The Sounds of Our Wedding

Wedding Playlists

Want to copy our wedding playlists? Well, you’re in luck, because I’m about to share them with you, from the beginning of the day to the end.

Getting Ready Playlist

I thought I would make a playlist for this since I planned out every single other godforsaken detail of the day, but I ended up just switching on my ’90s Pandora station. Needless to say, NSYNC and Britney were played.

bride putting on statement necklace

Photo by Jennifer Shaffer Photography

Probably rocking out to Michael Jackson or something.

Ceremony Prelude Playlist

I asked the church pianist ahead of time if he could play instrumental versions of some secular songs. He said yes, as long as he could find the sheet music. I sent him a list of six songs, and he responded that he was able to play three, and unable to find the sheet music for two. If you’ve been following along with the math, you’ll realize that leaves one mystery song. So I’m not sure which three songs he was able to play or which he actually played, but these are the four that he wasn’t not able to play:

  • “Glasgow Love Theme” from the Love Actually Soundtrack
  • “Gabriel’s Oboe” by Ennio Moriconne
  • “Love Theme” from Romeo and Juliet by Andre Rieu
  • “Hey There Delilah” by The Plain White T’s

Again, since I was busy freaking out in the church basement and vestibule, I have no clue what was actually played. I’m sure our guests enjoyed/didn’t listen to whatever it was, though.

wedding march piano music

Photo by Jennifer Shaffer Photography

Ceremony Playlist

We went traditional with this segment of our wedding playlists because I wanted to get married to the same music my Barbies had.

Processional: “Canon in D” by Johann Pachelbel, “Bridal Chorus” by Richard Wagner

Recessional: “Wedding March” by Felix Mendelssohn

Limo Ride to Photo-Taking Location Playlist

Whatever was on my brother’s iPod, including “The Next Episode” by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, on repeat.

bride getting in limo

Photos by Jennifer Shaffer Photography

Cocktail Hour Playlist

We made a straight-up playlist for this segment of our wedding playlists, and even timed it to make sure it was long enough and that our favorite songs would definitely be played. We used the cocktail hour to play all the songs we liked that weren’t very easy to dance to.

  • “Makin’ Plans” by Miranda Lambert
  • “Livin’ on Love” by Alan Jackson
  • “In Your Eyes” by Sarah Bareilles
  • “Sweet Pea” by Amos Lee
  • “Lucky” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat
  • “Would You Go with Me” by Josh Turner (This was the point at which we joined the party. I remember hearing it playing!)
  • “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer
  • “I Will” by The Beatles
  • “First Day of My Life” by Bright Eyes
  • “Beautiful” by Smashing Pumpkins
  • “I Do” by Colbie Caillat
  • “All My Loving” by The Beatles
  • “Sea of Love” by Cat Power
  • “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz
  • “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles
  • “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis
  • “Better Together” by Jack Johnson
  • “Hold You in My Arms” by Ray LaMontagne
  • “Marry Me” by Train
  • “Little White Church” by Little Bigtown
  • “Forever and Ever Amen” by Randy Travis
  • “Eye Candy” by Josh Turner
  • “Fidelity” by Regina Spektor
  • “1234” by Plain White T’s
  • “Tonight Tonight” by Smashing Pumpkins
  • “The Way I Am” by Ingrid Michaelson
  • “Marry You” by Bruno Mars

bride and groom at head table

Photo by Jennifer Shaffer Photography

Dinner Playlist

The dinner segment of our wedding playlists was mostly chosen by Mr. Unicycle. He’s a jazz enthusiast, having played saxophone in high school and college (and occasionally he whips it out to serenade me with “Careless Whisper” while swiveling his hips lasciviously, but that’s neither here nor there). My grandma loved the dinner playlist so much that we burned her a CD and now all my aunts are jealous.

