September 16, 2014

25 Metal Songs for Your Wedding

Brutal Tunes, Metal Mixtape

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My metal, medieval wedding, held at a haunted mental asylum.

As some of you know, I’m a NZ wedding celebrant. This means I get to marry awesome couples in civil wedding ceremonies. It’s not a full-time gig or anything, but it is a fun way to spend a few weekends a year, especially given the types of weddings I perform. I’ve officiated medieval ceremonies, married couples in front of hobbit holes, dressed up as the Mad Hatter, performed blood ceremonies and handfastings, and prayed at Buddhist altars … all for awesome, alternative couples.

For many alternative couples, the music in the ceremony is particularly important. For us metalheads, including some of our favorite music (often, the music that brought a couple together in the first place) is an obvious choice. But where do you find “wedding appropriate” metal songs? Most metal songs aren’t about love, and if they are, they’re about love falling apart.

Although I firmly believe that if you want to walk down the aisle to Cannibal Corpse’s “Fucked with a Knife”, then you should be able to do it, I know that many couples need to balance their love of metal with family expectations, and a sense that probably the day should be at least slightly romantic.

Here are my picks for 25 romantic heavy metal songs that could work at your wedding:

1. Pain of Salvation – The Heart of Mine (I pledge)

I’ve never got into PoS that much, but this song is beautiful and will always make me think of my man ;) (Awww). An amazing first dance song.

2. Apocalyptica – Bittersweet

Break this bittersweet spell on me.
Lost in the arms of destiny.

Not “strictly” metal, and probably not strictly a love song, but I am so entranced with the melody and vocals in this song, and the beautiful chorus, I chose to walk down the aisle to this. Probably any Apocalyptica song would work at a wedding – if you wanted to walk down the aisle to Metallica’s “Creeping Death”, using Apocalyptica’s version will help you get it past your Mom.

3. Metallica – Nothing Else Matters

“So close, no matter how far.
Couldn’t be much more from the heart.
Forever trust in who we are.
And nothing else matters.”

For many of us, Metallica were our “gateway band” into the world of metal, and this song – which Hetfield wrote about missing his girl while on tour – holds a special place in our hearts. A popular choice as an entrance song for wedding ceremonies.

4. Nightwish – Sleeping Sun

“I wish for this night time,
to last for a lifetime.”

My friend Andy sings an incredible version of this song, and we were thinking of having it at our wedding, but opted for a different song instead. Tarja’s voice is at its prime here, and the sweeping music would make this a beautiful processional song.

5. Cradle of Filth – Her Ghost in the Fog

Many Cradle songs take their inspiration from gothic literature, which often deals with themes of love. I love that aspect of the band, and if you’re a fan, dark gothic songs like this could work as a recessional song at a gothic metal wedding.

6. Pantera – The Love

A great first dance song if “My Heart Will Go On” isn’t quite your thing.

7. Tesla – Love Song

If you’re a metalhead who has suffered a broken heart, this 1989 ballad will resonate. Full of hope and faith in love, it’s a beautiful track for your wedding.

8. Type O Negative – Love You to Death

I beg to serve, your wish is my law,
Now close those eyes and let me love you to death.

First of all, there’s not much that’s sexier than Pete Steele’s deep, gravelly voice. The song is about a man trying to prove himself worthy of his partner, and is a beautiful processional song, especially if you’ve got a real gothic vibe going on.

9. Megadeth – Promises

A Romeo & Juliet story retold by one of the world’s biggest thrash bands. I always enjoyed the story behind this song, and if you’re a Megadeth fan, this would be a fine addition to your wedding soundtrack.

10. Motorhead – Love Me Forever

If you wanted a man like Lemmy, here’s what you have to do. Lemmy lays down his instructions for the perfect relationship.

11. Ozzy Osbourne – I Just Want You

“Each night when the day is through
I don’t ask much
I just want you…”

The Ozman has been known to bust out some beautiful ballads over the years. “I just want you” would be an awesome recessional song or first dance, delivering a powerful message about love with killer riffs.

12. Katatonia – Sweet Nurse

“O my sweet nurse
pull the curtain aside for a while”

A simply beautiful song, and a little bit different from the others on this list.

13. Avantasia – Anywhere

“Waiting for tomorrow, for a little ray of light
Waiting for tomorrow, just to see your smile again!”

Tobias Sammet can serenade me with this any day. Yum.

14. Dark Moor – Love from a Stone

This isn’t a band I’ve paid much attention to, but a friend showed me this Dark Moor song recently and I thought it was really sweet.

15. Lunatica – Song for You

From the 2006 Edge of Infinity album, this song is very beautiful and would make a lovely first dance.

16. Steelheart – I’ll Never Let You Go

Picture the relatives’ faces during the high notes …

17. Dreamtheater – Eve

IMO, the best Dreamtheater is instrumental Dreamtheater. Even without lyrics, this song tells a beautiful story.

18. Yngwie Malmsteen – Dreaming (Tell Me)

Ah, Yngwie. You can do no wrong.

