Music has the power to crystallise a moment, instantly bringing back special memories every time you hear that song in the future. So of course, you’ll want your wedding day to be filled with the music that means the most to you.
While your daytime wedding songs may not be the most important songs you choose for your wedding (we’re sure you’ll agree they rank somewhat below your wedding ceremony song or your first dance song), they’re still essential in creating the right atmosphere during those hours between your vows and the evening party.
There are no rules for your daytime wedding music choices; the music you pick depends upon your personal taste and the vibe you’re going for. We’d suggest opting for songs that sit nicely in the background, gently setting your desired mood and subtly keeping a smile on guests’ faces. We’d also suggest saving any absolute bangers for your evening reception when you can let loose on the dance floor.
You’ll probably have a good idea of the sorts of songs you’d like to be played during your afternoon drinks and wedding breakfast but take a look through our curated list of daytime wedding songs and you’re sure to find some inspiration.
We’ve divided the songs into styles and moods, so you can start to construct a themed playlist – or pick and mix from a range of categories. We hope you have as much fun planning your daytime wedding music as we had putting together these 101 amazing tunes!
Acoustic and Folk
Smiley and upbeat or raw and heartfelt, folk and acoustic wedding music captures a range of moods, while being light enough to be perfect backing music.
Timeless and beautiful, classical music adds elegance and refinement to champagne on the terrace. A popular option is to hire a wedding string quartet to give a live performance. They may even throw in a classical interpretation of your favourite modern song.
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Mellow Rock and Indie
Save ‘Mr Brightside’ and ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ for the evening reception! These mellow rock and indie tracks are for brides and grooms who prefer their laid-back tracks with an edge.
Sun-drenched, relaxing tunes to evoke blissful, chilled-out vibes even if the weather decides not to behave itself.
These feel-good songs are guaranteed to get your guests in a good mood – they should be anyway having just watched you get married, but these tunes will turn the surliest of frowns upside down!
Film and TV Favourites
Whether you’re a die-hard Disney fan, a box-set addict or a Sci-Fi geek, there’s an abundance of fantastic movie music out there to add a personal touch to your daytime wedding music.
These are the legends everyone always loves to hear. The new In-Laws and the older members of the wedding party will thank you for sprinkling in a few classics.
Classic Soul and Motown
The impeccably produced instrumentation and gorgeous vocals of classic soul and Motown makes the ideal musical accompaniment to the hubbub of friends and family chatting and laughing over drinks and canapés.
Jazz, Swing and Vintage
From the suave crooning of the Rat Pack greats (and Michael Bublé) to the smooth stylings of a jazz band, to swinging reworkings of modern songs, there’s a reason jazz and swing wedding bands remain so popular.
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