Movie Inspired Wedding Songs

Mr. Hummingbird is not particularly a movie person. He finds sitting for two hours generally makes him feel impatient as he would much prefer to do something interactive (read: smashing grunts as Master Chief in Halo 3). However, since we’ve been together, I’ve encouraged him to watch and try different movies and it’s actually paid off as many of his favourites now are things I recommended. In fact for the past couple of years, we’ve gone to see some really good flicks on our anniversary (March of the Penguins, Oldboy and Brick respectively).

Anyway, when it came to working out what music we might use in the wedding, Mr. Hummingbird actually suggested that we use songs from some of our favourite movies as part of the day. So we picked out a couple of tracks we might like to accompany us down the aisle during the recessional or to play during our first toast. I’ve linked to a couple of You Tube clips below so you can see and hear the songs how we first heard them in the movies:

Whole Wide World By Wreckless Eric (Stranger Than Fiction – Will Ferrell finally lands the anarchist baker of his dreams after bringing her a bunch of “flours”)

All I Want Is You By Barry Louis Polisar (Juno – A pregnant, Sunny-D toting Ellen Page trots along to animated opening credits)

In Your Eyes By Peter Gabriel (Say Anything . . . – Lloyd Dobler shows his love and dedication to his girlfriend by playing their song on a boombox underneath her bedroom window. Go to the window Diane!)

500 Miles By The Proclaimers (Benny and Joon – Johnny Depp is wacky and loveable as a Buster Keaton obsessed guy who falls in love with a mentally ill young lady.)

Oh La La by Faces (Rushmore – I always thought this ending was very sweet.)

C’est La Vie by Chuck Berry (Pulp Fiction – Gotta love Travolta cutting a rug!)

We haven’t decided exactly what we’re using where yet, but I love these songs and how they all come from movies with unconventional love stories (well . . . maybe not Pulp Fiction, but the song’s still cool).

So what do you think? Are there any other cinephiles out there using movie music on their big day? How have you been inspired to include touches from some of your favourite movies in your wedding?


Mrs. Hummingbird

Wedding Date:
June 2008
Fun With A Laser Gun
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    Chrissie, Guest @ 4:35 pm

    I love that In Your Eyes is one of your picks!

    We played some Penguin Cafe Orchestra (from Raising Arizona), As Time Goes By (Casablanca) and Moon River (Breakfast at Tiffany’s). I really, really wanted Moon River to be either my entrance song or our first dance, but the tempo just wasn’t right.

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    Katie, Guest @ 4:56 pm

    Wow – your music interests are like the exact same as mine. Is it weird that I want the whole juno album played at my wedding??? Ha ha.

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    Emily, Guest @ 4:59 pm

    We’re also playing Juno music at ours, as well as songs from Virgin Suicides and Life Aquatic. Also the Royal Tenenbaums and Lost in Translation. Basically, you can’t go wrong with a soundtrack from a Wes Anderson or Sofia Copolla movie.

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    Angel 1263 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:14 pm

    Cool! I’ve been hoping someone would post about movie music. I love movie soundtracks (most of my cd collection) and the feelings certain songs envoke. I’m right there with you with Wreckless Eric (although I think I actually like the way Will Ferrell sings it better.)

    We used a lesser known song from an animated film in our wedding video: “Don’t Let Go” by Bryan Adams and Sarah McLachlan from the movie Spirit.

    It captured the first look moment perfectly.

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    infoscibride, Guest @ 5:18 pm

    Strangers by The Kinks is our 1st dance song. We actually picked it before Darjeerling Limited came out and were really excited to see it in a movie! And Waiting for Somebody by Paul Westerburg, from the movies Singles, is our entrance song. Also, if the church will let us, we’re totally using All You Need Is Love as our recessional music, a la Love Actually (so cheesy, I know. Can’t help it!)

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    Emily, Guest @ 5:18 pm

    Thanks for reminding me about that scene in Stranger Than Fiction. It never occured to me to have this at our wedding! Now to figure out how to get that same “rush” from the acoustic to the real song…

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    Michelle, Guest @ 5:46 pm

    How funny that you just posted this! I really want to use that Pilasar song too but I can’t find the sheet music anywhere (we were going to have our guitarist play and sing it!). I’m hoping the popularity of the song will convince them to create sheet music. Either it is out of print or never was published. If anyone has tips, please post!

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    Michelle, Guest @ 5:46 pm

    We are going to use instrumental songs from movies during dinner at our reception. FI loves movies and we spent our 6 months together as a couple going to a new movie every weekend.
    And I LOVE the Juno soundtrack. In fact, I am going to download it right now.

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    Tea, Guest @ 6:03 pm

    i have 500 miles on my list too! that song never fails to make me smile. i love it.

