Build the Perfect Reception Playlist With Modern Wedding Songs

Song Ideas for Modern Wedding Music With Style

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Gone are the days of wedding reception music consisting of nothing but the same tired crooners and cheesy party standards. Couples today are choosing wedding music that reflects their tastes whether they be traditional, more modern, or a mix of both. Wedding music need not be limited to the classic wedding songs. Some of the best wedding reception playlists not only reflect the couple but contain a good balance of styles that encourage the festivities and continued celebration.

Building the Perfect Playlist

When working with a wedding DJ to plan wedding music, wedding planners and the couples should dedicate time to discussing not only the style of music they want at their reception but the specific songs they want to be played. Many wedding DJ companies have a comprehensive questionnaire for couples that can help the DJ to deliver exactly the experience the couples want. Others dedicate a meeting to answering those important questions.

When hiring a DJ, it's best to walk the line between giving good direction and dictating the entire playlist from the first song to the last. A good rule of thumb for planning wedding reception music is to work closely with the DJ so that they understand your style and preferences and providing a list of up to twenty songs that you definitely want to hear (some of which you might specifically earmark for those important dances like the first dance or the father-daughter dance). Any more than that and you risk wasting the DJ's talent and your money. If there are songs that you don't want to hear, list those as well.

Modern Songs to Consider

When you're building your must-have wedding must list or simply giving the DJ an idea of the style and feel you're going for you might consider having a private listening party. Whether it's for the cocktail reception, dinner hour, first dance or later in the reception, these songs will bring style to the modern wedding music playlist.

Indie & Alternative

Song Artist
La Femme d'Argent Air
First Day of My Life Bright Eyes
Life Less Ordinary Carbon Leaf
Find Love Clem Snide
Forever Goldfrapp
By My Side Ben Harper
Better Together Jack Johnson
Lay Lady Lady Magnet & Gemma
Fade Into You Mazzy Star
New Slang Shins
Say Yes Elliot Smith
Chasing Cars Snow Patrol
In the Waiting Line Zero 7
Inside and Out Feist

Cool Covers of Old Classics

Song Artist
Make You Feel My Love Adele
How Deep is Your Love Bird and the Bee
Sea of Love Cat Power
Bridge Over Troubled Water Quincy Coleman
Bizarre Love Triangle Frente
Dance Me to the End of Love Madeleine Peyroux
All You Need is Love Nada Surf
Wild Horses Sundays
Across the Universe Rufus Wainwright


Song Artist
Hey Jude Beatles
Forever Chris Brown
I Gotta Feeling Black Eyed Peas
Everything Michael Buble
Say Hey (I Love You) Michael Franti and Spearhead
You Are the Best Thing Ray Lamontagne
Just the Way You Are Bruno Mars
Life is Beautiful Keb Mo
Into the Music Van Morrison
I'm Yours Jason Mraz
Hey Soul Sister Train