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70 Great Songs To Craft The Perfect Wedding Playlist

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Creating the perfect wedding playlist will make all the difference in your big day.


Heard you recently said the big “Yes!” to your man, so congratulations on the upcoming wedding! 

Now, we know you’re probably already busy with all the planning, but once that all-important dress has been picked out and the last save-the-date has been sent in the mail, it’s time to decide what music will play on your big day! 

Of course, while making playlists is easy enough, making a great wedding playlist is another thing, especially when you realize that you have to include different songs for different parts of the event. 

So, to help make that planning a tad bit easier, we listed down 50 of the best songs you can include in your wedding playlist. We also categorized them based on the event section they’re meant for, including: welcome drink, wedding ceremony, drinks reception, first dance, and the wedding party. 

So, without further ado, let’s get started immediately!

Table of Contents

Welcome Drink

Generally, the welcome drinks are served during the welcome party (or welcome dinner), usually the day before your nuptials. With guests generally arriving into town, you’ll want a chill gathering, so we included some songs that are easy and light on the ears. No need to tire your guests before the actual wedding reception party! 

  1. “L-O-V-E” – Nat King Cole
  2. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” – Elvis Presley
  3. “I’m Yours” – Jason Mraz
  4. “Better Together” – Jack Johnson
  5. “The Way You Look Tonight” – Frank Sinatra
  6. “Marry You” – Bruno Mars
  7. “At Last” – Etta James
  8. “All You Need is Love” – The Beatles
  9. “Cheek to Cheek” – Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
  10. “You Are the Best Thing” – Ray LaMontagne

Wedding Ceremony

Now, it’s time for the actual big day! You can go flexible here with the wedding playlist depending on the theme of your wedding (if there’s one), but we generally recommend sweet and happy songs to keep the mood up! Nothing too lyrical as well (you can even just opt for the instrumental versions of these hits!) , so everyone can focus on the most important thing: your gorgeous high hee — you and your husband-to-be, that’s definitely it. That’s what we mean. 🫣

  1. “A Thousand Years” – Christina Perri
  2. “Marry Me” – Train
  3. “Hallelujah” – Leonard Cohen
  4. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
  5. “What a Wonderful World” – Louis Armstrong
  6. “Perfect” – Ed Sheeran
  7. “Unchained Melody” – The Righteous Brothers
  8. “I Choose You” – Sara Bareilles
  9. “All of Me” – John Legend
  10. “Make You Feel My Love” – Adele

Drinks Reception

Next up, it’s time for what many guests are secretly looking forward to: the reception! That said, this is the part of the event where you want guests to settle down, but still excited to dance. You also want your guests to eat and talk without getting bored. So, we opted for familiar songs that aren’t too over-the-top, but just enough to keep grandma’s feet tapping. You get it! 

  1. “Here Comes the Sun” – The Beatles
  2. “Fly Me to the Moon” – Frank Sinatra
  3. “Lovely Day” – Bill Withers
  4. “Sweet Caroline” – Neil Diamond
  5. “Happy Together” – The Turtles
  6. “Ho Hey” – The Lumineers
  7. “I Can’t Help It” – Michael Jackson
  8. “Stand By Me” – Ben E. King
  9. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
  10. “Brown Eyed Girl” – Van Morrison

First Dance

You’ve exchanged “I Dos” and are now husband and wife, so now it’s time to have your first dance! The dance itself is traditionally slow and romantic, but there’s no reason not to show off your dance moves if you’re up for it! As such, we included a good mix of slow and more upbeat first dance picks for your wedding playlist. 

