After the wedding ceremony comes the reception, and even though Monica from Friends hated it when Chandler called their wedding a “party”, a wedding does need to have a party in order to be enjoyable for everyone.
It’s a celebration after all, a celebration made more memorable by love and partnership, family and friends, great food and drinks, and, of course, feel-good music.
Choosing the right wedding party songs can depend on some factors, like your wedding’s theme, but the best part is that you’re completely free to spice things up by mixing classic and fun music in your reception setlist.
Whether you’ve hired a live band or a DJ to take care of your reception’s musical needs, it still all boils down to the wedding party songs you’ve chosen to make the dance floor irresistible for all your guests.
With the right combination of music at your reception, your wedding won’t only be remembered for its intimacy, but also for it being a total blast.
We’ve rounded up the best wedding party songs below, from classic hits to new and distinctive tunes so you can have an idea of what you’re looking for.
“One Kiss” by Dua Lipa and Calvin Harris
An important part of your wedding reception is you and your partner’s entrance as a newly married couple. Whatever music you’ll be choosing will surely set the tone for the rest of the evening.
Enter fun, upbeat songs like Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa’s “One Kiss”. While the tune is fast and playful, the lyrics are all about romance; perfect for a wedding party!
“On Top of the World” by Imagine Dragons
Another happy, feel-good song is Imagine Dragons’ “On Top of the World”. An amazing pick for a wedding reception entrance song, it suitably complements your party’s vibrant mood. Besides, being it your wedding day you’re most likely feeling on top of the world yourself.
“Stand by Me” by Ben E. King
“Stand by Me” is a classic that needs to be in a lot of weddings. It’s sweet, soulful, and has a solid upbeat tune and rhythm that can make your guests head for the dance floor.
“Get Lucky” by Daft Punk
Daft Punk owns dance music and “Get Lucky” is just one of their hits. Guests who are looking to party at your wedding will find this track irresistible to jive with.
“Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé
If you want to make your wedding reception entrance a blast, you need to make Beyoncé a part of it. “Crazy in Love” is a lot of fun and sort of also speaks the truth. You and your significant other are crazy in love with each other after all.
“The Way You Make Me Feel” by Michael Jackson
Who can resist a Michael Jackson track? “The Way You Make Me Feel” has a delectable tempo that makes it dance-worthy. There’s also sensuality in the song that will add a sexy vibe to your wedding party.
“You Make My Dreams” by Hall & Oates
It doesn’t take long for this song to make you want to get up and start swaying. Its tune is addictive and consider that iconic piano riff at the start of the song as a delicious treat to your wedding guests.
“Save the Last Dance for Me” by Michael Bublé
Michael Bublé’s rendition of “Save the Last Dance for Me” easily blends in whether your guests want to dance in an intimate fashion or they just want to get crazy on the dance floor.
“Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon
Wedding party songs require charm and Walk the Moon’s “Shut Up and Dance” gives exactly that. It’s also a fun reminder for those who are shy and hesitant to dance to get rid of any inhibitions and just keep those hips moving.
“Love Me Like You Do” by Ellie Goulding
Okay back to being romantic and we have Ellie Goulding’s “Love Me Like You Do”. Newly married couples have got to dance to this tune as it can easily translate to a beautiful moment that’ll stay with you for a very long time.
“Dancing Queen” by ABBA
There may be endless new songs playing in the airwaves but dancing to some classics like ABBA’s “Dancing Queen” will always be trendy. You know it, your wedding guests know it. It’s a kind of a no-brainer, really.
“Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen
If Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” doesn’t make you stomp your feet in musical unison then we don’t know what will. It is Queen’s most flamboyant and energetic single after all, which makes it a wedding party song favourite.
“Yeah!” by Usher
Time to bring in your inner dance god/goddess with Usher’s enticing hip-hop track “Yeah”. A party isn’t a party without people letting their hair down and letting loose and this may be one of those songs that can make that happen.
“All You Need is Love” by The Beatles
The Beatles’ “All You Need is Love” inspires feelings of gratitude for the love you’ve got, making this song a wedding-party-song essential.
“Fallin’ All In You” by Shawn Mendes
For another sweet moment with your significant other, “Fallin’ All In You” by Shawn Mendes will give you all the lovey dovey feels that can manifest on how you hold each other while slow and sexy dancing on the dance floor. It’s an amazing wedding moment that’ll make everyone say “awww”.
Pick anything for your wedding party songs yet? If you’re still confused because of the variety of choices out there, the list above can give you an idea of the music you want for your wedding reception. You can stick to a certain theme or mix and match, it’s up to you. At the end of the day, you and your partner are the DJs of your own wedding.