30 Grateful Dead Wedding Songs

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If you’re looking for Grateful Dead wedding songs, our list can help you find everything from love songs to tracks that make you want to dance.

Grateful Dead Wedding Songs

Of the 30 best songs, we picked out our favorites (along with recommendations of when to play each one).

Best Ceremony Song — Ripple

Best Lyrics: “If I knew the way I would take you home”

Best First Dance Song — The Stranger

Best Lyrics: “What is the secret of this tie that binds/Two souls in communion, both body and mind/Is it special magic or just the nature of things?”

Best Father Daughter Dance Song — Built to Last

Best Lyrics: “Three blue stars rise on the hill/Say no more, now, just be still/All these trials, soon be past/Look for something built to last”

Best Mother Son Dance Song — Forever Young

Best Lyrics: “May you grow up to be righteous/May you grow up to be true/May you always know the truth/And see the lights surrounding you”

Best Reception Song — Rosalie McFall

Best Lyrics: “Her eyes were bright and shining and her voice was sweet to me/Knew that I would always love her and I hoped that she loved me”

Grateful Dead Songs to Walk Down the Aisle To (For Your Ceremony)

The best tracks to play during the prelude (when guests arrive), for your processional (when you walk down the aisle) or your recessional (when you exit the ceremony).

They Love Each Other (1973)

Best Lyrics: “They love each other/Lord, you can see that it’s true”

Reuben and Cherise (1978)

Best Lyrics: “If you could see my heart, you would know it’s true/There’s none Cherise, except for you, except for you/I’d swear to it on my very soul/If I lie, may I fall down cold”

Peggy-O (1973)

Best Lyrics: “Our captain fell in love/With a lady like a dove/And he called her by name, Pretty Peggy-O”

Standing on the Moon (1989)

Best Lyrics: “A lovely view of heaven/But I’d rather be with you/A lovely view of heaven/But I’d rather be with you, be with you

Good Lovin’ (1971)

Best Lyrics: “All you need, all you really need: good loving”

Grateful Dead Songs for Your First Dance, Father Daughter, and Mother Son Dances

The perfect tracks for your first dance and family dances.

Shining Star (1991)

Best Lyrics: “So many have tried, tried to find/A love like yours and mine, oh baby/Don’t you realize how you hypnotize me/Make me love you more each time, oh baby”

Sugar Magnolia (1970)

Best Lyrics: “She’s a summer love in the spring, fall, and winter/She can make happy any man alive”

How Sweet It Is (1978)

Best Lyrics: “But you brighten up all of my days/With a love so sweet in so many ways/I want to stop and thank you baby”

It Must Have Been the Roses (1976)

Best Lyrics: “I don’t know, it must have been the roses/The roses or the ribbons in her long brown hair/I don’t know, maybe it was the roses/All I know was I could not leave her there”

If I Had the World to Give (1978)

Best Lyrics: “If I had a star to give/I’d give it to you long as you live/Would you have the time to watch it shine, watch it shine/Or ask for the moon and heaven too?/I’d give it to you”

Box of Rain (1970)

Best Lyrics: “What do you want me to do/To do for you, to see you through?/A box of rain will ease the pain/And love will see you through”

Don’t Let Go (2001)

Best Lyrics: “Ah shucks, I wouldn’t stop for a million bucks/I love you so, Just hold me tight/Don’t let go!”

I Will Take You Home (1989)

Best Lyrics: “Wherever we go, there will be birds to cheer you/Flower to color in the fields around/Wherever we go, I’ll be right here near you/You can’t get lost when you’re always found”

Cassidy (1981)

Best Lyrics: “What you are, what you’re meant to be/Speaks his name, though you were born to me/Born to me/Cassidy…”

Grateful Dead Songs To Dance To (For Your Reception)

These tracks are guaranteed to make your reception a good time, and can also be used as your reception entrance/exit songs.

Not Fade Away (1970)

Best Lyrics: “I want to tell you how it’s going to be/You’re going to give your love to me/I want to love you night and day/You know our love will not fade away”

Second That Emotion (2000)

Best Lyrics: “Well, if you feel like giving me a lifetime of devotion/I second that emotion”

Stir it Up (1973)

Best Lyrics: “Come on and/Stir it up, little darling/Stir it up”

Jack-A-Roe (1981)

Best Lyrics: “This couple they got married/So well, they did agree/This couple they got married/So why not you and me?”

Easy To Love You (1980)

Best Lyrics: “You don’t know how easy it is/You don’t know how easy it is to love you”

Lazy River Road (1993)

Best Lyrics: “All the others I let pass by/I only wanted you/Never cared for careless love/But how your bright eyes glowed/Way down down along Lazy River Road”

The Music Never Stopped (1975)

Best Lyrics: “Sun went down in honey/And the moon came up in wine/You know stars were spinning dizzy, Lord/The band kept us too busy we forgot about the time”

Man Smart, Women Smarter (1981)

Best Lyrics: “I say, it’s the women today, smarter than the men in every way/That’s right the women are smarter, the women are smarted that’s right”

Scarlet Begonias (1974)

Best Lyrics: “She wore scarlet begonias/Tucked into her curls/I knew right away/She was not like other girls/Other girls”

That’s What Love Will Make You Do (1997)

Best Lyrics: “When I hear your name/I start to shake inside/When I see you stroll/I lose control”

When the Hunter Gets Captured by the Game (1974)

Best Lyrics: “Secretly, I’ve been trailing you/Like the fox that preys on the rabbit/I had to get you, that’s all I knew/I had to learn your ways and habits”

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