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Best Wedding Playlist Songs | Songs For Your Wedding Day | Advice from a Utah Wedding Photographer

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May 25, 2023

It’s time in your wedding planning stage to pick out the best wedding playlist songs to play at your wedding! Looking for the right songs to include can seem like quite the chore and maybe a bit overwhelming. There is so much to consider and so many songs out there to choose from!

Who knew that there were so many songs you had to choose for your big day? But, not to worry. This blog post has lists of quality songs for every event throughout your wedding day!

Each moment of your wedding you should totally make your own, and choosing the perfect songs can be a great way to personalize every event! Music can really help set the mood and vibe you want for each special moment. But how do you choose just the perfect song for these moments?

In this post we will be sure to go over everything we could think of to make sure that you don’t miss a single song for your wedding day.


Let’s start this off strong by going over the most important song of your wedding day…the song you are going to walk down the aisle to. This is such an important moment of your day, as you are walking towards the man you love, the one you want to spend the rest of your life with. All eyes will be on you as you take your steps to start the rest of your life. These are the best wedding playlist songs that could make this special moment truly magical.

  • A Thousand Years by Christina Perri
  • My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion
  • Marry Me by Train
  • Make you Feel my Love by Adele
  • A Million Dreams by The Piano Guys
  • Bless the Broken Road (Acoustic) by Rascal Flatts
  • Love Story (Piano Version) by The Chillest
  • Perfect Duet Ed Sheeran & Beyonce
  • Heaven by Cloud Illusions
  • Thank God (Spring Symphony Version) by Kane Brown & Katelyn Brown
  • Cowboys and Angels (Acoustic Version) by Dustin Lynch
  • On My Way to You by Cody Johnson
  • Steady Heart (Wedding Version) by Kameron Marlowe
  • Beauty and the Beast (Piano & Cello) by The Wrong Janice & Benny Martin
  • Beautiful Crazy (Acoustic) by Luke Combs


You just said your “I Do’s” and you are feeling happier then you could ever be. All your family and friends plus your new family and friends have just watched you marry your person. Its time to walk down the aisle with your new spouse. You just had the most perfect ceremony and you feel like you are just on top of the world!! These songs make the perfect recessional songs to help you still feel all these feeling as you leave this beautiful moment.

  • This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) by Natalie Cole
  • Head Over Boots by Jon Pardi
  • Love Me Like You Do by Ellie Goulding
  • Glad You Exist by Dan + Shay
  • Call You Mine by Chainsmokers Ft. Bebe Rexha
  • 10,000 Hours by Dan + Shay Ft. Justin Bieber
  • I Freaking Love You by Rookie
  • My Person by Spencer Crandall
  • Forever to Go by Chase Rice
  • I’m a Believer by Smash Mouth
  • Lover by Taylor Swift
  • Brand New by Ben Rector
  • Unconditionally by Katy Perry
  • Loving You Easy by Zac Brown Band
  • Electric Love by BORNS


Your entrance to your reception as the bride and groom should be grand, as the day is all about you! Everyone is there to celebrate you!! Make walking into the room more exciting for yourselves and your guests. These song ideas are a sure way to help make your entrance into your reception feel more grand.

  • This is What Falling in Love Feels Like by JVK
  • This is What you Came For by Calvin Harris
  • Feel This Moment by Pitbull Ft. Christina Aguilera
  • Marry You by Bruno Mars
  • DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love By Usher Ft. Pitbull
  • Make You Mine By High Valley
  • Stand by You by Rachel Platten
  • Marry Me by Jason Derulo
  • Stuck Like Glue by Sugarland
  • You Can’t Stop Me by Brett Eldredge Ft. Thomas Rhett
  • Best Day of my Life by American Authors
  • Classic by MKTO
  • The Love Bug by George Straight
  • On Top of the World by Imagine Dragons
  • Wagon Wheel by Darius Rucker


Everyone LIVES for their first dance as a married couple. Its what every girls dreams of, spinning around in her pretty white dress with the man she loves while all of their loved ones are there watching. This may just be one of the most important songs to choose at your reception. ♥️

When choosing a first dance song the first thing you should consider is – do you have any songs that are special to you and your soon to be spouse?? Any songs with special memories behind them?

