5 Tips for Creating the Perfect Wedding Playlist


Michelle Vantine

Your first dance as a couple. Arguably one of the most important and beloved wedding traditions. It’s the moment everyone waits for. And what would a first dance be without music? Creating a playlist for your special day is crucial – it can share the emotion of your wedding day, set a certain mood for your guests, and help convey the bride and groom’s personalities.

Here’s some helpful tips for creating the perfect wedding day playlist:


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1. Band vs. DJ vs. DIY Playlist: The first step is deciding whether you want to hire a live band, DJ, or create your own DIY playlist for the evening. In the event you choose to hire a live band or DJ, consult them first and take full advantage of their professional expertise. However, it’s important to discuss beforehand the kinds of genres you like and don’t like. Another helpful tip – provide them with a detailed list of the day’s events and festivities so that they can plan to usher guests from event to event with music that will set the appropriate mood. Also be sure to discuss toasts and scheduled dances. The key is to allow them some creative license, but make sure to put your two cents in as well. If you’re opting for the DIY playlist route, you can have more control over the exact song selections, but it does require more work on your end. Enlist the help of a music enthusiast friend to help put together the playlist and manage the speakers and electronics for the evening. Be sure to include extra songs on each song list in case the event–like dinner–unexpectedly run over.

2. Communicate with the Venue: Be sure to speak with the venue beforehand to discuss what rentals it may require and does/does not include. The basics include speakers, microphones, and sound equipment. Also discuss whether electrical outlets will be sufficient, or if you will need a generator.

3. Theme: It might be helpful to choose a general theme–the Throwback Couple, the Hipster Couple, the Party Couple–in order to create some sort of cohesion for the evening. Create a playlist of songs that are from the same genre or musical decade, or in some other way tie together. Additionally, if your wedding has a theme, you will want to choose songs that reflect that theme. Look for music that creates the emotions that match your theme. For instance, if you’re having a rural wedding, country music might be a good choice. If you’re looking for something more sophisticated, try classical music with string instruments.

4. Key Songs: Sit down with your fiancé and discuss whether there are any songs that are special or important to you as a couple. Think first kiss, first date, engagement, etc. Feature these songs at important moments during the reception or ceremony.

5. Get Your Guests Involved: Another fun option is to allow your guests to request their favorite songs. Keep a list where guests can pencil in their requests, and you’ll be sure to keep the dancing going all night long.

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Take a look below for some sample song selections:

First Dance Songs: 

1. Sara Bareilles – I Choose You

2. Jason Mraz – I’m Yours

3. Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars

4. Adele – Make You Feel My Love

5. Train – Marry Me

Father/Daughter Dance Songs:

1. John Mayer – Daughters

2. Rascal Flatts – My Wish

3. The Temptations – My Girl

4. Louis Armstrong – What a Wonderful World

5. Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline

Mother/Son Dance Songs: 

1. Leann Womack – I Hope You Dance

2. Bette Midler – Wind Beneath My Wings

3. Kenny Rogers – Through the Years

4. Celine Dion – Because You Loved Me

5. Joe Cocker – So Beautiful

Reception/Dancing/In-Between Songs: 

1. Michael Jackson – PYT

2. Justin Timberlake – SexyBack

3. Christina Aguilera – Ain’t No Other Man

4. Sister Sledge – We are Family

5. Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody

6. Backstreet Boys – As Long as You Love Me

7. Michael Buble – How Sweet it Is

8. Safetysuit – Never Stop

9. Dave Matthews Band – Crash Into Me

10. Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Last Dance Songs:

1. Fleetwood Mac – Landslide

2. Donna Summer – Last Dance

3. Frank Sinatra – The Way You Look Tonight

4. Rascal Flatts -Bless the Broken Road

5. Ingrid Michaelson – Can’t Help Falling in Love