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  1. Carolyn
    September 27, 2012

    For father/daughter I’ve always loved God Only Knows by the Beach Boys or Lullaby by Billy Joel. Good luck!

  2. Cher @ Weddicted
    September 27, 2012

    What kind of music are you into? Here were our songs:
    Bridal party processional – I Could Not Ask for More – Sara Evans .. I remember hearing this while I was waiting to walk down, and now every time I hear it, I get goosebumps!!

    Bridal processional – Lost in this Moment – Big & Rich (my husband chose it). I don’t get goosebumps from this because I barely remember hearing it!

    Bridal party entrance – The guys walked in to Ain’t Goin Down Til’ the Sun Comes Up – Garth Brookes, and the girls to Shake it for Me – Luke Bryan. I wanted Hall and Oate’s You Make My Dreams Come True but no dice, lol.

    License signing song – Baby, I Know It – Johnny Reid and Carolyn Dawn Johnson.

    Father/daughter dance – You’re My Hero by Theresa James
    (listen to this song, it is amazing. Try youtube, it’s hard to find! I had to buy the .mp3 from a website; it wasn’t even on iTunes. I instantly knew I wanted it, and it isn’t an overdone cliche song, either).

    Obviously we had a bit of a country theme lol, not sure what you’re into! Good luck! I spent a ridiculously embarrassing amount of time trying to select music for everything.
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  3. Elizabeth
    September 27, 2012

    For Father/Daughter, we used “I Loved Her First”

    • Amy
      September 27, 2012

      Exactly what I was going to suggest!

  4. kirsten
    September 27, 2012

    For father/daughter I used Crosby, Stills and Nash “Teach Your Children” which I thought fit nicely.

  5. Angela
    September 27, 2012

    We went really traditional for the ceremony music:
    Canon in D (Bridal Party Processional)
    Here Comes the Brides (Bride)
    Wedding March (Recessional)

    For the wedding party entrance we did “The Final Countdown” by Europe (but we are big Arrested Development fans) and for the bride/father dance we did “I Loved Her First”, which a lot of weddings do, but my dad said it made him think of me, so we did it. 🙂

  6. Katie @ Peace Love & Oats
    September 27, 2012

    I think a good mix of old and new songs is good. A few new pop-songs later in the evening is great for the younger crowd, but it’s always fun to play oldies that everyone there would know.
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  7. Amanda
    September 27, 2012

    My father daughter dance song is My Little Girl by Tim McGraw! For our bridal party entrance we are most likely playing Friends in Low Places by Garth Brooks – mostly because it’s funny! We also considered the Friends theme song as well!

    • SaraB
      October 1, 2012

      We did My Little Girl for my dance with my dad as well. I honestly do not remember what my bridal party walked down to, but my processional was Beautiful by Faith Hill, only we had it cut to only include the chorus.

      Our intro songs were all different, and I let the DJ pick. Recently I was a MOH in a wedding and we walked in to “Sexy and I know it” LOL.

  8. deva at deva by definition
    September 27, 2012

    Procesional: Your hand in Mine done by the Vitamin STring Quartet.

    Bohemian Rhapsody seems to get everyone up in my group, as does the locomotion and macarena. Bonus: if your dress is good for spinning in, the macarena really makes your skirt go “swoosh”
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  9. Krissy @ Shiawase Life
    September 27, 2012

    Are the processional songs going to be recordings or live music? I chose some favorites and had a keyboardist, which was really a fun take (kind of like those Vitamin Orchestra arrangements).

    I had instrumentals from Anastasia, (“At the Beginning”) The Princess Bride (“Storybook Love”) and the music from “O” – Cirque du Soleil.
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  10. Casey
    September 27, 2012

    I’m getting married one month from today 🙂 and here are our picks:

    First dance: I Wanna Grow Old With You (from the Wedding Singer. We had a choreographer choreograph it for us!)

    Bride processional: Christmas Canon by Trans-Siberian Orchestra (gorgeous!)

    Recessional: Instrumental Bittersweet Symphony

    Bridal Party Processional: still a big question mark!

  11. Julie @ Swim…Bike…Running on Empty
    September 27, 2012

    I have been planning weddings for a few years now, and I would also recommend that you create a ‘do not play’ list 🙂 To me, this is more important than a ‘must play’ list because it ensures you don’t listen to songs you hate all night, and that the DJ doesn’t play a song that a tipsy guest requests 😉

    Also, since you’re having a country wedding, I vote for “It’s Your Love” by Tim McGraw & Faith Hill for a portion of the evening 🙂

  12. Courtney G.
    September 27, 2012

    I danced to my parents wedding song when I danced with my Dad.

