By Brittny Drye
Whether you’re walking down the aisle to your soul mate, sharing the first dance with your new husband or getting your groove on with your loved ones, music plays a significant role in your wedding day. It’s the background of memories that will last a lifetime.
Here at Equally Wed, we love the idea of giving a nod to marriage equality during your celebration, and one way to do that is through music. There are a ton of great artists who have written songs specifically for the equality movement. Some are slow, some are fast, but all are wedding-worthy! Tune in to our five favorites:
MARRY ME BY ARRO VERSE
Arro Verse is working with The Marry Me Movement, a group launching a campaign to fund a documentary film about the fight for marriage equality and this upbeat tune says it all:
Never thought of the words
Gotta fight for the words
My heart pumps the words
For once, I can be the real me
Down on bended knee
Will you marry me?
EVERYBODY WANTS TO SAY I DO BY TOWN AND COUNTRY
For those who like the twang of country music straight from Nashville’s Music Row, look no further than Town and Country’s Everybody Wants to Say I Do. “In our song we told the story of three marriages, two gay and one straight. True stories, universal stories, something hard to argue with. Hell, even Dick Cheney knows exactly what we’re talking about. It’s universal. People fall in love. And it’s beautiful. It’s not politics—it’s fact,” they write on their blog.
NOTHIN’ BUT LOVE BY BRENDAN JAMES
This playful song’s video features couples from all walks of life—gay, lesbian, straight, young, old—to show that love is love.
SAME LOVE BY MACKLEMORE
Seattle-based rapper Macklemore reflects on the way society treats being gay and same-sex marriage. His powerful lyrics tackle taboo subjects, such as how some believe there is a cure for being gay, and how “we paraphrase a book written 3,500 years ago.”
SHADES OF PURPLE BY BYE JUNE
This amazing rock song by Bye June is “a story of having the freedom to love whomever one chooses despite gender, religion or sexual orientation.” Definitely deserves a place on the “Must Play” list! (Be sure to check out the video—it’s the first pop music video to employ the ancient of art shadowgraphy.)
Photo: Real Wedding Jenna and Christina, photography by Alan Abrams Photography
Brittny Drye is the senior editor at Equally Wed, the nation’s premier online magazine for gay and lesbian weddings and honeymoons.Follow her on Twitter @BrittnyDrye.
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