Music is crucial to any wedding celebration, setting the mood for each moment and creating unforgettable memories. From the ceremony to the reception, every stage of a wedding requires a carefully curated playlist to suit the tone and atmosphere of the occasion. Here are some top picks for songs to play during every moment of your big day:
The ceremony processional is a moment of anticipation and excitement as the bride walks down the aisle to meet her partner. For this moment, choose a song that is elegant and timeless. Some popular choices include “Canon in D” by Johann Pachelbel, “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri, or “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole.
The first dance is a special moment shared between the newlyweds to showcase their love for each other. Choose a meaningful song for both of you, whether a classic ballad or a contemporary hit. Some popular choices include “At Last” by Etta James, “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran, and “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith.
The father-daughter dance is a touching moment between the bride and her father, symbolizing their bond and love. Choose a song that is sentimental and meaningful to both of you. Some popular choices include “My Girl” by The Temptations, “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder, or “Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle.
The mother-son dance is a moment of gratitude and appreciation as the groom honors his mother. Choose a song that is heartfelt and touching. Some popular choices include “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong, “The Perfect Fan” by Backstreet Boys, or “You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban.
Wedding Party Entrance
The wedding party entrance is a moment of celebration and excitement as the newlyweds and their bridal party enter the reception. Choose a song that is upbeat and energetic. Some popular choices include “I Gotta Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas, “Celebration” by Kool & The Gang, or “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake.
The cake cutting is a fun and playful moment as the newlyweds cut their cake together. Choose a song that is lighthearted and sweet. Some popular choices include “Sugar, Sugar” by The Archies, “Sweetest Thing” by U2, or “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)” by James Taylor.
The bouquet toss is a time-honored tradition, as the bride tosses her bouquet to a group of single ladies. Choose a song that is playful and fun. Some popular choices include “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” by Beyoncé, “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper, or “It’s Raining Men” by The Weather Girls.
The garter removal is a playful moment between the newlyweds as the groom removes the bride’s garter. Choose a song that is flirty and fun. Some popular choices include “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye, “Sexual Healing” by Marvin Gaye, or “I’m Too Sexy” by Right Said Fred.
The last dance is a moment to reflect on the joy and love shared throughout the day. Choose a song that is nostalgic and memorable. Some popular choices include “Closing Time” by Semisonic, “Last Dance” by Donna Summer, or “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” by Green Day. You could also opt for a classic like “Save the Last Dance for Me” by The Drifters or “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton.