Your wedding reception is the chance to celebrate your nuptials with your friends and loved ones. And your wedding reception songs are a big part of the celebration. In the following, we shall give you advice on how to choose the best songs for wedding reception to keep your guests happy and to get the party started!

How to Choose The Best Wedding Reception Songs

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We have included some of the lyrics from the most popular reception songs. This can help inspire you to select the songs that have special meaning to you and your husband. Therefore, the two of you need to sit down as a couple and come up with a list of your favorite songs.

Generally speaking, your wedding reception playlist should include music from different genres. This could have Top 40 Pop Hits as well as traditional wedding songs.  This includes pop, indie music, country music, rock and roll, a couple of fun songs to singas well.

Then you must present this list to your DJ or wedding reception band.  Make sure that the songs you have selected are in their playlists. Also, it is important to communicate with all parties involved before the Big Day. This will ensure that everything goes smoothly and there will not be any “surprises” the day of the reception!

As well, check with the venue to see if they have any restrictions on what type of music is to be played. Be sure not to include any songs with graphic or explicit lyrics. This will prevent you from offending anyone at the reception.

But do not worry, there are hundreds of perfectly acceptable songs from which to choose. And this is where we come in! We are the experts at choosing the best wedding receptions songs!

How To Put Up The Perfect Wedding Reception Playlist

When compiling your list of wedding reception songs, you need to keep in mind the events of the day. Thus, you will want to choose songs to commemorate the following moments of your reception. These are, of course, in addition to the general list of songs to be played during the reception and any music for dancing.

Many couples also include a list of songs to sing at a wedding. This is a great way to engage your guests, not only on the dance floor!

  1. Bride and Groom entrance song
  2. Bridal Party entrance song
  3. Parents of the Bride entrance song
  4. Parents of the Groom entrance song
  5. Bride and Groom first dance song
  6. Mother/Son dance song
  7. Father/Daughter dance song
  8. Bridal party dance song
  9. Cake cutting song
  10. Cocktail hour songs
  11. Dinner song playlist
  12. Dance songs
  13. Garter Toss Song
  14. Bridal Bouquet Toss Songs
  15. Last Dance Song

Here you will want to be sure to include some of the best wedding dance songs to keep the party moving. We will include lists of songs in the following sections for your special benefit.

Play The Traditional Wedding Hits

When choosing your wedding reception music, you need to include some tried and true classic wedding hits. Here is a list of some of the most beautiful classic songs to play at your wedding reception.

Bride And Groom First Dance Song

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This is your first dance as a married couple. You should choose a song that is special to both you and your spouse. Following is a list of some of the traditional first dance songs:

Fly Me to the Moon ~ Frank Sinatra

Fill my life with song
And let me sing for ever more
You are all I long for
All I worship and adore”

Can I Have This Dance ~ Anne Murray

“Could I have this dance for the rest of my life?
Would you be my partner every night?
When we’re together it feels so right
Could I have this dance for the rest of my life?”

Truly, Madly, Deeply ~ Savage Garden

“I’ll be your dream, I’ll be your wish, I’ll be your fantasy.
I’ll be your hope, I’ll be your love, be everything that you need.
I love you more with every breath, truly madly deeply do
I will be strong, I will be faithful ’cause I’m counting on a new beginning.
A reason for living. A deeper meaning.”

Mother Son Reception Dance Songs

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To celebrate the love between the mother of the groom and the groom himself, you should choose a song that has special meaning. Here is a list of some of the classic mother son dance reception dance songs

I Hope You Dance ~ Leann Womack

“I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted
God forbid love ever leave you empty-handed”

You Are Loved ~ Josh Groban

“When you’re lost inside
I, I’ll be there to find you
Don’t give up
Because you want to burn bright
If darkness blinds you
I, I will shine to guide you”

You’ll Be In My Heart ~ Phil Collins

“Cause you’ll be in my heart
Yes, you’ll be in my heart
From this day on
Now and forever more
You’ll be in my heart”

Father Daughter Dance

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The bond between a father and daughter is a sacred one. As such, you need to select a song that signifies that bond. Here is a list of some traditional father daughter dance songs.

I Loved Her First ~ Heartland

“I loved her first
I held her first
And a place in my heart will always be hers
From the first breath she breathed
When she first smiled at me
I knew the love of a father runs deep
And I prayed that she’d find you someday
But it’s still hard to give her away
I loved her first”

Through the Years ~ Kenny Rogers

“Through the years
You’ve never let me down
You turned my life around
The sweetest days I’ve found
I’ve found with you.”

