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Choosing the perfect wedding music to accompany your big day will help compliment your theme, make the day flow effortlessly and create some truly magical moments that will last a lifetime.

To get your wedding playlist in gear, we've put together this epic selection of the best wedding songs of all time to complement each moment of your big day. You'll find a whole host of wedding music ideas, from romantic wedding ceremony songs, right through to lively wedding reception songs to get your guests up and dancing.

Once you've decided on your playlist, head on over to our live wedding music section where you'll find a whole host of incredible wedding bands and musicians.

Wedding Ceremony

Wedding Ceremony Songs

Ceremony song ideas, from the guest arrival to the processional and signing of the registers.

wedding drinks reception

Daytime Wedding Songs

Increase the tempo with a foot-tapping soundtrack to compliment your drinks reception.

evening wedding party

Evening Wedding Songs

Get the audience on their feet with these party-starting classics, a mix of the very best wedding songs to cater to everyone.

wedding ceremony string quartet

Wedding Ceremony Songs

Picking the right ceremony songs to match your theme will help to define the tone of your wedding day. Whether you decide to have some fun with your entrance song or create an epic romantic backdrop with a wedding string quartet, the soundtrack to your wedding ceremony is limited only by your imagination.

Guest Arrival/Prelude Songs

Family and friends are arriving, and your ushers are showing guests to their seats - the excitement is palpable, and the atmosphere is starting to build!

There are numerous directions to take when considering your guest arrival songs, from traditional classical wedding songs to contemporary favourites.

  • With A Little Help From My Friends - The BeatlesWith A Little Help From My Friends - The BeatlesPlay
  • Lovely Day - Bill WithersLovely Day - Bill WithersPlay
  • My Blue Sky - ELOMy Blue Sky - ELOPlay
  • Everything – Michael BubleEverything – Michael BublePlay
  • Watermelon Sugar - Harry StylesWatermelon Sugar - Harry StylesPlay
  • Shape Of You - Ed SheeranShape Of You - Ed SheeranPlay
  • For Once in My Life - Stevie WonderFor Once in My Life - Stevie WonderPlay
  • It Must Be Love - MadnessIt Must Be Love - MadnessPlay
  • Bittersweet Symphony - The VerveBittersweet Symphony - The VervePlay
  • Hoppipolla - Sigur RosHoppipolla - Sigur RosPlay
  • Under the Sea - Little MermaidUnder the Sea - Little MermaidPlay

Wedding Processional / Walking Down The Aisle Songs

The wedding processional is where the formalities really begin, with the bride traditionally walking down the aisle last, accompanied by her father or another family member. You may decide to have two wedding processional songs, the first for the wedding party and a second for the bridal entrance.

So what are the best wedding songs for walking down the aisle? We've listed the top 10 classical and contemporary love songs for weddings below.

Popular / Contemporary

Classical

  • Canon In DCanon In DPlay
  • Wedding MarchWedding MarchPlay
  • Bridal ChorusBridal ChorusPlay
  • Air on G StringAir on G StringPlay
  • Suite for Unaccompanied CelloSuite for Unaccompanied CelloPlay
  • Clare de LuneClare de LunePlay
  • The Prince Of Denmark’s MarchThe Prince Of Denmark’s MarchPlay
  • Spring (from Four Seasons)Spring (from Four Seasons)Play
  • Ode to JoyOde to JoyPlay
  • Air (from Water Music)Air (from Water Music)Play

Popular Wedding Hymns

Whether you're having a religious or a secular wedding, you may wish to choose a selection of hymns to sing during the ceremony. Your Marriage officiant will offer guidance on suitability, but in the meantime, we've carefully selected some of the best wedding hymns below.

