If your dream country wedding takes place in a farmhouse, vineyard, orchard, or any other kind of outdoor setting, chances are that you’re going to be eventually looking for some country love songs that fit along with your rustic theme.
Music is one of the many details that ensures that your guests are having the best time possible during your special day, so creating a country music playlist might feel intimidating if you have no idea where to start looking.
Whether you’re more interested in playing classic country love songs or their modern counterparts for your ceremony and reception, this list of 20 songs will make sure that you’ll hear nothing but love and romance on your wedding day.
Classic Country Love Songs
If you want to turn back the clocks on your special day, playing old country love songs are the best way to go. From Johnny Cash to Reba McEntire, these country legends have created some of the best country love songs that will make your wedding ceremony even more unforgettable for years to come.
“I Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash
Lyrics: “You’ve got a way to keep me on your side / You give me cause for love that I can’t hide / For you I know I’d even try to turn the tide / Because you’re mine, I walk the line”
No list about classic country love songs would be complete without mentioning The Man in Black. Johnny Cash originally penned this track after he was newly married and his simple yet honest lyrics about loyalty have made “I Walk the Line” an essential for a country wedding.
“The Only Hand You’ll Need to Hold” by Dolly Parton
Lyrics: “I can be the one that makes you happy / I’ll be your umbrella when it rains / I will be someone that you can count on / In other words, I’ll be your everything”
Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” is a no-brainer to be included on a wedding’s country music playlist, but her other love songs shouldn’t be ignored either. Despite being released 45 years ago, “The Only Hand You’ll Need to Hold” sounds timeless in capturing love and devotion. Parton’s lively voice will definitely inspire romantic feelings in your guests during your country wedding.
“You Decorated My Life” by Kenny Rogers
Lyrics: “And you decorated my life / Created a world / Where dreams are a part / And you decorated my life / By paintin’ your love all over my heart / You decorated my life”
If you’re looking for country love songs to express your appreciation towards your romantic partner, Kenny Rogers does that beautifully on this tune and doesn’t hold back. Roger’s heartfelt lyrics have made “You Decorated My Life” become one of the most memorable country songs to play at a wedding for decades since its release.
“Easy Loving” by Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty
Lyrics: “Easy lovin’ / Seein’s believin’ / Life with you is like livin’ / In a beautiful dream”
This duet between Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty might appear to be fairly simple on the surface, but their beautiful harmonization is truly what stands out from other famous country songs. Be sure to check out “Easy Loving” if you’re looking for slow country songs that’ll pull at your heartstrings.
“Always” by Patsy Cline
Lyrics: “I’ll be loving you, always / With a love that’s true, always / When the things you plan / Need a helping hand / I will understand, always”
Although Patsy Cline has become mostly known for her melancholy work, you won’t find any sadness in “Always.” Cline’s powerhouse vocals make “Always” sound effortlessly classic and perfect for a country music playlist to be played on your wedding day.
“Gentle On My Mind” by Glen Campbell
Lyrics: “It’s just knowin’ that the world will not be cursin’ or forgivin’ / When I walk along some / railroad track and find / That you’re movin’ on the back roads by the rivers of my memory / And for hours you’re just gentle on my mind”
This Grammy-award winning song is more upbeat than the other romantic country songs on this list and also takes more of a poetic approach towards expressing how often your romantic partner occupies your thoughts. “Gentle On My Mind” is a beautiful reminder of the early stages of falling in love that fit wonderfully into any country wedding.
“Lookin’ For Love” by Johnny Lee
Lyrics: “Hopin’ to find a friend and a lover; / I’ll bless the day I discover / another heart lookin’ for love / Then you came a knockin’ at my heart’s door; / You’re ev’ry thing I’ve been lookin’ for”
Johnny Lee’s “Lookin’ For Love” was originally used on the movie soundtrack for Urban Cowboy but the wholehearted lyrics makes the song work for any country wedding. As one of the more upbeat country songs on this list, “Lookin’ For Love” is catchy enough to make your guests sing along even if they’ve never heard this tune before.
“Golden Ring” by George Jones and Tammy Wynette
Lyrics: “Tears roll down her cheeks / And happy thoughts run through her head /As he whispers low, “With this ring, I thee wed”
This duet between George Jones and Tammy Wynette tells a story instead of speaking to the listener like in other old country love songs but it doesn’t feel out of place due to their graceful harmonization. “Golden Ring” considers how the compassion between a couple brings so much meaning to an object and these feelings will definitely be echoed on your wedding day.
“Could I Have This Dance?” by Anne Murray
Lyrics: “Could I have this dance for the rest of my life? / Would you be my partner every night? / When we’re together it feels so right”
Anne Murray’s timeless ballad has brought newlyweds together on their special day for forty years and there’s no secret behind why this song has remained so popular with country love songs. Murray’s enchanting vocals on “Could I Have This Dance?” creates the perfect scene for any kind of country wedding. Use this song as your first dance song!
“I’ve Waited All My Life For You” by Reba McEntire
Lyrics: “Don’t you know / That you’re the one / I’d like to live my life through / I can’t see anyone with me but you”
Before Reba McEntire made herself into the musical legend that she is today, she was singing romantic country songs that might seem simple from a first listen, but truly makes loud statements about romance and devotion. “I’ve Waited All My Life For You” accomplishes that, making the song an effortless pick on a country music playlist for ceremonies and receptions.
