I'm super excited for summer, apart from the obvious warm weather and more cheery disposition of Londoners, I'm looking forward to attending two amazing weddings. These will be very different, one is a country garden wedding in the Cotswolds, the other a grand hotel reception in Edinburgh. Having chatted with both couples, they share a common theme, they are yet to decide which music to include in their special day.
Music is an important element
to any wedding. Most couples will take time to choose which piece of music they
wish to include in their wedding service. Whether that be a piece of classical
music, their favourite song, or a hymn they like.
For some, that's where the
thought stops. I once attended a wedding where the same song was played on a
continuous loop for the duration of the whole meal!
I wasn't going to put our
guests through that. Luckily both my husband and I love music and have eclectic
tastes, which came in handy when trying to include a little bit of
everything to please our guests. After months of 'hard work', (term used very
loosely), we'd put together a playlist that would last 3 days. (We were a
little greedy and stretched our wedding out).
So last week, whilst slurping
my chicken pho, I was asked by one bride-to-be, if I had a song request to add
to their list. Only 1 song, so difficult to choose.
After which started an hour
long discussion with the soon to be married couple, myself and my husband,
about top wedding songs. The four of us sat around the restaurant table
discussing the merits of each song and have come up with a list of 30.
To clarify these are not the
best songs ever written, these are in our humble option, some of the best songs
to be played at an evening wedding reception.
We made the following
assumption; that you like your guests and wanted them to have a good time.
That your guest list would be of a mixed demographic. (Some songs may not be
for you, but someone at your wedding will love them). T
These songs are in no
particular order (as we couldn't agree, so I’ve listed them alphabetically).
Top 30 Evening Wedding
9-5 (Dolly Parton)
Bright side of the road (Van
Brown Sugar (Rolling Stones)
Dancing on the ceiling
Dancing Queen (Abba)
Don't stop me now (Queen)
Footloose (Kenny Loggins)
I wanna dance with somebody
Livin' on a Prayer (Bon
Love Machine (Girls Aloud)
Lucky Star (Madonna)
Moves like Jagger (Maroon 5ft
My Generation (The Who)
Proud Mary (Tina Turner)
Sex on Fire (Kings of Leon)
She bangs the drum (Stone
Stayin' Alive (Bee Gees)
Superstitious (Stevie Wonder)
Surfing USA (Beach Boys)
Sweet home Alabama (Lynyrd
The way you make me feel
Together in Electric Dreams
(Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder)
Twist and Shout (The Beatles)
Uptown Funk (Mark Ronson ft.
With only 30 slots to fill,
this has been incredibly difficult, we were unable to include many amazing
I'm not saying these are
the best songs ever written, or that they are the only good songs to play at a
wedding reception. I'm however pretty sure if you want to please your
guests and have them up dancing, you won't go far wrong playing a few from the
I’m know a lot of these
songs will be played at the weddings this summer and I can't wait to hit
the dance floor. There is already talk of a dance off. Given a few drinks and I
may even join in.