Wedding Music Checklist: Ceremony & Reception Song Lists
What songs do you need for the wedding ceremony AND the reception?
Selecting wedding songs can be a daunting task. To help in your song search, we created lists of popular wedding music.
These lists are categorized by event type and genre in case you need inspiration.
It can be a challenge to narrow down your song selection until you nail down the parts of the wedding you’ll include.
A wedding ceremony starts with the prelude (songs played as guests take their seats) and finishes with recessional songs (exiting the ceremony).
Will you include a special song during the unity ceremony (to signify two becoming one) or skip it altogether?
Wedding reception songs include all activities from the wedding couple’s grand entrance to the last dance song.
But will you have the money dance or honor the longest-married couple with a special anniversary dance?
We’re here to help.
Wedding Ceremony Songs
Wedding processional songs are for when the wedding party enters the ceremony venue and walks down the aisle. What kind of mood do you want to set for the processional?
Unity Ceremony Songs
The unity candle ceremony is when the wedding couple lights their unity candle in unison from their individually lit candles. How long of a song do you want for this ceremony?
- Best Unity Ceremony Songs Updated
Wedding Reception Songs
Our wedding reception songs lists help the couple choose songs that they can dance to with their friends and family on the big day. The wedding songs selected will always remind you of the fun and special moments from your wedding.
Formal dances during a wedding reception
There are common formal dances that are planned for many weddings; view the popular formal dances with their accompanying songs. The following dances are all on one web page for your convenience.
Father Daughter Dance Songs
What song will you dance to with your dad on this special day?
Mother Son Dance Songs
Which song will represent your relationship when you dance with your mom at the reception?
Bouquet and Garter
It is a common tradition for the bride to toss her bouquet to all the single ladies in attendance. In addition, it is a common tradition for the groom to toss the Bride’s garter to all the single men in attendance.
Garter Removal Songs
If you’re opting for the garter removal ceremony, we have a few songs to choose from.
- Best Garter Removal Songs Updated
Garter Toss Songs
Of course, if you toss the garter to the single men in the crowd, we have song lists for that.
- Best Garter Toss Songs Updated
Garter Placement Songs
These are the most popular songs to play while the garter toss winner places the bride’s garter on the winner of the bouquet toss. Steamy!
- Best Garter Placement Songs Updated
Common Events and Dedications
View popular song lists for special events during a wedding reception like an anniversary, the cake cutting, and memorial songs.
Grand Entrance Songs
The grand entrance honors the entire wedding party. These popular songs will give you ideas of what to play as the wedding party and the wedding couple enter the reception venue.
- Best Wedding Entrance Songs Updated
Money Dance Songs
If you have the money dance at your wedding, you’ll want to choose from popular songs played — especially since multiple songs are needed for this fun event.
- Best Money Dance Songs Updated
Wedding music sets the tone for the entire wedding event.
Your song choices add charm and personality to the whole wedding affair.
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