Before a bride heads over to that “Chapel of Love”, one thing is for sure, she will spend hours getting ready! While getting her makeup and hair done, many brides use this time to begin celebrating with their closest friends. Bridal parties often arrive early in the morning, equipped with bottles of champagne, breakfast goodies and of course, tons of upbeat tunes. With so many love songs in existence, creating a wedding playlist for the bride can make those few nerve wracking hours feel extra special. Here is a list of my favorite 25 songs that can be played before attending any wedding.
- “Goin’ To The Chapel” by the Dixie Cups
- “Wishin’ And Hopin’” by Ani Difranco
- “Today I Met The Boy I’m Going To Marry” by Darlene Love
- “Ever Ever After” by Carrie Underwood
- “I Do” by Colbie Caillat
- “Marry You” by Bruno Mars
- “Wedding Bell Blues” by the cast of Glee
- “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” by the Beach Boys
- “Glamorous” by Fergie
- “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper
- “Love Story” by Taylor Swift
- “It’s In His Kiss” by Cher
- “Perfect Day” by Hoku
- “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” by Beyonce
- “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield
- “My Life Would Suck Without You” by Kelly Clarkson
- “Crazy In Love” by Beyonce
- “Say Hey (I Love You)” by Michael Franti
- “White Wedding” by Billy Idol
- “You’re The One That I Want” from Grease
- “I Say A Little Prayer (Reggae Mix)” by Dianna King
- “I Gotta Feeling” from the Black Eyed Peas
- “This Will Be” by Natalie Cole
- “True Blue” by Madonna
- “Get Me To The Church On Time” by Frank Sinatra
All of these great songs can be downloaded off iTunes or you can listen to them by clicking on the link. If you wish to add to this list, you may want to consider the following:
Keep the songs upbeat. While “Endless Love” may describe the happy couple, the song itself can be a snoozer. This time of the day, which is usually spent with your closest friends and family, should be energetic and upbeat. The songs on your playlist should reflect that.
Consider your theme. If a bride has spent a lot of time creating details to coincide with a specific wedding theme, this might be a good opportunity to include related songs. For instance, if she is having a tropical beach wedding, you may want to include a little “One Love” by Bob Marley.
Always listen to the lyrics. While many of these songs may be age appropriate for the bride and her friends, remember that in most cases, grandparents and flower girls also attend the pre party. If you are unsure how family members may react, you may want to get the censored version of certain songs.
Remember the Golden Oldies. While we all adore Lady Gaga, your playlist should include a balance of old and new stuff to appeal to everyone in attendance. You will be shocked by how many people know the words and sing along to some of the older soundtracks.
Ask the alumni. If this is your first time attending such a gathering, it may be wise to ask someone who has already been part of such a festive occasion. Odds are, someone in the wedding party has attended a ‘getting ready’ session in which music was played to start the party and ease up some pre wedding jitters. Ask them what songs were played.
Make it personal. This is the bride’s wedding day, so make sure to include some of her favorite tunes or songs that bring back a happy memory. Growing up, my best friend and I constantly jammed out to Abba’s “Dancing Queen” so of course it was included in the Wedding Morning Playlist I created for her. Always consider the bride’s taste when choosing songs to make the glamor process extra special and relaxing.
Did I miss any good ones? Make sure to leave a comment below if you have any other suggestions. I would love to hear your feedback.