Getting Married? Check Out These Top Twenty Reception Songs 

Sheet music of the Wedding March with roses and rings
When you are planning your wedding reception, it is important to choose the right music for each part. That way, you and your guests will have a wonderful experience.

Cocktail Hour

While you are busy with the photographer, your guests will be waiting for your arrival at the reception. This is a great time to play some quiet music allowing your guests to quietly visit with each other. Consider:

  • Better Together by Jack Johnson
  • Love is Here to Stay by Frank Sinatra
  • A Thousand Years by Christina Perri


When you are ready to make your grand appearance to the reception, the music should help announce your arrival. Consider:

  • Signed Sealed and Delivered by Stevie Wonder
  • Let’s Get It Started by Black Eyed Peas
  • Feel This Moment by Pitt Bull featuring Christina Aguilera

Cake Cutting

The next time that music needs to play an integral part in your reception is to signal that it is time to cut the cake. Consider:

  • Sweet Emotion by Aerosmith
  • Love on Top by Beyoncé
  • Lean on Me by Bill Withers


If you are having a dance, then it should include some very special songs. For the first dance, consider:

  • Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton
  • The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra
  • Marry You by Bruno Mars
  • At Last by Etta James

Most couples choose to have a father-daughter dance right after the couple’s dance. This is a very special time and calls for special music. Occasionally, the groom and his mother may also join in on the dancing fun. For this dance, consider:

  • Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle
  • Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton
  • My Girl by the Temptations

When everyone is ready to join in the fun, then try to stagger the songs by generations so that everyone at the dance will have a great time. While it is your special day, you want all of your guests to feel comfortable. Some people are much more comfortable dancing to certain styles of music than they are to other styles. Consider:

  • Little Pretty One by Bobby Day and the Satellites
  • Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond
  • Shake It Off by Taylor Swift
  • Livin’ On a Prayer by Bon Jovi

Planning special music for each part of your wedding reception requires that you work closely with your DJ or band. You should hire these professionals as far ahead as possible and discuss your choices with them. This gives them plenty of time to polish songs for your wedding day.