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The Best Wedding Songs To Play At Your Wedding

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by Laura Howes

Craft the perfect wedding song playlist using our music inspiration including lots of genres to please you and your guests. We’ve classified the best wedding songs for each moment of your big day here, no matter your style or era!

Best songs for…

Walking down the aisle

While every moment of your wedding is special, there is something about walking down the aisle that makes it so significant. Is it the nerves? Or perhaps the excitement at getting married to your best friend? All we know for sure is that this moment needs to be accompanied by some equally meaningful music – and we’ve got you covered!

Pachelbel / Canon in D
Eva Cassidy / Songbird
Craig Armstrong / Glasgow Love Theme
Carter Burwell / Bella’s Lullaby
Yiruma / River Flows in You
Ed Sheeran / Thinking Out Loud
Chris Brown / Next To You
Israel Kamakawiwo’ole / Over the Rainbow
Etta James / At Last
K-Ci & JoJo / All My Life

The ceremony

Depending on how long your ceremony is, you may get the chance to play a few different pieces of music. You may even hire a musician or string quartet to perform some romantic melodies between readings and the vows. Here are some songs that are perfect for setting the atmosphere and getting everyone reaching for their tissues!

American Authors / Best Day of My Life
Elvis Presley / Can’t Help Falling in Love
The Beatles / All You Need Is Love
Jack Johnson / Better Together
Ed Sheeran / Perfect
The Beach Boys / God Only Knows
Ellie Goulding / How Long Will I Love You
Claude Debussy / Clair de Lune
The Temper Trap / Sweet Disposition
Michael Buble / Everything
Rihanna / We Found Love

The Reception Entrance

Now officially wed, you can opt for some more upbeat, celebratory music to mark your entrance as newlyweds. Why not try some of the following joyful tunes?

Imagine Dragons / On Top of the World
U2 / Beautiful Day
Bruno Mars / Marry You
Beyonce / Crazy in Love
John Legend / All of Me
Train / Marry Me
Vanessa Carlton / 1,000 Miles
Ellie Goulding / Love Me Like You Do

The First Dance

It’s at this point that all eyes will be on you, the perfect pair, dancing to a song that usually means a lot to you. The perfect song choice can be tricky, as some may like to slow dance while others may prefer to choreograph a routine and add some comedy to the party. Whether you’re all about the laughs or the romance, here are just a few suggestions.

Des’ree / I’m Kissing You
Jennifer Rush / The Power of Love
Save Garden / Truly Madly Deeply
Billy Paul Williams / Me and Mrs Jones
Percy Sledge / When A Man Loves A Woman
The Bangles / Eternal Flame
The Righteous Brothers / Unchained Melody
The Wannadies / You & Me Song
Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes / The Time of My Life

The Father & Daughter dance

Dads tend to be very emotional on the day they give their daughter away, so the father and daughter dance can be a bit of a tearjerker. In appreciation of your old man (don’t tell him we said that!), it can be nice to share this symbolic dance whilst listening to a song you possibly both love or which has significance to the moment. You’ll know the right song when you hear it!

Stevie Wonder / Isn’t She Lovely
Bette Midler / Wind Beneath My Wings
Frank Sinatra / The Way You Look Tonight
Guns N’ Roses / Sweet Child O’ Mine
Van Morrison / Brown Eyed Girl
Jason Blaine / Dance with My Daughter
Edwin McCain / Walk With You
Rod Stewart / Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
John Groban / You Raise Me Up

The Mother & Son dance

Mums don’t like to admit it when their babies are grown up, so this mother and son dance is great way to acknowledge that bond between a mother and her forever boy. His mum will cherish the photos of this special moment forever, and the song will be etched into her heart for all of time!

Louis Armstrong / What A Wonderful World
Eric Clapton / Wonderful Tonight
Queen / You’re My Best Friend
Marvin Gaye / How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
Aretha Franklin / I Say A Little Prayer
Bob Marley / One Love
Cyndi Lauper / Time After Time
Bon Jovi / Thank You For Loving Me
Fleetwood Mac / Landslide
Ben E. King / Stand By Me

Best songs by genre

If you want to create a certain vibe at your wedding, then we have listed just some of the most popular wedding songs sorted by category. Stick with a genre that matches your theme or give them all a whirl throughout the day!

Classical

Richard Wagner / Bridal Chorus
Mendelssohn / The Wedding March
Pachelbel / Canon in D

Upbeat

Pharrell Williams / Happy
Carly Rae Jepsen / Call Me Maybe
OutKast / Hey Ya!

RnB

Barry White / You’re The First, The Last, My Everything
Montell Jordan / This Is How We Do It
Beyonce / Love On Top

80s

Whitney Houston / I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)
Journey / Don’t Stop Believin’
The B-52s / Love Shack

90s

Toploader / Dancing In The Moonlight
Mariah Carey / Always Be My Baby
Boyz II Men / I’ll Make Love To You

Bollywood

Neha Kakkar, Mika Singh & Kumar Sanu / Aankh Marey
Garry Sandhu / Illegal Weapon
Mickey Singh & Nani / Yarri Yeah

Country

Keith Urban / Making Memories of Us
Faith Hill / This Kiss
Thomas Rhett / Die A Happy Man

Now go and enjoy reminiscing about the soundtrack to your lives!

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