  13. Chelsea
    September 27, 2012

    I was married a couple weeks ago and people are still talking about our song choices. They were a hit!

    We used a string trio for the ceremony and they arranged the following pieces. They were just as beautiful (and fun!) in string form as in regular song form:

    Moms and groomsmen processional – Hallelujah
    Bridesmaids processional – Seasons of Love (Rent)
    Bridal processional – standard Here Comes the Bride
    Recessional – Never Gonna Give You Up (Rick Astley) Yupp, we went there and it was awesome.

    These were played by the DJ:
    Bridal party entrance – I Believe in a Thing Called Love (The Darkness)
    Father/daughter dance – What a Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)

  14. Chelsea
    September 27, 2012

    Shout and Call Me Maybe were the big ones that got the dance floor really moving.

  15. Kristy @ Kristy’s Health Revolution
    September 27, 2012

    This was one of the first things I thought about (I love music), so I’m just going to list what I’m using in hopes you’ll find something you will like:

    Bridal party processional — Ho Hey by The Lumineers
    Bridal processional — Going to the Chapel of Love — The Dixie Cups
    Bridal party entrance — (this one I actually haven’t decided because I want the bridal party to choose it, and I haven’t asked them yet)
    Father/daughter dance — Landslide by Fleetwood Mac
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  16. Regan
    September 27, 2012

    We went the traditional route at our ceremony:
    Mother’s/Bridal Party- Jesu Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
    Bride – Canon in D
    Bridal Recessional – Wedding March

    I don’t remember the music played at our reception. We had a 3-piece jazz group (guitar, drums, sax) play and they pretty much had “free reign” as we didn’t do dances, etc.
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  17. Aly
    September 27, 2012

    For our wedding we asked guest to pick a favourite song when they RSVP-ed so we added these to the list, as well as our personal favourites and a lot of top 40. The best dance tip that we got was that everyone wants to be with the bride and groom, i.e. if you want people to dance you better be out there!

    I’m happy to send you our list of wedding songs, if you’d like?
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  18. Laurin
    September 27, 2012

    I used this as a processional for my bridesmaids: “Watership Down” from The Princess Bride, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTtcvQKWqRc
    (Start about 1:10 in, you’ll recognize it!)

    Bridal Processional: Canon in D, “Air” from Ochestral Suite No. 3 , Prelude in C Major by Bach, Winter from the Four Seasons by Vivaldi, or Trumpet Voluntary by Jeremiah Clarke

    Bridal Party Entrance: Why not the FSU fight song?!

    Father / Daughter Dance: I asked my dad to choose and he chose, “The Dance” by Garth Brooks No matter what you dance to, you’ll burst into tears whenever you hear it!
    ‘I Loved Her First’ by Heartland
    ‘Father and Daughter’ Paul Simon
    ‘My Little Girl’ Tim McGraw
    And, oddly enough, I blogged about this song yesterday, “The Best Day” Taylor Swift
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  19. Lydia
    September 27, 2012

    Granted, we got married 3 years ago, but here’s a link to my wedding playlist.

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  20. Stacey
    September 27, 2012

    I love “We Are Going To Be Friends” by the White Stripes for during dinner background music (which kinda fits you two pretty well). What gets me out on the DANCE FLOOR is definitely Chicken Fried or Knee Deep by Zack Brown Band. (I’m afraid for when the video from my friends wedding hits Facebook!)
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  21. Chelsea
    September 27, 2012

    I just got married last month so I love reading your blog and seeing you go through the fun (and stressful!) process!

    We got married in a church so our processionals and recessionals were traditional organ music.

    For our bridal party entrance we played “Sirius” by the Alan Parsons Project. It is the Chicago Bulls entrance song and we had our DJ introduce the bridal party like you would introduce a starting line up at a basketball game.

    My dad and I danced to “Daughter” by Loudon Wainwright.

    Our biggest dance floor songs were Call Me Maybe, The Wobble and Copperhead Road.

