters.
Choosing the right song is important because your wedding day is important. Select a song that has special meaning between you as sisters. Our top 50 sister songs below should help jog your memory or inspire you to find one.
When Do We Play the Bride-Sister Song?
We recommend playing the song during the wedding reception so that everyone can participate in dancing to the song. But, if your sister is a musician, she might have written you a special song to play during the ceremony. We’ve seen a lot of talent in our days.
If you’d like to keep the moment private between you (as the bride) and your sister, play it during your wedding photos. Or while she is helping you with your gown. It makes a great photo opportunity.
What if I Don’t Have A Sister?
Maybe you didn’t grow up with a sister. You could feel left out. Or your sister is estranged from you. Family estrangement seems to be on the trend, sadly. As with blended families. On the other hand, you may have discovered a long-lost sister, a half-sister, or you really bonded with your step-sister. Include them in your wedding celebration, by all means.
Your aunt may be very close to your age and filled that role in your life. And don’t forget about the besties. Sometimes childhood friends are closer than sisters. But be advised, that people have expectations during weddings that closely align with bloodlines than we would like to think. So, if you decide to include a sister song for a non-traditional role, talk about it with your spouse and wedding coordinator.
Sangeet and Sister Songs
Sisters gathering to sing songs with and for the bride to go back to Punjabi culture. Singing jokes about your in-laws sound like a great way to start pre-wedding festivities and shake off some stress. This practice is part of the pre-ceremony festivities and, according to Lin & Jirsa, happens in the bride’s home or banquet hall.
“The female members from both sides of the family congregate together to sing traditional songs pertaining to the bride and groom. The elders of the family lead the pack as they dictate which songs to sing for the Sangeet. This singing tradition occurs mostly in Punjabi culture. Songs include ‘jokes’ about in-laws, about the bride leaving her parents’ home, and on how to have a successful marriage.” Lin & Jirsa
Westerners could definitely take this tradition and incorporate it into their wedding receptions, especially as a group song with the bride, her sisters, and new sisters-in-law. The DJ could play the karaoke track or the sisters could all dance and sing along. Talk to your professional wedding planner and DJ for their advice on how this could be a fun part of your wedding. It would definitely make memories!
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National Sisters Day and Weddings
Don’t forget about National Sisters Day, too. National Sisters Day is celebrated every year on the first Sunday in August. So, if that is the day of your wedding, it would be extra special to honor your sister. If your sister passed away, you may want to honor her or avoid this day. It really depends on you and your future husband.
50 Best Bride-Sister Songs for Your Wedding
Without further ado, here is our curated list of the best bride-sister songs. Don’t worry, they’re not all tear-jerkers like “Wind Beneath My Wings.” We also have “This Girl is on Fire” and “Bad Girls.”
Sister song list curated by Matthew Campbell
Last Updated: Jannuary 4, 2021
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