If so, then that is absolutely the song you should choose!! Even if it’s untraditional, it is special to you both. If nothing comes to mind, no worries, here are some great options to help you get started.

  • Thinking out Loud by Ed Sheeran
  • Die a Happy Man by Thomas Rhett
  • I Don’t Dance by Lee Brice
  • Over and Over Again by Nathan Sykes
  • Amazed by Lonestar
  • You and Me by Lifehouse
  • Better Together by Luke Combs
  • I Belong to You by Jacob Lee
  • So Close by Jon McLaughlin
  • Cover Me Up by Morgan Wallen
  • When I Said I Do by Clint Black
  • Yours-Wedding Edition by Russell Dickerson
  • Made for You by Jake Owen
  • I Knew I Loved You by Savage Garden
  • Lost in this Moment by Big & Rich
  • Tuesdays – String Version by Jake Scott
  • Head Over Boots by Jon Pardi


The father daughter dance is always a sure way to get the tears flowing. This is such an emotional dance as the bride shares this dance with her father, celebrating their special bond and his giving away of his daughter. Choosing the perfect song for this dance can help everyone else at the wedding reception feel this as well. Here are some great options for a perfect daddy daughter dance.

  • I Loved Her First by Heartland
  • My Little Girl by Tim McGraw
  • Just Fishin’ by Trace Adkins
  • Butterfly Fly Away by Miley Cyrus & Billy Ray Cyrus
  • Stealing Cinderella by Chuck Wicks
  • Cowgirls Don’t Cry by Brooks & Dunn Ft. Reba McEntire
  • You’re Gonna Miss This by Trace Adkins
  • Watching You by Rodney Atkins
  • There Goes My Life by Kenny Chesney
  • Baby Blue by George Strait
  • Remember You Young by Thomas Rhett
  • Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle
  • Lady by Brett Young
  • God Bless the Boy (Cori’s Song) by Cody Johnson
  • Dance with my Daughter by Jason Blaine


Dads and daughters get a dance, why not have mothers and sons have a moment to shine as well. These can make for some adorable photos and even better memories. Love the idea but have no idea how to choose the perfect song? Lucky for you we have you covered with these great options!

  • Mom by Garth Brooks
  • My Wish by Rascal Flatts
  • That’s What Mamas are For by Chris Lane
  • Call Your Mama by Seth Ennis Ft. Little Big Town
  • The First Lady in My Life by Paul Todd
  • Humble and Kind by Tim McGraw
  • Boy by Lee Brice
  • He Gets That From Me by Reba McEntire
  • Never Alone by Jim Brickman Ft. Lady A
  • You’ll Be in my Heart by Phil Collins
  • Wild World by Kip Moore
  • Tough Little Boys by Gary Allen
  • A Song for my Son by Mattie Henry
  • A Song for my Mama by Boyz ll Men
  • Handprints on the Wall by Kenny Rogers


Okay but how adorable would a mother and daughter dance be? Mothers and daughters have such a special bond. It would be so perfect to highlight this in a dance on your wedding day! Here are some great song options for this special dance idea.

  • Mom by Meghan Trainor
  • Mother Like Mine by The Band Perry
  • Mother by Sugarland
  • Mama’s Song by Carrie Underwood
  • It Won’t be Like this for Long by Darius Rucker
  • In my Daughter’s Eyes by Martina McBride
  • I’ll Be by Reba McEntire
  • Like my Mother Does by Lauren Alaina
  • A Mother Like You by JJ Heller
  • Never Grow Up by Taylor Swift
  • Light on in the Kitchen by Ashley McBryde
  • Hey Ma I Made It by Ella Langley
  • Mamas by Anne Wilson Ft. Hillary Scott
  • Mama, He’s Crazy by The Judds
  • Mother by Kacey Musgraves


The idea of having an anniversary dance is such a sweet idea. The idea behind an anniversary dance is to have any married couple out on the dance floor to have a moment to see how love grows through the years. As the song goes on the DJ slowly announces for couples to start leaving the dance floor until all that is left is the bride and groom with the longest married couple. It is such a special way to honor so many people at your wedding and to celebrate love. Here are some beautiful song suggestions that would be perfect for this dance.

  • Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley
  • Can you Feel the Love Tonight by Joseph Williams
  • Through the Years by Kenny Rogers
  • I Will Always Love You by Dolly Parton
  • (Everything I Do) I Do it for You by Bryan Adams
  • Faithfully by Journey
  • Remember When by Alan Jackson
  • Forever and Ever Amen by Randy Travis
  • From the Ground Up by Dan + Shay
  • The Rest of Our Life by Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
  • I Walk the Line by Johnny Cash
  • Growing Old With You by Restless Road
  • Make You Feel My Love by Garth Brooks
  • I Need You by Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
  • Grow Old by Florida Georgia Line


Do you want those super fun, dance party, reception photos but have no idea how you are going to get all your friends, relatives, plus your new spouse’s family and friends on the dance floor? I think that this is something all brides are hoping for when getting their wedding photos back. You can be sure that these songs will get even grandma moving and on the dance floor for those fun photos and of course the fun memories!

  • Body Like a Back Road by Sam Hunt
  • Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars
  • Shake it Off by Taylor Swift
  • Friends in Low Places by Garth Brooks
  • Shut Up and Dance by Walk The Moon
  • Yeah! by Usher
  • Country Girl (Shake it for Me) by Luke Bryan
  • Don’t Stop Believing by Journey
  • Flatliner by Cole Swindell Ft. Dierks Bentley
  • Dynamite by Taio Cruz
  • Closer by The Chainsmokers Ft. Halsey
  • HandClap by Fitz and The Tantrums
  • Livin’ la Vida Loca by Ricky Martin
  • That’s What I Like by Bruno Mars
  • Raise Your Glass by P!nk
  • Up Down by Morgan Wallen Ft. Florida Georgia Line
  • Drift Away by Uncle Kracker
  • I Wanna Dance with Somebody by Whitney Houston
  • Dancing Queen by ABBA
  • Accidentally in Love by Counting Crows
  • ME! by Taylor Swift
  • Bye Bye Bye by *NSYNC
  • Smooth (feat. Rob Thomas) by Santana


Another great way to get everyone moving on the dance floor to to include line dances in your wedding reception playlist. Many of these songs have instructions included in the lyrics so literally everyone in attendance can join in! Line dance are so much fun and seriously make for some of the best memories at your reception. Here are some great line dance songs to include.

  • Footloose by Kenny Loggins
  • Cotton Eye Joe by Rednex
  • Cupid Shuffle by Cupid
  • Watch Me by Silento
  • Macarena by Bayside Boys Remix
  • Boot Scootin’ Boogie by Brooks & Dunn
  • Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond
  • Low by Flo Rida
  • Watermelon Crawl by Tracy Byrd
  • Fishin’ in the Dark by Nitty Gritty Dirt Bank
  • Y.M.C.A by Village People
  • Low by Flo Rida Ft. T. Pain
  • Chattahoochee by Alan Jackson
  • Gangnam Style by PSY
  • The Git Up by Blanco Brown


Not many brides and grooms think about having a cake cutting song, but what else are you going to do? Have the reception venue silent as you smash cake into each others face, or have your epic dance party songs playing in the background? Having a specific song for the cake cutting can really create and set the mood for this super fun moment at your reception.

  • Sugar by Maroon 5
  • Make it Sweet by Old Dominion
  • Watermelon Sugar by Harry Styles
  • Cake by the Ocean by DNCE
  • Pour Some Sugar on Me by Def Leppard
  • Sugar Sugar by The Archies
  • Sweetheart by Thomas Rhett
  • Sweet Thing by Keith Urban
  • Yummy by Justin Beiber
  • A Spoonful of Sugar by Julie Andrews
  • Milkshake by Kellis
  • Eat It by Weird Al Yankovic
  • Cake by Flo Rida & 99 Percent
  • Honey Bee by Blake Shelton
  • How Sweet it Is by Michael Buble


The bouquet toss could seriously go down as one of the funnest parts of the reception. That one hype, girl power song comes on and all the single gals make there way to the dance floor. In their minds they are getting prepped to do what it takes to be victorious over all the other single girls that are gathered around. All of a sudden, the flowers are in the air and all the single gals are fighting and tackling each other all just to get the pretty flowers. It is such a fun wedding reception tradition. One way to really hype up all the girls to create these super fun moments is to have a fun song like the ones listed here!

