40 Fantastic Wedding Dinner Songs To Wine And Dine In Style

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Newlyweds at the start of their wedding reception.


So, it’s that time of the wedding when all of your guests are being wined and dined, light conversations and laughter abound, and everyone is just settling down for a bit before dancing the night away once the reception party begins.

You must be thinking, “could this be any better?”

Well, we’re here to tell you that it can! And it’s all through the power of having the right wedding dinner songs in your playlist! So, to help keep everybody entertained and set the mood for the rest of the night, we’ve rounded up 40 of our favorite wedding dinner songs.

Whether you want the feel good classics, some romantic tunes, a bit of rock n’ roll, or something subdued and instrumental, this list should give you a little bit of something for everyone. 

Let’s dive right in!

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Guests listening to wedding dinner songs at the reception.

Quick Tips For Your Wedding Dinner Songs

  • Make sure the music is entertaining, but also ensure that it won’t disrupt the light conversations around
  • Pick music that will make the guests move in their seats
  • Pick music that you know all of your guests will be able to enjoy, even if only in passing
  • Make sure the music won’t interrupt their meals

Classic Wedding Dinner Songs

We get it. You’ve already done so much wedding planning and you don’t want to think too much about the wedding dinner songs. And for that, we have this list of classic wedding dinner music for you! 

Filled with all-time crowd pleasers like Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling in Love” (which will always be a great first dance pick), “Unchained Melody,” and even “The Way You Look Tonight,” this list has some of the most easy listening music to, making them perfect for your guests who are currently being wined and dined. Again, can’t go wrong with the classics! 

  1. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley
  2. “Unchained Melody” by The Righteous Brothers
  3. “At Last” by Etta James
  4. “Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra
  5. “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra
  6. “Moon River” by Andy Williams
  7. “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
  8. “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole
  9. “L-O-V-E” by Nat King Cole
  10. “My Girl” by The Temptations

Romantic Wedding Dinner Songs

We know you just made all of your guests shed a tear or two during the wedding ceremony, but who’s to say the romance has to stop at your wedding just because everyone’s eating? 

So, if you want to keep filling the air with love during your wedding dinner, then here are our favorite romantic wedding dinner songs to pick from! Some of our favorites include Train’s “Marry Me” and Taylor’s “How Sweet It Is (to be loved by you),” both of which are easy jams that most of your guests would already be familiar with, all without interrupting the light conversation around the tables. 

  1. “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran
  2. “All of Me” by John Legend
  3. “Marry Me” by Train
  4. “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri
  5. “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne
  6. “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
  7. “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith
  8. “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston
  9. “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele
  10. “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)” by James Taylor

Rock Wedding Dinner Songs

Want to release your inner rocker without starting an actual mosh pit (that’s for the reception party… maybe) during the dinner? Then here are some light rock jams that should get everybody pumped enough just to get excited for the party that will come after. So, throw those rock n’ roll symbols up in the air… but maybe stay in your seat for now! 

  1. “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses
  2. “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton
  3. “Your Song” by Elton John
  4. “Every Breath You Take” by The Police
  5. “I Want to Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles
  6. “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper
  7. “More Than Words” by Extreme
  8. “November Rain” by Guns N’ Roses
  9. “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen
  10. “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey
Guests getting food while wedding dinner songs are playing.

Instrumental Wedding Dinner Songs

Finally, if you don’t want to bother with any lyrics or words while you’re enjoying your dinner with your partner and guests, then you can’t go wrong with picking some classic instrumental wedding dinner songs. 

It’s all about the melodies here, as these songs will surely help you settle down, relax, and enjoy, all while listening to classical pieces that even your grandparents should be okay with! So, pour on some bubbly, raise a toast to your partner, and let these instrumental classics elevate the moment. 

  1. “Clair de Lune” by Claude Debussy
  2. “Canon in D” by Johann Pachelbel
  3. “Ave Maria” by Franz Schubert
  4. “Air on the G String” by Johann Sebastian Bach
  5. “Gymnopédie No. 1” by Erik Satie
  6. “The Four Seasons: Spring” by Antonio Vivaldi
  7. “Prelude in C Major” by Johann Sebastian Bach
  8. “Moonlight Sonata” by Ludwig van Beethoven
  9. “Water Music Suite No. 1” by George Frideric Handel
  10. “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Guests signing up for the reception party, while wedding dinner songs are playing.

Importance of Music During the Wedding Dinner

Now, you might be thinking why we placed plenty of emphasis on the music that will play at a time when your guests are all busy doing something else, and that’s because it will always play a crucial role in setting the ambiance of any event. 

For example, putting on some soft background music can elevate the dining experience, making it feel all the more luxurious without having to spend any extra! Like we mentioned, it also helps set the mood, especially if you want people to start feeling a certain way before your reception party starts. You can even ask your wedding DJ to throw in some MC services during the wedding dinner, which is another way of making that part of your celebration extra exciting. 

Of course, it’s also a reflection of your personal taste as a couple, which is an underrated aspect of the wedding that people sometimes overlook.

So, while playing wedding dinner songs might sometimes sound like an afterthought, it’s a subtle touch that can help create lasting memories for all of your guests. So be sure to put some effort into curating that part of your wedding playlist!

Newlyweds listening to wedding dinner songs during the reception.

How To Make Your Wedding Dinner Playlist More Exciting

  • Add Transitions Between Courses – Since you’re already playing music during the dinner, why not use it to also signify different courses of the meal? For example, you can ask your wedding DJ to play softer, instrumental music during the main course in order to encourage conversations before switching it to something more upbeat once the dessert is served!

  • Interactive Requests – Encourage guests to make song requests or submit song suggestions in advance to create a personalized and interactive music experience. This way, you are sure that there is something in the playlist for everyone in your guest list!
  • Interactive Music Games – Incorporate interactive music games or activities to engage guests and create memorable moments. For example, you could organize a trivia game based on love songs or have guests compete in a dance-off to their favorite tunes. This is an easy way to shake things up!
  • Include Cultural Music – If you and your partner come from different cultural backgrounds, consider incorporating traditional music from both cultures into the playlist. This celebrates your heritage and adds a unique and meaningful element to the dinner music!
  • Personalized Music Favors – Next, consider giving personalized music favors to guests as a token of appreciation. This could include custom playlists on USB drives or CDs featuring your favorite songs from the wedding dinner, allowing guests to relive the jams that everyone enjoyed that night long after the actual event is done!
  • Consult Your Wedding DJ – Finally, don’t forget to consult with your wedding DJ. Get suggestions, ask for some additional insight, and communicate exactly how you want your wedding playlist from start to finish. This way, you can relax during your actual wedding day and let your DJ do their own magic for you.
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And that concludes our list of our favorite wedding dinner songs! No matter the type of music you’re looking to play while everyone is eating, we hope our list is able to help you out. 

But just in case you don’t have a wedding DJ yet to help pull off a successful wedding dinner (and the rest of the wedding, of course!), why not work with our team here at DJing.ca? As Canada’s largest DJ company, our team here at DJing.ca will provide you with industry-leading customer service and equipment to make sure your nuptials go smoothly! 

And with over 1,000 successful events under our belt and 5-star rated wedding DJs, we’re here to make your dream wedding come true! 

So, chop-chop and hit us up for a DJ quote, and we’ll be right with you to start planning your kick-ass event!

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