These George Strait Love Songs are Perfect for Your Wedding

Add some country twang to your wedding day.
George Strait at the 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards
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Melanie Haid
by Melanie Haid
Updated Sep 20, 2021

King of Country Music George Strait should make an appearance on all country love song playlists for weddings. With over 30 albums and a decades-long career, Strait is one of the best country artists of all time, so any country-loving newlyweds should feature his music at their ceremony and reception. His upbeat tunes will have you and your guests tapping your feet and his romantic ballads will make you swoon on the dance floor. From the perfect first dance song to lovely father-daughter dance songs, Strait has something in his discography for everyone to enjoy.

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"Check Yes or No," Strait Out of the Box

Lyrics You'll Love: "Do you love me?/Do you wanna be my friend?/And if you do/Well then don't be afraid to take me by the hand/If you want to/I think this is how love goes/Check yes or no"

This super-sweet song about lifelong love is perfect for couples who have been together for a while. The song's lyrics are about the simplicity of young love, as well as growing together. It's a sweet song for a first dance.

"If You Ain't Lovin' (You Ain't Livin')," If You Ain't Lovin', You Ain't Livin'

Lyrics You'll Love: "If you're ridin' on a gravy train/Instead of walkin' down lovers lane/You can't make hay, boy/'Cause you're goin' the wrong way, boy/You gotta get a little honey/It's better than money/If you ain't lovin'/Then you ain't livin'"

This song from Strait's 1988 album is one of his earliest hits, which talks about love being the most important thing in life. Very fitting for wedding music! Another fun, '90's country vibe that's great for dancing at your reception.

"I Cross My Heart," Pure Country

Lyrics you'll love: "You will always be the miracle/That makes my life complete/And as long as there's a breath in me/I'll make yours just as sweet/As we look into the future/It's as far as we can see/So let's make each tomorrow/Be the best that it can be"

From the 1992 major motion picture soundtrack Pure Country, this beautiful ballad is about long-lasting love. The song lyrics are reminiscent of wedding vows, so it's a lovely addition to any wedding ceremony or reception—perfect for a first dance or another intimate moment.

"Love Without End, Amen," Livin' it Up

Lyrics you'll love: "Let me tell you a secret about a father's love/A secret that my daddy said was just between us/He said daddies don't just love their children every now and then/It's a love without end, amen"

Easily the most popular song on Strait's 1990 album Livin' it Up, this song is great for a father-daughter dance or to honor your father on your big day. It's a very sweet song about family relationships, which is a nice addition to any wedding reception.

"Run," Road Less Traveled

Lyrics you'll love: "You can't get here fast enough/Find a truck and fire it up/Lean on the gas and off the clutch/Leave Dallas in the dust/I need you in a rush/So, baby, run"

This slow song is featured on the 2001 album Road Less Traveled, inspired by dropping everything to be with your special someone. This is a fun choice for a wedding recessional song.

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"Write This Down," Always Never the Same

Lyrics you'll love: "I'll sign it at the bottom of the page/I'll swear under oath/'Cause every single word is true/And I think you need to know/So use it as a bookmark, stick it on your 'frigerator door/Hang it in a picture frame up above the mantel/Where you'll see it for sure/Baby, write this down/Take a little note to remind you in case you didn't know/Tell yourself I love you and I don't want you to go/Write this down/Take my words and read 'em every day, keep 'em close by/Don't you let 'em fade away"

A favorite among George Strait fans, this song is also great for your wedding songs playlist. It's about reminding someone how much you love them, in any way you can. It's another great song for the end of your ceremony, or as a background as you recite your vows.

"The Big One," Lead On

Lyrics you'll love: "On the Richter scale of a romance/You hit 12 and you don't stand a chance/This is the big one/I'm fallin' in love"

This song from Strait's 1994 album Lead On emphasizes how when you know, you know. This would be a great song to play after your first kiss as a married couple.

"Love's Gonna Make it Alright," Here for a Good Time

Lyrics you'll love: "That's the good thing, girl/About me and you/There ain't nothing/That a loving can't get us through/Baby, love's gonna make it/Love's gonna make it alright"

With similar undertones to the country classic "Bless the Broken Road" by Rascal Flatts, "Love's Gonna Make it Alright" is inspired by the idea that when you love someone, you can get through any hardships—together. It's a good choice for a first dance or the last song of the night.

"One Night at a Time," Carrying Your Love With Me

Lyrics you'll love: "Practice makes perfect, gonna get it right/Gonna get it right, one night at a time/Oh, I think about you all day long/It feels so good, it can't be wrong/I got my fingers crossed that this goes on and on"

A great song for your wedding reception, this song is about living in the moment and taking things one day (or, in this case, one night) at a time. It's a great way to kick off the evening post-ceremony!