  • Single Ladies by Beyonce
  • Man, I Feel Like a Woman by Shania Twain
  • Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cindi Lauper
  • Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy by Big & Rich
  • Pretty Woman Roy Orbison
  • Uptown Girl by Billy Joel
  • Hollaback Girl by Gwen Stefani
  • Little White Church by Little Big Town
  • This One’s for the Girls by Martina McBride
  • What Makes you Beautiful by One Direction
  • Dancing Queen by ABBA
  • Flowers by Miley Cyrus
  • Call Me Maybe by Carley Rae Jepson
  • Where Them Girls At by David Guetta Ft. Flo Rida & Nicki Minaj
  • Party in the U.S.A by Miley Cyrus


Some people may think the garter toss can feel a little awkward, but it will only be awkward if you make it that way. Find ways to make it fun, like bringing in props. Also choosing a fun song for it can really change the garter toss to be super fun memory. Doing these things can really make it fun for everyone to watch by making for some great laughs! Here are some songs that will really transform any garter toss from awkward to super fun. 

  • Another One Bites the Dust by Queen
  • Sharp Dressed Man by ZZ Top
  • Sexy and I Know It by LMFAO
  • Sexyback by Justin Timberlake
  • Shook me all Night Long by ACDC
  • I’m Still a Guy by Brad Paisley
  • Boys Round Here by Blake Shelton Ft. Pistol Annies & Friends
  • Real Good Man by Tim McGraw
  • Good Ol’ Boys by Hayden Coffman
  • Suit & Tie by Justin Timberlake Ft. Jay-Z
  • Honky Tonk Badonkadonk by Track Adkins
  • Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins
  • I Like It, I Love It by Tim McGraw
  • She Likes It by Russell Dickerson Ft. Jake Scott


Private last dances are becoming more and more popular and I can totally understand why! They make for one of the sweetest memories of your wedding day. All day you are around all your loved ones, partying and celebrating, but a private last dance ensures that you have a beautiful private moment with you and your new spouse on your wedding day. They make for some very tender moments as you can truly just focus on your love for each other. The best songs for this dance are very intimate love songs like the ones here. 

  • Me and You by Kenny Chesney
  • Bring it on Home by Little Big Town
  • Hold on and Let Go by Sam Riggs
  • Like a Wrecking Ball by Eric Church
  • Heaven by Jason Aldean
  • Then by Brad Paisley
  • Save the Best for Last by Vanessa Williams
  • Say you Won’t Let Go by James Arthur
  • You Make it Easy by Jason Aldean
  • Keeper of the Stars by Tracy Byrd
  • Like I’m Gonna Lose You by Meghan Trainor Ft. John Legend
  • Speechless by Day + Shay
  • Heartstrings by Aaron Watson
  • I Love you this Big by Scotty McCreery
  • Porch Swing Angel by Muscadine Bloodline
  • Greatest Love Story by LANCO


You entered your reception with an epic song and you had great music all throughout your reception, so it’s only natural that you leave with a BANG as well!!

Imagine with me for a minute – having all your guests lined up holding sparklers, blowing bubbles, or even just holding their hands up with an upbeat song playing in the background, and you run through, stealing kisses along the way, for the perfect wedding day exit.

  • Happy Together by Buckwild
  • She’s with Me by High Valley
  • Today was a Fairytale by Taylor Swift
  • Sky Full of Stars by Coldplay
  • Forever and for Always by Shania Twain
  • Walking on Sunshine by Katrina & The Waves
  • Treasure by Bruno Mars
  • Good to be Alive (Hallelujah) by Andy Grammer
  • Firework by Katy Perry
  • Ain’t no Mountain High Enough by Tammi Terrell & Marvin Gaye
  • Enchanted by Taylor Swift
  • All Your’n by Tyler Childers
  • Still Falling for You by Ellie Goulding
  • Happy by Pherrell Williams
  • Woman, Amen by Dierks Bentley


Music really can help set the mood for your whole day. It can help enhance each event that happens and help hype everyone there. Having your guests just as excited about everything on your special day as you are can ensure that you will have the best memories to look back on! These lists of songs are just a base guideline to help you build the best wedding playlist songs into your day, and to get your ideas flowing. There are thousands more ideas out there! Happy Wedding Planning!! ♥️

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Thank you for reading! Until next time!

with love,

McCaslin Zilles (author & associate photographer) & Robin Kunzler ♥️

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