Best Wedding Song Ideas

Best Wedding Songs for Every Occasion You Need

We’ve got what you need! Read The Knot’s list of the top 10 wedding songs for every part of the wedding you need to plan.

Choosing your wedding music can be one of the most fun parts of the planning process, but it can also be time-consuming and overwhelming. There are many factors to consider, such as what tone you want to set, what songs you want to play during special events, and what music your guests will enjoy. You may also have songs that are special to you, your partner, and your family that you want to include during the ceremony and reception.

In order to help you with this difficult task, we’ve selected the best wedding songs for every moment of your special day, as well as the best wedding songs from each genre. Plan the wedding you’ve always dreamed of with a little help from our list below.

Best Wedding Songs by Event

Your wedding day will include many events, from exchanging your vows to cutting the cake and enjoying your first dance. The song you choose to accompany each event is important, as it will set the mood for the moment. The list below includes the best wedding songs for each of these events so you are sure to make the most of your day.

Getting Ready Wedding Songs

Getting ready for your wedding is about more than fixing your hair and stepping into your dress or suit. It’s a time of excitement and anticipation, and should be enjoyed with friends, family, and a playlist of fun and endearing songs. Below is a playlist that will help you get ready in style.

 

 

Wedding Processional Songs

The processional is the moment that the wedding party walks down the aisle, and can include the groomsmen, bridesmaids, flower girl, ring bearer, and the parents or grandparents of the couple. Traditionally, the groom is already standing at the altar. The bride is the last to enter, usually accompanied by her father.

The music that you choose for your processional may be a traditional hymn or one of your favorite pop tunes. The following songs are relaxed yet uplifting selections that will accompany any processional beautifully.

Songs to Walk Down the Aisle To

Many brides choose to walk down the aisle to a different song than the processional, but it is entirely your decision. Another option is to play one song for the wedding party, and a different section of the same song for the bride. The following wedding songs are romantic yet mellow, and are sure to make your moment special.

 

Wedding Ceremony Songs

Some couples choose to have music during the ceremony. This can be quiet background music for special parts of the ceremony, such as the unity candle, or a live performance by a friend or family member. Some couples even choose to sing songs to each other! Choose from the following list to make your ceremony even more memorable.

Wedding Recessional Songs

Once the ceremony is complete, the new couple will exit the altar area, followed by the wedding party and guests. This is an excellent opportunity to play an upbeat song to celebrate the occasion and prepare guests for your reception. The suggestions below are great wedding exit songs to suit any type of ceremony.

Wedding Party Entrance Songs

After the ceremony, guests will enter the reception area and wait for the couple and the wedding party to make their big entrance. This song should be high energy, as it marks the beginning of the reception. Some bridal parties and groomsmen choose to walk in to funny songs, and others dance their way to their seat. However your wedding party enters the reception, the following songs will get everyone ready for the night.

Wedding Entrance Songs for Bride and Groom

Some couples choose to enter the reception to the same song as the wedding party, and others decide to use a special song for just the two of them. This wedding song can be romantic and fun, or outrageous and goofy. You may want to consider walking in to a favorite song that is special in your relationship.

First Dance Wedding Songs

The first dance can occur at the start of the reception, immediately after the bride and groom are introduced, or after dinner to kick off the rest of the dancing. First dance wedding songs can be traditional slow songs or more upbeat. The wedding song you choose should be one that is special to you and fits the style of dancing you are going for, whether it is slow swaying or a choreographed number.

 

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This is another list we borrowed, as we continue to add more playlists you can also view on Spotify  https://open.spotify.com/user/paradiseeventproductions

 

Wedding Cake Cutting Songs

There are several moments during the reception where the cake can be cut. Some couples cut the cake at the start of the reception so the photographer can get a great shot before leaving for the evening. Others choose to do it immediately after dinner. Whenever you choose to cut the cake, you’ll want to pick a fun song that suits the “sweet” occasion.

  1. “Sweetest Thing” by U2
  2. “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” by Marvin Gaye
  3. “Sugar, Sugar” by The Archies
  4. “Pour Some Sugar On Me” by Def Leppard
  5. “Sugar” by Maroon 5
  6. “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)” by The Four Tops
  7. “Candyman” by Christina Aguilera
  8. “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses
  9. “Honey Bee” by Blake Shelton
  10. “Sugar” by Flo Rida ft. Wynter

Father/Daughter Wedding Songs

The father/daughter dance is one of the most touching moments in any reception, but choosing the right song can be tricky. A traditional slow song may not feel comfortable, but a typical dance number may not be appropriate either. The wedding songs below are sweet and sentimental and are perfect for the bride’s moment with her dad.

