Your Wedding Song Checklist

February 19, 2017

 

As you go about planning your wedding ceremony and reception music, you’ll quickly realize that there are quite a few decisions to make. The procession song, first dance song, cake cutting song…the list adds up fast. How many and which songs you pick will be tailored to you and your event, of course; but here is a brief guide to wedding song choices you might need to start thinking about for your big day.

 

Procession

 

This is what will play when the bridal party walks down the aisle. Many people choose to get creative here. You could opt for something traditional, like classical music, or even play a strings version of a favorite pop song. Or, you might choose something snappy and upbeat. Really, this is entirely up to you.

 

Walking down the aisle

 

Many couples opt to have the bride walk down the aisle to a different song from the procession. Just choose something that is meaningful to you as a couple, and you can’t go wrong.

 

Recession

 

This is what plays when the bride and groom, and then the wedding party, walk back down the aisle after the ceremony. You can get creative here as well, going for something classic or upbeat.

 

Entrance

 

This is what plays when the newlyweds first enter the reception. Couples usually opt for something fun and energetic.

 

Bridal waltz

 

This is for the happy couple’s first dance. Possibilities are virtually endless here; just choose something that you can dance to and that is meaningful to you.

 

Father-daughter dance

 

This is what will play when the bride and her dad dance during the reception. There are many traditional songs you can go with here, but don’t be afraid to choose something entirely different.

 

Mother-son dance

 

This is what will play when the groom and his mom dance during the reception. There are many traditional songs you can go with here as well, but again, don’t be afraid to choose something entirely different.

 

Cutting of the cake

 

This is what will be playing while you and your new spouse cut the wedding cake. Couples usually go for a song that sounds sweet and endearing.

 

Bouquet toss

 

This is when the bride throws her bouquet behind her and lets her bridesmaids (and other eligible young women) try to catch it. Something girly and fun works well here.

 

Garter toss

 

This is for the men—where the groom throws the bride’s garter behind him and lets his groomsmen (and other eligible bachelors) try to catch it. Something upbeat and edgy works well here.

 

Exit

 

This is what will play during the couple’s send-off. Something inspiring will work well here; just go with something that fits whatever note you want your reception to end on.

 

Overwhelmed by all of the wedding music decisions you need to make? Don’t be. Wedding DJs have a ton of experience putting together playlists for weddings, so you can always ask your DJ for advice—or simply defer some decisions to them.

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