  22. Yo Momma Runs
    September 27, 2012

    My favorite love song of all time is “I Am the Luckiest” by Ben Folds Five. Not sure where that would fit into an official wedding, but it’s an awesome song.:)
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  23. Amanda
    September 27, 2012

    For my wedding we did:
    bridal party processional: jason mraz “Im yours”
    bridal recessional: “youre the one that I want” from grease
    bridal party entrance music: “Shipping up to boston” -we are red sox fans
    mother/son- “simple man”-lynyrd skynard
    father/daughter- “she” elvis costello

  24. Michele
    September 27, 2012

    Father/Daughter – Butterfly Kisses

  25. Marianne
    September 27, 2012

    My bridal processional was Ave Maria (after J.S. Bach) on piano and cello http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gje8BoJQnOU – so beautiful. I grew up playing in a youth symphony orchestra, and it was important to me to go a traditional classical route without the typical wedding march.

    I also love this – from the movie Once – falling slowly: listen to it all the way through, very emotional! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8bXKE-V2Qc

  26. Rebecca
    September 27, 2012

    The music in our wedding/reception were such big deals to me! Here’s what I can remember we used three years ago:

    Processional: Wedding March from Midsummer Night’s Dream (Mendelsshon)
    Recessional: All You Need Is Love
    Father/Daughter Dance: Try (Try to Fall in Love), chosen by my dad
    First Dance: You are the Best Thing-Ray Lamontagne
    Bridal Party Entrance: Minnesota Wild Theme
    Bride and Groom Entrance: Accidentally in Love-Counting Crows

    I think one of the most important things is having the first song that everyone dances to being a crowd pleaser! Our DJ played “I Gotta Feeling” and the dance floor was PACKED. We also selected the last song of the night to be “Don’t Stop Believin'” and that was a hit too. Our DJ did a great job of keeping the danceable tunes playing!

  27. Marianne
    September 27, 2012

    Also love this as a quirky wedding party entrance song – Midnight City by M83: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RlfN8bqaw8

  28. Jennie
    September 27, 2012

    Bridal Party Processional: I think it was “Air”- it was just a standard instrumental
    Bridal Processional: The instrumental of “You’re Beautiful” by James Blunt
    Bridal Recessional: The Peanuts theme
    Bridal Party Entrance: I don’t remember! Ours was Short Skirt Long Jacket by Cake, though.
    Father/Daughter- What a Wonderful World

  29. Marianne
    September 27, 2012

    Totally rambling here – but our # 1 DJ (they were booked on our date so we ended up with someone else who was awesome) – have a great playlist selection online: http://www.ariamelody.com/music/

    I spent tons of time browsing through the list!

  30. Kashi @ Cape Island Runners
    September 27, 2012

    We used:
    Bridal Party Processional – Tom Petty “Wildflowers
    Bride Processional – Theme Song from Princess Bride
    (both of those were played acoustic guitar)

    Did not do entrance songs

    I told my dad to pick our song so he got to be a part of it – and it was one less thing I had to figure out! He picked “May You Always” but The Maguire Sisters

    I also just got invited to a wedding where on the wedding website they asked for music recs. They had a drop down type box you could type in. Might work for you guys!
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  31. Lauri
    September 27, 2012

    for Father/Daughter –
    “Father and Daugher” by Paul Simon – Such a cute and upbeat happy song!
    I also love “In My life” by the Beatles as a Father/Daughter song.
    Our bridal party all enteed to “Centerfield” by John Fogarty since I love baseball. You mentioned Derek does too so is that a possibility? Or what abotu your college fight song since you met there?
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  32. alex
    September 27, 2012

    processional: Lullaby-Dixie Chicks

  33. Kristy @ Kristy’s Health Revolution
    September 27, 2012

    I forgot to mention that for the Bride/Groom recessional, we’ll be playing “Happy to be Stuck with You” by Huey Lewis and the News. So pumped about that one.
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  34. Julie
    September 27, 2012

    I don’t have any specific ideas, BUT every time I hear Love Shack, I am immediately on the dance floor.
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  35. Anne @strawberryjampackedlife
    September 27, 2012

    Bridal party & bridal processional – Trumpet Voluntary
    Father/daughter or mother/son dance – Over the Rainbow (you know the Hawaiian version with the ukelele)

    Party songs – Like a Prayer, Call Me Maybe, Don’t Stop Believing

    We also played Rocky Top at ours as an hommage to my husband’s Tennessee roots. It got all of my cousins up and (square) dancing. Not sure if they all understood where the song was from, but it was a blast!
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  36. Jennie
    September 27, 2012

    We’re big on music and concerts and tried to have each song by someone we’ve seen in concert together. We did good, except The Beatles (which is truly unfortunate!)

