Your wedding day will be one of the most important of your life and needs the perfect music to set the tone and get everyone in the mood. From classics to modern hits, slow songs to floor fillers, every one of these 100 songs deserve a place on your wedding playlist.
How to Plan Your Wedding Music
If you head to our wedding songs page, we’ve laid out where you need music at each stage of your wedding. You might be having a DJ or band for your wedding reception and can use our playlists as inspiration, or for background music to your reception or getting ready jams, just press play!
The first things to think about when planning your wedding songs are:
1. Do you have a theme?
Vintage weddings might work well with a Motown cover band; a rustic barn wedding might suit a festival-style live folk band; a string quartet would work for a glamorous wedding. Think about what works with your theme and what type of music you like as a couple.
2. What’s the vibe of your reception going to be – chilled afternoon tea or drunken dancing?
The reception is when you’ll have most of the important wedding music (except the bride entrance). It’s when you’ll have your first dance, background music to your meal, party songs for your evening dancing and a final send-off song to end the night. How pop/rock/classical/country/folk/soul you go should fit in with the atmosphere you’re creating for the reception.
3. Which parts of the day do you want music for?
The absolutely key times to have music are the bride’s entrance, the recessional song, during your wedding breakfast, the first dance, and during your wedding party. That said, it’s advisable to have it at times where there otherwise would be silence, like the signing of the register, and during your ceremony. You may also choose to have music for the bouquet toss and cake cutting, as well as doing a father-daughter dance. Plan out when you want music on your big day and it’ll help you get the flow right.
4. Get listening!
Make lists of your favourite songs, ask guests for theirs, play our playlists and talk to your band or DJ. Once you know what you want to play, you can match it with the best stage of your wedding day.
Below are the 100 best wedding songs of all time and a Spotify playlist to help you pick. You can watch the whole of best wedding songs playlist here too:
The Best Wedding Songs of All Time
Perfect – Ed Sheeran
Amazed – Lonestar
I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing – Aerosmith
This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) – Natalie Cole
Can’t Help Falling In Love – Haley Reinhart
Wherever You Will Go – Charlene Soraia
A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
At Last – Etta James
Truly, Madly, Deeply – Savage Garden
Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
Run – Leona Lewis
All Of Me – John Legend
Shallow – Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
Sucker – Jonas Brothers
L-O-V-E – Nat King Cole
I Wanna Hold Your Hand – The Beatles
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Diana Ross & The Supremes