Popular Wedding Songs


Music is an integral component of any wedding, and many popular wedding songs are out there. From before the bride walks down the aisle until the very last dance, music is a beautiful way to let your guests know what’s happening, set the tone, and showcase your relationship.

To ensure that each element of your ceremony has its own distinct feel while still reflecting your overall theme, you may wish to change the music as you progress through the ceremony. This will emphasise the thematic aspect of each musical setting and signal your guests to the fact that something new is occurring.

We have some suggestions and ideas to help plan the music for your wedding. We hope you enjoy this article, and that you find our list of popular wedding songs helpful.

Music for getting ready for the wedding ceremony

The last thing you’ll want in the moments leading up to your wedding is a quiet room to get ready in. To calm those pre-wedding nerves, keep the mood light with a chill yet fun soundtrack. Take a look at some of our suggestions, we would love to hear what your favourites would be!


Popular Wedding Songs for pre-wedding vibes

Live Wedding Ceremony Music

Wedding Ceremony Music.

Prelude Music

Prelude music is light, ambient music that sets the tone for the ceremony while guests are being seated and waiting for it to begin.

Before you make your grand entrance, your prelude songs will help set the tone and complement the theme of your ceremony! Here are some popular wedding songs for the prelude that may inspire you.

Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
Moonlight Sonata – Beethoven
Come Away with Me – Norah Jones
Lucky – Jason Mraz featuring Colbie Caillat
Better Together – Jack Johnson
Claire de Lune – Claude Debussy
How Sweet It Is – James Taylor
Yellow – Coldplay
Falling like the Stars – James Arthur
Ho Hey – The Lumineers

Processional Music

The processional follows the entrance of the wedding party including the family, attendants, and bride. The same song can be used for both, but we prefer the idea of switching to a different song when the bride arrives to add drama and highlight the big entrance. The popular wedding song selection we have chosen to highlight includes classic, traditional, and some more modern song inspirations.

Can’t help falling in love – Elvis Presley 
Perfect – Ed Sheeran 
Air on the G String – Johann Sebastian Bach
Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole
Canon in D – Pachelbel
Tale As Old as Time (Instrumental) – Beauty and the Beast
Time after Time – Eva Cassidy
She – Charles Aznavour
Beneath Your Beautiful – Labrinth & Emeli Sandé
‘Flower Duet’, from Lakmé – Léo Delibes
Sweet Disposition – The Temper Trap
Signed Sealed, Delivered, I’m YoursStevie Wonder (Just been named the 7th greatest singer of all time)
Let’s talk about Love – Celine Dion

Live Singer Performing Popular Wedding Songs

Music for the Wedding Recessional

Recessional songs are the songs that play when the bride and groom walk back down the aisle as a married couple following the exchange of vows. They should be exhilarating, and triumphant, and, most importantly, should make guests eager to join the reception.

Beautiful Day – U2
● A Sky Full of Stars – Coldplay
Somewhere Only We Know – Keane
Take Me Out – Franz Ferdinand
Hey Ya – OutKast
I Gotta Feeling – The Black Eyed Peas
Happy – Pharrell Williams
I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons
Crazy in Love – Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z
(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life – Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
All You Need Is Love – The Beatles
You’re My Best Friend – Queen

Wedding Drinks Reception Music

The music at a drinks reception is typically background or ambient music, as opposed to music that will encourage dancing, but ultimately that is your personal choice and depends on what vibe you want at your wedding, here are some popular wedding song choices that may be a good option for your wedding reception.

I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars
My Girl – The Temptations
Love, Love, Love – Donny Hathaway
You Make Me Feel So Young – Frank Sinatra
At Last – Beyonce/Etta James
The Way You Look Tonight – Michael Buble
Here, There And Everywhere – The Beatles
I Get A Kick Out Of You – Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
Sparks – Coldplay
Daylight – Taylor Swift
Baby I’m Yours – The Arctic Monkeys
Holy – Justin Bieber

Live Wedding Band

Wedding Breakfast Music

Even if it’s only playing in the background, music will create a pleasant ambiance and vibe in the room. Even if you don’t notice it, the intention is to subtly help everyone relax during dinner and begin to set the mood for dancing later.

Many couples choose instrumental music during dinner service so that guests can converse without competing with the music. Consider adding more upbeat songs to your playlist as dinner service winds down to encourage guests to hit the dance floor.

Popular Wedding Songs for the Wedding Breakfast

Mr. Bojangles – Jr. Sammy Davis
(Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding
Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy – The Tams
California Dreamin’ – The Mamas & The Papas
Fast Car – Tracy Chapman
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow – Amy Winehouse
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
Orinoco Flow – Enya
● Cannonball – Damien Rice
She’s Always A Woman – Billy Joel
My Guy – Mary Wells
Ode to Joy” from Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125: Choral) – Beethoven

Popular Wedding Songs for First Dance

Popular Wedding Songs for the first dance

Your first dance is among the most memorable moments of your wedding. This is your opportunity to share an intimate moment with your partner before the partying resumes. But what song should you choose for your wedding’s first dance? With so many songs available, we understand that the options can sometimes appear overwhelming. Whether you are searching for a song that is more of a love letter to each other or a fun song to dance to, there are so many wonderful options available.

