/ Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Disney Wedding Songs, Album Covers, Copyright Walt Disney Records

Choosing wedding music is a very important part of planning that special day. The songs that play during a bride’s entrance, the couple’s exit, that all-important first dance and at various other times throughout a ceremony and reception will be forever tied to those moments in the memories of the bride, groom, their family and friends.  If a couple shares a love of Disney, it is easy to share that affection through music in ways both obvious and understated.

Obviously Disney

The Disney song book is immense, and many of its most recognizable songs fall into the category of “love songs.” If the bride and groom are looking to share their love of Disney an overt way with their guests, music is an easy way to do it.  Here are nine love songs featured in animated classics that most guests would readily recognize or consider to be Disney songs.

 

So This Is Love

Featured in: Cinderella

Composed and written by: Mack David, Jerry Livingston, Al Hoffman

Performed on film by: Ilene Woods and Mike Davis

Also recorded by:  101 Strings Orchestra, Dave Brubeck Quartet, The Cheetah Girls

Perfect lyric: “So this is the miracle that I’ve been dreaming of…”

 

Love

Featured in: Robin Hood

Composed and written by: George Bruns and Floyd Huddleston

Performed on film by: Nancy Adams

Also recorded by: N/A

Perfect lyric: “Love will live.  Love will last.  Love goes on, and on, and on.”

 

Never Knew I Needed

Featured in: Princess and the Frog

Composed and written by: Ne-Yo

Performed on film by: Ne-Yo

Also recorded by: N/A

Perfect lyric: “Who knew I could be so unexpectedly, undeniably happier, sitting with you right here, right here next to me.”

 

I See the Light

Featured in: Tangled

Composed and written by: Alan Menken, Glen Slater

Performed on film by: Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi

Also recorded by: Jackie Evancho and Jacob Evancho, Jim Brickman

Perfect lyric: “And it’s warm and real and bright, and the world has somehow shifted.  All at once, everything is different, now that I see you.”

 

Bella Notte

Featured In: Lady and the Tramp

Composed and written By: Sonny Burke, Peggy Lee

Performed on Film By: George Givot

Also Recorded By: Bob Grabeau, The Cast of Glee

Perfect lyric: “Side by side with your loved one.  You’ll find enchantment here. The night will weave its magic spell when the one you love is near.”

 

A Whole New World

Featured in: Aladdin

Composed and written by: Alan Menken, Tim Rice

Performed on film by: Lea Salonga and Brad Kane

Also recorded by: Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle, The Circle Sessions Players, The London Pops Orchestra

Perfect lyric: “A whole new world.  That’s where we’ll be.  A thrilling chase, a wondrous place, for you and me.”

 

Can You Feel The Love Tonight

Featured in: The Lion King

Composed and written by: Elton John, Tim Rice

Performed on film by: Nathan Lane, Joseph Williams, Ernie Sabella, Sally Dowrsky, Kristle Edwards

Also recorded by: Elton John, Original Broadway Cast, Jason Derulo, Elliott Yamin, Jackie Evancho, Il Divo, Larry Stewart

Perfect lyric: “It’s enough for this restless warrior just to be with you.” – Elton John radio version

 

Beauty and the Beast (Tale As Old as Time)

Featured in: Beauty and the Beast

Composed and written by: Alan Menken, Howard Ashman

Performed on film by: Angela Lansbury

Also recorded by: Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson, Ariana Grande and John Legend, Lindsey Stirling, Diamond Rio

Perfect lyric: “Ever just the same.  Ever a surprise.  Ever just as sure as the sun will rise.”

 

Understated Disney

For a couple that wants to share their love of Disney in a way that others may not even pick up, there are a number of songs which have ties that only the truest of Disney fans will pick up.

