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The Best Wedding Entrance Songs for the Bride and Groom

by Cassie Moorhead
The Best Wedding Entrance Songs for the Bride and Groom

After the ceremony, the bridal party dances their way into the reception hall, and everyone waits for the big moment, the introduction of the new bride and groom. The bride and groom enter the dance floor to a special song and prepare for their first official dance as newlyweds. Wedding entrance songs set the mood for the wedding reception and get the wedding guests excited. Music has a profound way to stir emotions and feelings; the wedding music becomes the soundtrack of your love for the day. Listening to your favorite upbeat song puts a smile on your face, while a slower sentimental song can take you back to a specific moment in time. Choosing your wedding music should be one of the more fun and lighthearted parts of the wedding planning process.

General Tips:

Live Music or DJ

Some couples choose to have live music, while others prefer to have a DJ. Whether or not you will have live music affects the choices for your entrance and exit songs for your wedding. A church processional may be an instrumental live violinist while the grand entrance song at the reception could be a track played by the DJ. If you have specific songs in mind, but they are not on your live band or musician’s list of songs they play, they may be willing to learn them for an additional fee.

Keep Your Audience in Mind

You may want to choose the “clean” versions of your favorite songs to play during your wedding entrance and reception to be respectful of your audience. You don’t want to offend anyone with raunchy lyrics or expletives. If you’re going to play your favorite songs, in their original glory, wait until the end of the night or the after party when younger and older guests have likely gone home. When in doubt, ask your DJ or band to keep it PG-13.

Check with Your Venue

If your ceremony or reception are being held in a church or other religious venue, there may be restrictions on what type of music is allowed. Talk with your wedding officiant to approve music choices ahead of time. A church may also have a live choir or musician that is available for the processional and recessional.

Sound Checks

It’s always a good idea to have sound checks before the big day. Make sure your musicians can be heard, and your music isn’t overpowering. The DJ or band will need to be prepared to check acoustics and make sure they have basics like outlets so they’ll be able to perform properly.

Choosing Your Music:

Most Popular Wedding Songs

If you need a little help with inspiration, Spotify released their most played wedding songs. Don’t be afraid to use these songs in alternative ways. Instead of the radio version, try the acoustic or maybe a softer cover or even an instrumental version.

  1.        Thinking out loud Ed Sheeran
  2.        Marry You – Bruno Mars
  3.        Perfect- Ed Sheeran
  4.        I Wanna Dance with Somebody -Whitney Houston
  5.        All of me – John Legend
  6.        Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars
  7.        My Girl – The Temptations
  8.        A Thousand Years- Christina Perri
  9.        Marry Me – Train
  10.        You Make My Dreams – Daryl Hall & John Oates

Listen to the playlist here.

Entrance Songs:

There are quite a few special moments during a wedding that require their own special tune. DJs and bands need to be told ahead of time, so they play the right songs during the right moments. Choose the perfect songs for these memorable moments.

Processional: Bridal Party

What song will the bridal party walk down the aisle to? Many people choose to have instrumental music during this time or play classic songs.

Processional: Bride

Do you want “Here Comes the Bride” or maybe a violin cover of a popular song? You can choose to be traditional or try something with a little more meaning.


The ceremony is over and the “I Dos” were said; the hard part is over, the fun is about to begin. What song will the new couple exit the ceremony venue to?

Reception Entrance: Bridal Party

What song will the bridal party be announced to? This can be a fun moment for choreographed dances!

Reception Entrance: Bride and Groom

The moment everyone has been waiting for: the grand entrance, the big reveal! What song do you want playing as you’re introduced for the first time as a married couple? The music should flow with the wedding theme, how the rest of the evening will proceed, and reflect your relationship. Think about songs you both like. What songs do you always sing along to or turn up in the car? What special concerts have you gone to together?

Joy’s Top 10 Wedding Entrance Songs

We’ve curated a list of current and fun songs from the past few years. Dance into the reception hall with these contemporary pop songs.

  1. Pharrell Williams- Happy
  2. Marry You – Bruno Mars
  3. Cake by the Ocean – DNCE
  4. Feel So Close – Calvin Harris
  5. Shut Up and Dance – Walk the Moon
  6. Can’t Stop the Feeling – Justin Timberlake
  7. Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars
  8. Crazy in Love – Beyonce
  9. Love Me Like You Do – Ellie Goulding
  10. Classic – MKTO

Listen to the playlist here.

First Dance

The wedding entrance flows into the first dance song for the bride and groom. Couples often have “their song,” which makes the decision easy. If you don’t have a specific song that you think describes your relationship, think about whether or not you want to have an intimate dance or a more fun dance with surprise choreography.

Spotify’s Top 10 First Dance Songs

  1. Perfect – Ed Sheeran
  2. Thinking Out loud – Ed Sheeran
  3. At Last – Etta James
  4. All of Me – John Legend
  5. Can’t Help but Falling in Love – Elvis Presley
  6. A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
  7. You Are the Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne
  8. I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz
  9. How Long Will I love you – Ellie Goulding
  10.  Perfect Duet – Ed Sheeran and Beyonce

Listen to the playlist here.

Many times the bride and groom decide on their wedding music together, sharing the responsibility. You can choose songs that have meaningful lyrics that help you express how you feel about one another and tell the story of your love, or songs that have meaning to you. A simple silly song may bring back a special memory that you want to be reminded of during your wedding. Enjoy going through music together, thinking of fun memories and finding songs that are perfect for your special day.

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