How to Choose the Best Songs for Key Wedding-Day Moments
Music is one of the beautiful arts that can set and entirely change a mood. It breaks awkward silence, revives a crowd that has died, and enhances feelings and emotions. I think that’s why drafting up playlists and songs for each event is overly stressful. But stress no more! I’ve made a list of songs - separated into a few different categories for all of my readers to use for their special dances!
First up, we have our First dance event. One of the great memories you’ll get to share with your forever partner. From country to old to modern, here are 15 song suggestions for this moment:
Lover (First Dance Remix) - Taylor Swift
This too shall last - Anderson East
A whole new World - Zayn & Zhavia Ward
When you say Nothing at all - Ronan Keating
Your Song - Ellie Goulding
Better Together - Jack Johnson
When the night Comes - Chris Lord
When you Say You love me - Josh Groban
Lucky - Jason Mraz
Kiss Me - Sixpence None the Richer
When I fall in Love - Celine Dion
How Sweet it is - James Taylor
Night Moves - Bob Segar
The Girl You Think I am - Carrie Underwood
Devil in Me - Anderson East
P.S Don't love these? Not your style? YOU DO YOU! If you want a choregraphed first dance or you want it to be a little more fast-paced.... GO FOR IT!
Next, we have the 'Parent's Dances' -- Mother/Son & Dad/Daughter traditionally, but whoever you wish to dance with is up to you! (Tip: If your parents are divorced but your step-parent played a significant role in your life YOU ARE ALLOWED to dance with both of them! This is your day and your dance.) The majority of these songs are flexible and can be applied to most relationships, but I separated it into 3 of the most common subcategories.
First up, Mother/Son songs:
Sweet love of Mine - Joy WIlliams
Photograph - Ed Sheeran
What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
Close your eyes - Michael Buble
Mama Hold My Hand - Aloe Blacc
Her - Anne Marie
How Sweet it is - James Taylor
Second, I have Daddy/Daughter songs:
I don’t wanna miss a thing - aerosmith
Ready, set, don’t go - billy ray cyrys
You are the reason - Calum Scott
Beautiful Crazy - Luke Combs
Hold you in my Arms - Ray LaMontagne
Even though I’m Leaving - Luke Combs
Hold On - Michael Buble
Don’t let the Sun Go Down on Me
My Wish - Rascal Flatts
First Man - Camila Cabello
Lastly, I chose songs for your 'sworn-in' family. Friends see you through it all, similar to parents. And if you are someone who doesn’t have a traditional family life or great relationships, or maybe you just want to dedicate a moment to The Maid of Honor, these can be applicable!
Count on me - Bruno Mars
You’re my best friend - Queen
I’ll be there - the remnants
Castle on the Hill - Ed Sheeran
I’ll always remember you - Hannah Montana
For the First Time - The Scripts
Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles
I hope this list helps! If none of these suggestions stuck out to you, there are a good deal of resources to find more ideas! My last list for you is a few other ways to find songs for events:
Pre-made playlists on Spotify. Search "wedding playlists' and lots of options will come up!
The Knot’s blog has a great list of songs separated by genre and events
And the obvious, Google. If you use a simple search like, “first dance wedding songs”, regularly used wedding songs that you most likely already know populate. Here are a few pro tips that may narrow it down for you:
Place the genre you’re looking for before your search. Example: Indie First Dance Songs
Place the preferred style in your search. Example: Modern Wedding Songs
Lastly, search for an entirely non-wedding or different subject that might get your same results. Example: Songs for him, Newest Love songs, Cake Cutting Songs, or Anniversary songs.
Choosing Wedding songs is actually harder than it seems so don't put this task off! Your DJ (and your wedding planner) are going to need to know those key songs in advance!
One more tip: as you're putting together these songs, also consider songs you absolutely do and don't want the DJ to play, Are there certain songs that get your crew pumped up on the dance floor? Definitely let us know! Hate the Cupid Shuffle? Definitely let us know that too!