Looking for the Ultimate Wedding Playlist? Don’t worry, we have got you covered. From Ceremony to Dinner Music, we have some EPIC recommendations.

Your Wedding will be here before you know it and you want to have the perfect music for your special day.

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We have done hundreds of weddings and have some recommendations that we know will capture those special moments perfectly from ceremony songs to dinner songs.

We will cover playlists from Ceremony Music, Recessional Songs, Cocktail Music, First Dance Songs, Father/Daughter, Mother/Son, and Dinner Music.

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Ceremony Playlist

We’ll start by discussing Ceremony Playlists with 3 different types of music for your ceremony. Prelude music, walking down the aisle music, and recessional music.

Prelude music is played at the beginning of your wedding ceremony, when friends and family are being seated and before the bridal party and the officiant comes out. There are different ways you can go with your prelude music:

Classical Instrumental, the most traditional type of wedding ceremony music. Strings, violin, piano.

If you are trying to put a playlist together we have some favorites that will hopefully help you.

  • Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
  • The Cello Song – The Piano Guys
  • Sheep May Safely Graze (J.S. Bach) The Eden Symphony Orchestra
  • Air – Bach
  • Trumpet Voluntary – Royal Philharmonic
  • Purcell Trumpet Tune – The Michael Laird Brass Ensemble
  • Portuguese Love Theme – The Cairn String Quartet
  • La Rejouissance – Victoria Paterson
  • Spring – Vivaldi

These are our favorite versions. You do not want to have some of the original organ music. These songs have been tailored to sound excellent over our wireless speakers that we use for the wedding ceremony.

Music with Vocals, these will not be instrumental versions of the music, but the original with singing.

  • Marry Me – Train
  • Make you feel my love – Adele
  • Can’t help falling in love – Ingrid Michaelson
  • A Thousand Years – Christina Perri

Acoustic Instrumental and Pop music combo, something a little bit different these days.

  • The Piano Guys – Any song
  • Vitamin String Quartet – Any song

Top Picks from:

  • Somewhere over the rainbow – Instrumental (Hawaiian Version)
  • First Day of my life – Rob Michael (Instrumental)
  • Neighbourhood #1 (Tunnels-Arcade Fire) Vitamin String Quartet

These two groups make arrangements from pop music that you hear on the radio. If you want a more traditional, classical vibe with strings and piano, but you don’t want them playing Bach, these are the one’s you’ll want to go to. They will play really cool stuff like Arcade Fire or Ellie Goulding, but in an instrumental, pop way.

After we play the prelude music, all the guests are seated. We have the officiant and groomsmen come out, and the bride is getting ready to walk down the aisle. This song can be very challenging to pick from because you may want something very elegant or that is very special to you.

We narrowed it down to 4 songs and versions that we really like. Again, these versions use the perfect instruments to sound amazing over our speakers.

Walk down the Aisle (Traditional)

  • Bridal March – Vicente Avella
  • Canon in D (Classical Guitar) by Johann Pachelbel
  • Clair De Lune – Claude Debussy
  • How Long Will I Love You – Joe Thomas (Instrumental)

You may need a specialty song, say if you do a Sand Ceremony, something that symbolizes your two families coming together and becoming one. It’s nice to have a song played when that’s happening, and 9 times out of 10 we’ll use:

  • Here Comes the Sun – Instrumental version by the Beatles

It’s only played for a minute or two, but everyone that picks that song really likes it. Again, if you are doing something symbolic or special, you can always make it your own. These recommendations are only to help guide your playlist creation.

Recessional Playlist

Next we’ll go over some recessional songs, these are played after you kiss and are announced as husband and wife, ready to walk down the aisle. This is the most fun part of the ceremony, so it can be the most difficult music to pick out.

  • Signed Sealed Delivered – Stevie Wonder
  • All you need is love – Beatles
  • Home – Phillip Phillips
  • How Sweet it is to be loved by you – Marvin Gaye
  • Beautiful Day – U2
  • Coldplay – Viva La Vida
  • Love me like you do – (fifty shades of grey version)
  • Best Day of my life – American Authors
  • You’re my best friend – Queen
  • Good Life (Remix) (feat. B.O.B.) One Republic
  • Brighter Than the sun – Colbie Caillat
  • Wake me up – Simply (Instrumental)
  • I choose you – Sara Bareilles
  • White Dress – Ben Rector
  • Sweet Disposition
  • Love me like you do (From “Fifty Shades of Grey”) Ellie Goulding
  • You make my dreams come true – Hall and Oats

You can’t go wrong with any of these. You want to end the ceremony with an upbeat song.

Cocktail Music Playlist

Now we’ll move on from the ceremony music, to the Cocktail Music. This music also needs to be upbeat.

