List of Wedding & Reception Songs

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List of Wedding & Reception Songs
Music adds elegance and refinement to your special day. (music image by MichaelJordan from

Use music to set the mood for your special day. Select wedding and reception songs that complement your wedding theme--this adds refinement and elegance to your event. Consider the type of music you both prefer and balance that with your wedding venue. Should you have a special song, discuss how to work it into the overall music venue.


From the prelude to the recessional, the ceremony is the highlight of your wedding day. Choose classical, jazz or contemporary musical selections, depending on the mood you want to set. Plan ahead so there will be smooth musical transitions between the prelude, processional, ceremony, interlude and recessional.

Prelude selections can include such songs as "Moonlight Sonata" by Beethoven, "Water Music" by Handel, "Ave Maria" by Schubert/ Gounod, "The Four Seasons" by Vivaldi, "Greensleeves-Traditional Arioso" by Bach, "Ode to Joy" by Beethoven, "Brandenburg Concerto No. 2" by Bach or "Gloria" by Vivaldi.

Processional songs can include such selections as "Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride) 'Lohengrin'" by Wagner, "Trumpet Voluntary in D (The Prince of Denmark's March)" by Clarke, "Canon in D" by Pachelbel, "No. 34" by Dave Matthews Band, "A Whole New World" by Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle, "Amazed" by Lonestar, "Angels Brought Me Here" by Guy Sebastian, "At Last" by Etta James, "Bless the Broken Road" by Rascal Flatts, "Butterfly Kisses" by Bob Carlisle, "Caribbean Blue" by Enya, "For My Wedding" by Don Henley, "Here and Now" by Luther Vandross or "Joy" by George Winston.

For the interlude selections, choose from such classics as "Ave Maria" by Schubert, "Amazing Grace-Traditional La Traviata" by Verdi, "Primavera: First Movement, Allegro" by Vivaldi, "Für Elise" by Beethoven, "And I Love Her" by The Beatles or "Have I Told You Lately" by Van Morrison.

Joyful, romantic recessional songs include "Wedding March (from 'A Midsummer Night's Dream')" by Mendelssohn, "Ode to Joy (from the Ninth Symphony)" by Beethoven, "Trumpet Tune" by Purcell, "Magnificat in D" by Bach, "Beautiful Day" by U2, "Book of Days" by Enya, "Fly Me to The Moon" by Frank Sinatra, "Forever and for Always" by Shania Twain, "Happy Together" by The Turtles, "Highland Cathedral" by The Royal Scots Dragoon, "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" by James Taylor, "Linus & Lucy" by Vince Guaraldi Trio, "Love and Marriage" by Frank Sinatra, "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" by Starship, "Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours" by Stevie Wonder, "Sweet Child O' Mine" by Guns N' Roses, "Thank You for Loving Me" by Bon Jovi, "Truly, Madly, Deeply" by Savage Garden and "Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina & The Waves.

List of Wedding & Reception Songs
Select music that complements your wedding theme. (Wedding image by Mat Hayward from


After the ceremony, your guests likely will enjoy cocktails and pre-reception snacks while the photographer snaps pictures of the bridal party. Select at least two hours of music that guests can enjoy while they wait.

Provide you guests with such cocktail and dinner albums as "Definitive Hits" by Herb Alpert, "The Definitive Collection" by Louis Armstrong, "Tony Bennett Sings for Lovers" by Tony Bennett, "The Best of David Benoit" by David Benoit, "The Greatest Hits of All" by George Benson, "The Best of Andrea Bocelli: Vivere" by Andrea Bocelli, "Time Out" by Dave Brubeck, "Michael Bublé" by Michael Bublé, "Prelude ... The Best of Charlotte Church" by Charlotte Church, "The Very Best of Nat King Cole" by Nat King Cole, "Only You" by Harry Connick Jr., "Paint the Sky with Stars: The Best of Enya" by Enya, "Come Away With Me" by Norah Jones, "Greatest Hits" by Dave Koz, "Henry Mancini Greatest Hits" by Henry Mancini, "Still on Top: The Greatest Hits" by Van Morrison, "The Best of Sade" by Sade and "Nothing but the Best" by Frank Sinatra.

List of Wedding & Reception Songs
While the wedding party is busy with photographs, the guests will enjoy a celebration cocktail. (after the wedding image by jimcox40 from


The arrival of the wedding party signals the start of the festivities. Select songs to highlight your reception's special moments.

