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Wedding Song Ideas

From the moment you walk down the aisle to your departure as newlyweds, wedding songs set the tone for your celebration. But with so many classic hits and modern chart-toppers to choose from, picking the best tunes can feel daunting. Especially, because there are lots of inappropriate wedding songs to avoid––yes, we're talking about "Marry You," by Bruno Mars. Luckily, we've got plenty of musical inspiration for everything from getting ready to cutting the cake and exiting in your getaway car. To help you craft the perfect playlist, we've selected the best wedding songs for every moment of your special day, as well as the best wedding songs from each genre and decade. Plan the wedding you've always dreamed of with help from our wedding song list below.

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Getting Ready Wedding Songs

Getting ready for your wedding is more than fixing your hair and stepping into your outfit. It's a time of excitement and anticipation and should be enjoyed with friends, family, and a playlist of fun songs. Below is a roundup of the best wedding songs that'll start your day on a good note.

  • "Glamorous," by Fergie & Ludacris

  • "Angel," by Shaggy & Rayvon

  • "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," by Beyoncé

  • "Shake It Off," by Taylor Swift

  • "Raise Your Glass," by Pink

  • "Truth Hurts," by Lizzo

  • "Chapel of Love," by The Dixie Cups

  • "Dear Future Husband," by Meghan Trainor

  • "Can't Hurry Love," by Diana Ross & The Supremes

  • "Watermelon Sugar," by Harry Styles

  • "I Want You To Want Me," by Letters to Cleo

  • "Your Love," by Nicki Minaj

  • "A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)," by Fergie, GoonRock and Q-Tip

  • "High Horse," by Kacey Musgraves

Wedding Party Processional Songs

The traditional processional is when the groom, wedding party, and parents or grandparents enter the ceremony. The bride is traditionally the last to enter, often accompanied by her father or another family member. The wedding ceremony order, as well as the musical selections, are ultimately up to the couple. Your processional music can be a traditional hymn or one of your favorite pop tunes that everyone will know. The following songs are relaxed and uplifting selections that will accompany any processional beautifully.

  • "Canon in D," by Johann Pachelbel

  • "All You Need is Love," by The Beatles

  • "Air from 'The Water Music'," by George Frideric Handel

  • "Neville's Waltz," by Patrick Doyle

  • "Married Life," by Michael Giacchino

  • "Hoppípolla," by Sigur Rós

  • "Reign of Love," by Coldplay

  • "Jurassic Park Theme," by Thomas Oliver

  • "Clarity," by Evan Duffy

  • "I'm Yours," by Vitamin String Quartet

  • "If I Could Fly," by One Direction

Processional Songs for the To-Be-Weds

Some couples may prefer to walk down the aisle to a different tune than the processional. The following wedding songs are romantic yet mellow and will make your moment special.

  • "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," by Roberta Flack

  • "Can't Help Falling in Love," by Haley Reinhart

  • "Part of Your World," by Jodi Benson

  • "Wildest Dreams," by Duomo

  • "A Thousand Years," by Christina Perri

  • "I'm Kissing You," by Des'ree

  • "La Vie En Rose," by Ingrid Mapson

  • "Halo," by Beyoncé

  • "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

  • "Moon River," by Audrey Hepburn

  • "Heartbeats," by José González

  • "Marry Me," by Train

Wedding Ceremony Songs

The music doesn't have to stop when you reach your partner at the altar. You might prefer having quiet background noise for special parts of the ceremony, like during a candle lighting or a reading. Choose from the following wedding song list to make your ceremony more memorable.

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  • "Ave Maria," by Franz Schubert

  • "Amazing Grace" (Traditional)

  • "I Will," by The Beatles

  • "We've Only Just Begun," by Carpenters

  • "Have I Told You Lately," by Van Morrison

  • "If Not For You," by George Harrison

  • "You Raise Me Up," by Josh Groban

  • "Ribbon in the Sky," by Stevie Wonder

  • "When You Say Nothing At All," by Alison Krauss & Union Station

  • "I Choose You," by Sara Bareilles

Wedding Recessional Songs

Once the ceremony is complete, the newlyweds will exit the altar area, followed by the wedding party and guests. This is an excellent opportunity to play an upbeat song to celebrate the occasion and prepare guests for your reception.

