How Important Does It Sound?

Milena Kukurekovic

Your Wedding Melody

We often put it aside when talking about the important things in life but music is kind of an unavoidable part of it. It’s simply everywhere: in the morning during our coffee, during work, we sing in the shower, we play it when alone in order not to feel lonely, and we play it when around people just to lighten up the party. Therefore, we may say, our whole life is a playlist of different songs.

Here at Smarty Had A Party we mostly talk about weddings, that’s why our lives are always filled with happiness. Therefore, what else could this blog post be about? Ta-da! :) Let’s discuss the music at weddings a little bit.

If to put aside the protocol for a moment, things like ceremony, vows, rings, toast etc. what else is the rest of the reception about if not eating, and of course, dancing to the happy tunes. Even these ritual things are followed by music. So we have to admit it’s kind of among the most important things to the wedding. Yet, how to choose the right music for your day?

There are few things you need to consider when doing this. So let’s just go step by step.


What is your instrument?

Certainly, your first thought is supposed to be on whether you want your wedding music played by a band or a DJ. Try to imagine both of the cases and nail it down to cons and pros. Consider things like what do you think your guests would like more, what will sound more sophisticated, what is the option your budget will cover, and how would you like your favorite songs to be played. When you finally have the answer to this first question, everything will come much easier. Just make sure you, or your wedding planner, check the references of the band or a DJ and make sure they are really good.


The playlist

With some details you have to be pretty specific. There are many of them when it comes to a wedding and especially music. Parts of your wedding like walking down the aisle, newlyweds entrance and similar are going to require a special atmosphere that only certain songs are able to create. So make sure you follow these steps when creating your playlist. Google had given some great recommendations for the specific songs for these moments.

Walking down the aisle

  • Love Story - Taylor Swift
  • I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
  • Alone - Trampled by Turtles
  • Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran

Newlyweds’ entrance to the reception

  • Feel So Close – Calvin Harris
  • Crazy in Love – Beyoncé
  • You Make My Dreams Come True – Hall & Oates
  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours) – Stevie Wonder
  • Marry You – Bruno Mars

First dance (see our blog post regarding first dances HERE)

  • Ed Sheeran - Perfect OR Thinking Out Loud
  • Etta James - At Last
  • John Legend - All of Me
  • Elvis Presley - Can't Help Falling in Love
  • Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight

Cocktail hour and dinner music

  • Feel This Moment - Pitbull and Christina Aguilera
  • Ghostwriter - RJD2
  • Clocks - Rhythm Del Mundo
  • I Feel It Coming - Daft Punk
  • Good Life - OneRepublic
  • Dancing in the Moonlight - King Harvest

Cake cutting

  • How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by You - James Taylor
  • Sugar Sugar - the Archies
  • Cake by the Ocean - DNCE
  • Sweetest Thing - U2
  • Sugar - Maroon 5

General dancing (by your choice and according to the structure of your guests)

Last song of the night

  • Come on Eileen – Dexy's Midnight Runners.
  • All You Need is Love – The Beatles.
  • ( I've had) The Time of My Life – Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes.
  • One Love – Bob Marley.
  • Don't Stop Believing – Journey.
  • Hey Jude – The Beatles.
  • What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong.
  • Don't Stop Me Now – Queen.
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