It’s been a long time since my wedding day and reception afterwards, but for me, the low-key, DIY wedding was the perfect thing for me. When I thought about getting married, I never really imagined the big hall, giant gown, and all the fancy finger-foods. Truth be told, I would have much preferred to get married to my high school sweetheart with only a few guests in a small civil ceremony – elope-style. That’s not what my husband wanted, so we compromised on a small outdoor wedding, catered by my parents, cake made by my mom, and music selected by us. It was perfect for me.
If you’re planning your wedding and thinking about the party reception after, music is almost always a topic discussed. You have the classics to think about for your first dance as a married couple, the one where you dance with the new family members, and of course you want it to be entertaining, fun, and memorable for your guests.
There are some songs that just scream “perfect for a party” and others that are the best choice for when you’re looking for a romantic touch. In an article done by Canadian Living, they compiled the top 50 wedding songs that will make your reception memorable – for yourselves and your guests.
Top choice for romantic songs for your guests to dance to goes to Aerosmith with their totally popular song “I don’t want to miss a thing“. I personally think this enters into the “cheesy cliche” category, but it’s cute, romantic, and will get all the love couples on the dance floor.
If you’re on the hunt for the number one song that will get your guests in a party mode, who else would that go to than Micheal Jackson and what better song that “Beat It“? I think all his songs are pretty classic party-starters and this one is one of my total favorites.
Now, if you want your party to go late into the night, and who doesn’t, you need to think of the crowd who may have had a little too many free drinks and are looking for a song that will fit perfectly for their mood. The top choice for necessary evils for the late night crowd goes to Rednex’s “Cotton-eyed Joe“, which personally makes me want to rip my ears off – sober or drunk. My favorite in this category rounds out the top 50 with “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” by Will Smith.
Find me someone who doesn’t know the lyrics to that song!
For the whole list of 50 top songs for your wedding reception, check out Canadian Living.
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