Music is a huge part of any celebration. Your wedding reception deserves to have a music list that compliments you and your spouse to be. It can be hard to narrow things down, or to even agree on all the right songs. We’ve made a list to help you think about all the aspects of music at your reception. Including how to confidently choose the perfect music to complement your perfect wedding reception.
In order to set you up with the best music, we have to think about what type of music you like best. Live music is a really great way to make your night special and feel a greater ambiance. With live artists, you may be able to have a special rendition of a song made just for your day. Price tags tend to increase as you pay multiple people to perform, but many would say this is quite worth it, especially if you plan to video any part of your reception.
If you choose a DJ instead of live music, you’ll have more flexibility with unlimited genres and styles to play. No matter what you choose, make sure to sample all your music talent as you’re narrowing down your decision. If you have a few key songs you know you’ll need on your wedding reception music list, make sure your talent can play these songs before you hire.
That leads us to choosing your actual music list, and if you’ll accept any requests from guests. First, you’ll want to start thinking about the key songs of the evening.
- Wedding party entrances – These songs can be from a time you remember with them, or a concert you saw together. But if choose to give each of your wedding party couples an entrance, make them fun!
- Newlywed entrance – If you are choosing a song to enter your reception with, keep it light hearted as well. This is the start of the party! You will have a more solemn moment with your first dance.
- First dance – Make it original! Something lovely that you’ll want to remember for years to come, but something that’s not too cliche. Maybe skip the Ed Sheeran and stick to a classic
- Mom & Son dance – This means so much to mothers. So, maybe get a few suggestions on song choices from her, as well as brainstorming your own.
- Father & Daughter dance – There are so many great songs out there for this special dance. Extra tip to the photographer if they can catch papa shedding a tear for his little girl.
- Toasts, dinner, & cake cutting – During dinner you may want a nice ambient flow of music in the background. Transitioning into more up-beat tunes to slowly start the party. Same goes for your cake cutting ceremony or toasts if they are included in your plans.
- Exit song – When it’s time to say goodbye for the evening, do you want to exit with a song?
In between these key songs, you’ll need to think about the genres and styles of music you want for your wedding reception, like hip-hop, salsa, pop dance hits, and group dances like the electric slide. If you want everyone to dance, maybe choose a few hits from different eras. Be sure to add some slow dance songs in there too, for the romantics. You could also have a queue for guests to request music, just make sure to list any songs that are an absolute no, and give them to the DJ or Band prior.
We know it’s hard to pick the perfect songs for your wedding reception music. So we did a little work for you. Here’s a list of a few classics that are sure to keep the mood fun and happy as you celebrate:
- All You Need is Love – The Beatles
- The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra
- Wannabe – Spice Girls
- My Girl – Temptations
- Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen
- Friday I’m In Love – The Cure
- Valerie – Amy Whinehouse
- Unforgettable – Nat King Cole + Natalie Cole
- Singed, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie Wonder
- All Of Me – John Legend
- Any Man of Mine – Shania Twain
- Marry You – Bruno Mars
- Crazy In Love – Beyonce + Jay Z
- First Date – Blink 182
- Happy – Pharell WIlliams
- I Feel So Close – Calvin Harris
- Here Comes the Sun – Beatles
- I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack
- 1,2,3,4 – Plain White Tees
If you need more guidance on your wedding music, there’s a vast selection of music broken down into different categories at TheKnot.com for an even more in depth look at your different options. Be sure to keep checking back here for more updates as you plan your upcoming wedding.
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