  1. “Thinking Out Loud” – Ed Sheeran
  2. “Unforgettable” – Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole
  3. “Amazed” – Lonestar
  4. “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” – Frankie Valli
  5. “Your Song” – Elton John
  6. “Something” – The Beatles
  7. “At Last” – Beyoncé (Cover)
  8. “Perfect Duet” – Ed Sheeran & Beyoncé
  9. “Everything” – Michael Bublé
  10. “Stand By Me” – Florence + The Machine (Cover)

Wedding Party

Finally, what everybody’s been waiting for: the reception party! It’s time to get loose and party with your friends and family, so opt for a good mix of new and old hits! You also want plenty of wiggle room, so we went ahead and added 30 hits in this section. This way, you and your DJ won’t have to worry about repeating songs or running out of tunes to play. So maybe get into some more comfortable shoes and have the time of your life with your husband! 

  1. “Shut Up and Dance” – WALK THE MOON
  2. “I Gotta Feeling” – The Black Eyed Peas
  3. “Happy” – Pharrell Williams
  4. “Uptown Funk” – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
  5. “Dancing Queen” – ABBA
  6. “Don’t Stop Believin'” – Journey
  7. “Twist and Shout” – The Beatles
  8. “Shout” – The Isley Brothers
  9. “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” – Whitney Houston
  10. “Celebration” – Kool & The Gang
  11. “Dance Monkey” – Tones and I
  12. “Footloose” – Kenny Loggins
  13. “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” – Whitney Houston
  14. “Shake It Off” – Taylor Swift
  15. “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” – Justin Timberlake
  16. “Dancing in the Moonlight” – Toploader
  17. “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” – Michael Jackson
  18. “24K Magic” – Bruno Mars
  19. “I Want You Back” – The Jackson 5
  20. “Dynamite” – BTS
  21. “Wannabe” – Spice Girls
  22. “Hey Ya!” – OutKast
  23. “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” – Beyoncé
  24. “Sweet Child o’ Mine” – Guns N’ Roses
  25. “Sugar” – Maroon 5
  26. “Firework” – Katy Perry
  27. “Happy Together” – The Turtles
  28. “I Gotta Feeling” – The Black Eyed Peas
  29. “Superstition” – Stevie Wonder
  30. “Dancing Queen” – ABBA
One of our DJs playing a curated wedding playlist!

Tips For Creating A Great Wedding Playlist

Consider Your Audience – Think about the diverse tastes of your guests and always aim for a balanced mix of old and new hits. This ensures that everyone in the party will have something they can vibe to, from your youngest cousin to your oldest grandma! 

90% Fast, 10% Smooth and Slow – Of course, every good journey has its own ebbs and flows as it goes along. This means opting for a slower jam after 4-5 fast-paced songs just to make sure your guests get a breather and regain some energy. These slower moments are also perfect for your other guests that are in a relationship to have their own romantic moment. 

Transition Smoothly Between Genres – Next, ask your wedding DJ to carefully transition between different genres and tempos. Not only will this make the party flow smoother, but it will also keep the dance floor busy all through the night! 

Ask Your Guests – The Beatles sang it best with “I get by with a little help from my friends,” so why not as your guests for their own recommendations? Not only will this lift a lot of weight off of your shoulders, but it also ensures that all your guests will have a tune they’ll look forward to. When you work with us at DJing.ca, for example, we’ll provide you with a planning form where you and your guests can list down your top song picks! 

Test The Playlist – Finally, test the playlist with your husband-to-be! Just sit down and go over the final song picks to check whether you’re getting the vibe you’re aiming for, or if you want to make some last minute changes. 

Final Thoughts

And there you have it, 70 of our top picks to help you with your wedding playlist! Curating that all-too important song list might sound daunting, but don’t forget that the most important thing is to have fun! 

Just imagine how you’ll feel with each song, and the memories you, your family and friends, and partner will make and look back on years from now. This guide will then take care of the rest. 

Speaking of “taking care of the rest,” do you already have a wedding DJ that will keep the whole event going smoothly? If not, then consider working with us here at DJing.ca

As Canada’s largest DJ company, we only work with the top 1% of DJs in the business, all of whom have helped us pull off more than 1,000 events, maintain our stellar 5-star rating, and are ready to help you curate the perfect wedding playlist.

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