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Songs for Every Part of Your Wedding Day

Consider this your official wedding playlist.

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We have attended a lot of weddings. Like A LOT of weddings, and no two are the same. From getting ready in the morning, to walking down the aisle, to entering the reception, the music you choose will set the tone for your entire day. There are SO many songs to choose from, and it can sometimes feel daunting at first when trying to find the perfect music for your day. Lucky for you, we have been around the block a time or two and have no shortage of musical inspiration.

To help you out, we came up with a list of songs to inspire your playlist for every moment of your big day.

Getting Ready

Set the tone for your day with some of these songs to get you pumped up. Getting ready is more than just hair and make up, but quality time you get to spend with your girls. The room is often filled with excitement and anticipation. Check out these songs to start your morning on a good note!

  • Firework - Katy Perry

  • Dear Future Husband - Meghan Trainor

  • Glamorous - Fergie Ft. Ludacris

  • Hips Don't Lie - Shakira

  • Love on Top - Beyonce

  • Chapel of Love - The Dixie Cups

  • Run the World (Girls) - Beyonce

  • Singing in the Shower - Becky G

  • Come On - Ke$ha

  • Show You Off - Dan + Shay

Pre-Ceremony Music

Pre-ceremony music begins playing about 30 minutes before your wedding starts. It’s the music that is softly playing in the background as guests enter the ceremony space. This music can be instrumental or a regular song, but it is really your preference. The following songs are perfect to accompany your precessional.

  • Sky Full of Stars - Coldplay

  • Halo - Beyonce

  • Just the Way You Are - Bruno Mars

  • Mama's Song - Carrie Underwood

  • Here Comes the Sun - Beatles

  • I'm Yours - Jason Maraz

  • The Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra

  • XO - John Mayer

  • You're Still The One - Shania Twain

  • Lucky - Colbie Caillat & Jason Maraz


This is the music your wedding party will be walking down the aisle to. You can choose however many songs you’d like for your party. We typically advise a song for parents and grandparents, a song for bridal party, and then a song for the bride to walk in to. You can definitely use more. Also these songs can be instrumental or as is depending on your preference. The below songs are some of our favorite to walk down the aisle to.

  • From the Ground Up - Dan + Shay

  • Speechless - Dan + Shay

  • Can't Help Falling in Love - Haley Reinhart

  • Cannon in D - Johann Pachelbel

  • A Thousand Years - Christina Perri

  • I Get to Love You - Ruelle

  • L.O.V.E - Michael Buble

  • All of Me - John Legend

  • Marry Me - Train

  • From This Moment - Shania Twain


You did it! The knot has been tied and you are ready to descent the aisle as the new Mr and Mrs. These are perfect songs to describe the excitement of that just married feeling.

  • I Choose You - Sara Bareilles

  • Happy Together - The Turtles

  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered - Stevie Wonder

  • Love Me Like You Do - Ellie Goulding

  • Best Day of My Life - American Authors

  • This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) - Nat King Cole

  • At Last - Etta James

  • Happy - Pharrell Williams

  • All You Need is Love - Beatles

  • You Make My Dreams - Hall & Oates

Bridal Party or Bride & Groom Introductions

Let’s get the party started! The bridal party entrance or bride & groom entrance song really sets the tone for the evening. The songs you can enter the reception to are endless. There are SO many. Check out some of the best songs to really get the party started.

  • Forever - Chris Brown

  • Can't Stop the Feeling - Justin Timberlake

  • Good Life - Kayne West

  • We Found Love - Rihanna

  • Latch - Disclosure

  • Raise Your Glass - P!nk

  • Marry You - Bruno Mars

  • Crazy In Love - Beyonce & Jay-Z

  • White Wedding - Billy Idol

  • Here for The Party - Gretchen Wilson

First Dance

Questionably one of the sweetest parts of the night is the first dance. There are absolutely NO rules when it comes to picking a first dance song. Pick a song that is personal and sentimental to you and your significant other. Below are some sweet songs we like for a first dance.

  • Stolen - Dashboard Confessional (Slow Version)

  • God Gave me You - Blake Shelton

  • Beautiful, Crazy - Luke Combs

  • Yours - Russell Dickerson

  • Time After Time - Cindy Lauper

  • Everything - Michael Buble

  • Oh What a World - Kasey Musgraves

  • I Cross My Heart - George Strait

  • Love on The Brain - Rihanna

  • Beautiful Stranger - Halsey

Father/Daughter Dance

Father/daughter songs are one of the harder ones to choose. Think about your relationship with your dad, and a song that could represent that. Below we came up with some sentimental songs sure to be a hit.

  • Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder

  • Cinderella - Steven Curtis Chapman

  • One Call Away - Charlie Puth

  • Count on Me - Bruno Mars

  • Butterfly Kisses - Bob Carlsile

  • Wildflowers - Tom Petty

  • My Girl -The Temptations

  • Daughters - John Mayer

  • I'll Be There For You - The Rembrandts

  • Tiny Dancer - Elton John

Mother/Son Dance

Like the father/daughter dance, the mother/son dance is just as sentimental. This song should be respectful and appropriate, and a representation of your relationship. Below we picked some nice songs for the mother/son dance.

  • My Wish - Rascal Flatts

  • I Hope You Dance - Lee Ann Womack

  • Landslide - Fleetwood Mac

  • Because You Loved Me - Celine Dion

  • Simple Man (Acoustic) - Shinedown

  • Humble & Kind - Tim McGraw

  • What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong

  • You'll Be in My Heart - Phil Collins

  • Loves Me Like a Rock - Paul Simon

  • Stand by Me - Florence + The Machine

Cake Cutting

Usually done after dinner, the cake cutting is an exciting part of the night, pick a fun song to match that excitement. We listed some songs below that would work well during your cake cutting.

  • How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) - Marvin Gaye

  • Sugar - Robin Schultz

  • Walking on Sunshine - Katrina & The Waves

  • Yummy - Justin Bieber

  • Sugar, Sugar - The Archies

  • Today Was a Fairytale - Taylor Swift

  • All My Life - K-Ci & JoJo

  • Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics

  • Sugar, We're Going Down - Fall Out Boy

  • Best Day - Taylor Swift

Bouquet Toss

A song for the ladies! Sometimes skipped over, the bouquet toss is traditionally used to decide who the next bride will be. Today it is more of a fun girls-only tradition. Check out some fun girl power songs we think would work great during the bouquet toss.

  • Only Girl - Rihanna

  • Man! I Feel Like a Woman! - Shania Twain

  • Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper

  • This One's For the Girls - Martina McBride

  • Where Them Girls At - David Guetta Ft. Nicki Minaj & Flo Rida

  • There She Goes - The La's

  • Hollaback Girl - Gwen Stefani

  • Diva - Beyonce

  • Independent Women - Destiny's Child

  • That's My Girl - Fifth Harmony

Garter Toss

A song for the ladies! Sometimes skipped over, the bouquet toss is traditionally used to decide who the next bride will be. Today it is more of a fun girls-only tradition. Check out some fun girl power songs we think would work great during the bouquet toss.

  • Pony - Genuine

  • Sharp Dressed Man - ZZ Top

  • Suit & Tie - Justin Timberlake

  • Hot in Herre - Nelly

  • Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard

  • Sexy Back - Justin Timberlake

  • Brick House - The Commodores

  • Bad to the Bone - George Thorogood and the Destroyers

  • Whatta Man - Salt-N-Pepa

  • You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC

Anniversary Dance

Definitely the cutest part of the night. We LOVE the anniversary dance! It is so sweet watching grandma and grandpa who have been married for 60+ years out on the dance floor. Below you will find some of the cutest songs for the anniversary dance sure to get everyone (who is married) out on the dance floor.

  • Tennessee Whiskey - Chris Stapleton

  • I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing - Aerosmith

  • Forever & Always - Shania Twain

  • Amazed - Lone Star

  • Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran

  • Through the Years - Rascal Flatts

  • Forever and Ever Amen - Randy Travis

  • You and Me - Lifehouse

  • Take My Breath Away - Berlin

  • 10,000 Hours - Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber

Dance Music

Open the dance floor and let’s party! Here are some songs to get the party pumped up.

  • Midnight City - M83

  • One Kiss - Dua Lipa & Calvin Harris

  • No Hands - Waka Flaka Flame

  • Mr. Brightside - The Killers

  • Something Just Like This - Chainsmokers & Coldplay

  • I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston

  • September - Earth, Wind & Fire

  • Fireball - Pit Bull

  • It's Tricky - Run D.M.C

  • Dancing Queen - Abba

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