As with country, contemporary wedding songs are plentiful and there are a LOT of choices here to help you celebrate your wedding day in your own unique style. Many times a couple will have "their song" and if it isn't quite right to use for your first dance, there is probably a spot in the ceremony to feature it.
For the purposes of categorization here, I'm defining "contemporary wedding songs" as songs released in the '90s and later. Music from the '70s and '80s are found on their own pages on this site.
By far the best way to include your favorite contemporary wedding songs in your ceremony is with a singer and band. You can capture the sound of the original recording more completely. But you have to arrange for multiple musicians for the ceremony if you do this (perhaps the same ones as for your dance) so be aware of the extra cost involved in this.
If you just have a singer and, say, a pianist, you can get them to perform some contemporary wedding songs with just the two of them. But as a musician myself, please take my advice and ask your singer/musician if the song you have in mind is performable with just the two of them. Some songs are really drum- or electric-guitar-dependent and just sound, well, odd with just a piano accompaniment alone. If you're expecting the sound from the original recording, you won't get it, and I wouldn't want you to feel disappointed on your wedding day when you hear the acoustic version! Having said that, some contemporary wedding songs are really nice in an "unplugged" rendition, so you may be pleasantly surprised.
Another option is to play the recording itself -- certainly very economical and you get exactly the song as you know it. But be sure your wedding ceremony venue has the sound system needed to play it, or have access to a good set of speakers and an iPod to project the sound into the room enough for everyone to hear it at the back.
|Song Title||Composer or Performer|
|All for Love (from "The Three Musketeers")||Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart, Sting|
|All I Ask of You (from "Phantom of the Opera")||Cliff Richard, Sarah Brightman|
|Back At One||Brian McKnight|
|Beautiful In My Eyes||Joshua Kadison|
|Can You Feel the Love Tonight (from "Lion King")||Elton John|
|The Colour of My Love||Celine Dion|
|Come Away With Me||Norah Jones|
|Cross My Heart||Michael W. Smith|
|Feels Like Home||Randy Newman|
|Forever in Love||Kenny G|
|Heavenly Day||Patty Griffin|
|I Believe in You and Me (from "The Preacher's Wife")||Whitney Houston|
|I Can Love You Like That||All-4-One|
|I Do (Cherish You)||Mark Wills|
|I Finally Found Someone (from "The Mirror Has Two Faces")||Barbra Streisand/Bryan Adams|
|I'm Yours||Jason Mraz|
|I Swear||All-4-One, Boys II Men|
|Let It Be Me||Rosie Thomas|
|Love is a Beautiful Thing||Al Green|
|The Luckiest||Ben Folds|
|Make You Feel My Love||Adele|
|A Moment Like This||Kelly Clarkson|
|Music Box||Mariah Carey|
|Oh Happy Day||various|
|The Prayer||Celine Dion/Andrea Bocelli|
|Reasons to Love You||Meiko|
|Save the Best For Last||Vanessa Williams|
|Say Once More||Amy Grant|
|She Believes in Me||Ronan Keating|
|Thank You for Loving Me||Bon Jovi|
|That's All||Michael Buble, Rod Stewart, Nat King Cole|
|Theme from "The Notebook"||Zigman|
|Truly, Madly, Deeply||Savage Garden|
|We Are One||Westlife|
|When I Fall in Love||Celine Dion/Clive Griffin|
|When I Look Into Your Eyes||Firehouse|
|When I Need You||Luther Vandross, Celine Dion|
|When You Say You Love Me||Josh Groban|
|A Whole New World (from Aladdin)||Menken|
|You Raise Me Up||Josh Groban|
It's hard to keep up with the constant stream of new music coming out every year. What new pop song have you come across that you just HAVE to have at your wedding? Have your say and watch this list grow.