Your first dance song may be formal, convivial, slow and romantic, or uplifting and fun. You could have a personal first dance or invite your guests to join you. There could even be multiple first dance songs. Some couples have a mash-up, beginning with a ballad and then switching to an upbeat song. There are actually no rules. Here are some fabulous and popular wedding song suggestions to help you choose the right song for your first dance.

Always and Forever – Heatwave
We’ve Only Just Begun – The Carpenters
Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers
When a Man Loves a Woman – Percy Sledge
The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
● Delicate – Taylor Swift
Amazed – Lonestar
All of Me – John Legend
Everything I Do I Do It for You – Bryan Adams
God Only Knows – The Beach Boys
Your Song – Elton John
With You I’m Born Again – Billy Preston and Syreeta Wright

DJ at Wedding Reception

Wedding Evening Reception Music

When it comes to the reception’s musical environment, “a bit of everything” from the ’50s to the present day is generally desired so that guests of all ages can dance and have a good time. Musicians who specialise in weddings usually have a large repertoire and can tailor their set to the tastes of the guests. Keep in mind the age range and musical preferences of your guests, as well as whether or not they plan to dance.

When you have all your closest friends and family members in one place, celebrating your union, there is no greater joy than hearing them all singing and dancing to your favourite songs. Keep the party going with various crowd-pleasing tunes, from sing-along ballads to air guitar-worthy rock hits, some golden oldies, and some romantic slow melodies. Take a look at our list of popular wedding songs for a wedding reception and see if they inspire you!

Popular Wedding Songs for the Reception

Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) – Beyoncé
Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams
Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses
Dancing in The Moonlight – Toploader
Valerie – Amy Winehouse
Walking On Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves
Come on Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners
Gimme All Your Lovin – ZZ Top
I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston
● Mr. Brightside – The Killers
Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go – Wham!
I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ – Scissor Sisters
The Best – Tina Turner
We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off – Jermaine Stewart
Is This The Way To Amarillo – Tony Christie
Man! I Feel Like a Woman! – Shania Twain
Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera
Sexy and I Know It – LMFAO
Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
Footloose – Kenny Loggins
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
Reach – S Club 7
Y.M.C.A – Village People
Mamma Mia – ABBA
CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! – Justin Timberlake
● Could It Be Magic – Take That
● Three Little Birds – Bob Marley & The Wailers
Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
● Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
● Bruno Mars – Marry You

Wedding Entertainment Hire

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. A wonderful day of treasured memories, you want to remember fondly for years to come. Enhance your special day by booking the perfect live wedding entertainment from Quinn Artistes entertainment agency. We have years of expertise in supplying professional entertainment and want to make choosing the perfect wedding entertainment, a smooth and enjoyable experience. We have hundreds of singers, musicians and bands to choose from, that will not only suit your budget but will make your big day unique and extra special.

For something a little different and for that wow moment, Surprise Singing Waiters and Waitresses are exciting and popular choices. Whether you choose to astound guests at your own wedding or want to gift the ultimate surprise to loved ones, this unique experience will delight guests and partygoers and be remembered for years to come. If you are looking for more traditional entertainment for a wedding, we supply a huge range of stunning musical entertainers.

Hire a live function or party cover band, to get the party started, or for a chilled-out vibe as the photos are being taken. We can help you find the perfect band to play just the right kind of music that will make your reception rock! If you’d prefer a more intimate feel to your wedding day, then browse our range of stunning solo and duo acts. From classical, acoustic and jazz musicians to solo singers and singing duos and trios. The perfect accompaniment for the ceremony, wedding breakfast or reception.

If you have a particular theme for your wedding take a look at our wonderful vintage themed performers or choose music from a preferred decade. With singers and bands available specialising in classic songs from the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and 00’s, you can choose the entertainment that you have always dreamed of. If you’ve always longed to have your favourite pop star or band performing at your wedding, then booking a tribute act or tribute band as your entertainment is the next best thing! 

Our tribute performers are some of the best in the UK. Browse our many solo tribute acts such as Adele, Michael Buble or Ed Sheeran to serenade you as you walk down the aisle. Or perhaps you’d prefer a fabulous tribute band such as Abba, The Beatles or a Bruno Mars Tribute Band, to fill the dance floor at your evening reception. From vintage to modern, tribute acts to musicians, solo singers to wedding bands, we have performers ideal for every aspect of your special day. Planning a wedding can be stressful, but with our advice and guidance, booking your entertainment from our spectacular roster of viewed and approved performers will be almost as memorable as the day itself!