  1. “My Girl” by The Temptations
  2. “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys
  3. “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder
  4. “Forever Young” by Bob Dylan
  5. “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles
  6. “Cinderella” by Steven Curtis Chapman
  7. “Tupelo Honey” by Van Morrison
  8. “One Call Away” by Charlie Puth
  9. “It’s For My Dad” by Nancy Sinatra
  10. “That’s My Daughter in the Water” by Loudon Wainwright

Mother/Son Wedding Songs

Just like the father/daughter dance, the mother/son dance is a sweet moment to witness. It may be the only time that the mother and son have danced together, and deciding on a special song may be a challenge. The list below includes the best wedding songs for any mother and son on his big day.

  1. What a Wonderful World” by Louie Armstrong
  2. “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts
  3. “In My Life” by The Beatles
  4. “You Are The Sunshine of My Life” by Stevie Wonder
  5. “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack
  6. “Your Song” by Elton John
  7. “Stand by Me” by Ben E. King
  8. “Days Like This” by Van Morrison
  9. “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” by Randy Newman
  10. “A Song For Mama” by Boyz 2 Men

Country Wedding Songs

Planning a country affair for you and your spouse to be? Take a look at our list of country wedding songs below. You’ll find a mix of classic country and pop, from romantic numbers to upbeat songs that are sure to get any crowd dancing. Whether you are planning a full-on country wedding or are looking to compliment your day with a few country hits, look no further.

  1. “From the Ground Up” by Dan + Shay
  2. “Making Memories of Us” by Keith Urban
  3. “My Best Friend” by Tim McGraw
  4. “Any Man of Mine” by Shania Twain
  5. “More Than Anyone” by Gavin DeGraw
  6. “I Cross My Heart” by George Strait
  7. “Amazed” by Lonestar
  8. “Cowboy Take Me Away” by The Dixie Chicks
  9. “Crazy” by Patsy Cline
  10. “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash

Christian Wedding Songs

Whether you’re a fan of Christian music or simply looking to add special meaning to your wedding day, the following songs are a great place to start. These wedding songs span a variety of styles, such as pop, rock, country, and soul, and will fit every moment of your wedding, from the ceremony itself to the first dance.

  1. “God Gave Me You” by Dave Barnes
  2. “When I Say I Do” by Matthew West
  3. “Love Never Fails” by Brandon Heath
  4. “Wedding Day” by Casting Crowns
  5. “Oh Happy Day” by Aretha Franklin
  6. “When God Made You” by Newsong ft. Natalie Grant
  7. “Unfailing Love” by Jimmy Needham
  8. “I Will Be Here” by Steven Curtis Chapman
  9. “The Prayer” by Charlotte Church & Josh Groban
  10. “I Can Only Imagine” by MercyMe

Fun Wedding Songs

While every wedding should include romantic love songs, your guests will want to let loose and have fun during the reception. The list of best wedding songs below are great for dancing and singing along, and will get any guest to join in on the action. Have fun at your wedding with these classic pop, rock, hip-hop, and country tunes.

  1. “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper
  2. “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi
  3. “The Twist” by Chubby Checker
  4. “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen
  5. “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” by Silentó
  6. “Cupid Shuffle” by Cupid
  7. “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond
  8. “Wobble” by V.I.C.
  9. “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC
  10. “Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks

Classic Wedding DJ Dance Songs

There are certain songs that people expect to hear when they attend a wedding reception. The songs below have stood the test of time, and will be a welcome addition to your wedding. If you ever need to get people out on the dance floor, play one of these songs and wait to see everyone join in.

  1. “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson
  2. “Love and Marriage” by Frank Sinatra
  3. “Twist and Shout” by The Beatles
  4. “Oh, Pretty Woman” by Roy Orbison
  5. “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey
  6. “I Want You Back” by Jackson 5
  7. “Stayin’ Alive by The Bee Gees
  8. “I Got You (I Feel Good)” by James Brown
  9. “Like a Prayer” by Madonna
  10. “It Had To Be You” by Harry Connick Jr.