Butterfly Kisses ~ Bob Carlisle

There’s two things I know for sure
She was sent here from heaven,
And she’s daddy’s little girl.”

If you do not have a mother or father figure, you can ask someone such as a brother, sister, aunt, uncle or other relative to take their place. As well, you can ask a friend to fill in. Of course, if you want to find traditional wedding songs that you like, you can choose from unique first dance songs!

Traditional Wedding Songs

We Are Family ~ Sister Sledge

“Living life is fun,
and we’ve just begun to get our share of this world’s delights
High, high hopes we have for the future.”

It Had to Be You ~ Harry Connick Jr

“For nobody else gave me a thrill
With all your faults I love you still
Baby, it had to be you, wonderful you
It had to be you”

For Once in My Life ~ Stevie Wonder

“For once in my life I have someone who needs me
Someone I’ve needed so long
For once unafraid I can go where life leads me
Somehow I know I’ll be strong

Rock And Indie Songs For Wedding Reception

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Rock and indie are two of the most popular genres of music today. Following is a list of some of the most played indie and rock wedding reception songs.

Indie Wedding Songs

I Will Follow You Into The Dark ~ Death Cab for Cutie

“If heaven and hell decide that they both are satisfied
And illuminate the no’s on their vacancy signs
If there’s no one beside you when your soul embarks
Then I’ll follow you into the dark”

Magic ~ Coldplay

“Call it magic, call it true
I call it magic when I’m with you
And I just got broken, broken into two
Still, I call it magic, when I’m next to you”

The Luckiest ~ Ben Folds

“I’m sorry I know that’s a strange way to tell you that I know we belong,
That I know
That I am, I am, I am, the luckiest”

Rock Wedding Songs

I Believe in A Thing Called Love ~ The Darkness

“I believe in a thing called love
Just listen to the rhythm of my heart
There’s a chance we could make it now
We’ll be rocking ’til the sun goes down
I believe in a thing called love”

You Shook Me All Night Long ~ AC/DC

“She was a fast machine
She kept her motor clean
She was the best damn woman I had ever seen
She had the sightless eyes
Telling me no lies
Knockin’ me out with those American thighs”

All Shook Up ~ Elvis

“Well she touched my hand what a chill I got
Her lips are like a volcano when it’s hot
I’m proud to say that she’s my buttercup
I’m in love
I’m all shook up”

Add Some Country Chic To Your Wedding Reception

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Country music is quite popular amongst a wide array of generations and cultures these days. Hence, it is a good idea to include both classic and top 40 country hits your repertoire. Here is a list of the most popular country wedding reception songs:

Keeper of the Stars ~ Tracy Byrd

“It was no accident me finding you
Someone had a hand in it
Long before we ever knew
Now I just can’t believe you’re in my life
Heaven’s smilin’ down on me
As I look at you tonight”

Amazed ~ Lonestar

“Every time our eyes meet
This feeling inside me
Is almost more than I can take
Baby, when you touch me
I can feel how much you love me
And it just blows me away”

Bless the Broken Road ~ Rascal Flatts

“I couldn’t see how every sign pointed straight to you
That every long-lost dream led me to where you are
Others who broke my heart, they were like northern stars
Pointing me on my way into your loving arms
This much I know is true
That God blessed the broken road
That led me straight to you”

The Most Played Singers And Bands At Weddings

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Of course, you will want to include the best pop songs at your wedding. Here you have a list of some current pop songs that are popular in wedding circles. In addition, these are the most popular songs that bot live musicians and DJs play at weddings today:

We Found Love ~ Rihanna (ft. Calvin Harris)

“Yellow diamonds in the light
And we’re standing side by side
As your shadow crosses mine”

I’m Yours ~ Jason Mraz

“Well you done done me and you bet I felt it
I tried to be chill but you’re so hot I melted
I fell right through the cracks”

Just the Way You Are ~ Bruno Mars

“When I see your face
There’s not a thing that I would change ’cause you’re amazing
Just the way you are
And when you smile
The whole world stops and stares for a while
‘Cause girl you’re amazing
Just the way you are”

And remember to think of your guests as well as yourselves when you are choosing your wedding reception dance songs and you won’t go wrong!

We hope you have enjoyed our list of the most popular songs for wedding reception! Stick with us for everything from how to choose the right wedding dress to how to plan your honeymoon! We have you covered!

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