19. Volbeat – I Only Want to Be With You

I adore this band. This is a fantastic cover, even if the original song is a bit blah. If you wanted an awesome recessional song for a rock’n’roll wedding, I’d definitely recommend Volbeat.

20. Judas Priest – Angel

Every metalhead wants a bit of Priest at their wedding. There are a few Judas Priest songs that would fit a wedding setting – “Angel” just happens to be my favorite.

21. Sonata Arctica – Still Loving You

I prefer this version to the original Scorpians track.

22. Lacuna Coil – Not Enough

From the Shallow Life album, many Lacuna Coil songs (as well as other gothic metal bands) will be suitable for a wedding. I particularly like this one.

23. Ozzy Osbourne – Mama, I’m Coming Home

Written about his wife Sharon, with input from Zakk Wylde and Lemmy Kilmister, it’s no wonder that this hopeful, longing song is Ozzy’s only top 40 single.

24. Kamelot – Center of the Universe

If you don’t want your first dance to be a slow dance, why not give this a spin? I know my cantankerous drummer husband certainly thinks he’s the center of the universe … :)

25. Manowar – Gods Made Heavy Metal

If you wanted a song at your wedding that encapsulated what you love about the music, and how it had brought you together and/or made you closer, then this song is the one. Of course, I’m biased, because I love Manowar, and we played this as we left our wedding ceremony, but it’s perfect!

I’ve been married for six years on the 1 November. It’s been a pretty amazing six years, with two overseas trips, building a house, some crazy good times and some bad times that have made us stronger. Metal still plays a huge part in what has shaped us as a couple, and we wouldn’t be who we are today without the music.

What are your favorite metal love songs? Post your list in the comments below!

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11 Comments on “25 Metal Songs for Your Wedding

Matthew Rizzo
September 27, 2016 at 6:52 am

Haha, just found this blog – and while I disagree with many of these choices at a wedding – kudos for mentioning Kamelot and Avantasia in an article :)

September 26, 2016 at 9:08 pm

My fiancée and I are getting married 10/15/16, and for so,e of our music we chose Memphis May Fire “Miles Away” and “Speechless”, We Came As Romans “Love Song”, A Day to Remember “Have Faith in Me” and even made sure to fit in 311’s “Love Song” as we both love that group.

July 14, 2016 at 3:44 pm

That’s a wise answer to a tricky queitson

June 7, 2016 at 2:28 pm

So happy I found this! I’m looking to add a bit of “us” to the wedding playlist (which is too often dominated by music we rarely listen to). I have on my list You’re Mine by Disturbed, Not Strong Enough, Beautiful, and One (Metallica’s Cover) by Apocalyptica and In Loving Memory of You by Asking Alexandria (which is simply instrumental but not a band you`d typically hear at a wedding).
Thank you :D

July 14, 2016 at 3:57 pm

@Chantal – awesome choices! \m/ Congrats for your wedding, I bet it’s wicked!

April 23, 2016 at 7:32 am

I think another great Song for a Wedding is Rebel Love Song from Black Veil Brides. It’s a really nice song about love.

February 17, 2016 at 11:29 am

OMG! THANK YOU!!! ….Seriously. It’s very hard to find anything that would be categorized as “unconventional wedding songs.” Especially when brains fart, I forget who I wanted to look up and I don’t want to get too extreme.
We’ve been planning on Sleeping Sun to be our walk or first dance, since Nightwish has been a pretty major mutual interest of ours.
As much as I adore Apocalyptica and Dark Moore, they haven’t even crossed my mind to look into, same with freakin’ Kamelot, Sonata Arctica, Volbeat, Manowar….
I love you.

Thank you tons.
You got my family appeasing wedding situation spot on.
You suck in the best ways possible.

March 1, 2016 at 11:28 am

@Tania – glad to help! I love Sleeping Sun for weddings, and there are tons of decent “not too extreme” metal songs for a wedding, sometimes you just need someoone to remind you. Hope your wedding is awesome \m/

February 4, 2016 at 2:01 pm

I dedicated a song to my gf by sonarta artica love when I told her and showed her the vid she just cried and I said to her this our song because I love you more than anything in the world and my love for you gets stronger every second of everyday, our loves been tested but we made it through together

March 1, 2016 at 11:31 am

@Andrew – nice one! \m/ It sounds like you’ve got your song sorted. :)

September 17, 2014 at 5:32 am

A couple of dear friends got married last March and they gave a small gathering for friends and family. They didn’t want to spend much on a big party because they were embarking on an epic honeymoon through Sweden, Norway Scotland and Ireland and for us Argies that’s a LOT of money these days. They had a projector showing metal videos during the whole party. They had booked the place for 4 hours, so they made a 4hr long playlist that included their very favourite songs, from black to power metal. They even included some Ylvis videos. The photographer told them afterwards that it was the best sounding wedding he had ever worked at, and even asked them to have a copy of the DVD with the videos. Best wedding I have attended so far.

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