rings on a piano

rings on a piano

One of the most important parts of a wedding is the reception. This is when all your friends and family are going to get together, sit around, chat, visit, eat, and likely dance. Whether you have dancing in your wedding or not is up to you, but even if you don’t dance, you’ll probably still have music playing in the background. But what is the best wedding music to use in your wedding? From the ceremony to the reception, here is a list of the best wedding music.

For your ceremony, you’ll want music that is soft, sets the mood, and is also good background music. This is when the groomsmen, bridesmaids, flower girl, ring-bearer, and bride enter typically with the father. Whatever genre of music you choose for your wedding ceremony, you want songs that are soft and make everyone feel comfortable, at ease, and relaxed so that you can have a beautiful ceremony. Here are some of the best wedding ceremony songs:

“Ave Maria” by Schubert

“Amazing Grace” (Traditional)

“I Will” by The Beatles

“We’ve Only Just Begun” by The Carpenters

“Have I Told You Lately” by Van Morrison

“If Not For You” by George Harrison

“You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban

“Ribbon in the Sky” by Stevie Wonder

“When You Say Nothing At All” by Alison Krauss

“I Choose You” by Sara Bareilles

Wedding Music for the Aisle

What about the moment the bride walks down the aisle? The traditional song is Here Comes the Bride, but what if you want to walk down the aisle to a different song? What wedding music is the best for walking down the aisle?  Here’s the list:

“The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” by Roberta Flack

“Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Haley Reinhart

“Part of Your World” by Jodi Benson (from The Little Mermaid)

“Wildest Dreams” by Duomo

“A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri

“I’m Kissing You” by Des’ree

“La Vie En Rose” by Ingrid Mapson

“Halo” by Beyoncé

“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole

“Moon River” by Audrey Hepburn

“Heartbeats” by José González

Wedding Reception

Now comes the fun part: your wedding reception. First, you’ll want some songs to play while your guests are eating, so here is a list of the best wedding songs for that:

“Cuz I Love You,” Lizzo

“Paper Rings,” Taylor Swift

“Meant to Be,” Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha

“God’s Plan,” Drake

“Can’t Stop the Feeling,” Justin Timberlake

“We Found Love,” Rihanna and Calvin Harris

“Party in the USA,” Miley Cyrus

“Best Day of My Life,” American Authors

“Lottery,” K Camp

“This is What You Came For,” Rihanna and Calvin Harris

“Rollin’,” Calvin Harris

“I Found You,” Andy Grammer

“Hold On, We’re Going Home,” Drake

Dance Songs

But at your reception, your guests aren’t just going to sit the whole time. A lot of people at weddings dance, so what are the best dance songs in wedding music? This all depends on your music preference and the preferences of your guests, so these are divided by genre:

Rap/pop dance songs:

“Dancing Queen,” ABBA

“Everybody (Backstreet’s Back),” Backstreet Boys

“Don’t Stop Me Now,” Queen

“Yeah!” Usher

“Low,” Flo Rida

“WOP,” J. Dash

“Wobble,” V.I.C.

“DJ Got Us Falling In Love,” Usher

“Pour Some Sugar On Me,” Def Leppard

“Raise Your Glass,” Pink

“We Speak No Americano,” Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP

“Sweet Home Alabama,” Lynyrnd Skynyrd

“You Can’t Touch This,” MC Hammer

“Gasolina,” Daddy Yankee

“Everytime We Touch,” Cascada

Country dance songs:

“Butterflies,” Kacey Musgraves

“One Thing Right,” Marshmello and Kane Brown

“Bless the Broken Road,” Rascal Flatts

“God Gave Me You,” Blake Shelton

“Make Me Wanna,” Thomas Rhett

“Alright,” Darius Rucker

“Make It Sweet,” Old Dominion

“The Fighter,” Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood

“Born to Love You,” LANCO

“I Don’t Care Who Sees,” Devin Dawson

“Round the Clock,” Dan and Shay

“I Like the Sound of That,” Rascal Flatts

“Every Little Thing,” Russell Dickerson

“Here Tonight,” Brett Young

“Love Someone,” Brett Eldridge

Old school dance songs:

“Shut Up and Dance,” Walk the Moon

“Don’t Stop Believin’,” Journey

“Sweet Caroline,” Neil Diamond

“September,” Earth, Wind & Fire

“Love Shack,” The B-52’s

“Take Me Home, Country Roads,” John Denver

“Signed, Sealed Delivered,” Stevie Wonder

“You’re My Best Friend,” Queen

“Marry You,” Bruno Mars

“Now That We’ve Found Love,” Heavy D & The Boyz

“The Way You Make Me Feel,” Michael Jackson

“How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You),” James Taylor

“You Make My Dreams,” by Hall & Oates