    Groom and boys come in: Handle with Care – Traveling Wilburys
    Bridesmaids – With a Little Help From My Friends – Joe Cocker
    Bride: Here Comes My Girl – Tom Petty
    Signing the Register: In My Life – the Beatles
    First Dance: Lost Together – Blue Rodeo
    Parents Dance: Your Song – Elton John

  37. Hope
    September 27, 2012

    Check out Vitamin String Quartet. They do string versions of popular songs. I used their version of some Beatles songs for my bridesmaids and my walk down the aisle 🙂

  38. Hope
    September 27, 2012

    Check out Vitamin String Quartet. They do string versions of popular songs. I used their version of some Beatles songs for my bridesmaids and my walk down the aisle 🙂

  39. Jessie
    September 27, 2012

    For our wedding this summer we used:
    Bridal party processional: Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring (instrumental)
    Bridal processional: Canon in D
    Bridal party entrance: Say Hey (I Love You)? by Michael Franti & Spearhead
    Father/daughter dance: I Loved Her First by Heartland

    Picking out the music took us forever! I ended up delegating a lot of it- we let my dad and my husband’s mother pick the songs for their dances, and we got ideas from the bridal party on their entrance song.

  40. Heather
    September 27, 2012

    My husband and I made our entrance to “Somewhere over the rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. I loved it! I would have liked to leave the church to that song, but I got married in a Catholic church and had to pick from selected music.

    I am a sucker for Canon in D for the processional.

    And for father/daughter dance…we did What a Wonderful World (which was special to my dad and I), but my friend danced to “Forever Young” and I think that was really nice.

  41. Heather
    September 27, 2012

    Oooo…another idea for the bride processional would be “Songbird” (I like the version done for the Love Actually soundtrack). Gorgeous!

  42. Allie
    September 27, 2012

    I’m gonna second whoever said that “Shout” and “Call Me Maybe” were dance floor hits. Everybody got on the floor for those at our wedding!

    We did Sigh No More by Mumford and Sons for the honor seating/bridal party processional, and I walked to an acoustic version of Canon in D.

    For our recessional, we did the Throne Room Title from Star Wars 🙂

    Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dance (we combined them) was You’ve Got a Friend by James Taylor

    Our first dance was Hold You in My Arms by Ray Lamontagne

    And our last dance was Moon River by Frank Sinatra. It was perfect 🙂

  43. margo
    September 27, 2012

    We had a single guitarist at our wedding ceremony and I walked in to “The Little Ballerina”. It isn’t one I had heard before or since, but you can find it on YouTube. It was beautiful. The mothers walked into “the feather” song from forrest gump and we walked out to “the rainbow connection” (no kermit the frog..just the joyful music). just some ideas…but i really loved the one i walked in to!

  44. Margaret
    September 27, 2012

    The best song to get out on a dance floor to in my opinion is Shout by the Isley Brothers!
    And the best bridal party processional song I ever heard was this…
    (T.Swift and Coldplay mix instrumental)

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  45. Natalie @ Free Range Human
    September 27, 2012

    My dad and I danced to Paul Simon’s “Father and Daughter”. It was a lot of fun, and my dad just texted me the other day and said he can’t listen to it anymore without crying.

  46. Ashley
    September 27, 2012

    The bridesmaids walked to Tangled Up in You by Staind and I walked to Makin’ Plans by Miranda Lambert. I like all kinds of music and this shows it 🙂

    • Ashley
      September 27, 2012

      Also we did our favorite college team fight song for when we walked out!

  47. Nikole
    September 27, 2012

    One song that got everyone dancing/singing at our wedding was don’t stop believing. Everybody knows the words!

  48. Running Betty
    September 27, 2012

    Every little thing she does is magic
    Moves like Jagger
    Havah Nagila
    Gotta Feelin – Black eyed peas
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  49. Rachel Hires
    September 28, 2012


    On my way home from class yesterday I heard “Do You Realize” by The Flaming Lips on the radio and was thinking what a great song this would be for a wedding dance. Maybe not as traditional for a father/daughter dance but it’s a beautiful song regardless.

  50. Deirdre
    September 28, 2012

    I think the bridal party should walk into your college fight song!

    Father/Daughter dance songs I’ve seen at receptions that I’ve liked: What a Wonderful World and My Girl.

    Everyone gets on the dance floor for Shout!

