Wedding Reception Songs


Coming up with a list of wedding reception songs is something that you may want to do. During the reception, music is played the entire time and it helps to set the mood for your event. You don't have to choose every single song that is played during your reception (it would be very time consuming to come up with 4 or 5 hours of music). But you should develop a list of songs to be played during specific parts of the evening.


You'll want to pick wedding reception songs for:

  • The introduction of the bridal party. This wedding reception music should be upbeat and festive since you are setting the tone for your reception. Celebration by Kool & the Gang and Let's Get It Started by The Black Eyed Peas can get your guests pumped up.

  • The first dance. Most couples go with something slow and romantic. My husband and I danced to At Last by Etta James but I also love The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra. If you have a song that is of some significance to both of you, then you should play that song even if it's fast.

  • Father and daughter dance. Some great ideas are Daddy's Girl by Red Sovine and Dance With My Father by Luther Vandross. The 1991 version of Unforgettable that has an earlier recording of Nat King Cole singing that was edited and remixed to add his daughter Natalie Cole singing a duet with him is really beautiful.

  • Mother and son dance. Two touching songs for this dance are A Song For Mama by Boys II Men  and Perfect Fan by The Back Street Boys.

  • Cake cutting. You could really play any music to cut your cake but some cute ideas are How Sweet It Is by James Taylor and Sugar, Sugar by The Archies.


  • Bouquet toss. Some songs to get the women on the dance floor to catch the bouquet are Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) by Beyonc√© and Girls Just Want To Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper.

  • Garter toss. If you can't tell already by my choice of songs, I really like the classics. The song that was used for our garter toss was the 1962 hit The Stripper by The David Rose Orchestra. Another oldie (not as old) but goodie is Salt N Peppa's What A Man.

  • Dinner. You don't have to choose all of the songs for this part of the evening but you may want a list of 2 or 3 songs to be played sometime during dinner.

  • Dancing. You can specify the type of music that you want played (country, rock, disco, R & B, Hip Hop). You can also choose specific songs like the Electric slide or the Chicken dance to get everyone out of their seats.



You also need to think about who will play the wedding reception songs.

  • A band. Live music is great and adds the feel of being at a dance or concert.

  • DJ. Less expensive than a live band but should have a large collection of music to play.

  • AV Equipment. If you are working with a really tight budget you could put together CD's of music yourself and play them through a stereo system.

  • Other Entertainment. You might also want to add professional dancers to your event or maybe do some karaoke to liven up the party.


As you can see from my list above that there are several different parts of your wedding reception that will need music.

It seems like the one part that most couples really give serious thought about music selection for is the first dance.

Here is a list of wedding reception songs for the bride and groom's first dance that seem to be really popular.