In the excitement of planning a wedding, music is often put on the back burner while decisions like catering and decorations are handled. However, your wedding playlist helps reflect the love between you and your partner while setting the tone for various stages of the event, so you don't want to leave it for the last minute. The guide below will help you select the best songs for the DJ to play on your big day.

When Does Music Need to Be Played?

Most people know that the reception requires lots of tunes, but this isn’t the only part of the day that could use some background music. As you get ready with your bridal party, playing your favorite songs with your closest friends will help you loosen up for the ceremony. You should also plan to have some background music playing before the ceremony begins. 

During the ceremony itself, music should play during the entrance of the parents, groomsmen, groom, bridesmaids, and bride, as well as the signing of the registry. The ceremony is also often closed off with a recessional song as the newlyweds depart. 

The transition between the ceremony and the reception, often designated as a cocktail hour, could benefit from some background music, as well. While you can generally leave the dinner songs to the DJ, it's best to specifically choose tracks for the moments you’ll want everyone to remember. This can include the wedding party and newlywed grand entrances, first dance, father-daughter dance, mother-son dance, wedding party dance, cake cutting, garter toss, bouquet toss, and closing song of the night.

What Types of Songs Fit Different Moments?


When you work with a professional DJ, they can help you select the right songs to fit the moods of each moment. In general, slow and sweet music is best for the ceremony itself. Classical music is a popular choice, but genres like R&B, country, and jazz can also set the tone.

The meal portion of the reception should be focused more on conversation. Quiet, downtempo background music allows your guests to chat at a comfortable volume.

Later, your first dance should ideally be a song that is special to both you and your partner. Like the ceremony, this is typically a sweet and downtempo song, but most couples choose something contemporary. Then, the remainder of the reception can be a crowd-pleasing mix curated by the DJ that everyone can dance to and enjoy.


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