MUST HAVE SONGS AT YOUR WEDDING RECEPTION

Updated: Jan 16


"JUST A SMALLTOWN GIRL LIVING IN A LONELY WOOOOORLLLDD!!!!" #BourneToBe

Okay y'all. I thought it was time that I did a blog on something that combines two passions of mine: Weddings + Music. I have had many friends of mine come to me asking them what songs they need to add to their wedding playlist and I throw a BUNCH at them. I am so glad my friends think I have good taste in music and I hope you think so too!


I am in no way, shape, or form a DJ but since I grew up in the wedding industry, I KNOW which songs get the party started so I think that makes me a credible enough source for good music. So in this particular blog, I will be sharing high energy, up beat songs that I think get the party started and keep it going at your wedding reception!


Disclaimer: Viewer discretion is advised. Some of these may be a little inappropriate or contain some language so yeah. Just wanted to give y'all a heads up lol.


These songs are in no particular order. I just typed them up as they came to my mind. I even used most of these for my own wedding reception :)


1. "Moves Like Jagger" by Maroon 5

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEPTlhBmwRg

Maroon 5 always has a pretty good selection to choose from but this one is very upbeat and moderately paced so it's easy to jam out to it!


2. "Yeah!" by Usher

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxBSyx85Kp8

I have always loved this song and also consider this one to be a classic. I remember watching it in "Hitch" and laughing my butt off when Will Smith was giving Kevin James dance lessons. When in doubt: get those q-tips going or start the fire and make the pizza LOL or just keep your elbows six inches from the waist and at 90 degree angles like Will Smith said. If you have no idea what I am talking about just watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bH0OXsmsbQ


3. "Cha Cha Slide" by DJ Casper

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cb6pJ4AEOoI

If you don't have this on your wedding playlist already, YOU NEED TO. This one is a classic. Lots of wedding guests love to participate in this step-by-step (no pun intended) easy to follow dance moves. Guests of ALL ages can participate!


4. "Dancing Queen" by Abba

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFrGuyw1V8s

This one is more of a sing along and groove type of song. I know I get really excited when I hear this song come on because it's so fun to sing along to with your buddies and do some interpretive dancing to it!


5. "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1k8craCGpgs

If you noticed from the picture above that I took at Brennan + Brittney's wedding reception, you could see just how into it these guys got into it. Need I explain any further?


6. "Cupid Shuffle" by Cupid

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h24_zoqu4_Q

Just like the Cha Cha Slide, the song gives you instructions or direction of which way to move so it super easy to follow and I actually kind prefer this one over the Cha Cha Slide to be honest!


7. "When Love Takes Over" by David Guetta feat. Kelly Rowland

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zudbz4hOcbc

If you are into fist pumping, this one is for YOU! Plus, it's a song about love and what perfect time to celebrate love than at YOUR wedding reception? Just take a listen, you'll know what I mean.


8. "All The Small Things" by blink-182

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ht5RZpzPqw

If you are into the late 90s/early 2000s pop punk scene, this song is a must. I love jumping up and down to this one and singing along to it at the top of my lungs!


9. "Mr. Saxobeat" by Alexandra Stan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sS76eS34Y0c

This one gives me all the clubbing vibes. Another great one to shimmy those shoulders to!


10. "Tongue Tied" by Grouplove

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1x1wjGKHjBI

This one makes me want to bob my head!


11. "Hey Ya!" by OutKast

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWgvGjAhvIw

My favorite part of this song is "shake it like a polaroid picture!" because I'm a photographer duh haha


12. "Suavemente" by Elvis Crespo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPiEbYSF9kE

If you are into Latin dancing, you would love this one! It's got a nice steady beat that you can swing your hips to!


13. "I Gotta Feeling: by The Black Eyed Peas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSD4vsh1zDA

My dad is so sentimental. He said this song reminds him of when me and my brother and cousins were younger. We would jam out, sing along and fist pump!


14. "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPf0YbXqDm0

This one is funky. I love it. It's different than your typical dancing type and it kinda gives me some MJ vibes.


15. "Me Too" by Meghan Trainor

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDRORgoZxZU

My husband and his groomsmen surprised me with a choreographed dance to this song at our wedding reception. I never blushed so hard.


16. "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfWlot6h_JM

I get so happy and jumpy when I listen to this song. I looooove T-Swizzle. It's a fun song for everyone!


That's it for this blog! Let me know what you thought about my playlist! What songs did I miss??? Do you agree with my choices? Make sure you comment down below! I have so many more songs that I can recommend! Maybe I can write a Part 2 and maybe even turn this into a series if there is enough interest! Stay tuned!

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