  • “Don’t Know Why” by Norah Jones
  • “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra
  • “I’ve Got a Crush on You” by Ella Fitzgerald
  • “La Vie en Rose” by Edith Piaf
  • “Painter Song” by Norah Jones
  • “Opus One” by Tommy Dorsey
  • “Bella Luna” by Jason Mraz
  • “The Best Is Yet to Come” by Frank Sinatra
  • “I’m Beginning to See the Light” by Duke Ellington
  • “Our Love Is Here to Stay” by Billie Holiday
  • “Trey of Hearts” by Count Basie
  • “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole
  • “Moon Love” by Glenn Miller
  • “Crazy Love” by Michael Buble
  • “Concerto for Cootie” by Duke Ellington
  • “Come Away with Me” by Norah Jones
  • “Everything” by Michael Buble
  • “Blue Rondo a la Turk” by Dave Brubeck
  • “A Sunday Kind of Love” by Etta James
  • “Starlit Hour” by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
  • “Nothin’ Can Change This Love” by Sam Cooke
  • “There’ll Be Some Changes Made” by Glenn Miller
  • “Love” by Matt White
  • “I’ve Been Loving You” by Otis Redding
  • “Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone” by Bill Withers

Reception Entrances:

  • “The Price Is Right Theme”
  • “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga
  • “Blue Orchid” by The White Stripes
  • “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor
  • “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne (ours)

First Dances:

  • “Wouldn’t Be a Man” by Josh Turner (ours)
  • “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac (father/daughter)
  • “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong (mother/son)

bride and groom cutting cake

Photos by Jennifer Shaffer Photography


  • Cake cutting: “Love You Madly” by Cake
  • Bouquet toss: “I’m Just a Girl” by No Doubt
  • Garter toss: “Feelin’ Good” by Michael Buble
  • Last dance: “We Are Young” by fun.
  • Private last dance: “Crazy Girl” by Eli Young Band


We had given the DJ a list of must-have songs, song suggestions, guest song suggestions, and a do-not-play list for this segment of our wedding playlists. We also gave him the liberty to choose additional songs. I’m assuming he played all of our must-have songs, because he seemed like a nice guy. I can’t really remember the rest of the music, though. I asked him for a screenshot of his wedding playlists afterward, but I’m not sure it was the entire thing:

wedding dance playlist

Screenshots via our DJ. Click to enlarge.

wedding dance playlist 2

And here were our requests:

Fast songs:

  • “Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus
  • “Tik Tok” by Ke$ha
  • “S&M” by Rihanna
  • “I’m Sexy and I Know It” by LMFAO
  • “Aaron’s Party” by Aaron Carter
  • “No Speak Americano” by Yolanda Be Cool
  • “Mr. Saxobeat” by Alexandra Stan
  • “Calabria 2007” by Enur feat Natasja
  • “In the Dark” by Dev
  • “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love” by Usher
  • “More” by Usher
  • “SexyBack” by Justin Timberlake
  • “Cha Cha Slide” by Mr. C
  • “Replay” by Iyaz
  • “Love You Like a Love Song” by Selena Gomez
  • “Forever” by Chris Brown
  • “Tonight” by Pitbull
  • “The Hardest Ever” by
  • “PYT” by Michael Jackson
  • “Love Game” by Lady Gaga
  • “Jump” by Van Halen
  • “Bulletproof” by La Roux
  • “Animal” by Neon Trees
  • “Good Feeling” by Flo Rida
  • “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” by The Beatles
  • “Wannabe” by Spice Girls

conga line wedding reception

Photo by Jennifer Shaffer Photography

Slow songs:

  • “Dream a Little Dream” by Mama Cass
  • “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton
  • “Something” by The Beatles
  • “God Gave Me You” by Blake Shelton
  • “I’d Love You All Over Again” by Alan Jackson

slow dance wedding playlists

Photo by Jennifer Shaffer Photography

Country songs that are still danceable:

  • “Redneck Woman” by Gretchen Wilson
  • “She’s Country” by Jason Aldean
  • “Picking Wildflowers” by Keith Anderson
  • “Last Name” by Carrie Underwood
  • “Country Girl” by Luke Bryan
  • “Why Don’t We Just Dance” by Josh Turner
  • “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)” by Big and Rich
  • “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” by Trace Adkins
  • “All Summer Long” by Kid Rock

Guest requests:

  • Anything by Earth, Wind, and Fire
  • “Ms. Fat Booty” by Mos Def
  • “Come on Eileen” by Dexy’s Midnight Runners
  • “Forever” by Drake
  • “Jumpin’, Jumpin'” by Destiny’s Child
  • “YMCA” by The Village People
  • “Aaron’s Party” by Aaron Carter
  • Anything by Kool and the Gang
  • Anything by Michael Jackson
  • “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” by Daft Punk
  • “Tequila Sunrise” by The Eagles
  • “Silver Springs” by Fleetwood Mac
  • “Faithfully” by Journey
  • “Fields of Gold” by Sting
  • “Unchained Melody” by The Righteous Brothers
  • “Never My Love” by The Association
  • “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” by Elton John
  • “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis
  • “Desperado” by The Eagles
  • “Black and Yellow” by Wiz Khalifa

And finally, if you’re still reading at this point, our…

Do-Not-Play List

bride singing at wedding

Photo by Jennifer Shaffer Photography

For some reason this photo represents the do-not-play list. Because I’m yelling aggressively.