Modern Wedding Songs

As much as any wedding party loves to hear the classics, they’ll also want to hear some new hits. These modern wedding songs will add some variety to your reception, and are great for dancing and singing along. Choose any of the songs below to bring everyone together, young and old, to celebrate your special day.

  1. “Stay” by Rihanna, Mikky Ekko
  2. “The Way I Am” by Ingrid Michaelson
  3. “1, 2, 3, 4” by Plain White Ts
  4. “I Do” by Colbie Caillat
  5. “Closer” by The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey
  6. “Want To Want Me” by Jason Derulo
  7. “Firework” by Katy Perry
  8. “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” by Meghan Trainor ft. John Legend
  9. “Love Me Like You Do” by Ellie Goulding
  10. “I Will Wait” by Mumford & Sons

Funny Wedding Songs

Every wedding should have romantic and sentimental moments, but it’s also fun to laugh together as you celebrate. The funny wedding songs below span several decades, and are sure to get everyone dancing, singing, and laughing. Add a few of these wedding songs to your playlist to keep your reception fun and entertaining.

  1. “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice
  2. “Wannabe” by Spice Girls
  3. “U Can’t Touch This” by M.C. Hammer
  4. “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-a-lot
  5. “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor
  6. “I Wanna Grow Old With You” Adam Sandler
  7. “Shake Your Booty” by KC & The Sunshine Band
  8. “Hot Stuff” by Donna Summer
  9. “#Selfie” by The Chainsmokers
  10. “Sexy And I Know It” by LMFAO

Upbeat Wedding Songs

If you want to get people dancing, try one of these upbeat wedding songs. This mix of classic rock, pop, and hip-hop spans several decades and will get anyone out of their chair and onto the dance floor. Celebrate with your friends and family by cranking up one of these wedding songs.

  1. “E.I.” by Nelly
  2. “Timber” by Pitbull ft. Ke$ha
  3. “Live Your Life” by T.I. and Rihanna
  4. “Hey Ya” by Outkast
  5. “Mo Money Mo Problems” by The Notorious B.I.G.
  6. “Your Love” The Outfield
  7. “I Love It” by Icona Pop
  8. “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars
  9. “Poker Face” by Lady Gaga
  10. “Till the World Ends” by Britney Spears

 

        

 

Testimonials

Dominic & Zoe

Hi Jennifer,

Wow WOW wow what a wonderful time we had. You did an incredible job. It was an amazing day and so so well organised. I didn't have to think about a thing.

The band where brilliant everyone is still talking about how good they where. The DJ was great and very chilled out. and the FLAMENCO was AMAZING!!! Well Dominic is now saying it was the best wedding present and one of the highlights of the day. I cannot believe then Dance until they are in pain, it adds to the emotion on their faces.
Like you said it gives you goose pimples.

You looked wonderful and all the guests said how great you where. You made the day so relaxing and easy for us. Thank you thank you thank you.
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2017-08-11T09:57:07+00:00
Hi Jennifer, Wow WOW wow what a wonderful time we had. You did an incredible job. It was an amazing day and so so well organised. I didn't have to think about a thing. The band where brilliant everyone is still talking about how good they where. The DJ was great and very chilled out. and the FLAMENCO was AMAZING!!! Well Dominic is now saying it was the best wedding present and one of the highlights of the day. I cannot believe then Dance until they are in pain, it adds to the emotion on their faces. Like you said it gives you goose pimples. You looked wonderful and all the guests said how great you where. You made the day so relaxing and easy for us. Thank you thank you thank you.

Simon & Claire

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2017-08-11T07:54:27+00:00
We've just got back from our honeymoon and we wanted to thank you very much for all your hard work and professionalism arranging our wedding. It was exactly as we'd hoped and more - we loved everything.

Daniel & Sarah

We don't know where to begin to thank you and everyone behind the scenes who helped out for the incredible all around effort. Every aspect of the wedding was expertly coordinated. 'Thank you' just doesn't cut it. Really. You went above and beyond. We couldn't imagine the day without your assistance.
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2017-08-11T11:46:07+00:00
We don't know where to begin to thank you and everyone behind the scenes who helped out for the incredible all around effort. Every aspect of the wedding was expertly coordinated. 'Thank you' just doesn't cut it. Really. You went above and beyond. We couldn't imagine the day without your assistance.

