October 17, 2019

Nothing is better than walking down the aisle to meet your soon to be spouse and then dancing together for the first time as a newly married couple. For some, deciding on the music that accompanies these moments is easy. For others, it can be daunting. With so many options to choose from, scrolling through what seems like an endless list can be tough. So today, we’re sharing our favorites in hopes of making this an easy part of your planning.


“Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”  by J.S. Bach is one of the most common English titles and a ceremony favorite. This gorgeous instrumental arrangement is played at a slow tempo and is perfect for couples looking for a romantic song that encompasses a religious undertone. We love this piece for the seating of the mothers/grandmothers as well as for the wedding party processional. 

Photo by Kat Braman   

Bride’s Processional 

“Ode to Joy” by Ludwig van Beethovan was translated for his final (fourth) movement of the Ninth Symphony. This piano solo is the perfect route to take for brides wanting a traditional piece of art. 

Photo by Kat Braman   


“Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder is a light-hearted way to conclude your ceremony and the lyrics make it a fun piece to make a grand exit with. 

Photo by Kat Braman   

First Dance

“You Are The Reason” by Calum Scott  not only has a beautiful melody, but also breathtaking lyrics. Scott explained the meaning of his song as sticking with the person you love “because the love you fundamentally feel for the other person overrides everything else.”

“Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’oel is also a beautiful option. The words, acoustic backing, and slow melody make this song a soft and sweet selection. 

Photos (L to R) by Love Be Photography, Eliza Morrill and Colorbox Photography

Father/Daughter Dance 

“My Girl” by The Temptations is a favorite and classic. The song embodies everything that represents a father/daughter relationship and the upbeat tune will certainly make for a memorable moment with your dad. 

“You Are My Sunshine” by Jasmine Thompson won’t leave a dry eye in the crowd. A traditional lullaby, this version is slow and sweet. 

Photo by Clark Brewer

Mother/Son Dance

“What A Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong is a simple song about loving others and bringing people together. This piece can represent the wonderful relationship between a mother and son and is sure to make for a special memory. 

“Sunshine of My Life” by Stevie Wonder has the perfect lyrics to celebrate a mother/son dance. This song represents love, sticking together, and being there for one another always. 

Photo by Clark Brewer

Cake Cutting

“Everlasting Love” by Natalie Cole embodies all that is marriage and forever. Cake cutting is a fun and upbeat moment, and this song is the perfect accompaniment.  

Photos (L to R) by Rachel & Noah Ray and Cameron Freshwater

Bouquet Toss

“Love on Top” by Beyonce is a super fun, celebratory tune and with it’s fabulous beat, is a great way to get your gals on the dance floor. 

The “Sex and the City” themesong is also a fun option for the bouquet toss and sure to get your girls’ attention.

Garter Toss

“The Way You Make Me Feel” by Michael Jackson is a popular garter toss song for a reason. The lyrics and upbeat rhythm get all of the guys on the dance floor. 

“Legz” by ZZ Top is another perfect song for this moment. It’s fun to dance along with and is a sure show stopper. 

And there you have it, our favorite tunes to celebrate with. Tell us in the comments below, what favorite song are you incorporating into your big day?

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