The Ultimate List of Wedding Song Ideas

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One of my favorite parts of planning our reception (arguably), was planning the songs that would be played at the reception. I have always loved music from the time I was little, and, a little-known fact is, I love dancing! Now, that doesn’t mean I’m any good at dancing (if you’ve ever gone to Zumba with me, you’d wholeheartedly agree), but I really enjoy dancing and singing! In fact, if you were a fly on the wall at our house, you’d see a lot of dancing and singing going on most of the time!

Anyways, I put a lot of time into finding the perfect songs for our wedding reception, and I was so happy when people actually danced! We didn’t have any alcohol at our reception, so even being completely aware of what they were doing, everyone really let loose a little bit. Quite a few people told me it was one of the most fun receptions they had been to in a long time, and I was happy to hear that. Sometimes I’m a little sad I don’t have more weddings to go to, because I don’t as many places to dance.

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Even though we’ve been married for about three and a half year, I still love listening to “wedding” songs. I thought it would be fun to compile a list of songs that I think would be perfect for any wedding reception. I tried to include a nice variety (slow songs, fast songs, mother and son/father and daughter songs), but there was no way I could include every song out there, so it does reflect my taste a bit. I had a lot of fun putting this together though — Forrest just came in my office and said, “I love this little Karaoke session you have going on,” because, of course, I’m singing along like no one’s listening (because they aren’t, except for Forrest.)

Oh, and sorry, you won’t find any YMCA or Cha cha slide on this playlist. I really don’t like those songs!

Here is the playlist of the songs — you can listen to them right here, or you can go to Grooveshark to listen to it

UPDATE: The website I created the playlist on no longer exists. I have linked to almost all of the songs on Amazon, where you can listen to a preview. Most of the songs are available for 59 cents up to $1.49. If you are a Prime member, you can even get many of these songs for free. You can get a free 30 day trial here!

Slow Wedding Songs

All of Me by John Legend (my current favorite song)

Find Yourself by Brad Paisley

God Gave Me You by Blake Shelton

A Thousand Years by Christina Perri

When You Love Someone by Bryan Adams

Never Stop (wedding version) by Safetysuit

Bless the Broken Road by Rascal Flatts (the song we danced to!)

Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not by Thompson Square
I’d Rather Be With You Joshua Radin

Rest of My Life by By Bruno Mars

For You I Will by Teddy Geiger

The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra or Michael Buble

Perfect for Me by Ron Pope

So Close by Jon McLaughlin

First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes

Livin’ Our Love Song by Jason Michael Carrol

If I Didn’t Have You by  Thompson Square

Then by Brad Paisley

Marry Me by Train

Is This Love by Bob Marley

You Can’t Hide Beautiful by Aaron Lines

Come What May from Moulin Rouge

Feels Like Home by Chantel Kreviazuk

Wedding Dress by Matt Nathanson

The Greatest Story Ever Told by Oliver James

When You Say You Love Me by Josh Groban

Your Song from Moulin Rouge

If I Should Fall Behind by Faith Hill

I Cross My Heart by George Straight

Lost in this Moment by Big and Rich

At The Beginning by Donna Lewis

Faster Wedding Songs

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Hey, Soul Sister by Train

Smile by Uncle Kracker

1,2,3,4 by Plain White T’s

Fallin’ for You by Colbie Caillat

Happy by Pharrell

Just the Way You Are by Bruno Mars

You and I by  Ingrid Michaelson

Kiss the Girl from Little Mermaid

Love Somebody by Maroon 5

Can’t Help Falling in Love With You by Ingrid Michaelson

Better Together by Jack Johnson (Hawaiian version is my favorite!)

Marry You by Bruno Mars

You Make My Dreams by Hall & Oates

You’re the One That I Want from Grease

Rhythm of Love by Plain White T’s

I Do by Colbie Caillat

Accidentally in Love by  Counting Crows

Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Michael Buble

Somebody to Love by Queen

Carolina in my Mind by James Taylor

Single Ladies (for bouquet toss) by Beyonce

Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison

Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey

I Gotta Feeling by Black Eyed Peas

Wagon Wheel by Darius Rucker

Today Was a Fairy Tale by Taylor Swift

Mother and Son and Father and Daughter songs

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I Loved Her First by Heartland

Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle

Never Grow Up By Taylor Swift

Sunrise, Sunset

My Wish by Rascal Flatts

Because You Loved Me by Celine Dion

Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton

What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong

You Raise Me Up by Josh Groban

My Little Girl by Tim McGraw

Stealing Cinderella by Chuck Wicks

It Won’t Be Like This for Long by Darius Rucker

Daddy’s Little Girl by Michael Buble

You’ll Always Be My Little Girl by Steve Kirwan

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Isn’t She Lovely by Stevie Wonder

I Hope You Dance by LeAnne Womack

The Prayer by Josh Groban

 

Well, that’s it! I’m sure I missed lots (obviously — there’s hundreds of thousands of songs out there!), but these are my favorite. What songs did you play at your wedding?

Wedding Song Ideas / Wedding Playlist / First Dance Ideas / First Dance Songs / Mother Son Dance / Father Daughter Dance / Love Songs

 

 

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  • How fun! Your dad is so cute and charming. :) My dad asked for "Butterfly Kisses" as the song we'd dance to. Ha ha ha. And Josh and I danced to "Such Great Heights" by Iron and Wine. We have all these corresponding freckles on our faces/hands that we thought it was cute, and totally a sign that we were met to be. And as a new married couple we'd reach such new heights together.
    • My dad is pretty great :) Butterfly kisses is a classic :) I don't think I've ever heard of Such Great Heights -- I'll have to listen to it! That freckle thing is so neat.
  • I'm a lot older than you are so I think I can give you a few titles you may not have heard of but I think you might like so perhaps they are worth looking up. My husband and I danced to a song by Barbara Mandrell and Lee Greenwood called "To Me". I sang it to him during the ceremony and then we danced to the recorded version so everyone could know how it was 'supposed to' sound. Here's a bunch of others I picked to play during our quiet dinner reception. My Heart Belongs to You - Peabo Bryson One in a Million - Larry Graham Love of My Life - Michael W. Smith (Your Love is) The Greatest Gift of All - Michelle Wright Real Life Love, Still in Love - Larry Stewart Wind Beneath My Wings, The Love She Found in Me, Lasso the Moon - Gary Morris I'll Still Be Loving You, 'Til I Loved You - Restless Heart If I Didn't Have You - Billy Dean I.O.U. - Lee Greenwood I Will Be Here - Steven Curtis Chapman Household of Faith - Steve Green God Gave Me You - Bryan White Through the Years - Kenny Rogers This is Love, Times of Your Life - Paul Anka There were quite a few others but these are some of my favorites. I just loved your idea so I thought I would share since we are from different generations and music is timeless. Maybe if you like a few of these, you can save them to your hard drive for an anniversary celebration with your husband, with my best wishes. Blessings to you and your family.
    • Thank you so much! I love a few of these songs, but I haven't heard of a lot of them. I will be looking them up soon. Thank you for taking the time to write them all out for me (and my readers!)