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    hwong14, Guest @ 6:04 pm

    The Polisar song is actually pretty old — he’s a children’s songwriter/singer who started in the 70s! I also LOVE the Juno soundtrack, and from the first note of that Polisar song, I was hooked! It’s so funny that it’s a children’s song but so completely perfect for a wedding (well, our wedding, and yours, too, it seems!)!

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    beanchar, Guest @ 7:11 pm

    1) Great idea. Loved watching/listening to the clips. Can’t wait to see what you end up picking!

    2) Love your taste in flicks. If Mr H ever won’t go to the movies with you, call me. (aka I have a total girl-crush on Miss H ;))

    3) If you love off-beat, unconventional romances, run-don’t-walk to rent “Harold and Maude” (Don’t be put off by the “dark” first minutes, you will LOVE it, I promise!)

    4) Whatever happened to Ione Skye??

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    hummingbird 192 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:24 pm

    Ah I so love some of your music ideas. Emily, I totally didn’t think about the Virgin Suicides but you jogged my memory.
    Hahaha. Beanchar, you flatter me! Harold and Maude is actually my mom’s favourite movie so I have been watching it for years. It totally freaked me out when I saw Bud Cort in Arrested Development all bald and old.

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    psu01 123 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:33 pm

    I really wanted a reenactment of the bar scene in top gun with “you’ve lost that loving feeling.” That would have been an excellent surprise!

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    lovebug 712 posts, Busy bee @ 9:08 pm

    GREAT idea for finding inspiration!

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    Joyful2, Guest @ 9:31 pm

    For our recessional, we’re playing “Joyful Joyful” from Sister Act 2, starting the song at the part where the whole choir comes in. As all good plans start out, it was suggested on the band bus when I was in high school…no joke. Plus Joyful is my most common nickname. My own sister calls me Joyful more than she calls me Joy.

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    j, Guest @ 10:42 pm

    We love the Whole Wide World! We’re having our onsite video made to “Question” by the Old 97s – my FI’s proposal to me was based on one of my favorite scenes in Scrubs. He had his buddy run around us with sparklers :) And the song playing during that scene, was Question.

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    chelles_bells, Guest @ 11:28 pm

    First of all… we are the same person. Secondly, I love “Whole Wide World.” Just like Will Farrell in the movie, that was the first song I learned to play on guitar and I played it for a boy. I wish we could have a hot love scene like that! Anyways, “Oh La La” is from my favorite movie and is one of my favorite songs, but I wouldnt include it in a wedding as it is about a boy getting jilted from love (including from prostitutes and strippers). It might be a great last dance though! I would totally suggest anything from Wes Anderson films. His music choices totally depicts life as it.

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    kim, Guest @ 1:28 am

    i was going to say go for “whole wide world”… until i saw the proclaimers song on the list…. now i vote for that. (and if we have a dolly, we can TOTALLY re-create that video. oh yes. it will be magical).

    our entire wedding is based around nightmare before christmas… we’re having a friend play “this is halloween” on a cello for our recessional song. a bit dark, but it’s fitting.

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    milkshake 52 posts, Worker bee @ 3:41 am

    this is kind of off topic, but rushmore….stranger than fiction…juno…i love your taste in movies! can you recommend some more of your favorites?

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    tx bride, Guest @ 11:23 am

    I LOVE your picks (both in music and movies!)

    We used a song from High Fidelity for our first dance: “I Believe (when I fall in love it will be forever)” by Stevie Wonder

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    Kathy, Guest @ 6:16 pm

    I went to a wedding last year and after announcing “Mr. and Mrs…..” Johnny Cash’s “I walk the Line” began playing, and they both took a step at the same moment and walked down the isle…Not for everyone, but it really worked for this couple. The wedding was so elegant, so this was so unexpected, and you just had to smile big.

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    Colleen, Guest @ 6:43 pm

    I knew when I heard Bow Wow Wow’s version of “Fools Rush In” in “Marie Antionette” that we would use it in our wedding. But ours will be the original version by Brook Benton.

    “When we met…I felt my life begin…so open up your heart and let…this fool rush in.” :o)

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    Weddingbee » Blog Archive » If Only Processionals Were Longer, Guest @ 12:25 pm

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    Emily321 1 posts, Wannabee @ 3:12 am

    Recetly i picked and chose some classical wedding music on my personal blog.
    Listen to them and find your perfect wedding songs,

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    Kelly F., Guest @ 7:49 am

    My fiance and I will be using instrumentals from some of our favorite films as well. Accoustic guitars for the processional from City of Angels and Princess Bride (Storybook Love), a recessional fanfare from Jurassic Park, and entering the reception to the Imperial March from Star Wars. So delightfully nerdy and so very US!

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