The Best Wedding Songs And Wedding Music For Your Ceremony and Reception



The best wedding songs and wedding music for your ceremony and reception can be hard to select – there are so many popular wedding songs and so much iconic wedding music to choose from.

At your wedding ceremony, there is the prelude, then the processional, recessional and postlude music to select.  Then at your wedding reception you have the first dance song for the newlywed couple.  And perhaps even a father-daughter wedding song as well as a mother-son song to consider.

Then, of course, there is the dance music at your wedding reception – the party music that is designed to get your wedding guests up on the floor and ready to party!

For all of these wedding song and wedding music selections you want to stay true to you and your fiancé, but you also want to please the crowd. To help make pinning down the perfect wedding music playlist easier, our friends at consulted DJs for their top wedding ceremony and reception picks.

Here are their DJ-Approved Songs for Your Wedding Ceremony and Reception:

The Vibe: Happy and Mellow
A classic pick: “All You Need Is Love,” The Beatles
A sweet update: “Lovers in Japan/Reign of Love,” Coldplay

The Vibe: Romantic
A classic pick: Canon in D Major, Johann Pachelbel
A sweet update: “All I Want Is You,” Vitamin String Quartet Interlude

The Vibe: Upbeat and Nostalgic
A classic pick: “Clair de Lune,” Claude Debussy
A sweet update: “Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down,” Alicia Keys

The Vibe: Joyful and Celebratory
A classic pick: “The Best Is Yet to Come,” Frank Sinatra
A sweet update: “Us,” Regina Spektor

The Vibe: Relaxed
A classic pick: “Is This Love,” Bob Marley
A sweet update: “Littlest Birds,” The Be Good Tanyas

For a five-hour reception, you’ll need about three hours of dance songs. Minneapolis DJ Mike Stephensonshares his list of do’s and please-don’ts.

Party Pumpers
“Anything Michael Jackson, including ‘Billie Jean,’ ‘Bad,’ and ‘The Way You Make Me Feel.’ The older generations will dance to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s ‘Sweet Home Alabama.’ And everyone loves ‘Don’t Stop Believin” by Journey.”

Party Killers
“Anything that’s not instantly recognizable. All indie rock, techno, hard rock, deep hip-hop. Even if it’s great, it won’t be appreciated by the masses. Lastly, mash-ups. It’s one thing to play remixes at a party. At a wedding, people want to hear the majority of the song. Otherwise it interrupts the flow.”