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The Best Songs For Your Wedding Playlist

Updated on September 8, 2011

It finally happened. You found the perfect person, the question has been popped, and now you're in the midst of starting your lives together. There's just one little hitch: you have to get hitched first! Planning a wedding is hard, and not many people realize how many little details there are. When it comes time for the reception, you want your guests to have a ball. To do this, you need great music! Some people hire a band, but when you go that route you risk having the same type of music played all evening. The perks of choosing a DJ instead include a variety of music, and the option to choose the music! With that said, here are some perfect songs to add to your playlist for your special day!

Bride & Groom's First Dance

Choosing which song you'll use for your first dance is a big decision. Whatever you choose will forever be "your song." Even after 50 years, hearing it will bring back memories of the day you said "I do." So choose wisely! If you're having trouble deciding, here are a few of my favorites to kick-start your decision making!

Whatever you choose, make sure it suits you as a couple. If you're a more quirky and upbeat couple, slow songs may not be for you. An 80's mix with a fun choreographed dance may be more your speed. If you and your spouse are from different heritages, consider a song or dance that combines them. Remember, this is "your song," it should be about YOU!


For many fathers, the day they give their little girl away to be married is bittersweet. A father/daughter dance is the perfect opportunity to show him that even though you're married now, you'll always be his little girl. Some great father/daughter songs are:


For every "daddy's girl" out there, there's a "mama's boy" not too far away. Here are some perfect songs to pay tribute to moms.

The Music Plays On...

For the rest of your playlist, choose songs that you enjoy, but I don't recommend anything too obscure. You want your friends and family to be able to sing along and dance, and if they're too busy trying to understand a song they've heard for the first time, they're less likely to enjoy themselves. Songs that get the entire crowd involved, such as "The Electric Slide" and "The Cha-Cha Slide," are always good choices. A wide variety is best, guests don't want to hear the same beat over and over again. Keep it fun and upbeat. Guests will appreciate fun, event appropriate songs, such as "Single Ladies(Put A Ring On It)" by Beyonce for the bouquet toss, or "A Little Less Conversation" by Elvis Presley for the garter toss. Remember, this is your special day, so take advantage of your musical selection to make it even better!


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      Holly Pedneau 6 years ago from Princeton, West Virginia

      Thank you guys for your comments! I almost didn't write this hub, but I'm really glad you enjoyed it :)

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ...another great hub full of wit, panache, charm, style and passionate knowledge too - and my wedding song of choice - Iggy Pop and the Stooges - I wanna be your dog - lol lol - maybe that's why I never got married ....

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      Ashley 6 years ago

      I made the mistake of putting an obscure song on my wedding playlist and it was horrible... Everyone started fussing about what it was and insisted that we switch it... Lucky for them I was in the restroom so I couldn't stop them from doing so!!