Wedding Wednesday: Songs to Brighten the Big Day

"Choose your wedding music” is one item on every bride's to do list. Whether you're having a live band, DJ, or just an iPod, you need to pick your favorite songs for the big day.
Here are few key moments you may want to choose a specific song for:

  • Prelude
  • Processional
  • Recessional
  • Postlude
  • Any other special ceremony music
  • Cocktail Hour
  • Wedding Party Intro
  • First Dance
  • Father/Daughter Dance
  • Mother/Son
  • Bouquet Toss
  • Garter Toss
  • Cake Cutting
  • Last Dance
  • Cocktail Hour

I typed up a list for my DJ of all the songs I want at my wedding (still picking a first dance song!) and also created a Spotify playlist and added other songs I’d like to be played and songs that remind me of the man I’m marrying. I did go a little overboard and the playlist is just over 12 hours, but it’s fun to listen to while I’m planning. Pick songs that are significant to you even if it's not "typical" wedding music. I'm personally trying to think out of the box and make a list that's fun and not the same stuff you hear at every other wedding.

While choosing those special songs you love, remember to create a list of songs you DO NOT want played at your wedding. Think of those songs you can’t stand, you think are played out, anything that reminds you of your ex, anything that would kill the mood or offend grandma, and anything you just don’t want to be played. If you need a place to start or want a few ideas, here’s what’s on my Do Not Play list:

Do Not Play:

  • Shout
  • Macarena
  • Single Ladies - Beyonce
  • White Wedding - Billy Idol
  • Mony Mony - Billy Idol
  • Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
  • Love Shack
  • Chicken Dance
  • YMCA
  • Another One Bites the Dust
  • Don’t Stop Believing by Journey 
  • Sweet Caroline
  • The Electric Slide
  • Total Eclipse of the Heart
  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow
  • What a Wonderful World
  • Livin’ on a Prayer
  • Hokey Pokey
  • Cha Cha Slide - DJ Casper
  • Any songs by Celine Dion
  • Any songs by Shania Twain
  • At Last 
  • Every Breath You Take
  • Of course any songs by Nickelback
  • Going to the Chappel
  • Let’s Stay Together - Al Green
  • Love & Marriage
  • Celebration by Kool & The Gang
  • We Are Family by Sister Sledge
  • Hot in Herre by Nelly
  • I Gotta Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas
  • Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) by C+C Music Factory

What are some of your must plays and do not play songs?
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