  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie Wonder
  • Lovely Day – Bill Withers
  • This will be an everlasting love – Natalie Cole
  • I’ll take you there – The Staple Sisters
  • Love never felt so good – Michael jackson
  • Say hey (i love you) – Michael Franti
  • It’s your thing – The Isley Brothers
  • Beast of burden – The Rolling Stones
  • Dancing in the moonlight – King Harvest
  • Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
  • Could you be loved – Bob Marley
  • Rather Be (feat. Jess Glynne) – Clean Bandit
  • Free – Donavon Frankenreiter
  • Rock & Roll – Eric Hutchinson
  • Sweet Pea – Amos Lee
  • Sunday Morning – Maroon 5
  • Love on top – Beyonce
  • Brighter than the sun – Colbie Caillat
  • Upside Down – Jack Johnson
  • Riptide – Vance Joy

First Dance

We’ll fast forward and talk about First Dance Songs. First dance as husband and wife, father daughter and mother son dances.

The First Dance song is something that you almost always pick, though if you are feeling stuck, these are some artists to look to.

  • A kiss to build a dream on – Louis Armstrong
  • Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
  • Crazy Love – Van Morrison
  • At last – Etta James
  • Nothing can change this love – Sam Cooke
  • The Way you look tonight – Frank Sinatra
  • First Day of my life – Bright Eyes
  • Thinking out loud – Ed Sheeran
  • All of Me – John Legend
  • Can’t help falling in love – Ingrid Michaelson

As far as Country options, these work really well for first dance songs because of the pace of the music.

  • Then – Brad Paisley
  • Crazy Girl – Eli Young Band
  • First Dance – Corey Smith
  • Hey Pretty Girl – Kip Moore
  • I don’t dance – Lee Brice

Remember that with first dance songs, you don’t have to play the whole song. A good length of time is about a minute and a half. There are certain places in the song that are the best to fade out on a high note. Sometimes your friends and family will start clapping anyway, and that is a good time to end it. You want to make sure your song has enough time for the photographer to get the pictures, but you also don’t want to play the entire song, as it can get a bit lengthy.

Good options for the Father/Daughter dance:

  • The Way you look tonight – Frank Sinatra
  • My Girl – The Temptations
  • Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
  • What a wonderful world – Louis Armstrong
  • Walk with you – Edwin McCain
  • Somewhere over the rainbow – Israel Kamakawiao’ole
  • You are the sunshine of my life – Stevie Wonder
  • In my life – The Beatles
  • Isn’t she lovely – Stevie Wonder
  • I loved her first – Heartland
  • It won’t be like this for long – Darius Rucker
  • She’s always a woman – Billy Joel
  • Daughters – John Mayer

Songs for the Mother/Son dance:

  • Days like this – Van Morrison
  • You are the sunshine of my life – Stevie Wonder
  • Ain’t too proud to beg – Temptations
  • Let it be the beatles
  • Tupelo honey – JJ Grey & Mofro
  • To make you feel my love – Garth Brooks
  • Stand by me – Ben E King
  • My Wish – Rascal Flatts
  • What a wonderful world – Louis Armstrong
  • A mother’s song – T Carter
  • Fly me to the moon – Frank Sinatra
  • Somewhere over the rainbow – Israel Kamakawiao’ole
  • Simple Man – Lynard Skynard
  • Forever Young – Rod Stewart
  • A song for mama – Boyz II men

Dinner Music Playlist

Now it’s Dinner Music time and everyone is hungry! Whether it is a plated meal or dinner stations, you’ll want some nice, easy listening music. Nothing too high energy.

We have two different kind of playlists.

Maybe you would like more of an upbeat dinner music, laid back, traditional, and throw in a little jazz. Check out the playlist below:

  • I say a little prayer – Aretha Franklin
  • Hey Ya – live Obadiah Parker
  • Hello, You Beautiful Thing – Jason Mraz
  • Only Love – Ben Howard
  • Sunrise – Norah Jones
  • Sunny – James Brown, Dee Felice, Bobby Hebb
  • Everything – Michael Buble
  • Lucky – Jason Mraz, Colbie Caillat
  • Never Know – Jack Johnson
  • Hold you in my arms – Ray LaMontagne
  • Thinking out loud – Jasmine Thompson

More formal? Choose an upscale vibe with a lot of Frank Sinatra

  • Your make me feel so young – Frank Sinatra
  • A wink and a smile – Harry Connick Jr.
  • What a wonderful world – single version Louis Armstrong
  • The way you look tonight – Billie Holiday
  • They can’t take that away from me – Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong
  • Sunrise – Norah Jones
  • Sunny James Brown, Dee Felice Trio, Bobby Hebb
  • Summer Wind – Frank Sinatra
  • So What – Miles Davis
  • La Vie En Rose – Single Louis Armstrong
  • L-O-V-E 2000 Digital Remaster
  • A kiss to build a dream on – Louis Armstrong
  • It don’t mean a thing – Duke Ellington
  • I’ve got you under my skin – Frank Sinatra
  • Fly me to the moon – Frank Sinatra
  • Fever – Peggy Lee
  • Dream a little dream of me – Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong
  • Crazy he calls me – Billie Holiday
  • Come fly with me – Frank Sinatra
  • Come away with me – Norah Jones
  • Chicago – Benny Goodman
  • Cheek to Cheek – Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong
  • As time goes by – Billie Holiday
  • All of me – Billie Holiday
  • Ain’t that a kick in the head – Dean Martin

In this playlist you really have the best of the best, and this more upscale vibe is our favorite for dinner music.

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That does it for our Ultimate Wedding Music Playlist. I hope you found this helpful. Let us know if you have any questions.