  • Amazing GraceAmazing GracePlay
  • All Things Bright & BeautifulAll Things Bright & BeautifulPlay
  • Ode to JoyOde to JoyPlay
  • Praise To The Lord, The AlmightyPraise To The Lord, The AlmightyPlay
  • Jesu Joy Of Man’s DesiringJesu Joy Of Man’s DesiringPlay
  • HallelujahHallelujahPlay
  • Somewhere Over The RainbowSomewhere Over The RainbowPlay
  • Let It BeLet It BePlay
  • Blowing In The WindBlowing In The WindPlay
  • Fire & RainFire & RainPlay
Read More: Most Popular Wedding Hymns

Signing Of The Register Songs

So, you remembered your vows and hopefully he didn't say 'Rachel' at the alter! It's now time to sign the register, along with your chosen witnesses, and make the marriage legally binding. Now's the perfect time for guests to take photos and soak in the romantic atmosphere. Here are some beautiful wedding songs to capture the romance of your wedding day so far.

  • Here Comes The SunHere Comes The SunPlay
  • How Long Will I Love YouHow Long Will I Love YouPlay
  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm YourSigned, Sealed, Delivered I’m YoursPlay
  • ParadiseParadisePlay
  • Better TogetherBetter TogetherPlay
  • The Power Of LoveThe Power Of LovePlay
  • Marry MeMarry MePlay
  • Somewhere Only We KnowSomewhere Only We KnowPlay
  • Perfect DayPerfect DayPlay
  • Tale As Old As TimeTale As Old As TimePlay

Wedding Recessional Songs / Wedding Exit Songs

You've tied the knot and are now officially married! All that's left to do is to walk back down the aisle, hand in hand with your loved one. The best wedding recessional songs are usually uplifting and reflect the positivity of the day, so we recommend the following songs for the bridal exit below.

  • All You Need Is LoveAll You Need Is LovePlay
  • Sky Full Of StarsSky Full Of StarsPlay
  • You & MeYou & MePlay
  • To Love SomebodyTo Love SomebodyPlay
  • I Was Born To Love YouI Was Born To Love YouPlay
  • What A Wonderful WorldWhat A Wonderful WorldPlay
  • Good VibrationsGood VibrationsPlay
  • Dog Days Are OverDog Days Are OverPlay
  • I’m YoursI’m YoursPlay
  • Happy TogetherHappy TogetherPlay
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Daytime Wedding Songs

You've left the church, confetti covered and have just been handed a chilled glass of Prosecco - the daytime drinks reception is where the fun really starts! The drinks reception allows everyone (including you!) to have a breather and take in this momentous occasion, so a selection of upbeat wedding songs will accompaniment this part of the day perfectly. Now it's just up to you what top weddings songs you've got hidden under your sleeve!

Best Drinks Reception Songs

Champagne is flowing, the photography is underway, and guests now have the chance to mingle. The drinks reception is probably the most relaxed part of the day and is the perfect opportunity to chill out, enjoy the moment and listen to some feel-good wedding songs. We've created a list of suggestions below for jazz, country & folk and popular music, perfect for the champagne reception.

Popular Drinks Reception Songs

  • Wouldn’t It Be NiceWouldn’t It Be NicePlay
  • Viva La VidaViva La VidaPlay
  • Time Of Your LifeTime Of Your LifePlay
  • Sweet DispositionSweet DispositionPlay
  • Love Me Like You DoLove Me Like You DoPlay
  • Our HouseOur HousePlay
  • I Heard It Through The GrapevineI Heard It Through The GrapevinePlay
  • Feeling GoodFeeling GoodPlay
  • BlackbirdBlackbirdPlay
  • Pencil Full Of LeadPencil Full Of LeadPlay

Jazz Drinks Reception Songs

It may just be one day of the year, but like Dinah said, 'What A Difference A Day Makes'. Give your drinks reception an air of sophistication with some of the most famous jazz wedding songs of all time.

  • Fly Me To The MoonFly Me To The MoonPlay
  • Lady Is A TrampLady Is A TrampPlay
  • Girl From IpanemaGirl From IpanemaPlay
  • L.O.V.EL.O.V.EPlay
  • Perhaps, Perhaps, PerhapsPerhaps, Perhaps, PerhapsPlay
  • What A Difference A Day MakesWhat A Difference A Day MakesPlay
  • SummertimeSummertimePlay
  • FeverFeverPlay
  • MoondanceMoondancePlay
  • First Time I Ever Saw Your FaceFirst Time I Ever Saw Your FacePlay

Country & Folk Drinks Reception Songs

A summer breeze is flowing and you've just grabbed a cold pale ale with your best man - all you need now is some uplifting country and folk! From Mumford & Sons to Emmylou Harris, we've got a great selection of the best country & folk wedding songs to get help kickstart your playlist.