  • "Home," by Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

  • "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," by Frankie Valli

  • "Happy Together," by The Turtles

  • "Life's a Happy Song," by Amy Adams, Jason Segel, Chris Cooper

  • "Signed, Sealed, Delivered," by Stevie Wonder

  • "I Got You (At The End of the Century)," by Wilco

  • "Dog Days Are Over," by Florence + The Machine

  • "Wouldn't It Be Nice," by The Beach Boys

  • "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

  • "Everything Is Awesome," by Tegan and Sara

  • "You Are the Best Thing," by Ray LaMontagne

Wedding Party Entrance Songs

After the ceremony, guests will enter the reception area and wait for the couple and the wedding party to make their big entrance. The wedding party entrance song should be high energy since it marks the beginning of the reception. Some groups choose to walk in with funny songs, while others might show off a choreographed routine on the way to their seats. However your wedding party enters the reception, the following top wedding songs will get everyone ready for the night.

  • "Fly As Me," by Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak & Silk Sonic

  • "I Gotta Feeling," by The Black Eyed Peas

  • "Dynamite" Taio Cruz

  • "Shut Up and Dance," by Walk The Moon

  • "Levels," by Avicii

  • "Club Can't Handle Me," by Flo Rida & David Guetta

  • "I Believe in a Thing Called Love," by The Darkness

  • "Can't Stop The Feeling!," by Justin Timberlake

  • "Levitating," by Dua Lipa

  • "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)," by Whitney Houston

Wedding Entrance Songs for the Newlyweds

You don't have to enter your reception to the same tune as your wedding party. Consider choosing your own reception entrance song for a memorable moment. This wedding song can be romantic and fun or outrageous and goofy—it can really set the tone for the rest of your wedding reception songs.

  • "Just the Way You Are," by Bruno Mars

  • "Heroes (We Could Be)," by Alesso & Tove Lo

  • "Beautiful Day," by U2

  • "Crazy in Love," by Beyoncé & Jay-Z

  • "Seeing Stars," by Borns

  • "We Found Love," by Rihanna & Calvin Harris

  • "Happy," by Pharrell Williams

  • "First Date," by Blink 182

  • "On Top of the World," by Imagine Dragons

  • "Best Day of My Life," by American Authors

Cake-Cutting Songs for Weddings

Some couples cut the cake at the start of the reception so the photographer can get a great shot before leaving for the evening, while others do it immediately after dinner. Whenever you choose to dig into your dessert, you'll want to pick a fun cake-cutting song that suits the "sweet" occasion.

  • "Sweetest Thing," by U2

  • "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)," by Marvin Gaye

  • "Cake by the Ocean," by DNCE

  • "Sugar, Sugar," by The Archies

  • "Pour Some Sugar On Me," by Def Leppard

  • "Sugar," by Maroon 5

  • "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)," by The Four Tops

  • "Candyman," by Christina Aguilera

  • "Sweet Child O' Mine," by Guns N' Roses

  • "Honey Bee," by Blake Shelton

  • "Sugar," by Flo Rida & Wynter

First Dance Wedding Songs

The first dance can occur at the start of the reception, immediately after the newlyweds are introduced, or after dinner to kick off the rest of the dancing. It's important to choose a song that's personal and sentimental to you, but overall, there are no rules when it comes to first dance wedding songs.

  • "The Power of Love," by Céline Dion

  • "Thinking Out Loud," by Ed Sheeran

  • "At Last," by Etta James

  • "From the Ground Up," by Dan + Shay

  • "The Luckiest," by Ben Folds

  • "(I've Had) The Time of My Life," by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes

  • "All of Me," by John Legend

  • "The Book of Love," by Peter Gabriel

  • "Sea of Love," by Cat Power

  • "The First Day of My Life," by Bright Eyes

  • "Feel So Close," by Calvin Harris

  • "Timeless (Taylor's Version)," by Taylor Swift

Father-Daughter Wedding Songs

The father-daughter dance is one of the most touching moments in any reception, but choosing the right song can be tricky. Think about your relationship and what song best represents you and your dad. The father-daughter dance songs below are perfect for the sentimental moment.