Andy & Suzanne

A massive thank you to Paradise Wedding Spain.  From day one they were both so friendly and helpful, and they were able to make our day as special as we always hoped it would be, even on a relatively low budget.  When we decided to change our venue with 2 months to go they worked very hard to find us the most perfect replacement. All of our guests had a wonderful time, all said it was one of the most special wedding's they'd been to.  At times planning a wedding abroad might seem daunting but the team really made sure that everything ran smoothly both leading up to and throughout our special day.
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2017-08-10T11:24:00+00:00
A massive thank you to Paradise Wedding Spain.  From day one they were both so friendly and helpful, and they were able to make our day as special as we always hoped it would be, even on a relatively low budget.  When we decided to change our venue with 2 months to go they worked very hard to find us the most perfect replacement. All of our guests had a wonderful time, all said it was one of the most special wedding's they'd been to.  At times planning a wedding abroad might seem daunting but the team really made sure that everything ran smoothly both leading up to and throughout our special day.

Oliver & Alexandra

Thank you and all your team for helping make Alex and Oliver wedding day absolutely PERFECT!!!!!!

They had the best day ever and so did we, all the guests did too J

We will post a testimonial on your website but wanted to thank you ladies personally.

All the very best for the future and take care.
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2016-11-01T11:51:25+00:00
Thank you and all your team for helping make Alex and Oliver wedding day absolutely PERFECT!!!!!! They had the best day ever and so did we, all the guests did too J We will post a testimonial on your website but wanted to thank you ladies personally. All the very best for the future and take care.

Joey & Joanne

We cannot recommend Paradise Wedding Spain enough. It whas a stroll in the park from beginning to end. We chose them through a recommendation of a friend & we are so glad we did. everything was taken care of, from flowers, music, venue, transport church, paperwork, the bbq the following day to name but a few! The day itself was a total dream. from getting ready in the hotel, & making sure everyone (including me!) were on time for the church - it all went so smoothly, cava afterwards on the terrace & onto our fabulous venue. Paradise Wedding Spain thank you so so much for making it such a special & stress free day. We could not have done it without you, we will never forget you guys xx
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2017-08-10T11:51:50+00:00
We cannot recommend Paradise Wedding Spain enough. It whas a stroll in the park from beginning to end. We chose them through a recommendation of a friend & we are so glad we did. everything was taken care of, from flowers, music, venue, transport church, paperwork, the bbq the following day to name but a few! The day itself was a total dream. from getting ready in the hotel, & making sure everyone (including me!) were on time for the church - it all went so smoothly, cava afterwards on the terrace & onto our fabulous venue. Paradise Wedding Spain thank you so so much for making it such a special & stress free day. We could not have done it without you, we will never forget you guys xx

David & Hilary

Thanks very much for all you did to make our wedding day perfect, ceremony, food, music, everything! Everyone had a ball.
5.0
2017-08-11T07:46:35+00:00
Thanks very much for all you did to make our wedding day perfect, ceremony, food, music, everything! Everyone had a ball.

Graham & Lynda

Well we are finally back in the land of the living after a wonderful honeymoon, but to be fair, nothing could top the amazing day we had on the 4th September!!!

We cannot thank you both enough for making it such a magical day, but most of all, we were overwhelmed by all the work and organisation you put into it – it meant that we had a hassle-free day that we enjoyed every minute of and our guests cannot stop raving about!!  From the Wally Trolley to the piper to the fairytale venue to the fireworks, everyone agreed it was the best wedding they had been to and Graham and I are convinced they are not just being polite!

Thanks again for everything you did for us, we are so very very appreciative and we wish you both the very best for everything in the future.
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2017-08-11T10:10:37+00:00
Well we are finally back in the land of the living after a wonderful honeymoon, but to be fair, nothing could top the amazing day we had on the 4th September!!! We cannot thank you both enough for making it such a magical day, but most of all, we were overwhelmed by all the work and organisation you put into it – it meant that we had a hassle-free day that we enjoyed every minute of and our guests cannot stop raving about!!  From the Wally Trolley to the piper to the fairytale venue to the fireworks, everyone agreed it was the best wedding they had been to and Graham and I are convinced they are not just being polite! Thanks again for everything you did for us, we are so very very appreciative and we wish you both the very best for everything in the future.

Paul & Alison

Thank you for everything!! We couldn’t have done it without the help from you. We have only got compliments from our guests about their whole experience in Mojacar so sending a huge thanks to you all. Maybe some day they will get married in Spain too & will highly recommend you guys!!

