No two weddings are exactly the same, but most of them have one thing in common: music. Regardless of your style, budget, wedding season, or the size of your guest list, it's likely that you're going to need wedding music, and that's where we come in. There are thousands (okay, millions?) of wedding songs to choose from—not to mention that the number of times during your wedding when you'll need music is surprisingly high. We've put together this guide that breaks down exactly what you need for your wedding songs list, plus some of the best wedding party songs for every moment, all in one place. And if you've already hired a wedding band or a professional DJ, the hardest part is over! Your music vendors will be able to provide their expert advice when it comes to keeping your guests entertained throughout the event. In the meantime, keep reading for a list of the best wedding party songs for every moment.
Before the Wedding
You’re already thinking about your day-of wedding music, but what about the music for your pre-wedding events? There are several occasions, such as your engagement party, bridal shower, and even the morning of your wedding when having an awesome playlist will make all the difference.
1. Engagement party
Our pick: "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green
Get the romantic vibes going with a variety of love songs and classic crowd-pleasing hits.
The ceremony is the pinnacle of your wedding day. After all, this is everything that you (and all of your guests) have been waiting for: the moment when you officially marry your spouse! There are few major moments during the ceremony when your wedding music is absolutely essential.
Our pick: "Lover" by Taylor Swift
Compile a soundtrack that matches the vibe of your wedding to entertain guests as they're entering the ceremony venue and taking their seats.
Now that the butterflies are gone, it's time to let loose and have fun! From hitting the dance floor to cutting the cake, the right wedding songs list will help you turn your reception into the best party ever.
1. Cocktail hour
Our pick: "Oye Como Va" by Santana
Whether you're enjoying drinks with your guests or off taking pictures with your wedding party while friends and family hang at the bar, a fabulous playlist is the key to any great cocktail hour.
Our pick: "I Gotta Feeling" by The Black Eyed Peas
Your guests will be waiting in anticipation for you and your spouse to make your official 'married couple' debut—take this special moment the next level with an epic grand entrance song that reflects your personalities (coordinated dance moves optional).
The first dance is another big moment of the reception, and it's also one of the most symbolic. The wedding song that you choose for your first dance should be one that you both love, whether it's a song by your favorite artist, a song that was on the radio when you first started dating, or a song that showcases your interests (like Disney movies!).
Show your parents some much-deserved love by taking them for a spin around the dance floor. Whether you're looking for tear-jerking wedding music that has sentimental meaning, or you'd prefer to keep the mood laid-back and cheerful, we have plenty of options.
After the traditional dances and speeches are out of the way, it's time to invite all of your guests to the dance floor. Get people on their feet with a mix of crowd-pleasing hits, from the top songs of the year to familiar old-school tunes that everyone will appreciate.
Our pick: “(I've Had) The Time of My Life” by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
This is one of the less common categories when it comes to wedding music, so if you're not familiar, let us explain: you ask all of the married couples to come onto the dance floor, and your band leader or DJ then excuses couples one by one based on the length of their marriage. At the end, you'll see who's been married the longest!