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The 50 Best Wedding Songs You May Have Never Heard Before

  |   By Jen O'Brien

Music can make or break a party so when it comes to your wedding—the biggest party you'll probably ever throw—you want to get it right. To create the ultimate playlist we enlisted the help of Toronto-based DJ Jennifer Shute. Shute gave us her must-plays and we added to that some staff favourites—the result is a truly amazing list of tunes so catchy and meaningful your guests will likely be requesting the soundtrack to your big day.

No.
01

For that walk down the aisle

Rear view shot of a father walking his daughter down the aisle while guests take photos with their cellphones iStock.com / pixdeluxe

Choose a song that's both romantic, and speaks to the joy you felt as a couple when you first became romantic. Think of a fond memory, a shared experience, that moment when you knew this was the person you were going to marry.

“Hoppipolla” – Sigur Ros

“First Day Of My Life” – Bright Eyes

“Marry Me” – Train

No.
02

For sashaying down the aisle

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Your wedding isn't a sombre affair, so liven it up. There's no rules saying you have to walk down the aisle meek and modest. You've spent months or more planning for your big day and now's your time to live in the moment.

"White Winter Hymnal" – Fleet Foxes

"Marry You" – Bruno Mars

“1, 2, 3, 4” – Plain White T's

No.
03

For signing the papers

Portrait of a happy young bride getting walk down the aisle by her father on her wedding day iStock.com / PeopleImages

After you've said your vows it's time to make things officially official. Enjoy the moment you're legally declaring your marriage with a song that won't be lost in the celebrations that are about to commence.

"Home" – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

"Signed, Sealed, Delivered" – Stevie Wonder

“Mushaboom” – Feist

“Together Forever” – Rick Astley

“Wouldn’t It Be Nice” – Beach Boys

No.
04

For your recessional

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The hard part's over! All the stress of planning and the hours that went into making sure this moment would last for a lifetime is finally behind you. What better way to mark the occasion than with a song that lets everyone know the fun is about to begin?

“Happy Together” – The Turtles

“Beautiful Day” – U2

“Power of Love” – Huey Lewis & The News

“This Will Be Our Year” – The Zombies

No.
05

For the first dance

Cropped shot of a happy newlywed couple dancing together after their outdoor wedding iStock.com / Delmaine Donson

This ones for all the marbles. All of your guest's eyes will be on the first dance, not that you'll care because you're finally married. It's time to celebrate your love!

“If I Ain’t Got You” – Alicia Keys

“You Are So Beautiful” – Joe Cocker

“No One’s Gonna Love You” – Band of Horses

“I Will Follow You Into The Dark” – Death Cab for Cutie

“Making Memories of Us” – Keith Urban

“Crazy Love” – Michael Buble

“At Last” – Etta James

No.
06

If one first dance isn't enough

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Who said you had to stop after one dance? It's your big day, and you make the rules. Dance to as many songs with your partner as you want.

“Crazy” – Patsy Cline

“Somebody” – Depeche Mode

“A Groovy Kind of Love” – Phil Collins

“Only You” – The Platters

“More Than Words” – Extreme

“Your Song” – Elton John

No.
07

For your father/daughter dance

A bride hugs her father at the end of the father daughter dance at her wedding reception. iStock.com / JBrownInTheLight

It's ok to cry. It's ok for your daddy to cry. Why not shed a tear together on the dance floor? He's been there for you since you were born, so let the waterworks flow.

“In My Life” – The Beatles

“Unforgettable” – Nat King Cole

“The Way You Look Tonight” – Tony Bennett

“Can You Feel the Love Tonight” – Elton John

No.
08

For more family dancing

Beautiful bride is sharing a dance with her proud father. They are laughing with their arms around each other. iStock.com / DGLimages

Sure, you can make your own wedding traditions, but we love a good father/daughter dance, and if you feel like bending the rules a little bit why not go for two songs?

“Butterfly Kisses” – Bob Carlisle

“Daughters” – John Mayer

“How You’ve Grown” – 10,000 Maniacs

“Stand By Me” – Ben E. King

No.
09

To kick off the big dance

Shot of a happy newlywed young couple getting showered with confetti outdoors on their wedding day iStock.com / PeopleImages

Finally, it's time to have some fun with your guests. Start the party off right and get ready to dance the night away!

“Age of Consent” – New Order

“Hungry Like a Wolf” – Duran Duran

“Billie Jean” – Michael Jackson

“In Between Days” – The Cure

“Dancing in the Dark” – Bruce Springsteen

“Modern Love” – David Bowie

“Let's Go Crazy” – Prince

No.
10

For boogying the night away

Wedding guests of mixed ages dressed smartly dancing at a wedding reception dancing with one another. One man is doing a fist pump and another is taking a video.

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Your DJ's going to have a lot of great songs to play throughout the night, but make sure there's at least a few showstoppers that get the crowd moving and grooving.

“Crazy in Love” – Beyoncé

“Pump Up the Jam” – Technotronic

“Twist and Shout” – The Beatles

“Vogue” – Madonna

“Everybody Have Fun Tonight” – Wang Chung

September – Earth Wind & Fire

This article was originally published on Jul 26, 2019
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