There is so many beautiful songs to play during the entire wedding day. However sometimes we don’t know what will fit where etc. Here is a list of a few songs to give ideas of point you in the direction of the perfect songs for the perfect moment on your wedding day.

If you have any other suggestions, or want to have your wedding songs included in this list please leave your suggestions in the comment box underneath!

Ceremony

For the traditional ceremony, there are several classical songs you can choose from. Here are some suggestions:

Enter on:

  • Bridal Chorus from “Lohrengrin” (Here comes the Bride) by Wagner
  • “Canon in D” by Johann Pachelbel

Wedding marches:

  • Wedding march by Wagner
  • “Arrival of Queen of Sheba” by Hande
  • For a more modern feel, you can’t go wrong with these:
  • “Isn’t she lovely” by Stevie Wonder
  • “At last” – Etta James (this song can be used during the wedding ceremony or as a first dance song)

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After ceremony

Traditional/classical song

  • Exit on Mendellsohn’s “Midsummer’s nights dream.”
  • “Eine Kleine Nacht Musik” by Mozart
  • For a more modern feel:
  • “Signed, sealed, delivered (I’m Yours!)” – Stevie Wonder or Blue
  • “I do” – Colbie Caillat

Reception

The formal part of the day or evening is done, it’s time to unwind. Ring in the reception with fun, meaningful songs that will make everyone feel at ease and enjoy themselves. Play the songs while everyone enters the reception area and find their seats. Stop when you start making the wedding toasts and turn down the volume when the food comes in.

  • “Crazy little thing called love” – Queen
  • “I believe in a thing called love” – The Darkness
  • “Just can’t get enough” – Depeche Mode
  • “Have I told you lately that I love you?” – Originally sung by Scotty & Lulu Wiseman
  • “Saying something stupid like I love you” – Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman.

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First Dance

It can be fast, it can be slow, it can be old or something new. There are so much to pick from:

  • “At last” – Etta James. Her deep soulful voice makes this a great slow dance.
  • “I’m glad your mine” – Al Green
  • “Never gonna give you up” – Adam Sandler
  • “Someone to watch over me” – George Gershwin
  • “Embraceable you” – Ira and George Gershwin
  • “The way you look tonight” – Frank Sinatra, Michael Bublé
  • “I’m Yours” – Jason Mraz
  • “Lucky” – Colbie Caillat & Jason Mraz
  • “I wanna be your man” – Roger and Zapp

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Father-daughter dance:

Let the father of the bride show off his girl.

  • “My Girl” – The Temptations.

Cutting the cake

Play something playful or sincere

  • “I got you babe” – Sonny & Cher
  • “You’re my best friend” – Queen]
  • “Cuts like a knife” – Bryan Adams]

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Garter Toss/Bouquet toss

Fun, tongue-in-cheek songs. Making fun of the bride and groom – especially when they blush.

  • “You can’t touch this” – MC Hammer
  • Mission Impossible theme song
  • “Cherry Pie” – Warrant
  • “Foxy Lady” – Jimi Hendricks
  • “You sexy thing” – Hot Chocolate
  • “Dirrty” – Christina Aguilera
  • “Wild thing” – Tone Loc
  • “I’m too sexy” – Right Said Fred
  • “It’s raining men” – Weather Girls
  • “Maneater” – Hall & Oates, Nelly Furtado
  • “Hit me with your best shot” – Pat Benator.

Dance floor

Fun songs with great beats to get everyone moving on the dancefloor. The bridal party (bride, groom, best men, bridesmaids) can start off with a dance routine followed with other fun songs so everyone can join in. Try to play songs through the ages.

  • “Respect” – Aretha Franklin
  • “She’s a Lady” – Tom Jones
  • “Ice Ice Baby” – Vanilla Ice
  • “Livin’ La Vida Loca” – Ricky Martin
  • “Sexy and I know it” – LMFAO
  • “Crazy in love” – Beyoncé
  • “Just the way you are” – Bruno Mars
  • “I wanna dance with somebody” – Whitney Houston
  • “Thriller” – Michael Jackson
  • “Bust a move” – Young MC
  • “Get down on it” – Kool and the Gang
  • “Senorita” – Justin Timberlake
  • “Hips don’t lie” – Shakira
  • “Move Ya Body” – Nina Sky
  • ”Marry You” – Bruno Mars
  • “Don’t speak “– No Doubt
  • “Shout” – The Isley Brothers

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Singalongs

Songs everyone can sing to is always a winner. Fun, humorous songs where everyone can get into the act. Pick something everyone will know: you can even have a karaoke machine to sing along to.

  • “What a wonderful world” – Louis Armstrong
  • “Summer of ’69” – Bryan Adams
  • “I don’t want to miss a thing” – Aerosmith
  • “When you say nothing at all” – Ronan Keating
  • “Girls just wanna have fun” – Cyndi Lauper
  • “Sweet Caroline” – Neil Diamond
  • “Bohemian Rhapsody” – Queen
  • “It’s not unusual” – Tom Jones
  • “I’m a believer” – The Monkees
  • “Ob-la-di Ob-la-da” – Beatles

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Last song

Just before you say your farewells and make your way to your honeymoon destination, end off the night with one of these songs:

  • “Come away with me” – Norah Jones
  • “Save the last dance for me” – Michael Bublé
  • “Here comes the sun” – Beatles

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