"My Heart Won't Wander Very Far From You," Ocean Front Property

Lyrics you'll love: "And I ain't never seen that and honey 'till I do/My heart won't wander very far from you/Now honey you know I honor all the hard times with been through/I never could have made it with anyone but you"

This song is definitely among the country wedding songs you'll want to add to your playlist, as it's all about the idea of finding your soulmate.

"She'll Leave You With a Smile," Carrying Your Love With Me

Lyrics you'll love: "Well, you can't help but wonder/Why you can't help but love her/But you can't help love her/And all that hurtin' was more than worth it/It's written all over your face"

That indescribable feeling of looking at someone and just feeling nothing but love for them? That's "She'll Leave You With a Smile." This would be a perfect song to play as you and your new spouse exit the ceremony or reception.

"A Fire I Can't Put Out," Strait From the Heart

Lyrics you'll love: "I don't know how to handle the dream you left behind/It's like a lighted candle burning up my mind/At least I'm happy knowing what love is all about/You'll always be a fire I can't put out"

You want to celebrate lifelong devotion at your wedding, and "A Fire I Can't Put Out" is all about that. This 1982 hit from Strait From the Heart has great lyrics and will make you feel the swell of everlasting love. It's a beautiful slow song for your first dance.

"River of Love," Troubadour

Lyrics you'll love: "I got a stream of kisses 'bout ten miles long/Dancing on the water in the moonlight beach/Sparkling down through the sea of dreams/We'll go rollin' on the river of love/Let's go rollin' on the river of love"

This upbeat song from Strait's 2008 album Troubadour is a playful addition to any wedding playlist. It still has that country feel to it, as all of his songs do, but you can definitely dance and let loose to this one. This could be a fun first dance song!

"Blue Clear Sky," Blue Clear Sky

Lyrics you'll love: "Ain't love a funny thing, one day you're givin' up the dream/And the next you're pickin' out a ring out of the blue clear sky/Here she comes a walkin' talkin' true love/Sayin' I been lookin' for you love/Surprise your new love has arrived/Out of the blue clear sky"

Often the best things come when you least expect them, and that's what this song is all about. And lyrics like "picking out a ring" definitely match the wedding theme. With an upbeat tone, it's another great song to get your guests up and dancing at the reception.

"The Man in Love with You," Easy Come, Easy Go

Lyrics you'll love: "I never could work miracles/There may be others who can do what I can't do/But no one else could be as good as me at lovin' you/So when the world won't turn the way you wish it would/And the dreams you have don't come alive as often as they should/Remember that there's someone there whose heart is always true/I'll always be the man in love with you"

George Strait has a way with romantic lyrics, and showing your new spouse that no matter what, you'll always love them is the theme of this 1994 track. It's about the ups and downs, something every couple is bound to face, and pushing through them with love in mind to remind your partner: "I will do my best to be your greatest love." Another lovely song choice for your first dance.

"I Just Want to Dance with You," One Step at a Time

Lyrics you'll love: "If this was a movie, we'd be right on cue/And I just wanna dance with you/I wanna dance with you/Twirl you all around the floor/That's what they intended dancin' for/And I just wanna dance with you"

This playful song from One Step at a Time is just the tune to get everyone on their feet. It's a great transition piece to get everyone on the dance floor after your first dance.

"We Must Be Loving Right," Easy Come, Easy Go

Lyrics you'll love: "All our friends say love fades away with time/But I know their wrong/'Cause they've never known/A love like yours and mine"

Your love is uniquely yours, and your song choices should reflect that. This one works well as an entry or exit reception song.

"Carrying Your Love With Me," Carrying Your Love With Me

Lyrics you'll love: "West Virginia down to Tennessee/I'll be movin' with the good Lord's speed/Carryin' your love with me/It's my strength for holdin' on/Every minute that I have to be gone/I'll have everything I'll ever need/I'm carryin' your love with me"

If you and your spouse have been long-distance for any part of your relationship, this is a must-play George Strait wedding song choice. It's another great option for your first dance.

"Love is Everything," Love is Everything

Lyrics you'll love: "Love is everything/It's a smile on your face on a cold winter day at the thought of spring/It's getting up at night for the cry of a little bitty baby thing/And it's growing old"

As the title suggests, "Love is Everything" is a perfect song to celebrate your love on your wedding day. Play it for your entrance into your wedding reception.

"It Just Comes Natural," It Just Comes Natural

Lyrics you'll love: "And I love you/It just come natural/It's what I was born to do/Don't have to think it through/Baby, it's so easy loving you"

The title track on Strait's 2006 album It Just Comes Natural, this song celebrates how easy everything is once you've found the right person. It's a perfect first dance song.

"You're Something Special to Me," Something Special

Lyrics you'll love: "Every man has a dream/And you made mine come true/How it happened/I don't know or care/I'm just happy I found you/Wrapped in the arms of love/Is where I'll be/For all the world to see/You're something special to me"

One of his earlier songs, "You're Something Special to Me" has an upbeat vibe and great lyrics about stumbling upon love and realizing it's all you've ever wanted. It's a great song to dance to at your wedding reception.

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