(Apparently, I was so disgusted by these songs that I didn’t bother to say who they were by. Also, I don’t know why the DJ would have played Nickelback or “Who Let the Dogs Out,” but you can never be too careful, can you? And I don’t like the “Cupid Shuffle” because everyone knows the dance except me, and that hurts my self-esteem.)

Here are the songs that were definitely not on any of our wedding playlists:

  • “We Are Family”
  • “Don’t Stop Believin'”
  • “Cotton Eyed Joe”
  • Anything by Celine Dion
  • “Cupid Shuffle”
  • Anything by Shania Twain
  • “Brick House”
  • “The Final Countdown”
  • “Celebration”
  • “Who Let the Dogs Out”
  • “Single Ladies”
  • Anything by Nickelback
  • Anything by U2
  • “Respect”
  • Anything by Pink
  • “I Will Survive”
  • “Hokey Pokey”
  • “Chicken Dance”
  • “Electric Slide”
  • “Love Shack”
  • “Sweet Caroline”
  • “YMCA”
  • “The Macarena”

And there is the comprehensive list of the music of our wedding! What were/are your must-have songs for your wedding playlists?


Mrs. Unicycle

Chicago, IL
Wedding Date:
June 2012
Registry Gifts Received (So Far)
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  1. Member
    mkelove 666 posts, Busy bee @ 5:31 pm

    Love this post, I am book marking this for future use. We are starting to pick our songs and this is super helpful!

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    dancingriss 305 posts, Helper bee @ 5:40 pm

    I’m pretty sure we are music soul mates. Favorited!

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    texasaggiemom 595 posts, Busy bee @ 7:20 pm

    As always, your posts continue to delight me; even though we’re years apart in age, apparently our Barbies got married to the same music. My grandmother once made full Barbie wedding party wardrobes for me and my six cousins as a Christmas gift. She must have worked on them all year – each set was unique, but included a bridal gown with veil, bridesmaid dress for Midge and flower girl dress for Skipper (old school Barbie days!) Could we just put you on permanent blogger status as “The Bee Who Can Always Crack Me Up Even on a Bad Day?”

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    Almost Mrs.P 2056 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:01 pm

    Hahaha, your posts crack me up! Thanks for sharing so many details… it’s hard to figure out how much of the playlist stuff to plan. I may steal some ideas!

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    memorialbride13 456 posts, Helper bee @ 9:04 pm

    I have to say I freaking love your blogs here and I think we would totally be friends in real life. Can you come plan my wedding?

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    futuremrsdino 73 posts, Worker bee @ 4:57 am

    Ah, you left off Sweet Caroline. I can’t help but wonder why.
    As a Caroline, I HATE THAT SONG. It was the first NO for our playlist, much to my fiance’s amusement!
    I have no doubt that it will be requested by a guest to our band/DJ by someone who thinks it will be funny. I hope the band/DJ are strong enough to say no. Or I will go bridezilla on them & the guest in question!

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    unicycle 476 posts, Helper bee @ 6:30 am

    @biblia: oops, should have linked to this:

    @TexasAggieMom: Can I have your grandma?? That sounds awesome!

    @memorialbride13: I WISH I could plan another wedding! I’m having withdrawal 🙁

    @FutureMrsDino: I hate that song too! Idk why, except that my drunk neighbors in college used to sing it (and Don’t Stop Believing) drunkenly like every weekend. It’s not epic if it’s a weekly event. Ugh. If I were named Caroline I’d hate it even more!

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    MsMagtoMrsK 52 posts, Worker bee @ 6:31 am

    I am stealing your dinner playlist for our cocktail hour…Thank you for this time saver!! All of your playlists are fantastic!

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    hot_sauce 345 posts, Helper bee @ 7:00 am

    Love your playlist! Commenting for future reference!

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    Elizabeth HobbyLobbyist, Guest @ 12:39 pm

    Yup, I totally stole this entire post as my starting point for our wedding music.

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