Wedding Songs for Every Occasion, Part Two: Reception Songs

The couple is announced for the first time, along with the bridal party before they take the floor and all eyes are once again on them. This song is a highly personalized choice. It should be something you and your spouse are very comfortable and familiar with. That being said, here are some of our favorite suggestions to make.

Our Top Pick:

“At Last” by Etta James
Instantly recognizable and extraordinarily graceful, this song is quite simply ideal for locking eyes with your new spouse as friends and family watch. The melodious voice of Etta James backed by a full string section and set to a slow shuffle is the epitome of romantic slow dance. It’s a very popular choice, but only because it’s a classic that’s tough to beat.

Other Popular Choices:

“Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” by Frankie Valli
“Cheek to Cheek” by Ella Fitzgerald
“Love Story” by Taylor Swift
“The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra

Our Top Pick if You Want Something Different

“Across the Universe” by The Beatles
Many people know the song, but not many know it as a first-dance song. But for a slow dance song that speaks to a level of serenity and contentment that only love can bring, this is ideal.


We’ve written about Mother/Son dances before on this sight. In recent years they’ve become increasingly prevalent, and rightly so. Every son should get the chance to express his gratitude to mom on his wedding day.

Our Top Pick

“What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
The song is a testament to happiness and optimism as told through the deep, smokey stylings of Louis Armstrong and strings. It’s the perfect sendoff song for a son and the perfect thank you song for his mother.

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