Thanks again & Take Care,
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2017-05-09T10:27:08+00:00
Thank you for everything!! We couldn’t have done it without the help from you. We have only got compliments from our guests about their whole experience in Mojacar so sending a huge thanks to you all. Maybe some day they will get married in Spain too & will highly recommend you guys!! Thanks again & Take Care,

Larry & Caroline

Thank you so much for all you did to make our day and days so special. I cannot think of a single thing that did not go off like clockwork. It thoroughly vindicated our decision to get married abroad and every single guest has reiterated this to us.
5.0
2017-08-11T10:56:11+00:00
Thank you so much for all you did to make our day and days so special. I cannot think of a single thing that did not go off like clockwork. It thoroughly vindicated our decision to get married abroad and every single guest has reiterated this to us.

Stephan & Marta

Our day was truly magical and stress free with thanks to your coordinator and staff. Everything was so efficient and ran like clock work. The venue was perfect, food was excellent and service was impeccable. We never once worried or stressed over any of the arrangements because they were both so helpful and understanding. HUGE HUGE HUGE thank you and continue with your miracle work 🙂 love Stephan & Marta
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2013-08-10T06:54:01+00:00
Our day was truly magical and stress free with thanks to your coordinator and staff. Everything was so efficient and ran like clock work. The venue was perfect, food was excellent and service was impeccable. We never once worried or stressed over any of the arrangements because they were both so helpful and understanding. HUGE HUGE HUGE thank you and continue with your miracle work 🙂 love Stephan & Marta

Johnny & Nicola

Thanks a million, it was brilliant!
5.0
2017-08-11T08:10:52+00:00
Thanks a million, it was brilliant!

Leon & Stephanie

We just wanted to say thank you very much for the enormous amount of help we had from you both in the run up to the wedding and on the day itself. It turned out to be a perfect day in every way. We know that it wouldn't have been so perfect without your help so a million thanks from us both.

From the first meeting you understood us as a couple and exactly what we wanted the day to be like, which was the most important thing. You then provided us with the guidance we needed through the whole planning process and supported us with the best services we could have asked for. 


Thank you! 
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2017-08-11T09:47:28+00:00
We just wanted to say thank you very much for the enormous amount of help we had from you both in the run up to the wedding and on the day itself. It turned out to be a perfect day in every way. We know that it wouldn't have been so perfect without your help so a million thanks from us both. From the first meeting you understood us as a couple and exactly what we wanted the day to be like, which was the most important thing. You then provided us with the guidance we needed through the whole planning process and supported us with the best services we could have asked for.  Thank you! 

Ellen & Kathy

So, we just wanted to say thanks so much for everything. We had such an amazing week in Nerja and a wonderful wedding day. Everything was absolutely perfect!!! The wedding in Mojacar was gorgeous and the hotel, that was the was spot on with everything. The horse and carriage was also amazing, the guests were very impressed, some even a little obsessed! There are lots of photos floating around of them! it was a lovely touch to the day!! I don't think we could have asked for anything more! 
5.0
2017-08-09T10:39:10+00:00
So, we just wanted to say thanks so much for everything. We had such an amazing week in Nerja and a wonderful wedding day. Everything was absolutely perfect!!! The wedding in Mojacar was gorgeous and the hotel, that was the was spot on with everything. The horse and carriage was also amazing, the guests were very impressed, some even a little obsessed! There are lots of photos floating around of them! it was a lovely touch to the day!! I don't think we could have asked for anything more! 

Malcolm & Lynne

Malcolm and I had a fabulous time at our wedding. Everything went according to plan. They did not only made the whole day run smoothly but it was the extra effort they made for us that we really appreciated.
The flowers were amazing. I was totally overwhelmed by them. It was the only thing i really didn't want to compromise on and my choice of flowers were not available locally. They sourced them for me and they came all the way from South Africa!
It was a stress free experience for us and we would recommend any of our friends to get married with your help!
5.0
2017-08-10T11:33:22+00:00
Malcolm and I had a fabulous time at our wedding. Everything went according to plan. They did not only made the whole day run smoothly but it was the extra effort they made for us that we really appreciated. The flowers were amazing. I was totally overwhelmed by them. It was the only thing i really didn't want to compromise on and my choice of flowers were not available locally. They sourced them for me and they came all the way from South Africa! It was a stress free experience for us and we would recommend any of our friends to get married with your help!
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