  • EmmylouEmmylouPlay
  • A Love That Will Never Grow OldA Love That Will Never Grow OldPlay
  • O I Long To Feel Your Arms Around MeO I Long To Feel Your Arms Around MePlay
  • If Only You Could See Yourself Like I See YouIf Only You Could See Yourself Like I See YouPlay
  • And I Love HerAnd I Love HerPlay
  • Flowers In Her HairFlowers In Her HairPlay
  • MillionaireMillionairePlay
  • Die A Happy ManDie A Happy ManPlay
  • I Just Wanna Love YouI Just Wanna Love YouPlay
  • Guiding LightGuiding LightPlay

Popular Wedding Breakfast Songs

Your guests are seated and the atmosphere is electric - there's laughter, clinking glasses and smiles all around! Add some of these popular wedding breakfast songs to your playlist to create the perfect atmosphere.

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Evening Wedding Receptions Songs

It's time to hit the dance floor and turn this celebration into a party! The wedding reception song list is undoubtedly the most important soundtrack you're ever likely to curate, so no pressure. Ultimately, you'll want to include popular wedding songs that will be enjoyed by all guests, along with your personal favourites.

Best Cutting The Cake Wedding Songs

Cutting the cake is usually done just before the first dance song, but some couples may opt to do so before the wedding breakfast, as it's such an excellent opportunity for a photo! Why not have a bit of fun and choose one of our top 10 best wedding songs to cut the cake to - this playlist should be a piece of cake, right?

  • How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By YouHow Sweet It Is To Be Loved By YouPlay
  • Sweetest ThingSweetest ThingPlay
  • Sweet DreamsSweet DreamsPlay
  • Sugar, We’re Going DownSugar, We’re Going DownPlay
  • Cake By The OceanCake By The OceanPlay
  • Watermelon SugarWatermelon SugarPlay
  • Sweets For My SweetSweets For My SweetPlay
  • ChocolateChocolatePlay
  • Banana PancakesBanana PancakesPlay
  • Strawberry Fields ForeverStrawberry Fields ForeverPlay

Best First Dance Songs

Finally, it's time show off your moves and everyone is eager to see what special song you've picked. It's the perfect chance to show off your uniqueness, whether you've choreographed a routine, meticulously rehearsed your waltz, or just want to get out there and have some impromptu fun! Below, we've picked the best first dance songs to get the evening underway.

Read More: 100+ Best First Dance Songs

Father & Daughter Dance Songs

Always an emotional moment, the father and daughter song can be one of the hardest to get right. Browse through the most popular father/daughter dance songs below for some ideas.

Read More: 100+ Father / Daughter Dance Songs

Classic Wedding Party Songs

A rare handful of songs have the uncanny ability to lure guests onto the dance floor in droves. These classic wedding songs are all you need to guarantee a full dance floor full of happy, singing, beer-swilling guests.

Popular Wedding Reception Songs

If you're a lover of pop, then you'll want to make sure all the popular hits get some airtime. Curating a playlist full of the best pop wedding songs is guaranteed to keep the party atmosphere flowing!

Best Indie Wedding Reception Songs

There's an enormous feeling of unity when you and your friends are belting out the words to Last Night by The Strokes or simply shouting the melody to Kids by MGMT. So, if you're not afraid of losing your voice, we thoroughly suggest the following Indie wedding songs.

Read More: Top 100 Indie Wedding Songs

Best Country Music Wedding Reception Songs

It's wholesome, good clean fun - what's not to like about country music? Grab an iced cold beer, because we're about to run you through some of the most popular country wedding songs to play at your wedding reception - yeehaw!

