Music is a very integral part of every wedding reception. Music sets the tone and theme of your event. Not only the style of music but also the tempo will influence your guests’ mood. Having a wedding music playlist will help you plan out not only the order of events but also what will be the most important elements.
Wedding Music Playlist
Before we get started, keep in mind to play each song on your wedding music playlist only once in the night. This way each element of your reception will be set to its own song.
Wedding Party Entrance Songs
The wedding ceremony is over and all you guests are at your reception venue wedding for the wedding party to arrive after a photography session. The reception venue’s doors open and in walks the bridal party to one of the following songs. View complete list of entrance songs.
Chris Brown – Forever
Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling
P!nk – Get The Party Started
Meco – Star Wars Theme
The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony
Bride and Groom Entrance Songs
The wedding party has been announced and standing around the head table. It is now time for the entrance of the newlyweds to one of the following songs. View complete list of entrance songs.
The Beatles – All You Need Is Love
Pharrell Williams – Happy
Heavy D. & The Boyz – Now That We Found Love
Coldplay – Viva La Vida
Capital Cities – Safe and Sound
Time to eat. What songs do you want played during meal time? View other great dinner music suggestions.
Cake Cutting Songs
After completing the meal, one of the highlights of a wedding is getting to eat wedding cake for dessert. Typically, the bride and groom feed each other the first cut out of their wedding cake. View complete list of cake cutting songs.
Nat King Cole – L-O-V-E
Blake Shelton – Honey Bee
Dean Martin – That’s Amore
Harry Connick Jr. – It Had To Be You
The Dixie Cups – Chapel Of Love
Bouquet Toss Songs
Many brides decide to throw their bridal bouquet to all of the single ladies in attendance. It’s kind of a superstitious right of passage for the next woman to marry. View complete list of bouquet toss songs.
Beyonce – Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want to Have Fun
Gwen Stefani – Hollaback Girl
Kool & The Gang – Ladies Night
Little Big Town – Little White Church
Garter Toss Songs
Once the woman who is next to marry is decided, the man to marry must also be decided. View complete list of garter toss songs.
Bill Conti/Cincinnati Pops Orchestra – Rocky Theme – Gonna Fly Now
ZZ Top – Sharp Dressed Man
Salt-N-Pepa with En Vogue – Whatta Man
Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z – Suit & Tie
Danny Elfman – Mission Impossible Theme
First Dance Songs
Dinner is over. Time to get the spotlight back on the bride and groom. It’s the first dance as a married couple. View complete list of first dance songs.
Blake Shelton – God Gave Me You
Christina Perri – A Thousand Years
Jason Mraz – I Won’t Give Up
John Legend – All Of Me
Brad Paisley – Then
Father Daughter Dance Songs
The next formal dance typically following the first dance is the father-daughter dance. A special moment between a daughter and her father. You could also include your father-in-law and brothers as well. View complete list of father daughter songs.
Trace Adkins – You’re Gonna Miss This
Tim McGraw – My Little Girl
Luther Vandross – Dance With My Father
Bob Carlisle – Butterfly Kisses
Ben Folds – Gracie
Mother Son Dance Songs
After your Father’s spotlight, it’s time for Mom’s dance with her son. View complete list of mother son songs.
Boyz II Men – A Song For Mama
Josh Groban – You Raise Me Up
Kenny Rogers – Through The Years
Lee Ann Womack – I Hope You Dance
Dido – Thank You
Wedding Party Dance Songs
After Dad and Mom, a great plan to get everyone in the party mood is to have the whole wedding party on the dance floor for a special dance. The bridal party song and dance is the beginning of the dance party. View complete list of wedding party songs.
LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem
Young MC – Bust A Move
Michael Jackson – Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’
Joe Cocker – With A Little Help From My Friends
Earth, Wind & Fire – September
Wedding Reception Dance Songs
It’s one thing to play slow songs that fill the dance floor. It’s another to play uptempo songs that fill the dance floor. It’s up to the music entertainer to know your wedding guests and play what they will dance to. View our list of the best party songs.
V.I.C. – Wobble
AC/DC – You Shook Me All Night Long
Mr. C – Cha Cha Slide
Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl
Bob Seger – Old Time Rock & Roll
Last Dance Songs
Your wedding night is coming to a close. The music entertainer is wrapping things up before all go on their merry way. It’s time to play the perfect song to end a perfect wedding. View complete list of last dance songs.
Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes – (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life
Jackson 5 – Never Can Say Goodbye
Michael Buble – Save The Last Dance For Me
Nat King Cole – The Party’s Over
So there you have it. A standard wedding music playlist for a wedding reception. We hope this helps you plan out the order of events and the types of music you would want for your wedding day.
Matt loves listening to any music style he can understand the words. He lives in the wedding capital of the world, Las Vegas, with his wife Sharon. Matt's other likes include craft beer, baseball, and traveling.