Best Wedding Songs for Every Stage of Your Special Day

Music is such a fantastic gift.

From the days of making a mix CD for our beloveds, to a DJ mixing it up to keep us dancing on Friday nights, music is always appreciated, no matter the occasion. We also know that music can serve as a direct link to a memory. Like how certain songs can take you back to your College Spring Break trip to Miami, and suddenly the feeling of sunshine and freedom washes over you in the dead of winter. Music is important, and thus a lot of thought is put into music selection when it comes to one of our most important days of our lives: our wedding day.

Have no fear; we are here to help with suggestions of the tried-and-true classics and a few newer songs as well. And just in case you’re not, in fact, marrying a “Trap Queen” we’ve left that off the list… for now.


The music that really gives those in the audience chills, butterflies, and teary eyes as the bride-to-be approaches her future. This moment sets the tone and really draws people into what the pair is feeling as they lock eyes together just moments before they become a union. For this moment, I suggest the timeless classic, “At Last” by Etta James. As time draws closer to weddings, you often hear the bride exclaim, “I cannot wait to marry my best friend!” So looking at the best friend who will be by your side forever “At Last” is a feeling that is best described in this song.


The moment after those words, “You may kiss the bride,” are uttered, there should be a sense of excitement in the room. Everyone is optimistic and has high hopes. “This Will Be” by Natalie Cole would be perfect for this moment. Everyone believes that this union will be an ever-lasting love, as the bride and groom happily trot down the aisle and exit the room.


The first appearance where our couple has the same last name! The first time they are announced to their loved ones as such. This is a huge celebration. This is especially big because the two have “disappeared” to those who are not in the bridal party. There’s this mystery and anticipation. How will they enter? What will they do? The atmosphere has turned to that of an informal party and the guests are ready to party with the couple of the night! “Uptown Funk” will get people ready to dance, be silly, and who can resist our couple telling their audience, “I’m too hot/hot damn/make a dragon wanna retire man”? Good times ahead for sure.

First Dance

Time to get your best “mating dance” moves ready! I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m ALWAYS feeling good, silly, and just ready to move. A slow dance wouldn’t be my first choice; there have been enough tear-jerkers. And after such a grand entrance, the switch would be a little jarring. Sentimental songs can have a fast pace, and who knows sentiment like our male version of Adele: Sam Smith? That’s why I suggest “Latch” by Disclosure feat. Sam Smith. It’s upbeat, heartfelt, and just the right touch before everyone else joins you on the dance floor to celebrate.

Bouquet Toss

Calling all single ladies to the floor! Of course “Single Ladies” by Beyonce’ might come to mind, but I wouldn’t recommend it. It’s too predictable. How about letting all the single men in the vicinity know that the lucky woman who catches the bouquet has a “milkshake that brings all the boys to the yard” with the Kelis song, “Milkshake.” It’s funny, upbeat, and will get the ladies in that competitive spirit to snatch that flying bundle.

Cake Cutting Ceremony

Mmmm, good. The time to finally taste that delicious cake! Whether someone’s face is going to get into the first slice, or it will be fed to one another without any antics, this moment should still follow the upbeat vibe. I might be a little biased with this next song, but I feel “Sugar, Sugar” by The Archies is a must. And perhaps one might forgive the antics of having their face smashed into cake if they are being told that they are literally, “my candy girl!” with a kiss right after.


Let’s dance, dance, dance, and take advantage of the open bar! Anything goes here. You can open with “Wobble” or any type of line dance to get the party started, and then from there the DJ just does what they were hired to do: keep the party going!


We hope that this helped and was at least a starting point. But the thing to remember first and foremost is it’s YOUR wedding. Want to walk down the aisle to “The Circle of Life” from the Lion King soundtrack? Do it! There are no rules, the more unique the songs, the better the memories!

Porsche Bowie

Porsche Bowie

Senior Music and Entertainment Coordinator

From the San Francisco Bay Area. Majored in Creative Writing at Cal State University San Bernardino. Has written/edited for university publications and lifestyle blogs. Currently lives in Las Vegas, NV.

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