  • EmmylouEmmylouPlay
  • A Love That Will Never Grow OldA Love That Will Never Grow OldPlay
  • O I Long To Feel Your Arms Around MeO I Long To Feel Your Arms Around MePlay
  • If Only You Could See Yourself Like I See YouIf Only You Could See Yourself Like I See YouPlay
  • And I Love HerAnd I Love HerPlay
  • Flowers In Her HairFlowers In Her HairPlay
  • MillionaireMillionairePlay
  • Die A Happy ManDie A Happy ManPlay
  • I Just Wanna Love YouI Just Wanna Love YouPlay
  • Guiding LightGuiding LightPlay

Best R&B Wedding Reception Songs

It's no surprise that some of the most famous wedding songs are from R&B artists such as Drake, Beyonce, Alice Keys & Kanye West. A driving rhythm and silky, soulful vocals are what makes this genre of music so much fun to dance along to. Check out our list of the best R&B wedding songs below.

Modern / Contemporary Wedding Reception Songs

If you're a lover of chart music, then you'll want to make sure you include all of the best contemporary wedding songs in your playlists. We've picked some of our favourite modern wedding songs from the past year to get you started.

Best Rock Wedding Songs

You may want to dust off the air guitar, tie your tie around your head and think seriously about adding some of these epic rock wedding songs to your evening playlist. From AC/DC to The Darkness, you really are spoilt for choice. Take a look at our recommended rock wedding songs below to help get you started.

Alternative Wedding Songs

If there's one thing we've all learnt, it's that it's good to be different! There's a huge variety of alternative artists to choose from, so why not throw caution to the wind and include some of these alternative wedding songs in your playlist.

  • There Is A Light That Never Goes OutThere Is A Light That Never Goes OutPlay
  • MapsMapsPlay
  • Hounds Of LoveHounds Of LovePlay
  • Here Comes Your ManHere Comes Your ManPlay
  • Just Like HeavenJust Like HeavenPlay
  • Don’t Delete The KissesDon’t Delete The KissesPlay
  • I Will Follow You Into The DarkI Will Follow You Into The DarkPlay
  • Toothpaste KissesToothpaste KissesPlay
  • AngelsAngelsPlay
  • For SureFor SurePlay

Unique Wedding Songs

Fancy yourself as a bit of a music buff? Why not show off your unique taste by throwing in some 'not so well known' hits into the mix, because who knows, they could go down a storm! If you're looking for inspiration, we've chosen some unique wedding songs below for you to peruse.

Funny Wedding Songs

Now, you may roll your eyes at some of the songs below, but I defy the person who doesn't link arms and spin around in circles when Cotton Eyed Joe makes an appearance! They're a bit cheesy, but a whole lot of fun, so why not throw in some of the best funny wedding songs to see what antics your guests get up to.

Tongue-In-Cheek Wedding Reception Songs

If you're feeling particularly cheeky, then you may wish to consider adding some of the best tongue-in-cheek wedding songs to your reception playlist. However, it may be wise to play these after your grandparents have said their goodbyes.

  • Grounds For DivorceGrounds For DivorcePlay
  • Run To The HillsRun To The HillsPlay
  • You’re Going To Lose That GirlYou’re Going To Lose That GirlPlay
  • What’s Love Got To Do With ItWhat’s Love Got To Do With ItPlay
  • No Woman, No CryNo Woman, No CryPlay
  • Shout Out To My ExShout Out To My ExPlay
  • Gold DiggerGold DiggerPlay
  • Bad RomanceBad RomancePlay
  • Don’t Marry HerDon’t Marry HerPlay
  • Another One Bites The DustAnother One Bites The DustPlay

Pop Punk Wedding Songs

If you were lucky enough to be brought up on MTV, Kerrang and Scuzz then you'll remember the upbeat and infectious sound of the following pop-punk bands! Gone are the days when you slipped on your wrecked converse and headed out on your skateboard, but that doesn't mean you can't include some of these punk wedding songs to bring back the nostalgia of your teenage years.

