100 of the best wedding songs to play on your big day

That aren't cheesy. Much.

You've got your groom and/or bride, the venue is booked and the invitations have been sent out. Among the many other things you have to tick off your "to do" list (e.g. bridal party outfits, floral arrangements and centrepieces) there is the wedding music.

It accompanies basically everything from the bridal walk down the aisle and the register signing to the bride and groom's first dance together and the reception party afterwards and should not be overlooked. It's an attraction of the wedding and something that guests and yourself can take home and remember about the day.

So to inspire, here are some the most beautiful, romantic and wedding-worthy songs that have been released over the past years. They're no brainers, really. Most importantly, it doesn't matter what song you have played at your wedding, whether it be the sappiest of the lot or the most left-of-centre track you can think of, rules don't apply anymore because it's YOUR wedding and you get to cater it to whatever your tastes. Simply follow your heart, and choose songs that speak of your relationship or that you personally love and you won't go wrong.

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Top Wedding Songs

Our Top 100 for Wedding Day music, in alphabetic order and as inspired by the people at finder.com.au and Spotify's analysation of over 400,000 wedding-themed playlists. Because Spotify knows music.

Artist Song Download it
Adele Make You Feel My Love Download it
Aerosmith Don't Want To Miss A Thing Download it
Al Green Let's Stay Together Download it
American Authors Best Day Of My Life Download it
Angus & Julia Stone Wedding Song Download it
Avicii Wake Me Up Download it
Band of Horses No One's Gonna Love You Download it
The Beatles All You Need is Love Download it
The Beatles Here Comes the Sun Download it
Ben Folds The Luckiest Download it
Ben Howard Only Love Download it
Beyonce Crazy In Love Download it
Beyonce XO Download it
Billy Idol White Wedding Download it
The Black Eyed Peas I Gotta Feeling Download it
Boys Like Girls / Taylor Swift Two Is Better Than One Download it
Boyz II Men On Bended Knee Download it
Bright Eyes First Day Of My Life Download it
Bruno Mars Marry You Download it
Bruno Mars Just The Way You Are Download it
Bruno Mars Treasure Download it
Bryan Adams Everything I Do (I Do It For You) Download it
Christina Perri A Thousand Years Download it
Clean Bandit, Jess Glynne Rather Be Download it
Colbie Caillat I Do Download it
Coldplay A Sky Full of Stars Download it
The Cure Friday I'm In Love Download it
David Bowie Heroes Download it
David Bowie Let's Dance Download it
Death Cab For Cutie I Will Follow You Into The Night Download it
Depeche Mode Somebody Download it
Des'ree Kissing You Download it
Earth, Wind & Fire September Download it
Ed Sheeran Thinking Out Loud Download it
Ed Sheeran Tenerife Sea Download it
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros Home Download it
Ellen Page and Michael Cera Anyone Else But You Download it
Ellie Goulding How Long Will I Love You Download it
Elton John Your Song Download it
Elvis Presley Can't Help Falling in Love Download it
Eric Clapton Wonderful Tonight Download it
Etta James At Last Download it
Fleetwood Mac Everywhere Download it
Ingrid Michaelson You and I Download it
INXS Never Tear Us Apart Download it
Jack Johnson Better Together Download it
James Morrison You Give Me Something Download it
Jamie Lawson Wasn't Expecting That Download it
Jason Derulo Marry Me Download it
Jason Mraz I'm Yours Download it
Jason Mraz I Won't Give Up Download it
Jason Mraz, Colbie Callait Lucky Download it
John Legend All Of Me Download it
Journey Don't Stop Believin' Download it
Justin Timberlake Suit and Tie Download it
Justin Timberlake Mirrors Download it
Keane Somewhere Only We Know Download it
Kelly Clarkson A Moment Like This Download it
KISS I Was Made For Loving You Download it
Lana Del Rey Young & Beautiful Download it
Lana Del Rey Video Games Download it
Lauryn Hill Can't Take My Eyes Off of You Download it
Leon Bridges Coming Home Download it
Lifehouse You and Me Download it
The Lumineers Ho Hey Download it
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Can't Hold Us Download it
Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars Uptown Funk Download it
Maroon 5 Sugar Download it
Meiko Stuck On You Download it
Michael Buble Everything Download it
Nat King Cole L-O-V-E (cover) Download it
Norah Jones Come Away With Me Download it
Oasis Wonderwall Download it
Oasis Champagne Supernova Download it
One Direction You and I Download it
One Direction I Want To Write You A Song Download it
OutKast Hey Ya! Download it
Pharrell Williams Happy Download it
Phil Collins A Groovy Kind of Love Download it
Prince Purple Rain Download it
Queen You're My Best Friend Download it
Ray LaMontagne You Are the Best Thing Download it
The Rolling Stones Wild Horses Download it
Sam Smith Latch Download it
Sam Smith Lay Me Down Download it
Sara Bareilles I Choose You Download it
Savage Garden Truly Madly Deeply Download it
Snow Patrol Chasing Cars Download it
Sonny & Cher I Got You Babe Download it
Stevie Wonder Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours) Download it
Sting Fields of Gold Download it
The Temptations My Girl Download it
Tom Odell Grow Old With Me Download it
Toploader Dancing in the Moonlight Download it
Train Marry Me Download it
Tristan Prettyman You Got Me Download it
Usher and Alicia Keys My Boo Download it
Van Morrison Brown Eyed Girl Download it
Whitney Houston I Wanna Dance With Somebody Download it
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Wedding Song Download it

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What next?

Other things to consider when organising your wedding playlist

Hiring a professional wedding planner and DJ can help reduce the stress of picking songs for your wedding playlist, but for those who prefer that more "personalised" touch, choosing your own music is a must. You can either have it played overhead or request that the band you've chosen learn and play it especially for you..

  • Consider the entire ceremony and divide it into sections. Each section will require a particular wedding song that would fit for that part. Remember, for your entrance, you can adjust the number of songs or the length for which these songs will be played according to the number of guests who would arrive.
  • Decide whether you would hire a live band or have it recorded. Coordinate with your wedding planner and programme adviser on this. If you are having a band, make sure you have agreed how many hours you are booking them for. Don’t over extend the time to avoid high fees. You can also take advantage of wedding packages to save.
  • Keep a running list of what you want and do not want to be played. Consider both your personality and recall events that highlight milestones in your relationship, as this should be the basis of choosing songs. There are songs that may remind you of hard times or just don’t suit you as a couple, so it’s best to avoid these ones. Be sure to give them a list of what you do not want to be played to keep the wedding ceremony fulfilling.
  • Practice your music’s timing. Walking down the aisle gracefully has a great impact on your wedding. Save yourself from stress as you practice your timing and pace as the music is played for the bridal march most especially. At the reception, a good mix of music is necessary during your first dance and for your guests when they hit the dance floor. Guests would surely love to groove and move to the beat.

Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is the travel editor at finder.com.au. On top of being an avid traveller, she's an all-round bargain hunter. If there's a deal on hotels or a sale on flights, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too. Though probably not before she buys her own ticket.

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