How do you choose the right wedding reception songs? What tunes will keep the dance floor packed all night? What will suit the theme of your day? And what will be appropriate for your guests?
Music can make or break your reception, so we’ve teamed up with one of the UK’s best party DJs, DJ Platinum and wedding singer Dominic from Sweet Soulful Sound to bring you this definitive list of love songs – stick to these top tunes and you’ll create the perfect party atmosphere.
5 of the best first dance songs
First dance songs are traditionally romantic and say something about you as a couple. But remember, they don’t have to be slow like the five popular choices here. If your wedding ceremony isn’t traditional, then why have a traditional first dance? Go for something faster, choreograph a professional dance – perhaps a Tango – or just have a mas dance with your friends.
- At Last Etta James
- If I Ain’t Got You Alicia Keys
- Let’s Stay Together Al Green
- All My Life K-Ci & JoJo
- I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing Aerosmith
5 of the best floorfillers
We love hearing from real wedding guests and the one thing that they always comment on is the wedding entertainment. Keep them dancing all night, and give them great memories of your big day with these classic floor fillers – why not choose one of these songs to play after the first dance to encourage everyone onto the dance floor?
- I Gotta Feeling Black Eyed Peas
- Sex On Fire Kings of Leon
- We Found Love Rhianna
- Give Me Everything Pitbull & AfroJack
- Mr Brightside The Killers
5 of the best songs to end the night
We always suggest that a bride and groom make their exit before the lights come on at the end of the night – who wants to see messy reception tables anyway? Choose a song to be played at about 11.30pm, dance with all your guests and then make your final exit – we love running out of the venue under a tunnel of sparklers, the perfect photo opportunity.
- New York New York Frank Sinatra
- You To Me Are Everything The real thing
- One Love Bob Marley
- Ho Hey The Lumineers
- Bohemian Rhapsody Queen
5 of the best singalong songs
Your wedding video should capture all the special moments of the big day, and by that we don’t just mean the emotional, romantic bits. It should also capture those candid moments with you and your friends laughing and jumping around on the dancefloor, having the time of your lives. These songs will help you do just that…
- Valerie Amy Winehouse
- Celebration Kool & The Gang
- Can’t Help Myself The Four Tops
- Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel Tavares
- My Girl The Temptations
5 of the best songs for dancing with your Dad
Not every bride has a dance with her father, but we think it’s a tradition that’s worth bringing back for 2014! Show your dad just how much he means to you (and that he’s still the number one man in your life) with a dance at the reception. The songs below all have a great sentiment behind them but Father and Daughter by Paul Simon is our favourite here at Wedding Ideas HQ…
- I Loved Her First Heartland
- Father And Daughter Paul Simon
- Isn’t She Lovely Stevie Wonder
- When You Need Me Bruce Springsteen
- Ain’t That Love Ray Charles
Alternatively, if you really want to surprise your guests, how about doing a choreographed dance routine with your dad like this amazing bride and her father! Would your dad do something like this for you on the wedding day? How else is he helping you out on the day? Let us know in the Wedding Ideas Forum!