  51. Catherineine @ Jig and Jog
    September 28, 2012

    In terms of dancing music – sometimes it’s helpful to pick decades or genres and go through iTunes or an Billboard Hot 100 list. I made a 90s playlist for my 30th birthday and just started with all the songs I used to listen to in high school that we used to dance to.

    You can never go wrong with Michael Jackson!
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  52. Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel
    September 28, 2012

    I Loved Her First by Heartland is my fave for father/daughter, but another good one is Tim McGraw’s My Little Girl…

    I went through zillions of classical songs to find the perfect processional/recessionals… we ended up with Mozart Andante for the wedding party, Pachelbel’s Cannon for me, and Handel Hornpipe for the recessional… I loved them all, but to be honest, you’ll be so far in your own world during these, you won’t even hear them! haha!

    For wedding party intro, we did In the Navy because my hubby is, well, in the Navy… but my second choice was Wrapped Around by Brad Paisley… super cute lyrics and I am obsessed with country…
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  53. Trisha
    September 28, 2012

    Choosing the songs were one of my favourite parts! We did:

    Bridal Party Processional: Don’t Stop Believin – Vitamin String Quartet
    Bridal Processional: This Kind of Love – Sister Hazel
    Signing of Licence: I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
    Recessional: Feel Like Making Love – Bad Company
    Reception Entrance: Raise Your Glass – Pink
    Father Daughter dance: Landslide – Fleetwood Mac

  54. Cher @ Weddicted
    September 28, 2012

    I don’t know if anyone has suggested this yet or not, but, if you’re looking for more instrumental, try Vitamin String Quartet – SO many songs and all just instrumental versions (ie: Michael Buble – Everything).
    Another thing you could do is add on your invitation R.S.V.P. card (if you’re using those) a place for guests to choose songs – that way you know you’re playing what they like!
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  55. crystal
    September 28, 2012

    The last song of the night at my brother in laws wedding was “i like big butts” it was a great way to end the night and everybody loved that song. Easily one of the more memorable moments of the night. Not for everyone, but it worked for them and their friends.

  56. Erin
    September 28, 2012

    I did the same song for the Bridal party processional and when I walked down the aisle, and it was perfectly timed so I got there just as the song ended…”Ho Hey” by The Lumineers (I tear up every time I hear this now). I had “Little Talks” by Monsters and Men on there just in case it took too long and another song needed to start–it’s a little tricky with songs with words to time it out. For the recessional we played “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Other than that, we only did our first dance–“You are the Sunshine of My Life” by Stevie Wonder–we partly picked it because it is shorter and you feel really self-conscious during the first dance with everyone staring at you. The first dance song was “Crazy in Love” by Beyonce, which was perfect because it is a great, upbeat song. Other popular songs during the reception were “Big Poppa,” “Yeah,” “Shout,” “Poison” and “Hip Hop Hooray.”
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  57. Micaela
    October 1, 2012

    We did a traditional here comes the bride entrance, for the signing of the register we had Forever by Ben Harper (pretty and contemplative) and then to leave we had All I want is You by Barry Louis Polisar (song from Juno – everyone just smiled and laughed as we walked out, and now it’s one of my faves to have come on during a run!)

  58. Sarah
    October 2, 2012

    I walked down the aisle to a instrumental version of edelweiss from the sound of music. It was a little different, but worked perfectly.
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  59. Sara@RunningInPinkProject
    October 2, 2012

    For the bridal party entrance we used: Booke of Love by Peter Gabriel (tears. agh!)

    For the bridal entrance it was the traditional wedding march.

    For the bridal party bride/groom exit we used Youre My Best Friend by Queen

    And For our first dance we used “God Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flats but Im not super into country so we had a less country version done live at the reception by my MOH who luckily is a very talented singer. 🙂
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  60. Lindsey
    October 3, 2012

    Our Bridesmaids walked down the aisle to Something Pretty by Patrick Park. I walked down to Heartbeats by Jose Gonzalez and the Father Daughter Dance was It won’t be like this for long by Darius Rucker. Find songs you guys both like (start with a mixed CD if either of you have made one for a gift- that’s where all of our songs came from except the father/daughter dance). If you’ve never made a mixed CD for each other- make them and you may find the perfect song!

  61. Aliz
    October 4, 2012

    Nick Cave – Into my Arms was what I walked down the “aisle” to. I love his voice and the lyrics.

  62. Dana
    November 5, 2012

    I heard “Lovesong” by Adele at a wedding I recently attended. Beautiful. Oh and another good one would be the song from Juno “Anyone Else but You”.
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