 

Married Life

Featured in: Up

Composed by: Michael Giacchino

Perfect lyric: Instrumental

 

Define Dancing

Featured in: Wall-E

Composed by: Thomas Newman

Perfect lyric: Instrumental

 

Beautiful (As You)

Inspired by the animated classic Cinderella

Composed and written by: Jim Brickman

Performed by: Wayne Brady and Jim Brickman

Perfect lyric: “There was something about you I knew, I knew, that you were once in a lifetime, a treasure near impossible to find.  I know how lucky I am to have you.”

 

All For Love

Featured in: The Three Musketeers

Composed and written by: Bryan Adams, Robert John Lange, Michael Kamen

Performed on film by: Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and Sting

Also recorded by: Rod Stewart (solo)

Perfect lyric: “I’ll be the rock you can lean on, oh, be there when your old, to have and to hold.”

 

So Dear to My Heart

Featured in: So Dear to My Heart

Composed and written by: Irving Taylor and Ticker Freeman

Performed on film by: John Beal and the Disney Studio Orchestra

Also recorded by: Shep Fields

Perfect lyric: “And I still treasure each and ev’ry hour, of those years that had to fly. They’re locked in my heart, in a corner apart, while I tenderly hold the key .  As long as I live they will be, so dear to my heart.”

 

I Believe In You And Me

Featured in: The Preacher’s Wife

Composed and written by: Sandy Linzer, David Wolfert

Performed on film by: Whitney Houston

Also recorded by: Four Tops (original)

Perfect lyric: “I believe in you and me. I believe that we will be, in love eternally.  As far as I can see, you will always be the one for me.  Oh yes you will.”

 

Bonus Tracks

For couples with a fun and lighthearted side, there are a few songs that could be used as the couple exits the ceremony, during the reception announcement or while dancing.

 

So Long

Featured in: Winnie the Pooh

Composed and written by: Zooey Deschanel, M. Ward

Performed on film by: Zooey Deschanel

Also recorded by: N/A

Perfect lyric: “You test my nerves.  It makes me stronger, so can you bother me a little bit longer?”

 

Love Led Us Here

Featured in: Muppet Treasure Island

Composed and written by: Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil

Performed on film by: Steve Whitmire and Frank Oz

Also recorded by: N/A

Perfect lyric: “Love led us here, right back to where we belong.  We followed a star, and here we are.  Now heaven seems so near.  Love led us here.”

 

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

Featured in: Mary Poppins

Composed and written by: Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman

Performed on film by: Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke

Also recorded by: Harry Connick, Jr.

Perfect lyric: “But better use it carefully, or it can change your life. For example?  Yes?  One night I said it to me girl and now me girl’s my wife.  Oh!  And a lovely thing she is too.”

 

Let’s Get Together

Featured in: The Parent Trap

Composed and written by: Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman

Performed on film by: Hayley Mills

Also recorded by: Annette Funicello and Tommy Sands

Perfect lyric: “Let’s get together, yeah yeah yeah, two is twice as nice as one. Let’s get together right away.  We’ll be having twice the fun.”

 

Not As Fitting As You Might Think

At first glance, it may seem like certain Disney love songs would be a good choice for a wedding; however, a close look at the lyrics or the placement within the film will reveal they may not be as perfect as they seem. A few examples include:

So Close (Enchanted)- This is heartfelt song’s first verse is perfect for a wedding; however, it quickly turns into a lament of love barely missed, “of being so close but still so far.”

Evermore (Beauty and the Beast – Live Action)– While beautifully sung by Dan Stevens in the Beauty and the Beast remake, this is a heartbreaking and haunting song of love realized and lost.

Love Is An Open Door (Frozen) – If removed from the film’s context, this is a fun and playful love song; however, (spoiler alert) Hans turns out to be a big baddie.

I Won’t Say (Hercules)– The chorus of the muses battles back and forth with Megara as see refuses to admit that she loves Hercules.  Hopefully the bride and groom would not find themselves in the same predicament.

 

(Images © Disney and Walt Disney Records)

 

Did you use a Disney love song or a song featured in a Disney film at your wedding, and if so, which one? Do you think we left a perfect song off of our list?  Let us know in the comments section below.

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