Planning a wedding can be extremely stressful on the bride and groom. There are so many plans to make for things like the caterer and the guest list and hiring a DJ. Once the day finally comes, everyone is ready to relax and enjoy the day.
As sentimental and beautiful as wedding ceremonies are, the real relaxing and enjoying happens at the reception. The bride and groom get to eat, dance, and socialize with all the people they love who are there to celebrate with them.
The reception is the part of a wedding that everyone looks forward to. It is the kind of party that allows for silly dancing and unabashedly enjoying yourself with your friends and family.
If you want everyone to feel comfortable and have fun, it is important to consider your guests when you are planning the reception. Try to imagine the reception itself, think of your guests individually, and ask yourself how they would enjoy the reception.
Debatably the most important part of having fun at the reception is having a great list of songs. If there isnt a great mix of classical, popular, fast, and slow songs, your guests might hesitate to dance and have fun.
Although your wedding is all about you and you should include the music you and your spouse love even if no one else likes it, you need to make sure that there are also some crowd favorites on your playlist.
When youre making your playlist of songs for your wedding, keep in mind this list of the most requested wedding songs, organized according to the type of song, the genre, and the age of the song. A proper mixture of these songs will make sure that your guests will stay happy and entertained, and youll be able to dance the night away with your friends, family, and your new spouse.
First Dance Songs– Your first dance with your new spouse should be special. This song needs to be thought about carefully, and the two of you should decide as a unit which song will be the first you dance to as a married couple. It should be romantic, but it should also be special to the two of you. It is a song youll hear for the rest of your life and remember the short time you spent dancing together for the first time, so make it perfect.
- Bless The Broken Road Rascal Flatts
- Its Your Love Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
- You and Me Lifehouse
- Ill Be Edwin McCain
- At Last Etta James
- Chasing Cars Snow Patrol
- Shes Always A Woman Billy Joel
Daddy Daughter Songs– The daddy daughter dance part of the reception tends to be the part that really makes people emotional. Daddys little girl gets married, and the day itself is a symbol to fathers that they are losing their baby girls. This dance should be special and sweet, something that Dad will remember forever.
- My Girl The Temptations
- I Loved Her First Heartland
- My Little Girl Tim McGraw
- Sweet Caroline Neil Diamond
- Cinderella Steven Curtis Chapman
Mother Son Songs– Although everyone seems to get most emotional for the bride and her father, be careful not to forget about the mother who is giving away her son. This dance should be just as special, and promises to be just as emotional as the daddy daughter dance.
- Because You Loved Me Celine Dion
- My Wish Rascal Flatts
- Ill Stand By You Pretenders
Classic Wedding Songs– There are certain songs that will always need to be played at a wedding. These are songs that everyone is at least familiar with, and they are the ones that are going to excite everyone when they come on because they are throwbacks that everyone can dance to.
- Thats Amore Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin
- Get Down Tonight KC and the Sunshine Band
- Take Me Home, Country Roads John Denver
- Dream A Little Dream of Me Louis Armstrong
- What A Wonderful World Louis Armstrong
- Brick House The Commodores
- We Are Family Sister Sledge
- Dont Stop Til You Get Enough Michael Jackson
- Aint No Other Man Christina Aguilera
Currently Popular Songs– The unique thing about these songs is that many of them are extremely irritating to your guests outside of the reception. However, at your reception, theyll sing all the words and dance to them anyway! Because no matter how annoying and overplayed they are in the real world, they are catchy and well known, and everyone can dance to them!
- The Cha Cha Slide Mr. C The Slide Man
- SexyBack Justin Timberlake
- Inside Your Heaven Carrie Underwood
- Cupid Shuffle Cupid
- Call Me Maybe Carly Rae Jepsen
- Timber Ke$ha
- Happy Pharrell Williams
Last Dance Songs– Its traditionally held that the final song of the night for any wedding reception or dance should be a slow song that is loving and cheerful and sends the guests on their way happy and feeling the love. It might even be a song that was a candidate for the first dance, but didnt quite make it.
- Remember When Alan Jackson
- Wonderful Tonight Eric Clapton
- The Way You Look Tonight Frank Sinatra
- From This Moment On Diana Krall
- Just The Way You Are Billy Joel
Kate Stefanaski loves nothing more than to talk about weddigs and wedding planning. For brides to be, she highly recommends Weddings Magazine for information and wedding planning tips. You can learn more about Kate on Google+.