Reception Music: Celebrating the Happy Couple

By Christine Winder


Everyone knows that one of the best parts of weddings is the celebration after the nuptials. And one of the best parts of the celebration is the music. It plays a key role in setting the tone for your wedding, and it gives the opportunity to really showcase the bride and groom’s personalities.

While the DJ may be interested in playing a mix throughout the reception, the couple may choose to personalize their first dance song. This is my personal favorite part of any wedding, and I believe it is important to pick the perfect song to describe the romance.

Hopeless Romantics

This couple believes in love at first sight and finding soul mates. The song should be equally fitting. This bride and groom believe that love is timeless, and the song should be timeless as well. A good song choice would be “Iris” by The Goo Goo Dolls or “Lucky” by Jason Mraz.

Class Clowns

This couple is madly in love and probably bonded over their wonderful sense of humor. Just because it’s their wedding day doesn’t mean they have to stay traditional. Their song should be fun and upbeat just like they are while still telling their love story. “You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful” and “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” by Elton John are sure to delight.


Some couples prefer to keep their song simpler and more traditional. Some may even prefer to use the song their parents danced to at their weddings as well. Great choices for a couple who wants something classy and elegant are “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra and “What A Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong.

If you’re still stuck on picking a genre or specific song for your special day, just remember that the words are an important element that can describe the love you share to your guests. Another important reminder is that it doesn’t matter if you can’t dance well to your song. As long as the song is meaningful to you and your significant other and you’re having fun in the moment, you’ll be sure to pick the best first dance song for you!

Liz Long