Dolly Parton, Stevie Wonder, and Billy Preston are just a few artists included on this list of 1969 wedding songs. There are songs here from many genres, and there are even some instrumental tracks that can be used as a bridal march. The decade came to a close with many tender love ballads for couples.
1969 Wedding Songs
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Andy Kim would go on to become one of the first 1970s heartthrobs after releasing this song in 1969, a love ballad that would also define Kim’s style. Like most of Kim’s work the song has a strong dance beat and will serve best when used at the wedding reception.
He was still called “Little” Stevie Wonder by a lot of people in 1969, but no one could have guessed just how important Wonder would become to music history. This is one of the first big hits from Wonder, and it is still relevant for newlyweds after all these years.
As the 1960s drew to a close the legendary Andy Williams was seeing a decline in his career, but he still had a few hits like this one left to deliver. Any song by Williams makes a great wedding choice because his voice is soft and filled with emotion, so work this one into the recessional.
If – Al Hirt
Al Hirt served up a few instrumental hits in the 1960s, but this one has become a 1969 wedding song that has a broad appeal to couples young and old. Instrumental classics like this one are especially suited to weddings because they can be used in the formal parts of the ceremony.
Those who want to celebrate the happiness of a wedding day will find that this song by Mercy conveys a feel-good message of devotion. The title of the song should tell you that the song can be used in almost any portion of the wedding festivities.
Henry Mancini is one of the most iconic musicians of all time, and his compositions were used to score some of the best films of the decade. One of those films was Romeo and Juliet, and what love song is better suited for two people about to say their marriage vows?
Stevie Wonder makes this list of 1969 wedding songs twice with timeless classics, and this one is the ultimate love ballad for those who appreciate the Motown sound. It can be played as the wedding guests are being seated, but some couples also like to make it the song for their first dance.
Don’t discount this classic from Frank Sinatra as a wedding song, and don’t be afraid to let the groom sing it karaoke-style at the reception. On a serious note, there are couples who like the song’s theme of independence and its message of conquering the world.
B.J. Thomas is no stranger to the playlists of wedding DJs, and this song is chosen for its happy lyrics and joyful beat. The best way to use the song is to have it played when the happy couple makes their first appearance at the wedding reception, but it will also work as a non-traditional recessional.
This is the song that most people associate with pop star Neil Diamond, but it has also been covered by Elvis Presley and several other artists. You might be surprised to find out that the song is often played during dinner as a background song to get guests singing along.
Billy Preston worked with the Beatles, but he also had an impressive solo career that included this 1969 wedding song. It is treasured by couples who celebrate faith and want to include songs with a spiritual theme in their wedding.
Canadian superstars The Guess Who had one of their biggest hits with this song from 1969, a piano ballad that is soft and poignant. Most couples will likely use the song as a dance tune, but it has also been played as the wedding guests are being seated in the chapel.
Every wedding needs a song or two that are reserved for the bride and her father to enjoy, and this tune from Gary Puckett & The Union Gap is often heard during the father-daughter dance. It is meant to evoke those sentimental feelings which all fathers experience when they watch their little girl get married.
Those who want to keep their wedding song choices classy can always rely on the hits of Dionne Warwick to set the right mood. You can play this song before the wedding begins as a special way to get everyone’s attention before the bride makes her grand entrance.
The Doors aren’t what you might consider wedding day fare, but they recorded a few tunes like this one that can liven up a reception. We would recommend that you play it after a serious moment to lighten the mood, but it can be used at the end of the night for a great send-off.
Some couples want to include heavier rock and roll in their wedding reception song choices, and a song often chosen is this Blood, Sweat & Tears hit. It will resonate with the older members of your wedding guest list, and will probably inspire lively dancing.
There are many country songs from 1969 that can be used in weddings, and this ballad from Conway Twitty has a strong lyrical message. The vocals are a tad soulful, so strategically use this song during the quieter moments of your wedding ceremony.
Don Gibson will help you keep things simple with this song about the wedding rings couples exchange. Many play it during the exchange of rings, but the song can also provide the soundtrack as the bridal party takes up their place at the altar.
You won’t want to leave out this 1969 wedding song from Dolly Parton, a living legend in the world of country music. Play it right before the bride is given away at the altar to set the mood for the entire wedding.
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Celebrating weddings of 1969. Where were you and what was happening?
If you were one of the weddings in 1969…
Congratulations on your wedding of 1969. You share your anniversary with the following events.
Celebrity Weddings of 1969
- Gunter Sachs wed Mirja Larsson
- Natalie Wood wed Richard Gregson
- Yoko Ono wed John Lennon
- Christopher Walken wed Georgianne Thon Walken
- Arlo Guthrie wed Jackie Guthrie
News Highlights of 1969
- Dr. Denton A Cooley implants the world’s first entirely artificial heart. The patient lives for four days.
- Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin Jr. pilot their lunar module, named Eagle, to land on the moon. The event is televised on earth.
- An estimated 400,000 young people gather for the Woodstock festival.
- After 147 years, the Saturday Evening Post prints its last publication.
1969 Sports Champions:
- The New York Mets win the World Series over the Baltimore Orioles.
- The American Football League New York Jets upset the NFL’s heavily favored Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III by a score of 16-7.
- The Boston Celtics win the NBA Title over the Los Angeles Lakers.
- Monreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup over the St. Louis Blues.
Music Highlights of 1969
- Grammy’s Song of 1969: Games People Play – Joe South
- The Fifth Dimension – Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In
- Tommy Roe – Dizzy
- Sly & The Family Stone – Everyday People
- The Beatles – Get Back
- The Rolling Stones – Honky Tonk Woman
- The Temptations – I Can’t Get Next To You
- Zager & Evans – In The Year 2525
- Steam – Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye
- The Archies – Sugar, Sugar
- The Fifth Dimension – Wedding Bell Blues
- The Zombies – Time Of The Season
- Henry Mancini – Love Theme From Romeo & Juliet
- Elvis Presley – Suspicious Minds
- The Beatles – Something
- Peter, Paul & Mary – Leaving On A Jet Plane
- B.J. Thomas – Rain Drops Keep Falling On My Head
- Diana Ross & The Supremes – Someday We’ll Be Together
- The Jackson 5 – I Want You Back
- The Shocking Blue – Venus
Entertainment Highlights of 1969
- Best Picture: Oliver!: John Woolf
- Best Actor: Cliff Robertson – Charly
- Best Actress: Barbra Streisand – Funny Girl
Top Television Shows:
- The Beverly Hillbillies, Bonanza, The Dean Martin Show, A Family Affair, Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C., Gunsmoke, Here’s Lucy, Julia, Mayberry R.F.D., Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In
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