If you and your spouse don't have a special song you want to use for the first dance, consider such romantic selections as "Unforgettable" by Nat King Cole, "Can I Have This Dance?" by Ann Murray, "The Way You Look Tonight" by Frank Sinatra, "It Had to Be You" by Harry Connick Jr., "Faithfully" by Journey, "No Ordinary Love" by Sade, "Everything I Do (I Do for You)" by Bryan Adams, "Always" by Bon Jovi, "Angels" by Robbie Williams, "Beautiful in My Eyes" by Joshua Kadison, "Better Together" by Jack Johnson, "Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol, "Come Away with Me" by Norah Jones, "From Here to Eternity" by Michael Peterson, "I Could Not Ask for More" by Edwin McCain, "I Do (Cherish You)" by 98 Degrees, "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" by Aerosmith, "I Knew I Loved You" by Savage Garden, "I Was Meant to be With You" by Diamond Rio, "Ice Cream" by Sarah McLachlan, "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz, "Keeper of the Stars" by Tracy Byrd, "Love of a Lifetime" by Firehouse, "Now That I've Found You" by Terri Clark, "Steal My Heart Away" by Van Morrison, "When I See You Smile" by Bad English, and "You and Me" by Lifehouse.

During the cake-cutting ceremony, choose from such songs as "Cut the Cake" by Average White Band, "Sugar, Sugar" by The Archies, "When I'm 64" by The Beatles, "Recipe for Love" by Harry Connick Jr., "Build Me Up Buttercup" by Foundations, "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)" by Four Tops, "Love Story" by Taylor Swift, "Sweet Emotion" by Aerosmith and "The Sweetest Thing" by U2.

Select an upbeat song for the bouquet toss, such as "All I Wanna Do" by Sheryl Crow, "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend" by Marilyn Monroe, "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper, "Just a Girl" by No Doubt, "Man! I Feel Like a Woman" by Shania Twain and "Oh, Pretty Woman" by Roy Orbison.

For the garter removal, consider such sassy selections as "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" by The Temptations, "Bad to the Bone" by George Thorogood, "Fever" by Peggy Lee, "How Bad Do You Want It" by Tim McGraw, "Hungry Eyes" by Eric Carmen, "Keep Your Hands to Yourself" by Georgia Satellites, "Legs" by ZZ Top, "Naughty Naughty" by John Parr, "Shameless" by Garth Brooks, "The Stripper" by David Rose and "U Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer.

Enjoy the garter toss with such songs as "Bad Boys" by Inner Circle, "Born To Be Wild" by Steppenwolf, "Boys Are Back In Town" by Thin Lizzy, "Mission: Impossible" theme by Danny Elfman, "Sharp Dressed Man" by ZZ Top and "The Wild Boys" by Duran Duran.

Father-daughter dance selections include "My Girl" by The Temptations, "Thank Heaven for Little Girls" by Gigi, "Unforgettable" by Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole, "The Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bette Midler, "My Dad" by Paul Petersen, "Hero" by Mariah Carey, "A Song for My Daughter" by Steve Moser, Mikki Viereck and Ray Allaire, "Have I Told You Lately" by Van Morrison, "Daddy's Hand" by Holly Dunn, "Daddy's Little Girl" by Kippi Brannon, "Lullabye" by Billy Joel and "Isn't She Lovely" by Stevie Wonder.

Mother-son dance selections can include "Moon Dance" by Van Morrison, "'Til the End of Time" by Perry Como, "Just the Way You Are" by Billy Joel, "Friends" by Elton John, "Hero" by Mariah Carey, "Sunrise, Sunset" by Fiddler On The Roof cast, "In My Life" by The Beatles, "Ever I Saw Your Face" by Roberta Flack, "A Song for Mama" by Boyz 2 Men, "A Song for My Son" by Mikki Viereck, "Forever Young" by The Pretenders, "I'll Always Be Your Mother" by Lynn Leonti, "Mama" by B. J. Thomas and "My Son" by Frank Patterson.

Bridal party dance music can include "We Are Family" by Sister Sledge, "All My Rowdy Friends" by Hank Williams Jr., "Celebration" by Kool & The Gang, "Get Down Tonight" by K.C. & The Sunshine Band, "I'll Be There for You" by Rembrandts, "Life Is A Highway" by Rascal Flatts and "With A Little Help from My Friends" by Joe Cocker.

End the evening with a last dance. Choose from such songs as "Always and Forever" by Heatwave, "Closing Time" by Semisonic, "Don't Stop" by Fleetwood Mac, "Grow Old with You" by Stephen Lynch, "Happy Trails" by Van Halen and "Save the Last Dance For Me" by Michael Bublé.

List of Wedding & Reception Songs
Enjoy a little "Sugar Sugar" while cutting your cake. (wedding cake image by Ruben Enger from

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