Best 50s Rock ’n’ Roll Wedding Songs

If the theme of your wedding is 'drive-through diner' then you'll want the authentic 50s soundtrack to accompany your special day. The best 50s rock 'n' roll wedding songs aren't hard to come by, especially when you're looking through the back catalogue of Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry to name but a few.

  • Johnny B. GoodeJohnny B. GoodePlay
  • Hound DogHound DogPlay
  • Rock Around The ClockRock Around The ClockPlay
  • Blue Suede ShoesBlue Suede ShoesPlay
  • Great Balls Of FireGreat Balls Of FirePlay
  • Jailhouse RockJailhouse RockPlay
  • Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ OnWhole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ OnPlay
  • Tutti FruityTutti FruityPlay
  • That’ll Be The DayThat’ll Be The DayPlay
  • Twenty Flight RockTwenty Flight RockPlay

Disco & Funk Wedding Reception Songs

Studio 54 was the pinnacle of the disco era, jam-packed with incredibly catchy songs to boogie on down! If you're looking to include the best disco & funk wedding songs, then we strongly suggest adding the following songs to your wedding playlist for a funk wedding vibe.

Best 80s Wedding Reception Songs

Outrageous outfits and larger than life hairdos - it's no wonder the 80s is one of the most popular themes for a party. If you're hoping guests don some spandex and embrace the cheese, then you'll need these top 80s wedding tunes to guarantee a killer playlist!

90s Dance Wedding Reception Songs

Glow sticks flicker throughout the dance floor and everyone is in a trance! Could it be the rhythm of the night? Either way, picking the best 90s dance wedding songs to play at your reception is never a bad idea, so we've put together a selection of our favourites - get ready for this!

Wedding Song Medleys

Who doesn't love a good medley of songs? Everyone knows the score, it's time to really let loose and impress everyone with your lyrical knowledge! We've picked some of the best wedding medleys below for you to consider for your wedding reception.

Best Wedding Exit Songs

It's not uncommon for the bride and groom to leave the wedding reception, usually to go catch a flight to their honeymoon destination. It's not always easy leaving the fun, so why not choose one of the best wedding exit songs to really exit in style! There are a million reasons for this moment to feel great and there are plenty of great songs to accompany you and your partner as you leave.

  • Bohemian RhapsodyBohemian RhapsodyPlay
  • You’ve Got The LoveYou’ve Got The LovePlay
  • Don’t Look Back Into The SunDon’t Look Back Into The SunPlay
  • The Backseat Of My CarThe Backseat Of My CarPlay
  • Come Fly With MeCome Fly With MePlay
  • SomedaySomedayPlay
  • Go Your Own WayGo Your Own WayPlay
  • Ho HeyHo HeyPlay
  • The Long And Winding RoadThe Long And Winding RoadPlay
  • Lake Shore DriveLake Shore DrivePlay

The Last Dance / Final Call Songs

It's the crescendo, the last hoorah, the big finale and everyone wants to sing their hearts out one last time! It's vital that you choose a great last dance wedding song to play at the end of the evening, it's a chance to go all out before the curtain calls and everyone stumbles off to get a taxi or fumble around for their room keys.

  • One Day Like ThisOne Day Like ThisPlay
  • New York, New YorkNew York, New YorkPlay
  • Zorba The GreekZorba The GreekPlay
  • Don’t Look Back In AngerDon’t Look Back In AngerPlay
  • Don’t Stop Me NowDon’t Stop Me NowPlay
  • Hit The Road JackHit The Road JackPlay
  • Hey JudeHey JudePlay
  • Come On EileenCome On EileenPlay
  • (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life(I’ve Had) The Time Of My LifePlay
  • AngelsAngelsPlay
Read More: Best Last Dance Wedding Songs

Post-Wedding Songs To Ease Your Hangover!

A dry mouth, sense of guilt, and why is everything so loud and bright? That's right, I'm afraid it's the morning after the wedding and everyone is feeling the effects. With this in mind, we've put together a selection of the best wedding hangover songs to gently ease you into the day hopefully make you feel a bit better your heavy head.