A spinning record album with the words “We’ve Only Just Begun” on a red record label is paired with an image of a bride and groom.
The wedding song “We’ve Only Just Begun” was originally written for a Crocker-Citizens National Bank commercial.
May 31, 2019

A classic song to kick off wedding season

Pop-up video: When a bank debuted “We’ve Only Just Begun” in 1970, branches were flooded with requests to use the song at weddings and graduations.

As wedding season begins anew, let’s revisit one of the most popular wedding songs of all time: “We’ve Only Just Begun” by songwriter Paul Williams and music composer Roger Nichols.

The Carpenters turned the song into a hit in 1970 — but did you know it first debuted as a bank commercial?

Watch a 1970 Crocker-Citizens National Bank commercial with these pop-up facts to see how history unfolded right up the charts. (1:09)

Williams wrote the song for Crocker-Citizens National Bank, today Wells Fargo. Learn more about how “We’ve Only Just Begun” came to be, and watch the original commercial in its entirety, in an origin story by Wells Fargo historian Alyssa Bentz.