Modern Country Wedding Songs
If you prefer to have your country wedding play music that matches the times instead, take a look at these tracks. These wedding love songs, ranging from Shania Twain to Kacey Musgraves, are the perfect addition for capturing the magic on your special day. Play these songs at your reception, or as a processional or recessional song to walk down the aisle to at your ceremony!
“Love Someone” by Brett Eldredge
Lyrics: “You put the cool in the breeze / You put the weak here in my knees / You put me right where / I’m supposed to be / In your blue-eyed sea / And I wanna sail away”
Brett Eldredge’s “Love Someone” might have been released only two years ago, but the timeless messages of love and appreciation are still beautifully expressed in this song. The fast guitars and Eldredge’s strong vocals make “Love Someone” the perfect choice if you’re looking specifically for upbeat country songs.
“Forever and For Always” by Shania Twain
Lyrics: “‘Cause I’m keeping you / Forever and for always / We will be together all of our days / Want to wake up every / Morning to your sweet face, always”
As one of the best-selling country music artists of all time, Shania Twain has gained a countless number of fans for her catchy and meaningful lyrics. “Four and For Always” is no exception and has since become a modern staple for country wedding songs since its original release in 2002.
“Diamonds or Twine” by Ryan Hurd
Lyrics: “Doesn’t matter if it’s diamonds or twine / I’ll be wrapped around your finger / Girl, you got me / ’til we run out of time / Rich or poor, rain or shine”
Ryan Hurd’s “Diamonds or Twine” edges more towards pop music, but still has enough country twang to not feel out of place at a country wedding. The upbeat energy behind “Diamonds or Twine” will definitely liven up your guests and encourage them to hit the dance floor.
“When You Say Nothing At All” by Alison Krauss
Lyrics: “Smile on your face lets me know that you need me / There’s a truth in your eyes saying you’ll never leave me / A touch of your hand says you’ll catch me if ever I fall / Now you say it best when you say nothing at all”
A list of romantic country songs isn’t complete without Alison Krauss’s cover of “When You Say Nothing at All.” The power ballad beautifully recognizes the devotion behind a partner’s actions in the midst of mellow instrumental and vocals.
“All Of It” by Cole Swindell
Lyrics: “I wanna see you all city light lit up / I wanna see you in a pair of cut-up jeans / I wanna fall for all your magic / Feel all your teardrops drippin’ on me / The sad ones, the happy ones”
If you would rather skip out on slow country songs, check out Cole Swindell’s “All Of It.” The song speaks about wanting to see everything about your partner, not just the highlights but also wanting to be there during the tough times as well. The energetic style of “All of It” will make you want to dance alongside your loved one.
“I Cross My Heart” by George Strait
Lyrics: “From here on after / Let’s stay the way we are right now / And share all the love and laughter / That a lifetime will allow”
George Strait doesn’t shy away from celebrating the deep commitment between a couple in “I Cross My Heart” and that’s why his 1992 hit has remained a favorite among country wedding songs for decades. Incorporating “I Cross My Heart” into your country wedding will create romantic vibes that you and your partner won’t be able to forget for the rest of your lives.
“Golden Hour” by Kacey Musgraves
Lyrics: “Baby, don’t you know? / That you’re my golden hour / The color of my sky / You’ve set my world on fire / And I know, I know everything’s gonna be alright”
Kacey Musgraves’s dreamy vocals against an acoustic guitar has made “Golden Hour” a standout among other romantic country songs. Her hopeful lyrics about the future of a relationship will magnificently echo how you and your partner will feel about each other on your special day.
“I Do” by Paul Brandt
Lyrics: “Will I promise to be your best friend / And am I here until the end / Can I be sure I have been waiting for you / And did I say my love is true / Baby I will, I am, I can, I have, I do”
Paul Brandt’s “I Do” truly makes for one of the best country wedding songs by casting away any feelings of uncertainty with those two powerful words in its chorus. A country wedding isn’t complete without playing this 1996 hit during either the ceremony and reception.
“Grow Old” by Sunny Sweeney
Lyrics: “Just stand here side by side / Hang onto me for the rest of the ride / Let’s live it out together / We’ll be young forever”
If you’re looking for country love songs that talk about how you and your partner are totally opposites but you still somehow make it work, Sunny Sweeney has got you covered. While “Grow Old” isn’t necessarily one of the most famous country songs, Sweeney’s song doesn’t lack in depth and will definitely inspire deep romantic feelings during your country wedding.
“The Keeper of the Stars” by Tracy Byrd
Lyrics: “I tip my hat to the keeper of the stars / He sure knew what he was doin’ / When he joined these two hearts / I hold everything / When I hold you in my arms / I’ve got all I’ll ever need”
“The Keeper of the Stars” starts off by sounding like one of many slow country songs, but the chorus picks up the pace to match the romantic emotions conveyed in Tracy Byrd’s lyrics. Adding this song into your wedding’s country music playlist will definitely create an atmosphere of sentimentality.
If you’ve still feeling unsure about which songs to add to your wedding’s country music playlist, it might help to look up the full lyrics and read about the background information of whichever tunes seem to interest you.
Let us know in the comments if you have found the perfect country wedding songs from this list and why you’ve chosen them over the others! Check out our country wedding song playlist on YouTube to listen to all of our top picks and plan for your wedding day!
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