Through the years, and thousands of weddings, we have developed a massive library of songs for couples to choose from! But beyond that, Dominic has developed some mad skills when it comes to suggesting songs (and the timing for those songs) that will best fit the mood and the couple.
As you start to plan the music for your wedding, It’s hard to remember every song you’ve heard in your lifetime and choose the perfect one for you.
To help ease the stress around choosing your wedding music, we have created a wedding music planner that is available as a downloadable purchase from our shop!
Our music planner is the perfect thing to help you get started! You can fill in the significant songs that are needed throughout the day, along with our suggestions for them! And it really helps make the process go much smoother.
We are sharing a few of our all-time favorite song suggestions in this post but know that there are a lot more choices than what we list here!
Don’t want to use Here Comes the Bride or Canon in D? They are popular, and there are some beautiful versions of them but there are so many other wonderful options you may want to consider!
Note: If you are getting married in a church, they might have some guidelines about what music you can or can’t use. They may also require you to use their organ player or keyboardist, so check with them beforehand so you know where you stand with it.
When you play the processional, the first kiss, and the recessional songs, you’re probably not going to get the full song in there, you’ll just want to highlight the part of it that works best with the moment. In the planner, we break down the ceremony songs a lot more, so that it’s not just what song, but where in the song you want to use. When we suggest a song for the bride’s entrance, we also let you know that minute 1:19, for example, is perfect to start the song at when she starts walking. That way, you can let your DJ or friend who’s doing the music know exactly when to start the music.
Here are our favorite songs to use for the ceremony:
The recessional song after you say I Do, and the introduction song for the couple are very interchangeable. Both are great moments, and we often look for songs in these two categories that have that good crescendo that matches the energy of the moment!
.Here are some of our favorites:
Lots of couples ask us whether they need a cake song. You don’t need to,, but it can be fun to play a specific song for that moment too. Here are our favorites:
Anything with a “sweet” or dessert theme would work really well here!
This is actually one we are going to skip giving suggestions on because it is just such a personal moment, and the song that fits it best will be so different for different couples.
Two tips that we will give though:
Families come in all variations, and you may have any combination of parents, step parents or grandparents that you would like to plan dances with. These suggestions work well for the father and bride and the mother and groom dances, but in the digital wedding planner, you’ll find a long list of suggestions that will work for every family dynamic!
The anniversary dance is a fun and really heartfelt way to honor marriage at your wedding. How it works is that you invite all the married couples onto the dance floor. After the song runs for a little bit, you get the DJ to say, “if you’ve been married less than six hours, please leave the dance floor”.Then a little bit more music plays and you say “less than five years, less than 10 years, less than 15 years”. And you get all the way up to your most senior married couples. It’s just a great way to highlight the couples that have made it 45, 15 years.
Once you have the last couple standing, you can ask them for their best piece of advice. It’s just a really beautiful moment.
Something to keep in mind, if you’re considering doing the anniversary dance, make sure you have a good amount of married people in the family. If there is a high divorce rate, it’s good to be sensitive to that and maybe come up with an alternative activity.
While lots of people are choosing not to add the bouquet and garter traditions to their receptions these days, they can still be really fun and call for a really fun song! Here are a few of our favorites:
Near the end of the night when you’re trying to get everyone back on the dance floor for a couple more songs, it can be really fun to break out a few that they can sing along to. Because it’s the end of the night and guests have had some drinks, these add a whole level of entertainment to the evening.
We hope you’ve gotten some good ideas from our personal favorites music list, and if you are looking for more ideas or a way to organize the music for your wedding day, don’t forget to check out our Digital Wedding Music Planner in the shop!
Finally, remember to put your blinders on and choose the songs that mean the most to you as a couple! Don’t let anyone talk you into using something you don’t want.
Happy wedding planning!
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