Non-cheesy wedding songs

Because you’ve had it up to here with Celine Dion

You’re searching for a few perfect songs. One for your first dance with your new spouse, another to dance with your dad, perhaps one to dance with your mom, and you’re still looking for love songs for the ceremony and reception. But “Wind Beneath My Wings” just isn’t your style, and really, can one more wedding survive Shania Twain’s “From this Moment”? Here are a few suggestions that keep the cheese in its proper place—on the hors d’oeuvre table.

Love songs for ceremony or first dance

La La Love You by Pixies

Out of Sight by James Brown (Youuuuuu! … got a sweet disposition”)

My Baby Just Cares for Me by Nina Simone

True Love Waits by Radiohead

Grow Old with Me by John Lennon. This is sappy as all get-out, but I dare you to call John Lennon cheesy.

Northern Sky by Nick Drake

Naked as We Came by Iron & Wine

I’m the Man Who Loves You by Wilco

Baby, I Love You by Aretha Franklin

The Wedding Song by Bob Dylan

Just Like Heaven by The Cure

At Last by Etta James

Sea of Love, the Cat Power version

If I Were a Carpenter by Johnny Cash and June Carpenter

Father-daughter dance

Daughter by Loudon Wainwright III

Mother-daughter-son dance

Loves Me Like a Rock by Paul Simon

Either parent dance

You Are My Sunshine by Ray Charles

Thank You by Led Zeppelin

If I Needed You by Townes Van Zandt

Never So Far by Greg Brown

Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns N’ Roses (Warning: long solo might lose some on this, but, Sheryl Crowe also does a [cheesy] version without it)

Rainbow Connection by Kermit the Frog or Willie Nelson