The wedding playlist

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The wedding playlist

The sound of your wedding, aside from the clinking of glasses and congratulatory remarks,  is the music you choose. Needing to fill a variety of purposes from your ceremony tune to your dance floor melodies, sourcing your day’s playlist can seem like a daunting and never ending task. Let us explore some of the most popular and foolproof wedding day acoustics to keep a smile on everyone’s faces…


Ceremony songs

Walking in and walking out of your ceremony carry with them very different tones and therefore different musical demands. When entering the ceremony there’s a need to build soft excitement and anticipation. When leaving the ceremony a more celebratory and upbeat emphasis is required.


Entering the ceremony:

  • Des’ree: I’m Kissing You
  • Adele: Make You Feel My Love
  • Tony Bennett: The Way You Look Tonight
  • Christina Perri: A Thousand Years
  • Beach House: Real Love
  • Phillip Phillips: Home
  • Bon Jovi: Always
  • Train: Marry Me
  • Elton John: Your Song
  • Ed Sheeran: Perfect
  • Ellie Goulding: How Long Will I Love You


Leaving the ceremony:

  • Jack Johnson: Better Together
  • John Legend: All of Me
  • David Gray: Be Mine
  • The Turtles: Happy Together
  • Katrina & The Waves: Walking On Sunshine
  • Oasis: She Is Love
  • Beyoncé: Halo
  • Jackie Wilson: Higher And Higher
  • Keane: Somewhere Only We Know
  • David Gray: Sail Away
  • Oasis: She Is Love


First dance songs

The party’s about to launch into full swing, but before that can happen it’s time for the bride and groom to christen the dancefloor with a heartfelt dance to a meaningful song. The balance of finding a melody which isn’t going to plummet your guests into floods of tears but whilst making their hearts flutter is delicate.


  • Aerosmith: I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing
  • Lonestar: Amazed
  • Charlene Soraia: Wherever You Will Go
  • Goo Goo Dolls: Iris
  • José González: Heartbeats
  • Leona Lewis: Run
  • Etta James: At Last
  • Van Morrison: Crazy Love
  • Michael Bublé: Everything
  • Lifehouse: You and Me
  • Elbow: One Day Like This
  • The Pogues: Love you ‘Till the End
  • Ellie Goulding: Your Song
  • Kelly Clarkson; A Moment Like This
  • The Beatles: Here Comes The Sun
  • Snow Patrol: Chasing Cars
  • Foo Fighters: Everlong


Dance floor songs

Tissues away. It’s time to celebrate a momentous day with some upbeat, jolly and fast paced anthems. With a mix of classics, top 40s and quirky tunes, you’ll soon have a dance floor filled with your nearest and dearest showing off their best moves.


  • Pharrell Williams: Happy
  • The Killers: Mr Brightside
  • Daft Punk: Get Lucky
  • The Lumineers: Hey Ho
  • Kings of Leon: Sex on Fire
  • Sam Smith: I’m Not The Only One
  • Charli XCX: Boom Clap
  • Coldplay: Paradise
  • Bruno Mars: Marry You
  • Simply Red: Fairground
  • Jackson 5: ABC
  • Ellie Goulding: Your Song
  • Oasis: Wonderwall
  • Katy Perry: Firework
  • Ed Sheeran: Kiss Me
  • Florence + The Machine: You’ve Got The Love
  • Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris: We Found Love


Three phases of your day, three very different requirements from your musical selection. Plan strategically, but also make sure to play the melodies that you want to hear over anything else. From Oasis to Beyonce, from mellow to buoyant, there’s a tune to accommodate every mood and every taste.

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