Planning Tip Tuesday: A Perfect Reception Deserves A Perfect Playlist

If you want a reception that gets your four-year-old flower girl twirling, your friends slow-dancing, your parents singing their way back to their era, your grandpa busting his stylish moves, and of course, you and your Mr. doing all of the above, it’s important to spend some time planning the perfect playlist for your wedding.

To help you get started, we’ve made four playlists with song suggestions to help you pack the dance floor, have your guests reeling in romance, close out the night, and—since we are in South Carolina—bring out the Southern Charm of every guest!     

Monika Gauthier Photography

Monika Gauthier Photography

Photography by Rachel Red 

Photography by Rachel Red 

Packing the Dance Floor

  1. “I’m Gonna Be (500 miles)” by The Proclaimers
  2. “Twist and Shout” by The Beatles
  3. “Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift
  4. “We Found Love” by Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris
  5. “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses)
  6. “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston
  7. “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars
  8. “Can’t Stop The Feeling” by Justin Timberlake
  9. “Wannabe” by Spice Girls
  10. “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice 

Reeling in Romance

  1. “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
  2. “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” by Lauryn Hill
  3. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley
  4. “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra
  5. “What A Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
  6. “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz
  7. “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston
  8. “How Deep Is Your Love” by Bee Gees
  9. “Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion
  10. “You’re Still The One” by Shania Twain

Ending the Night

  1. “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey
  2. “(I’ve Had) Time of my Life” by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
  3. “Marry You” by Bruno Mars
  4. “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen
  5. “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” by Michael Jackson
  6. “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond
  7. “Living on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi
  8. “All you Need is Love” by The Beatles
  9. “Angels” by Robbie Williams
  10. “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers

Southern Charm

  1. “Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks
  2. “I Will Always Love You” by Dolly Parton
  3. “My Best Friend” by Tim McGraw
  4. “Honey Bee” by Blake Shelton
  5. “God Gave Me You” by Blake Shelton
  6. “Hey Pretty Girl” by Ki Moore
  7. “Stuck Like Glue” by Sugarland
  8. “It’s Your Love” by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
  9. “Baby Be My Love Song” by Easton Corbin
  10. “Wanted” by Hunter Hayes  

The Music Guide for the Perfect Reception

Hiring that perfect DJ or band is only the first step to perfecting the wedding reception. Once you have selected your entertainment of choice, then comes the decision of picking the perfect set of songs that will have all guests smiling. Whether you are cutting your delicious cake, tossing the bouquet or garter, or ending the celebration, we have song choices for all occasions and all types of brides.

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Cake Cutting:

It's time to cut the cake and what better way to celebrate this moment than with a cheerful and sweet song playing? We have selected several songs that we know both the modern and traditional Pure Luxe Bride will love! So take a peak and sing along to the sweet melodies below, they are sure to perfect this special moment between you and your groom.

For the Modern Bride, we suggest the following songs:

'How Sweet It Is' by Michael Buble

'Better Together' by Jack Johnson

'Accidentally in Love' by Counting Crows

’Sugar’ Maroon 5

For the Traditional Bride, may we suggest the following song choices:

'I Can't Help Myself' by the Four Tops

'This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)' by Natalie Cole

'You're My Best Friend' by Queen

Bouquet Toss: 

'All the single ladies to the dance floor!' For any woman who has heard these words at a wedding reception, she knows exactly what to do...run to the dance floor and catch that bouquet! Before that can happen, great music is needed to get everyone excited for the bouquet toss! For those brides who are having trouble finding the perfect song for this moment, take a look at our suggestions below.

Listen up Modern Brides, these song choices are for you: 

'Single Ladies' by Beyonce

'Love on Top' by Beyonce

’Wannabe’ Spice Girls

For the Traditional Brides out there, enjoy these song choices: 

'You Can't Hurry Love' by The Supremes

'Girls Just Want to Have Fun' by Cyndi Lauper

'Ladies Night' by Kool and the Gang

Garter Toss:

It's time to toss the garter! The bride and groom are in place and the groomsmen have gathered around. Whether you are a traditional, modern, or even modest bride, there are plenty of song choices that can make this moment funny, light, and entertaining.

Modern Brides can enjoy choosing from these song choices:

'I Like the Way You Move' by Outkast

'Shook Me all Night Long' by ACDC

If you're more of a Traditional Bride, don't worry we have song choices for you as well:

'You Sexy Thing' by Hot Chocolate

'Brick House' by the Commodores

'She's a Bad Mama Jama' by Carl Carlton

Looking to add a little humor? 

Pink Panther theme song

Mission Impossible theme song

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Last Song of the Evening:

The moment has come to wrap up the night and wish our congratulations to the bride and groom. Before the send off occurs, end the night with a dance that everyone will remember and enjoy! This should be a happy moment and have everyone, even Grandma, out on the dance floor. To make this moment special, use a fun song that will leave everyone smiling.

Songs that both modern and traditional brides will love include:

'I Got a Feeling' by Black Eyed Peas

'Don't Stop Believing' by Journey

'Sweet Caroline' by Neil Diamond

'Shout' by Otis Day and the Knights