Frequently Asked Questions

Commonly Asked Questions Answered

First, select a song that has special meaning to you and your relationship. Second, select a song by the tempo – do you want a fast or slow song? Last, choose a song that would be considered a song about being in love.  Not every love song is created equal.  Read the lyrics and verify if the song tells your love story.

Commonly played songs for weddings include the wedding ceremony and wedding reception. Songs include classic songs and current hits.  Popular songs include “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran, “All Of Me” by John Legend, and “Marry Me” by Train.

See a list of the 100 most popular wedding songs of all-time.

If you want to play the most popular wedding song of all-time, it must be a song that has stood the test of time that is also requested by most couples of today.  When you think of a wedding artist that has done so, you can look no further than Elvis Presley’s song “Can’t Help Falling In Love”.  The song has two very popular covers as well.  The first by Haley Reinhart and the second by Kina Grannis.  Kina Grannis’ version was featured in the movie Crazy Rich Asians too.

See a list of the most popular wedding songs.

Leave it to the pros to know what will get your guests on the dance floor.  The songs will depend on the average age of guests, favored style of music, and where you are located in the world.

Here is a list of bangers that commonly fill the dance floor when played:

  • “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” by Whitney Houston
  • “Uptown Funk by “Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars
  • “Yeah!” by Usher, Lil Jon, Ludacris
  • “September” by Earth, Wind, and Fire
  • “Cupid Shuffle” by Cupid

See a list of the Top 200 Party Songs.

Many love songs could claim the top spot as the #1 wedding song.  Thus, here is a list of the top 3 wedding songs.

  1. “At Last” by Etta James
  2. “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
  3. “Marry Me” by Train

New wedding songs are being released every week.  See our list of best new wedding songs that are updated each Friday. You can also see our Hot 50 Picks that are updated at the beginning of each month.

New wedding songs include:

  • “I Found A Love (Live at Levon Helm Studios)” by José James, Taal
  • “My Love Will Follow You” by Dave Barnes
  • “I Love You More” by Dionne Carole
  • “Always Gonna Love You” by Florida Georgia Line
  • “Beginning Middle End” by Leah Nobel

If you have older generations at your wedding, then old love songs will make young at heart guests feel right at home.  Plus, they will always get up and dance to these classics.

Top old love songs include:

  • “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Elvis Presley
  • “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra
  • “Unchained Melody” by The Righteous Brothers
  • “What A Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
  • “My Girl” by The Temptations

See a list of top oldies songs.

Here are a couple of guidelines of songs to avoid at your wedding:

  • Don’t play songs with profanity
  • Don’t play songs that would be considered vulgar or offensive.
  • Skip genres of music not favored by wedding guests – Hip Hop vs. Country.
  • Don’t play songs about breakups, suicide, cheating, etc.

See a list of songs not to play at weddings.

The most romantic song ever written was featured in the film The Bodyguard. “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston.  The song was originally written and recorded in 1973 by Dolly Parton.

Typically Four.

  • Prelude – These are the songs while guests are taking their seats.
  • Processional – The song(s) played as the wedding party moves from the back of the venue to the altar.
  • Ceremony Song – The song played during the ceremonial unity of two becoming one as in the lighting of the unity candle or sand ceremony.
  • Recessional – The song(s) played as the wedding party moves from the altar to the back of the venue.

The most popular song to walk down the aisle to is Christina Perri’s song “A Thousand Years”.  Not only is the original popular but so are a number of covers including The Piano Guys and Vitamin String Quartet.

If you are looking for popular songs to walk down the aisle to, see our list of processional songs.

No.  The bridesmaids,  flower girl(s), and the bride can all walk down the aisle to the same song.  However, verify you have enough time for all of them to make it from the back of the ceremony venue to the altar before the song is over. Practice!

Yes and no.  Yes, if he wants to and his future spouse likes the idea too. Then, select a song that fits your personality. See a list of processional songs for grooms.

