Set the mood


Music sets a mood during weddings and receptions.

Some brides and grooms opt not to include any music during the ceremony and choose not to have dancing.

Many other couples will select several songs with religious or secular lyrics. Some couples may include family members - or themselves - in the songs.

Much like a bride selects a dress she believes to best represent herself, a couple should take time to select music they feel best represents them, including special songs that have meant something to each during the relationship.

For those couples who decide to have dancing, don't hesitate to put together a play list to help guide the band or deejay along.

The Wedding Guide will help start things off by offering some suggestions for wedding and reception songs or artists who have written and performed beautiful or catchy tunes for all occasions. Many of the songs listed have been remade, so you can find a style that best suits you.

This is just a start, so good luck and congratulations.

Songs for the Wedding

- "Canon in D," Johann Pachelbel

- "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," Johann Sebastian

- "Ave Maria," Johann Sebastian Bach

- "The Lord's Prayer," Il Divo

- "Better Together," Jack Johnson

- "Give Me Forever (I Do)," John Tesh

- "I'll Be," Edwin McCain

- "I Will Be Here," Steven Curtis Chapman

- "Give Yourself to Love," Kate Wolf

- "How Beautiful," Twila Paris

- "From This Moment On," Shania Twain

- "Cowboy Take Me Away," Dixie Chicks

- "Power of Love," Celine Dion

Songs for the Reception

- "Butterfly Kisses" Bob Carlisle (perfect for father/daughter dance)

- "I Loved Her First," Heartland (perfect for father/daughter dance)

- "One Boy, One Girl," Collin Raye

- "Wonderful Tonight," Eric Clapton

- "When You Love A Woman," Journey

- "You and Me," Lifehouse

- "Deep River," Louis Armstrong

- "I Hope You Dance," Lee Ann Womack

- "Unchained Melody," Righteous Brothers

- "Billie Jean," Michael Jackson


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