100 Best Wedding Party Dance Songs at Receptions
After the wedding couple dances with their parents, they may have the garter ceremony (wedding reception timeline). So what song will the wedding party dance to? And how will the song’s theme set the tone for the dancing portion of the evening?
Who is Part of the Wedding Party Dance?
Being selected into a bride and/or groom’s wedding party is more than just celebrating at the wedding. The wedding couple entrusts in you to do certain things. Check out our article: Wedding Party Roles – Each Member and Their Roles. And don’t worry about what to call them if your wedding is genderless. Having people stand up for you is all that matters, regardless of those roles.
Remember, this is your day to celebrate your love. Feel free to break from western tradition or adopt one that suits you best.
The wedding party dance composition is up to you as the engaged couple. Of course, talk to your wedding planner and DJ. You can skip it or keep it small.
The groomsmen and bridesmaids join the newlyweds who are already on the dance floor. You can include parents and special guests, too. It all depends on how embarrassed you want to be watching the Snapchat videos later.
What Kind of Song Is Best for the Wedding Party Dance?
Many couples allow the Best Person to choose this song. This is especially true if they dance to a coordinated routine to surprise the wedding couple. If this is the plan, be sure that the person conspires with the DJ and the wedding planner. It’s okay to surprise the couple, but not the DJ.
A more traditional wedding party dance song could be a slower one. We suggest “That’s What Friends Are For” by Dionne Warwick. But do you want people crying and ruining their makeup? Besides, there are better songs from the ’80s for your wedding party dance song.
If you are looking for a more upbeat wedding party dance songs, we would suggest “Celebration” by Kool and The Gang.
Does it surprise you to see 69 Boyz, AC/DC, and Aerosmith in the top 10 of the bridal party dance songs? It doesn’t surprise us. Good songs that make you want to move are timeless.
Wedding party dance songs usually have a friend’s theme to celebrate everyone’s shared love for the bride and/or groom. Other great friend themed songs include “These Are My People” by Rodney Atkins and the TV show theme song from Friends – Rembrandts’ “I’ll Be There For You.”
Keep in mind, this is usually the last of the formal dance songs; meaning open dancing begins after this song. So the tempo contributes to the reception’s energy.
Is the Wedding Party Dance Required?
No. The wedding party dance is not required. It’s your wedding and your reception. If you don’t have a large bridal party or things got weird when the groomsman and bridesmaid just broke up, you can skip it. They can always join in after the last of the formal dance songs.
A wedding party dance is not a required dance in the list of formal dance songs. However, it is a great way to get people in a partying mood and watching people dancing. The wedding party song can also be the start of asking all wedding guests to join in on the dance floor.
Depending on your desired wedding theme, you can choose songs with a “friend” theme, a “love” theme, or just plain – Let’s Get This Party Started! We have included many different music styles, tempos, and eras below. A great mixture to find the perfect wedding party dance song. If you are just looking to get the party started, also check out our list of Best Party Songs for Weddings.
Similar song lists for further reading:
Wedding Party & Bridal Party Dance Songs
Wedding party dance song list curated by Matthew Campbell
Last Updated: January 4, 2021
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