51 Best Cinematic Wedding Video Songs
51 Best Cinematic Wedding Video Songs
Wedding videos have come such a long way in the past decade or so.
The term ‘videographer’ used to come with a certain stigma. It went hand and hand with all the cheesy wedding videos made by uncles everywhere carrying around their 1990’s camcorders.
In my opinion, there are a few major factors that have changed the world of wedding videography. Aside from better video quality and a stronger focus on storytelling, the biggest step forward has been music options.
Choosing the right music for a film is SO important. Music sets the overall tone, feeling, and emotion from your video. It’s an important step that you don’t want to skimp on. It can make or break a film taking it from feeling cheesy and forced to inspiring, beautiful, and moving.
But picking the perfect song can be extremely time consuming. That’s why I’ve decided to share my top picks with you today.
I’ll be sharing with you a list of 51 of my absolute favorite songs to use, especially for wedding videos. For ease of use, I’ve broken them down into a few different genres to help you quickly sort through what will fit your video best.
By the way, if you want to dive even deeper into exactly how I pick just the right music for all types of films, you can check that out in more detail here.
Do wedding videographers need to use royalty free music?
Before we get in to it, let’s discuss whether or not you’ll be needing royalty free music and why this is important to distinguish from all other types of music. As a wedding videographer that is paid for your work and regularly shares that work online, yes, you absolutely need to be using royalty free music.
Royalty free music includes songs that have no copyright attached to them. This may be because you paid a certain price to use the song or because the author of the song decided to give it away for free.
Either way, using a royalty free song means that you can freely use the song in your video on youtube, your website, for distribution, etc. Of course you need to always read the fine print on the music you are using, I’m just letting you know generally what this means. Certain agreements may exclude use in TV commercials, for example, so just be sure to check.
As a wedding videographer, you’ve likely been paid for your work. In this case, you should absolutely lean on the side of caution and only use songs that are royalty free.
For this reason, I’ve decided to keep my list royalty free friendly and only included songs that are royalty free.
Thankfully royalty free no longer means canned, boring synthesizers like it once did. There are now amazing websites devoted to giving you amazingly fresh music from real artists that happens to be super affordable.
Where is the best place to find good and affordable royalty free music?
The most affordable place that I have found to get great wedding songs is through Soundstripe.
There are so many things I love about this site, but aside from simply having great music options it’s so easily accessible even for those just starting out with wedding videography.
I’m used to 5 years ago when it used to cost $200 a song. Thankfully, you can now find unlimited songs to use for $11 a month. You don’t have to be charging $2000+ a gig to justify that price. Obviously, you don’t have to be a wedding videographer to use Soundstripe. It’s great for vloggers, corporate videos, or the random family video at that price.
Because I love using them so much, they were kind enough to give me a promo code to share with my readers, so be sure to use ‘handcraftfilms’ at checkout for a 10% discount.
My favorite royalty free wedding songs
Ok, enough with the details, let’s get straight to the list.
Section 1 | Upbeat, positive, beautiful lyrics.
These songs are perfect in general for wedding films, especially for shots with the couple together, the guests during all the in-between moments, or right after the ceremony.
(Use ‘handcraftfilms’ at checkout for 10% off any of these songs if they work out for you.)
By My Side, by The Emerson Year - beautiful, romantic, building