101 Songs for Your Daytime Wedding Entertainment

Daytime Wedding Songs Music Ideas

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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 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.

Daytime Wedding Songs Music Ideas

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Ho Hey – The Lumineers

Hopeless Wanderer – Mumford and Sons

Better Together – Jack Johnson

Wild Horses – The Rolling Stones

Wings (Acoustic Version) – Birdy

Here Comes The Sun – The Beatles

Wake Me Up – Aloe Blacc

Everlong (Acoustic Version) – Foo Fighters

I’m Yours – Jason Mraz

Little Talks – Of Monsters and Men

Classical

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.

Daytime Wedding Songs Music Ideas

Arco Quartet

I Giorni – Ludovico Einaudi

The Swan – Camille Saint-Saens

Symphony No. 6 in F (‘Pastoral’) – Ludwig van Beethoven

Sweet Child Of Mine (String Quartet Arrangement) – Guns n Roses/Vitamin String Quartet

The Lark Ascending – Ralph Vaughan Williams

Air on the G String – Johann Sebastian Bach

Nimrod – Edward Elgar

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini – Sergei Rachmaninoff

Canon in D Major – Johann Pachelbel

Clarinet Concerto in A Major – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Modern Romance

AKA the songs which nearly made it as your first dance but not quite! Tender tracks from the biggest artists of today that make ideal wedding listening.

Daytime Wedding Songs Music Ideas

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Perfect – Ed Sheeran

Delicate – Taylor Swift

Wild Love – James Bay

Make You Feel My Love – Adele

Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran

Leave a Light On – Tom Walker

Skin – Rag’n’Bone Man

All of Me – John Legend

You Are The Reason – Calum Scott and Leona Lewis

I’m Not The Only One – Sam Smith

Say You Won’t Let Go – James Arthur

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.

Daytime Wedding Songs Music Ideas

Indie Kings

Wonderwall – Oasis

Four Out Of Five – Arctic Monkeys

Lucky Man – The Verve

Coffee and TV – Blur

The Circle – Ocean Colour Scene

Universally Speaking – Red Hot Chili Peppers

Re-Wired – Kasabian

The Scientist – Coldplay

AKA… What A Life! – Noel Gallagher’s High-Flying Birds

Use Somebody – Kings of Leon

Chilled

Sun-drenched, relaxing tunes to evoke blissful, chilled-out vibes even if the weather decides not to behave itself.

Meant To Be – Bebe Rexha (feat. Florida Georgia Line)

Island In The Sun – Weezer

Strangers – Sigrid

I Remember – Deadmau5 (feat. Kaskade)

At The River – Groove Armada

3WW – alt-J

Sun Is Shining – Bob Marley

Children (Dream Version) – Robert Miles

Teardrop – Massive Attack

Sonnentanz – Klangkarussell

Uplifting

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!

Daytime Wedding Songs Music Ideas

Afro Soul

Rather Be – Clean Bandit

Put Your Records On – Corinne Bailey Rae

One Love – Bob Marley

Castle On The Hill – Ed Sheeran

Lullaby – Sigala and Paloma Faith

Hoppipolla – Sigur Ros

Steal My Sunshine – Len

Paradise – George Ezra

One Day Like This – Elbow

Star Girl – McFly

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.

You’ve Got A Friend In Me – Randy Newman (from Toy Story)

Theme from Jurassic Park – John Williams

Kissing You – Des’Ree (from Romeo and Juliet)

You’re Welcome – Dwayne Johnson (from Moana)

Game of Thrones Main Theme – Ramin Djawadi

Married Life – Michael Giacchino (from Up)

The Breaking of The Fellowship – Howard Shore (From The Lord of the Rings)

Back To The Future Theme – Alan Silvestri

Princess Leia’s Theme – John Williams (from Star Wars)

I’ll Be There For You – The Rembrandts (from Friends)

All-Time Greats

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.

Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley

Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie Wonder

Piece Of My Heart – Janis Joplin

Everywhere – Fleetwood Mac

You Can’t Always Get What You Want – Rolling Stones

Who’s Loving You – Michael Jackson

Always Be My Baby – Mariah Carey

California Dreamin’ – The Mamas & The Papas

Rocket Man – Elton John

Cecilia – Simon & Garfunkel

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.

Daytime Wedding Songs Music Ideas

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(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding

For Once In My Life – Stevie Wonder

Love and Affection – Joan Armatrading

Lovely Day – Bill Withers

I Say A Little Prayer – Aretha Franklin

(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher – Jackie Wilson

Never Too Much – Luther Vandross

Stand By Me – Ben E King

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – Roberta Flack

Let’s Stay Together – Al Green

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.

I’ve Got You Under My Skin – Frank Sinatra

Crazy Love – Michael Bublé

Green Onions – Booker T. & The MGs

Feeling Good – Nina Simone

Beyond The Sea – Bobby Darin

At Last – Etta James

You Make Me Feel So Young – Frank Sinatra

Take Five – Dave Brubeck

Finesse (40s Swing Cover) – Bruno Mars/Postmodern Jukebox

Sway – Dean Martin

 

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