Best Songs for Wedding Ceremony & Reception

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We frequently get asked about our recommendations for songs when it comes to those key wedding moments – whether it’s walking down the aisle, sharing a first dance or farewelling your loved ones goodbye. Music is such a personal part of everyone’s wedding celebrations that it should first and foremost be an expression of the couple and the love and history they share! We took to Instagram to ask you which songs are your favourite for those key wedding moments. Here are the best songs for wedding ceremony and reception according to your responses!

BEST WEDDING PROCESSIONAL SONGS

CANT HELP FALLING IN LOVE WITH YOU – ELVIS
An oldie but a goodie. Elvis is immortal and this classic song goes straight for the heart. It sounds incredible stripped back and sung to keys or an acoustic guitar. There are also a bunch of awesome cover version of this tune if you’re after something a little more modern.

PERFECT – ED SHEERAN
Ol’ Ed is a bit of a master at the wedding processional song and he knows how to write a tear jerker. His lyrics are straight romance and it will hit everyone right in the feels.

LATCH – SAM SMITH (ACOUSTIC)
For something a little alternative, this song is great because its recognisable but also sounds fab unplugged, pulled back to just piano and vocals. Plus the lyrics are super on point. “Now I got you in my space, I wont let go of you…”

HEARTBEATS – JOSE GONZALES
This song is straight ART and just the mellow guitar intro evokes the perfect mood for that perfect moment. Done live with a killer singer/guitarist – this will leave you with a walk to remember.

BEST FIRST DANCE SONGS

KISS ME – SIXPENCE NONE THE RICHER
90s nostalgia is all the rage at the moment and this song is the perfect blend of kitsch and romance. Sounds super cute with female vocals and some strummy electric guitar action.

CANT TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU – FRANKIE VALLI
For those who like to make a grand statement, this song is a banger of the highest order and will get everyone vibed up and ready to dance. Plus the lyrics provide just the right ego boost to get you both flying high on the drug of loooove…”you’re just too good to be true…”

SAY YOU WONT LET GO – JAMES ARTHUR
Incredible song with touching, real and personal lyrics that most of us can relate to (what was that part about throwing up :P). This song is a total tear-jerker and is the perfect accompaniment to spending a good 3min gazing into your lovers eyes.

NEVER TEAR US APART – INXS
YES YES YES to this 80s CLASSIC. A ripper of a tune. Non-cliche lyrics. Awesome melody that everyone can sing along to. Plus how could you forget that epic SAXOPHONE SOLO. This song goes off with a full live band but the sax is a must to make it really explode.

BEST WEDDING PARTY STARTER

TREASURE – BRUNO MARS
Bruno got plenty of love in this category and it’s true he has some beauties – Uptown Funk, Locked Out of Heaven, etc. Everyone can’t help but get into a little Bruno and Treasure is a great tune with some awesome vintage vibes.

CRAZY IN LOVE – BEYONCE
All hail the Queen. This tune is timeless and inspires epic booty shaking dance moves which is just what you want from a party starter. A full live band makes a meal out of this song something superb.

RETURN OF THE MACK – MARK MORRISON
A little 90s love with this smooth classic. It’s a familiar tune with an awesome chorus that gets people involved.

BROWN EYED GIRL – VAN MORRISON
Cheesy? Sure. But cheese is delicious. This song kicks off the festivities with a bit of a sing-a-long and gets the grannies up and loving life.

BEST FAREWELL SONG

HORSES – DARYL BRAITHWAITE
This was unanimous and we don’t disagree. Thank you Daryl for blessing us with this musical gold. Have not played a wedding yet where this song was not sung by the entire wedding party at the top of their lungs. End your night on a high, and go riding on the horses, yeah yeah.

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