The perfect Disney/Pixar music for a wedding or first dance

I’ve previously shared the theme park-inspired music that played in my wedding, including the Jurassic Park theme and the Soarin’ theme. I’ve also shared my Disney father-daughter dance.

After seeing Inside Out, though, I couldn’t stop thinking about the song from Lava, the short airing before Inside Out. If you haven’t seen it, Lava is a love story about a lonely volcano waits for years and years (and years and years) to meet his true love… I mean lava. The entire short is told through a song beautifully performed by two Hawaiian singers. Entertainment Weekly interviewed James Ford Murphy, the creator of Lava, about his inspiration for the short film.

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Right around the time I was contemplating all this, my sister was getting married at the age of 43. That’s really where I had this epiphany when I saw my sister up there on the altar and I thought about how long she’d waited. So that was kinda taking geology or science and making it more poetic.

I can’t stop listening to the song, and I keep thinking how beautiful it would sound at a wedding ceremony or as a first dance song. Listen to it here.

I also started thinking about some other lesser thought of Disney/Pixar wedding songs. I’ve mentioned that my dad and I strongly considered dancing to “I Wouldn’t Have Nothing if I Didn’t Have You” from Monster’s Inc. I’ve also talked about “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” as a father-daughter song. Below, I’ve listed some more options.

Photo from Disney/Pixar
Photo from Disney/Pixar
  • “Lava” from Lava —  A great song for the ceremony or first dance. If you have live musicians, consider hiring a ukelele player. Part of what makes the song special is the distinct Hawaii/Pacific feel. Sheet music isn’t available yet.
Photo from Disney/Pixar
Photo from Disney/Pixar
  • “Married Life” from Up — I did use some Up inspiration for my wedding, and I’m shocked my husband and I didn’t think about using this song. This tune plays during the beginning of the movie when you learn Carl and Ellie’s story (also known as the time everyone sobs uncontrollably). “Married Life” would be a great song for the ceremony or prelude. The sheet music is available via Music Notes here.
Photo from Disney/Pixar
Photo from Disney/Pixar
  • “Put On Your Sunday Clothes” originally from Hello Dolly, but a key part of WALL-E — I prefer the instrumental version of this song, and it (along with “Married Life”) is part of the Main Street, U.S.A. soundtrack at Walt Disney World. I love that new films can have a place in a turn-of-the-century American small town, showing the timelessness of these stories. This would be great addition to a wedding prelude.
Photo from Guardians of the Galaxy Facebook
Photo from Guardians of the Galaxy Facebook
  • NOT PIXAR BUT WHILE WE’RE HERE…. “Hooked On a Feeling” by Blue Swede, but part of the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack —  Now that Disney owns Marvel, we have a wider range of Disney songs, though no other superhero movies have the impeccable soundtrack of Guardians of the Galaxy. If GOTG was released a year earlier, there is a strong possibility this would have been our first dance song. Ooga chacka.
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