Weddings 101: Songs For Your Playlist

As if you don't have enough to do for your wedding you need to pick songs for all the things! Luckily, there are lists upon lists all over the internet!



A few things I suggest to my brides when they are feeling overwhelmed is to go traditional with the ceremony music choices. That takes several songs off your plate to choose. Then you just have to come up with some songs you want played at the reception.


And if you think I mean to create a playlist on your phone and attach it to the venue audio system, that is not it at all. I believe a wedding should have a DJ. They do so much more than just play music. They keep things running along the timeline by getting your guests attention, announcing things like the last call, they do your grand entrance, when the dance floor is looking sad at the beginning your DJ will get people up and dancing for sure.


Traditional Wedding Ceremony Songs

  • Bridal Chorus - Wagner

  • Cannon in D - Pachelbel

  • A Thousand Years - The Piano Guys

  • Marry Me - Train

  • Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole

When it comes to picking your reception music, keep it fun. Any DJ you work with will help guide you through the process of getting songs you really want played. And trust the professional you hire. If there is an absolute NO to a specific song being played, please make sure your DJ is aware so they can make adjustments in their playlist.



First dances and traditional dances (Father Daughter, Mother Son) are so good to have. I love to watch them all happen. And have a little cry. I blame Melanie. One wedding I was at she said "Can't you just see you and Alex out there when he gets married." And I blubbered.


First Dance Songs: This is going to be specific to you and your new spouse. What is "your" song? What song do you want to dance to? What song has special meaning to you. Our song is "All of Me" by John Legend. I love it.


Traditional Dances

Father Daughter

  • I Loved Her First

  • The Way You Look Tonight

  • Playing Cinderella

  • Butterfly Kisses

  • My Girl

Mother Son

  • Forever Young

  • 93 Million Miles

  • Mama Said

  • Mom

  • Beautiful Boy


Good grief. Even making these lists has me all emotional over here. BRB. Crying my eyes out thinking about my babies getting married.

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