Let’s narrow down this question to only the dancing part of your reception which is typically two to three hours. One slow song for about every 30 minutes is ideal.  You want to keep the mood up and lively for your reception.  Guests are there to party.  However, slow songs will get all generations on the dance floor dancing.

First, select the style of music you prefer whether it is Rock, Hip Hop, Country, or whatever. You want guests to be up on their feet clapping in excitement as the wedding couple enters.

Popular entrance songs include:

  • “I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas
  • “Bring ‘Em Out” by T.I., Jay-Z
  • “Forever” by Chris Brown
  • “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” by Justin Timberlake
  • “24K Magic” by Bruno Mars

See a list of the top entrance songs.

Cake cutting should immediately follow the meal as it is seen as dessert. Plus, once the dancing begins, you want to keep the mood up and guests on the dance floor.  Having the cutting of the cake after any dancing begins takes the focus away from the dance floor.

A first dance song is a spotlight moment during the wedding reception that signifies the first dance as a married couple. Typically, a couple will select a song that has a special meaning to them or a love song that tells their love story.

See a list of popular first dance songs.

A list of the most popular first dance songs include:

  1. “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Elvis Presley/Kina Grannis/Haley Reinhart
  2. “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran
  3. “Beautiful Crazy” by Luke Combs
  4. “Speechless” by Dan + Shay
  5. “All Of Me” by John Legend

See a list of popular first dance songs.

It depends on the part of the country you are in.  Couples on the east coast typically get introduced into the reception venue and continue to the dance floor to perform their first dance.  This is recommended for any choreographed first dance.  West coast couples typically start dancing after the meal with their first dance.  The choice is yours.

The best song to play for the father-daughter dance is the one that has the most meaning between you. The song tempo should not matter as it means the most to both of you.

Common father-daughter dance songs include:

  • “I Loved Her First” by Heartland
  • “My Girl” by The Temptations
  • “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw
  • “Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle
  • “Cinderella” by Steven Curtis Chapman

See a list of top father-daughter dance songs.

The bouquet toss is when the bride tosses her bouquet to all of the single ladies in attendance.  The one the catches the bouquet is said to be the next one to marry.

Common bouquet toss songs include:

  • “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” by Beyoncé
  • “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper
  • “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!” by Shania Twain
  • “Wannabe” by Spice Girls
  • “Good As Hell” by Lizzo

See a list of top bouquet toss songs.

The garter removal is when the groom removes the garter from the leg of his new wife.  This is typically a fun and playful moment during the reception.  However, it is not selected at every wedding.

Common garter removal songs:

  • “Pony” by Ginuwine
  • “Hot In Herre” by Nelly
  • “Theme from Mission: Impossible” by Danny Elfman
  • “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye
  • “You Sexy Thing” by Hot Chocolate

See a list of top garter removal songs.

The anniversary dance is typically right after the parent dances but before the real dance and party music begins.  All of the married couples are invited onto the dance floor.  Then, groups of couples are invited to sit down starting with the newest married until the longest-married couple is left standing alone on the dance floor.  A gift is presented to the longest-married couple.  Then, all couples are invited back to the dance floor for a special anniversary dance.

See a list of anniversary dance songs.

First, you must decide how you wish your night to end.  The first option would be to end on a high note with a sing-along party song or a slow dance to a packed dance floor. Another option is to have a second first dance song with only the DJ, photographer, and newlyweds in the room.  This is called a “spotlight dance” while your guests are preparing for your send-off outside.

Popular last dance songs include:

  • “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” by Bill Medley, Jennifer Warnes
  • “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey
  • “Piano Man” by Billy Joel
  • “Closing Time” by Semisonic
  • “Bye Bye Bye” by N Sync

See a list of top last dance songs.

Yes.  We offer a paperback, eBook, and PDF version of the Wedding Songs Playlist: The Ultimate Guide To Planning Your Wedding Music.

No.  Legally we cannot sell music due to copyright laws.  However, we do provide links to Amazon to listen to and download the songs.  In addition, many of the playlists are available on the My Wedding Songs Spotify profile.

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