  • "My Girl," by The Temptations

  • "God Only Knows," by The Beach Boys

  • "Isn't She Lovely," by Stevie Wonder

  • "Forever Young," by Bob Dylan

  • "Here Comes the Sun," by The Beatles

  • "Cinderella," by Steven Curtis Chapman

  • "Tupelo Honey," by Van Morrison

  • "One Call Away," by Charlie Puth

  • "It's For My Dad," by Nancy Sinatra

  • "That's My Daughter in the Water," by Loudon Wainwright III

  • "93 Million Miles," by Jason Mraz

Mother-Son Wedding Songs

The mother-son dance is another emotional moment during the reception. These songs should be respectful and appropriate and show the bond you share. This best wedding songs list below includes the best wedding songs for any mother and son on the big day.

  • "What a Wonderful World," by Louis Armstrong

  • "My Wish," by Rascal Flatts

  • "In My Life," by The Beatles

  • "You Are The Sunshine of My Life," by Stevie Wonder

  • "I Hope You Dance," by Lee Ann Womack

  • "Your Song," by Elton John

  • "Stand by Me," by Ben E. King

  • "Wind Beneath My Wings," by Bette Midler

  • "You've Got a Friend in Me," by Randy Newman

  • "A Song For Mama," by Boyz II Men

  • "Mama, I'm Coming Home," by Ozzy Osbourne

Mother-Daughter Wedding Songs

We guarantee you'll see the tears flowing when you and your mother get on the dance floor for your mother-daughter dance. You'll love our roundup of upbeat and slow dance songs.

  • "Mama," by Spice Girls

  • "There You'll Be" Faith Hill

  • "Mother," by Ashanti

  • "Mama's Song," by Carrie Underwood

  • "The Best Day," by Taylor Swift

  • "You're My Best Friend," by Queen

  • "Mom," by Meghan Trainor

  • "Mother," by Sugarland

  • "Mama, He's Crazy," by The Judds

  • "I'll Always Love My Mama," by The Intruders

Brother-Sister Wedding Songs

If you have a special bond with your sibling, why not dedicate a song to them and dance together? These wedding songs will bring you and your sibling closer and put everyone in their feels.

  • "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother," by The Hollies

  • "I'll Be There," by The Jackson 5

  • "We Are Family," by Sister Sledge

  • "Sister to a Brother," by Rob Finlay

  • "Don't Have to Change," by John Legend

  • "I'll Be There for You," by The Rembrandts

  • "Unforgettable," by Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole

  • "We're Going to Be Friends," by The White Stripes

  • "I Learned From You," by Miley Cyrus & Billy Ray Cyrus

  • "Footprints," by Molly Kate Kestner

Wedding Reception Songs

Don't want your wedding guests to ever leave the dance floor? Then check out this wedding reception song list that'll make you and your guests put on your dancing shoes.

  • "Dancing Queen," by ABBA

  • "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)," by Backstreet Boys

  • "Butterflies," by Kacey Musgraves

  • "Get the Party Started," by Pink

  • "This Is How We Do," by Katy Perry

  • "Dilemma," by Nelly & Kelly Rowland

  • "We Are Young," by fun. & Janelle Monáe

  • "Magic," by Coldplay

  • "She Looks So Perfect," by 5 Seconds of Summer

  • "Titanium," by Davia Guetta & Sia

  • "Perfect," by Ed Sheeran

Wedding Exit Songs

As you venture onto your new journey with your spouse, you'll need some good wedding exit songs to kick it off. Read below for this great list of fun and classic tunes for after the reception.

  • "Bye, Bye, Bye," by *NSYNC

  • "The Edge of Glory," by Lady Gaga

  • "Glad You Came," by The Wanted

  • "I Got You Babe," by Sonny & Cher

  • "I Will Wait," by Mumford & Sons

  • "Tongue Tied," by Grouplove

  • "Only Love," by Mary J. Blige

  • "I Melt With You," by Modern English

  • "Wagon Wheel," by Darius Rucker

  • "Best of My Love," by The Emotions

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