When planning a wedding, the details can become overwhelming and aspects can sometimes start to be thrown together. One part of a wedding that should not be brushed over is the music. The music played will help define the overall feel the bride and groom want for their big day. Here are some song ideas to check out.
This is the song that is played as the wedding party and bride walk down the aisle. An absolutely lovely song choice is Pachelbel’s “Canon.” This song is sometimes heard during Christmastime, but is not limited to a December wedding. “Canon” is a classic and beautiful song sure to get your guests in the wedding spirit.
The wedding recessional is the end of the ceremony. This will be the part where the wedding party, bride and groom exit the room. The mood here is happy and triumphant for the newly married couple. A terrific option for the recessional is Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.” This is sure to make the guests smile as they ready themselves for a fun after party!
The first dance between the bride and groom is one of the most romantic parts of the entire wedding. Some wonderful options are: Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” George Strait’s “Cross My Heart,” and Etta James’ “At Last.”
The father/daughter dance is such a sweet part of the reception. Many times, this is an emotional dance as the father “lets go” of his little girl. A great option for this dance is Rascal Flatts’ “My Wish.” The lyrics speak for themselves on this one!
The mother and son dance is generally not as emotional as the father and daughter dance. A song choice to recommend for this portion of the reception is “Forever Young” by Bob Dylan. The mother is sure to remember her son as a baby during it, but it has an upbeat enough tempo to keep the mood up.
Choose songs from your youth during your reception. The guests will love it and a little nostalgia never hurt anyone! “Get Down Tonight” by KC and The Sunshine Band is a fun choice from the 70’s. If you’re thinking 80’s, try “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins, “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC or “Pour Some Sugar On Me” by Def Leppard. Is your generation the 90’s? “I’ll Be” by Edwin McCain, “Truly Madly Deeply” by Savage Garden, and “…Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears are all sure to please everyone!
This is the end of the reception. This song is your wedding’s conclusion and will send you out the door and into the world together. A recommendation is Eric Clapton’s “Wonderful Tonight.”
In summary, music sets the mood for any party. Your music will help your guests feel what you want them to feel during your celebration. Whether that mood is happy, excited, fun, wild, romantic, sentimental or religious, your music choices will define it.
Mike Dangeroux is the lead guitar and vocalist for the Mike Dangeroux Band, specializing in everything from classics to contemporary music for any event.